Rangers 8, Yankees 0: ESPN’s Howard Bryant talked to Ron Washington before yesterday’s game. Washington told Bryant: “Cliff Lee ain’t no bullshit.” Can’t argue with that.
Lost in the final score is the fact that, for a time, this was a fabulous pitchers duel. Andy Pettitte made one mistake to Josh Hamilton, but after that he kept his head about him and we were rewarded with what, had the Yankees bullpen not imploded in the ninth, a near-classic matchup of two of the best all time playoff pitchers. But Lee was clearly better than Pettitte. On this night Lee was better than most anyone.
And the Yankees now know that they had best take care of business in games 4, 5 and 6 or else they’ll have to revisit the nightmare one final time in Game 7.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.