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Half man; half machine

Throughout Major League Baseball a lot of people are on Alex Rodriguez watch. After hitting his 600th home run of his career a couple weeks back everyone is preparing for him to break Barry Bonds 762* home run mark. The Yankees were and probably still are confident that A-Rod will break the record which led them to playing him 25 million a season plus giving him incentives that increases each years total to about 30 million. So A-Rod is the 30 million dollar man ready to break baseball’s home run mark and be king?Don’t look now The Machine is coming for him.

The Machine that is Jose Alberto Pujols hit his 400th career home run last night off Washington Nationals Pitcher Jordan Zimmerman. He is the third youngest to do it, behind Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. He is the 6th player in MLB history to post a .330+ batting average with 1,200+ runs batted in at the 400 mark. The other 5 players were Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Fox and Stan Musial. Not a bad company to join.

What makes Pujols stand out on his own and make him the first person to do something is hitting 400 home runs in his first 10 seasons. No one has ever done it but now Pujols stands alone in that┬ácategory. Pujols is a hitting machine to say the least. 30+ homers in his first 10 seasons, 4 of which he hit 40+ and 2 of which he hit 51 twice in back to back seasons (2003 & 2004) at the ages of 23 and 24. 10 years to hit 400 and can anyone say he doesn’t have the chance to hit 700 and if he keeps up the pace maybe even 800.

Another thing that makes Pujols the best player in the league is that not only can he hit bombs but he hits for average. His on base percentage is amazing. Every time he steps up to the plate he gives his team the chance to score whether it’s getting a hit and being scored later or hitting an RBI or a home run. To top it all off he’s an excellent defensive player at first base posting a .997 fielding percentage over the past 10 years.

Albert Pujols should be the highest paid player. He plays baseball the right way, the only way and the clean way. I hope and I pray that he is never mixed in with steroids or HGH (human growth hormones) because if he is clean until the day he retires Albert Pujols could go down as one of the three best hitters of all time, the home run king and overall the greatest first baseman to play the game of baseball ever. Albert Pujols said,”It’s a special milestone but I don’t play for numbers.” You may not Albert but us baseball fans do. The Machine is making his mark on history. Are you watching?

-Timmy Dimas

(@TimmyD_WSJU)

For more numbers check out this link. Baseball Reference – Albert Pujols

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It’s always painful to be let down. Whether it’s Christmas presents, a date, or sports, you hate to get your hopes high, just to have them dropped in the end. As a Red Sox fan, I am far too familiar with that.I thought, though, that after having two championships in six years, those days were over for a while.

Boy, was I wrong.

A perfect example came last night, as the Red Sox lost to the Yankees 11-9 on a walk-off homerun by Marcus Thames in the 9th.

The circumstances of this were not typical of the past few years, though. With the two teams going in opposite directions, the Yankees on their way up and the Red Sox on their way down, it seemed no stage for drama. But, once again, I was wrong.

After the Yankees took a 6-1, the Red Sox came storming back in the 5th with a three run homer by JD Drew and three more runs in the 8th inning, courtesy of a two-run shot by Kevin Youkilis and a solo homer by Victor Martinez.

The came the 6’4″ question mark, Jonathon Papelbon. He’s known for giving Sox fans heart attacks, running games to the wire, but usually pulling it out in the end. Last night in the Bronx was NOT one of those cases. The heart attack finally killed us last night.

Alex Rodriguez’s monster shot to left-center field tied the game 9-9 and, three batters later, Marcus Thames took another Papelbon fastball down the line for the walk-off.

This highlights the two very opposite directions that the Red Sox and Yankees are going. At 25-13, I expect the Yankees to run with the Rays until the final days of the season for the AL East crown. As for the Red Sox, watch them fade over the year, back into third and, depending on how Toronto shapes up, even 4th place. It has been a lack of production from guys the Red Sox put a lot of faith into, from Josh Beckett to David Ortiz. Like we say in Boston, perhaps next year is the year.

-Dan Martin

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After a dismal performance in the first of their double header, The New York Yankees went on an offensive serge as well as another brilliant pitching performance from Phil Hughes.

Hughes went 7 innings striking out 8 Detroit Tigers batters and only allowing 5 hits. Javier Vazquez had similar numbers in the first of the two games but wasn’t able to get the run support Hughes got.

The Yankees scored 8 runs in the night game to the afternoons 0 runs. Mark Teixeria went 2-5 with 3 runs batted in and Alex Rodriguez went also 2-5 but with 2 runs batted in. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with one run batted in and stole his 16th base of the season. Joba Chamberlain got the hold tossing 1 scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera made his first appearance on the mound since April 30th. He joked after the game saying “I got a little map” which he used to find his way back to the mound.

Yankees will square off again against the Tigers for the fourth game of the series in which Detroit has won 2 of the 3 so far. Great pitchers set to take the mound as C.C. Sabathia (4-1 3.04ERA) takes on Justin Verlander (3-2 4.50ERA) today at 1:15.

-Tim

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Just when it looked like Javier Vazquez would finally pitch a good game something went wrong and no it wasn’t Javy.

Vazquez final line was 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, and a loss but looking at that line you would wonder how he lost. Look at the Yankee’s offensive numbers. 4 hits total and 7 men left on base. You can’t expect to win like that. Their 3,4,5 hitters combined to go 1-12 with a strikeout and the 3,4,5 hitters consist of Mark Teixeria, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

Maybe it isn’t meant for Javier Vazquez to be a winner in New York. Yankees would lose 2-0 to The Detroit Tigers in game one of their double header

-Tim

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