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05/27/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News: AL Weekend Preview"
Take a peek at the Junior Circuit's action for the Memorial Day Weekend.
By Trent Harrison
So what do you think- you like some of my premonitions? Ok, like you honestly knew about the Jays sewwping the Sox right? No big thing though, its just me, the Lord, the good Doctor, and some past friends getting together over some ceremonial bourbon and discussing the action in the AL Diamonds. By the way, the good Doc says that Dubya is still an evil man and certainly doesn't need Bolton as his blowhard to the UN. Anyway, let see what we got on tap as we salute the troops, past and present, on this wonderful Memorial Day Weekend...
A painfully battered Oakland A's team heads into Cleveland this weekend behind their 1-5 ace(?) Barry Zito to pitch against Cliff Lee(5-2). Cleveland just had a helluva battle with division foe Minnesota, but Oaktown has lost 17 of 21 and doesn't seem to be righting the ship anytime soon. Look for Cleveland to win tonight, and not sweep, but take the series.
Boston limps its way into the Bronx this weekend for a three game set. They start off with Tim Wakefield(4-3) versus Randy Johnson(4-3). Every team in the AL East has at least a 3-game win streak, except the Red Sox, who have lost three straight. Johnny Damon says his team is not good right now, but I never trust a hippie. The Yanks have not won a game this year when scoring three or less runs, so with some decent pitching, Boston should take two out of three here before going to Baltimore.
Minnesota travels north of the border to face the high-spirited Blue Jays, with the Twins sending Johan Santana(5-2) against Josh Towers(5-2). Toronto has won nine of sixteen series this year, quite a turnaround, and expect them to win their tenth this weekend against the Twins.
In a battle of eighteen win powerhouses, Seattle sends Giul Meche(4-2) to the mound versus Mark Hendrickson(1-2) of the Devil Rays. Tampa recorded its twentieth sweep in franchise history Thursday, but look for Seattle to take two from Tampa down in Tropicana Field.
Detroit follows Nate Robertson(1-3) to Baltimore this weekend as Sidney Ponson(5-2) fills in for Erik Bednard tonight. Speaking of sweeps, Baltimore collected its fifth sweep of the season Thursday, and I say make it six against the Tigers.
In a matchup made for the NBA, 6'7" Brandon McCarthy(0-0) of Chicago goes up against 6'10" Chris Young(4-2) of Texas in a delightful rookie matchup in what should be the highlight series of the Weekend. Hank Blalock at third for Texas needs one more errorless game to pass Buddy Bell for the team record by Third baseman with 54 games. Chicago has won seven of nine, but give two out of three to the hometown team the Rangers this weekend.
And on the West Coast, Kansas City takes D.J. Carrasco(0-1) to the hill versus former Royal Paul Byrd(4-4) for a series against the Angels. The Angels miss Vlad, hitting only six homers in teh last thirteen games, three by Juan Rivera. The Royals meantime have been swept seven times already this season, and make it eight as the Angels mow them down in LA.
Have a safe weekend everybody, and get out to the ballpark with the family and enjoy some wonderful summertime action from the bleachers(hopefully Jeff Gordon won't do anymore seventh inning songs and stick to driving. SEE YA!!!!!!!