Aug 18, 2007

Pettitte tames Tigers

I know, a lame title. But Pettitte pitched one of his best games of the year when the Yanks needed him most - he prevented a four-game losing streak. He went eight and handed the ball to Joba who closed out the 6-1 victory.

The bottom of the order did most of the damage as Giambi homered twice (both were crushed), Cano had two hits and Andy Phillips had three. I didn't understand playing three lefties (Damon, Abreu, Giambi) with Detroit's pitcher being lefty and quality righties on the bench (Melky, Duncan), but it paid off.

- Elsewhere, two top prospects are having surgery: Jose Tabata is having a bone removed from his hand, and Chris Garcia is undergoing knee surgery. Tabata was suffering from a lack of power this year (slugging just .392), so hopefully helping his ailment will improve his power. To make up for lost time, he may play Winter ball (he played in the Venezuelan Winter League last year).
Garcia already underwent Tommy John surgery and won't be seen until next season anyway, so the knee surgery shouldn't keep him out any longer than was originally planned.

- The Cubbies signed Carlos Zambrano to a five-year extension (six with an option). Damn, there goes the best free agent of the offseason (barring Arod's out-out of course).

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