- Justin Verlander was nearly perfect, throwing a 1-hit, 2-walk, 12 strikeout shutout in a 6 - 0 win against the Pirates.
- Kevin Milwood was nearly as impressive with his own 2-hit, 1-walk, 9 strikeout complete game shutout. Not a typo. Kevin Milwood really did that.
- Andrew Eugene Pettitte was unavailable to testify in any court hearings on Friday, because he was busy shutting out the Reds over 8 innings of work. Yankee fans are anxious to see which Pettitte shows up more often this season: last night's Ace, or the mediocre version who pitched against the Mariners last week. I can only hope for the latter.
- Billy 'Country Breakfast' Butler slapped his 7th dong of the season last night. In 2011 he didn't belt his 7th homer until July 22nd. Those hoping for a breakout power year from Butler may be getting what they bargained for this season.
- J.P. Arencabia has now gone deep 4 times in his last 3 games, including twice against the Mets yesterday in a 14 - 5 drubbing where teammate Rajai Davis also left the park a pair of times. 'Sticky' Ricky Romero threw 6 innings of 1-run ball in the Win.
- Mike Trout stayed red hot, swiping his 4th base and going 3/4 chipping in both a Run and RBI. Trout has been liquid hot magma for the better part of the last 2 weeks and is yielding his patient owners with a huge early reward.
- Delmon Young took a brief break from being terrible to hit a homer, while Ryan Braun sent his 11th of the season into the stratosphere.
Morrow is now leading the league in ERA. Also has 42 Ks in 34 IP over his last 5 starts while allowing a total of 2 ER. Hate seeing him go out there every 5 days though, because he's so inconsistent. What use is there for an elite pitcher that can't throw a shutout every game?
Figures I run into the buzzsaw of the team with Prince, Doc, Holliday, and Morrow. First loss of the season. I suppose, getting it all out in one week is ok. On the other hand, a 20-8 drubbing so far is NOT fun...