LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Beat Angels In West Coast Opener

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yankees Beat Angels In West Coast Opener

I was sleepy before the pre-game show even started.

After I saw Aaron Judge strikeout in the top of the first inning, I decided the day was over for me. Nice to begin a new one hearing good news, that the Yankees beat the Angels 5-3.

All the conditions suited Masahiro Tanaka, I guess. Extra rest, bigger ballpark, weaker opposing lineup. What happens next? He can't have it entirely (t)his way each time he pitches. I guess we'll have to see when he takes the ball again in Oakland.

Speaking of Oakland, that city is only 90 minutes away from Linden, CA, hometown of Aaron Judge. Judge is getting a warm-up during this series in Anaheim. Glad he made up for his over-throw to the plate by hitting the go-ahead two-run homer. That makes 22 on the year, adding to his Major League lead.

Oh, by the way, congratulations to Judge on his first ever AL Player Of The Week Award. I heard someone on MLB Network say the competition for AL Rookie Of The Year is over. "Sorry, Andrew Benintendi," he said. "You can hit .700 the rest of the way and it won't matter!" Well, that's a stretch, but we get the idea.

The ball gets passed to CC Sabathia tonight. Seven straight wins is only one win away.

The Draft
So, Clarke Schmidt is the Yankees' first selection in the 2017 MLB Draft. He's a right-hander who underwent Tommy John Surgery in April. Schmidt pitched for South Carolina, just like rookie Jordan Montgomery. Let's hope he can start his career the same way Gumby did.

Congratulations, Clarke.

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