The Yankees Daily—July 19, 2008

Rain ManCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2008

The New York Yankees needed a Wilson Betemit RBI single in the ninth inning and a walk-off HBP by Jose Molina to win this ugly game.

The Yankees left 21 runners on base, despite 13 hits. Joba had the start, struck out eight, gave up six hits, and gave up one earned run in six innings. He earned a no-decision. For the Yankees' bullpen, Jose Veras didn't really have a good game. He blew the save, walked two, gave up two hits, and gave up one earned run in one inning.

Mariano Rivera also gave up one earned run, but struck out three in one inning. The rest of the bullpen was sweet. Edwar Ramirez struck out four in two innings. Farnsworth had a strikeout in one inning, and Robertson got the win.

The Yankees improve to 52-45, only four behind Boston, 1.5 behind Minnesota in the Wild Card race, and five out of the East for now, as the Rays game hasn't been decided yet.

As for the A's, Gallagher was pressured by the Yankees' offense, giving up seven hits and two earned runs, and walking four batters. He did, however, strike out seven Yankees. He also earned a no-decision. Huston Street blew the save and DiNardo earned a loss when he hit Yankee Jose Molina with a pitch.

In other AL East action, Boston blew the 2-0 lead in the seventh, and lost the game 4-2. The Tigers are humiliating the Orioles 6-0, and it's only the first inning. It's a scoreless game between the Blue Jays and Rays in the top of the fifth. announced that Johnny Damon took batting practice, and he could return sometime next week. Good news for Yankee fans. Damon could be a DH in the next few games, and then he could return to the outfield shortly after his return.