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.
The Braves placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The assignment is retroactive to June 21. While the right-hander will be eligible to return to the team within the week, it’s not clear yet how long his recovery will take.
Vizcaino, 27, has already been sidelined a week after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. While he was treated with a cortisone injection earlier this month, it doesn’t appear to have had the effect the Braves were hoping for. The injury derailed what has otherwise been a productive season for the right-hander: Through his first 30 appearances, he logged 15 saves with a 1.82 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 over 29 2/3 innings. Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the club is prepared to give more closing duties to rookie left-hander A.J. Minter as Vizcaino takes some time to recover, though it seems conceivable that the up-and-coming Evan Phillips will earn a few looks in the spot as well.
In corresponding moves, infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment and right-hander Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. The 23-year-old righty is poised to make his major league debut after four years in the Braves’ system. He currently sports a 2.31 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 12.9 SO/9 through 35 innings at the Triple-A level this season.