Given that many elements that were supposed to headline the “ALL IN” concept have failed, the Sox have been on par with the rest of the league. So, I picked the most average grade for a team that’s done only half as good as their capable of.
The Yankees couldn’t use Rodriguez’s distracting return as an excuse for their 8-1 loss to the sale jerseys. Even with all the madness, any team should have been able to beat a sale jerseys club on a 10-game losing streak, under any circumstance. The Yankees certainly can’t afford to give up easy wins in their precarious playoff position.
The Royals (17-11, 10-5 home) maintained a 1-0 lead throughout most of the afternoon, after an RBI double by Billy Butler scored Alex Gordon in the first inning. The Royals outhit the White Sox (13-17, 6-10 away) 9-7.
After a stellar 2009 season, Michael Wirtz began the year injured and rarely flashed his previous form. Finishing the year with a 4.31 ERA, Wirtz was often very inconsistent — resulting in a lot of anxious moments. Wirtz still had the ability to strikeout hitters regularly, but his walks were way up.
Adrian Belter remains on the DL with a strained hamstring, but like Boston, this Ranger lineup continues to hit the ball all over the park. It second in the Majors in both hitting and scoring with a .277 team batting average and an average of 5.09 runs per game.