Sunday Insider: The 3-2 pitch

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2011 - 12:58 AM
Three observations ...

• Everyone is raving about the Yankees' offense, but good pitching can slow down good hitting. The Yankees' rotation gives any opponent a shot to beat them in the postseason.

• On my list of great people I have covered in this game, Jim Thome is near the top. One of the most polite, professional and humble players I have dealt with.

• It's too early for the Justin Verlander-for-MVP discussions. Let's see how he does over the next three weeks -- and how Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez do over that time.

... and two predictions

• The Giants will catch the Diamondbacks and win the NL West. Yes, I'm betting on Carlos Beltran.

• Justin Morneau will bat at least .280 and hit at least six home runs the rest of the season. He's starting to have some success against lefthanders, a good sign.

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Miami - LP: B. Morris 4 FINAL
Washington - WP: M. Grace 6
NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin 1 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 3
Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 4
Chicago Cubs 8 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 6
Oakland 6 Bottom 8th Inning
Minnesota 8
Texas - WP: K. Kela 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 1
Arizona 0 Delayed
Colorado 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 4th Inning
LA Angels 0
San Diego 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 99 FINAL
Cleveland 92
LA Clippers 46 3rd Qtr
Houston 50
NY Rangers 0 FINAL
Washington 1
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