MLB: Day Fifty-One

Well, if it’s true that’s it’s darkest before the dawn then maybe the worst of the New York Yankees’ season is behind them, and maybe they are beginning their long climb up the ladder to being over .500 and then competing for a playoff slot. And maybe, just maybe, Alex Rodriguez is ready to produce more eye-popping numbers like he did back in April.

The Yankees followed up a win on Sunday against the Mets with a win on Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Monday’s win was by a count of 6-2. The Yankees scored early and often (4 runs in the 1st 2 innings) and then, behind the strong pitching of Chien-Ming Wang the Yankees won easily.

Tim Wakefield took the loss for the Red Sox. It was his second poor outing in a row after starting off the season very well. The Detroit Tigers roughed-up Wakefield last week and the Yankees knocked him around on Monday.

Another ray of hope for the Yankees is the fact the Alex Rodriguez hit his 3rd homer in as many games. Before his recent outburst, A-Rod had just 1 home run and 5 RBI in about 3 weeks times. But A-Rod appears to be swinging his bat very well again and if he can get on a hot streak again, the Yanks may be able to gain some ground fast on the Red Sox.

They will have another crack at Boston on Tuesday when Mike Mussina will take the hill for the Yankees and pitch against Julian Taverez.

Also on Monday night, the Cleveland Indians finally got a chance to play their home opener – kind of. Their original home opener was rained out back in April. So, they finally got a chance to play it and they made the most of it. The Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2. This win put them in front in the American League Central by .5 game.

The Indian will continue their series with the Mariners this week. Then they have big weekend showdown with the Detroit Tigers. It will be the 1st time these 2 teams have met this year. The Indians and the Tigers have both hovered around the top of the American League Central all season.

The Milwaukee Brewers also got on the winning side of things with a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. That win, coupled with a Houston Astros’ loss (to the San Francisco Giants), puts the Brew Crew back up by 6 games in the National League Central. The second place team in that division is now the Chicago Cubs.

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