*Andy Pettitte started off a little shaky in The Bronx this afternoon. After allowing Kansas City to score 3 in the 1st and another run in the second, the crafty veteran settled down. He and the Yankees wouldn’t give up another run. And, oh yeah, some guy named Derek Jeter returned to the lineup. While his old buddy Pettitte started off slow, Jeter didn’t waste any time. Jeter had a hit in his first at bat that led to him scoring the Yankees first run. The Captain started his first game back at designated hitter. Eduardo Nunez played shortstop and had two hits. Youngsters Zoilo Almonte and Austin Romine each added a couple hits of their own. The Yankees would score 4 in the 5th after trailing for the first 4 innings. They would never look back. The Yankees won their 50th game of 2013 with an 8-4 triumph. The news is all about The Captain, however. Jeter would finish 1-4 with an RBI and run scored. However, what was originally thought to be precautionary, Jeter was removed from the game early by Joe Girardi. Breaking news tonight as of about 8:30pm EST, Jeter was pulled because of a quad injury. He is now scheduled for an MRI on that quad.
*Andrew Bynum’s career with the Philadelphia 76’ers may be over before it ever starts. Bynum is now officially out for the remainder of the 2013 season. The enigmatic center will have arthroscopic surgery on both knees today. What a difference a year makes. Bynum was widely considered the best center in the game as recently as last season. Granted, Dwight Howard was injured for the majority of 2012- but Bynum posted career-best numbers. In the offseason, the Lakers traded Bynum as the main piece in the four-team trade that landed them Howard from the Magic. Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Philadelphia is very apprehensive to commit a multi-year, big dollar contract to the oft-injured 25 year old, despite his still perceived high ceiling. Who knows, with Dwight Howard unwilling to commit to the Lakers thus far- L.A. may try to bring Bynum and his knees back to Staples Center if Howard bolts for “greener pastures.”
By Justin McCahren
The Saturday night sports schedule featured a pair of game seven playoff clashes. On NHL ice, the New York Rangers hosted the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. 3,000 miles away, an NBA elimination clash was staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets.
Nationals Bryce Harper
By Justin McCahren
Tonight, we witnessed one of the drawbacks of having a 19 year-old phenom in the Major’s: Immaturity. During a frustrating 0-5, three strikeout night, Bryce Harper went batty in the clubhouse tunnel in Cincinnati. Harper unleashed his fury upon a bat, which was no doubt the reason why he was 0-5. Young Bryce wildly bashed his bat into the tunnel walls, and then the bat decided to bite back. During his moment of John McEnroeitis, (Yes, that’s an official medical condition) the barrell of the bat struck him above his left eye.