Although it was overcast for most of the weekend--with more rain due throughout the week, we've been able to steer clear of the wet weather that cancelled two of the three games in Boston (and shortened another). Saturday turned out to be sunny and breezy, as the Yankees edged the A's 4-3, on the strength of home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Taynon Sturtze appeared and was awful and is now on the disabled list. (Hey, at least he's been replaced by Scott Erickson!) Kyle Farnsworth wasn't brilliant, but he was better, and he worked around a critical error by Jeter to save the game by a run.
Randy Johnson's pitching woes are still here. While he showed signs of improvement on a pink and gray Mother's Day in the Bronx, Freddie Sez it is clear that Johnson is in the process of working through a career crisis of sorts. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a dominating force like Johnson just doesn't transform into Frank Tanana overnight. According to Tyler Kepner in the New York Times:
"A lot of it is probably mechanical," [pitching coach, Ron] Guidry said, before pointing to his head. "Some of it is probably still up here."
..."It's absolutely frustrating to not be pitching the way I'm accustomed to pitching," said Johnson, who has 268 career victories. "But I've been through a lot in my career, and that's why I appreciate everything I've done in my career.
"If everything were easy, it would be easy. Right now is frustrating because I'm not pitching the way I'd like to or even close, and I realize that. Nobody has to tell me that."
Unfortunately for the Yankees, Oakland's starter, Danny Haren, was terrific, throwing a complete game. Final score: A's 6, Yanks 1. The Yanks start the week tied with the Red Sox in first place with the well-rested Rangers team coming into town for a four-game series.