7:05 PM: In a rain delay.
Scott Baker (13.50, 34 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (3.00, 172 ERA+)
Last Wednesday, in his only start so far this season (he missed his first start with right shoulder stiffness), Baker lasted a mere four innings against Toronto, giving up four dongs and six runs.
Last July 7, Baker pitched seven shutout innings against the Red Sox, but the Twins lost that game 1-0.
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YFSF notes that Tyler Kepner's main sources for his New York Times story on the many home runs hit at Yankee Stadium III are Greg Rybarczyk's hittracker and Steve Lombardi's waswatching, adding:
... as old media wonders how the hell to make money in the new media world, this story shows that blogs are doing yeoman's work and providing key analysis and news outside the bounds of typical news gathering methods. Though we who traffic these sites know this and therefore this assertion may sound uncontroversial, to see two such websites cited on the front page of the Times sports section as his sources by the Yankees' beat writer is a verification and validation of the strengths and speed of the minds (kudos to Greg and Steve) working solely within our own chosen medium.