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September 3, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Streak is over; Clemens getting an MRI

A huge 7-1 win here by the Mariners over the New York Yankees. I just got up from both clubhouses and let me tell you, the contrast in moods was striking. The Yanks pride themselves for staying on an even keel, but they have their problems. The pitching we saw today is one of them. Unless the Yankees score six runs per game, they are not going to win on most nights.
Felix Hernandez didn’t let them do that this afternoon, allowing just a run on five hits.
Other problems for the Yankees? We all know that first baseman Andy Phillips is done for the season, that news coming earlier today. But how about the post-game news, which I just got in the clubhouse, that Roger Clemens is to have an MRI done on his right elbow.
Whoo-boy, that is big news. Lose Clemens for the season, or any significant length of time, and one of the few remaining pitching bullets is taken out of New York’s arsenal. Clemens did not look good today. He was obviously hurting.
The M’s have ended their streak and are just a game back in the wild-card race. But the rules of the game haven’t changed. They have the Yanks staggered somewhat right now. This is where the M’s have to keep inflicting damage. Steal one tomorrow night, with Horacio Ramirez taking on Chien Ming Wang, and all of the pressure goes back on the Yankees.
I’ll have more later. I’ve got to write my newspaper edition stories. But I’ll have post-game quotes and audio shortly.

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