Javier Vazquez looked brilliant with the switch back to National League rules on Friday night, holding the Mets to just one hit — a fifth inning single by Angel Pagan — over six shutout innings, while striking out six and walking two. Mariano Rivera made things interesting in the ninth, but the Yankees held on to win the game 2-1.
Vazquez needed just 70 pitches to complete six innings, and was well on his way to even more, but the strong performance took a backseat once he was forced to leave the game after bunting the ball off his right index finger in the top of the seventh inning. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, X-rays on the finger came back negative.
“It’s frustrating, but the good news is that the finger is good and the
X-rays were negative,” Vazquez said. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to make
my next start.”
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: