2005_07_storreandgirardi.jpgCan you throw a baseball reasonably well? If so, please head on up to the Bronx, the Yankees need you. On Friday night the Yankees turned to Tim Redding as an emergency starter and he got destroyed. Redding could not get an out in the second inning and left with the bases loaded and the Red Sox already up 3-0. By the time the game was over, the Red Sox had battered the AAA Yankee pitching staff for fifteen hits and nine walks on their way to a 17-1 victory.

Darrell May came in to relieve Redding and gave up six runs in two plus innings of work. May wasn’t helped by a terrible decision by Melky Cabrera, who dove awkwardly for a line drive to center that got by him for an inside-the-park homerun. Cabrera was brought up because of his defense, but Gothamist is still waiting for him to look like even an average centerfielder.

Tim Redding started against the Red Sox because four of the Yankees starters are currently on the disabled list. Randy Johnson will pitch Saturday and then the Yankees turn to journeyman, Aaron Small, to face the Red Sox on Sunday. At this moment, they do not have a starter for Monday’s game in Texas. Unless the Yankees can find some better pitchers, there will be a lot of games like this one in the near future.

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