Touch 'Em All: Analyst: Sked favors Yankees over Orioles

Posted: September 08, 2012

Yankees fans watching their team blow what once was a 10-game lead in the AL East can take hope from analyst Tracy Ringolsby, who declared Friday on MLB.com that the New Yorkers have an inside track to the pennant.

Ringolsby pointed out that the schedule favors the Yankees, who, going into Friday night's game in Baltimore were tied with the Orioles for the division lead, with the Rays trailing both by just two games.

After the weekend series is over, the Yankees' schedule sets them up for a surge: six games against Boston, seven against Toronto, and three against Minnesota - clubs playing well below .500.

Tampa Bay and Baltimore, meanwhile, have six games remaining against each other.

The Rays also have three games in New York, three this weekend against the AL West-leading Rangers, and a four-game visit to the Chicago White Sox as a warm-up for that finale with Baltimore. The Orioles also have a three-game visit to Oakland to play the very tough Athletics.

Maybe Ringolsby was right. New York slammed Baltimore, 8-5, Friday night to take over sole possession of first place.

Rocket update

Roger Clemens did it again for the Skeeters, blanking the Long Island Ducks over 42/3 innings in Atlantic League action in Sugar Land, Texas.

He did his work in front of a sellout crowd that included country music star Toby Keith and Houston rapper Paul Wall.

Sugar Land, meanwhile, isn't letting an opportunity to make a buck slip by. The club is selling royal-blue "Clemens" Skeeters T-shirts for $16.24 on their website. No charge for shipping.

By the way, the Skeeters won, 4-0.

Hurt locker

Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ will miss the rest of the season with a broken right foot. The former Phillie had been a solid starter since being obtained July 20 from the Astros, going 3-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 401/3 innings.

Rays lefthander David Price, the AL wins leader at 17-5, was scratched from his start Saturday because of what the team called general soreness in his left shoulder.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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