Batting .565 with 13 hits and 9 RBI will get it done, yessir. With two hits last night, he has 7 straight multi-hit games, and a 15-game hitting streak. Red Hot Robbie can do no wrong.
Last night, I had to go pick up an air conditioner in Manhattan a little before the game started, and was not looking forward to battling traffic over the Brooklyn Bridge and on the FDR. But as I set out, Suzyn Waldman came on the radio and announced that she'd be interviewing...Robinson Cano! What a treat! Seriously, it lifted my spirits immeasurably. I love those life moments when a chore becomes less crappy due to blind luck. Anyway, here are the main things I gathered from the interview:
*Robbie works out every other day this year, which helps him with energy and discipline. His usual workout partner is A-Rod.
*A-Rod told him that he used to share his struggles hitting well with men on base, and that Robbie just has to focus on taking the same swing in all situations. He attributes his 2010 RISP success at least partly to this advice.
*I'm pretty sure he doesn't know Joe Girardi's name. In several situations, he referred to "the manager" in a way that makes it clear he's not overly familiar with the man.
And the Yanks barely capitalized on a Miguel Tejada error to open their series against the Orioles with a 3-1 win. The always-confusing Javier Vazquez had a really strong game, and is now tied with CC Sabathia for wins. Yikes.
Tampa and Boston also won, so the Yanks are now 2.5 back in the loaded AL East, and 2 games up on the Sox. Tonight, Hughes goes for win #7. After being shut down by one mediocre pitcher, the Yanks figure to break out in a big way. I'm predicting an easy win.
Let's get to Paris.
At the moment, Serena is down 1 set to Australia's Samantha Stosur. They're on serve, 3-4, in the second. When they finish, it's Rafa Time.
Today is the quarterfinals, and he's taking on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Almagro, ranked 17th, took down the always-tough Verdasco in the last round, so he must be pretty legit. I'm secretly hoping for another rain delay so I can watch the match at lunch. The bitch about grand slam tennis in Europe and Australia is that I can only watch a maximum of 2 or 3 matches. Not fair, I tell ye.
Samantha Stosur just broke Serena to take a 5-3 lead in the second. Time for a special LIVE BLOG feature! I'll be live blogging the potential last game of the match as I watch the updates on the IBM Slam Tracker.
9:23: Serena takes the first point!
9:23: 0-30 Serena! Can she save her tournament?
9:24: The IBM slamtracker has a red-clay colored motif.
9:24: 15-30. Three points from victory.
9:24: 30-all. This is getting realllll!!!!!
9:25: Break point for Serena! Good God.
9:25: SERENA BROKE HER! OH MY, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS! BACK FROM THE BRINK OF DEATH! STOSUR WILL REMEMBER THIS ONE FOR YEARS! HER AUSTRALIAN HEART JUST GOT BROKEN BY THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WOMEN'S GAME! THIS IS WHY THEY PLAY THE MATCH, FOLKS! GOODNESS GRACIOUS! A MERE TWO POINTS AWAY FROM TOPPLING GOLIATH! WOW! SPORTS!
Thanks for listening. I'm hoping for a third set to increase my long odds of seeing any of the Nadal match at lunch. See you this afternoon.