If you’re a sport radio host in New York, chances are you’ve heard it all. Case in point, YES Network host Don La Greca had officially heard all he wanted to hear from Steve from Brooklyn during Thursday’s broadcast alongside Yankees television voice Michael Kay, so he unleashed an epic rant that he hoped would set the caller straight. It stemmed from Steve suggesting that Aaron Judge, the American League home run leader with 37, should have been pinch hit for during Wednesday’s win against the Mets.
BOSTON — The minutiae starts to fade now. Steal a few wins, rattle off a gorgeous run when people didn’t expect you to — what should or shouldn’t happen doesn’t matter. Are the Sox really this good? At a certain point, it’s irrelevant how many wins were lucky (Friday’s, arguably), or against bad teams (the White Sox), or anything else. Those victories are cinderblocks in the standings that the Yankees are will find increasingly difficult to budge. There’s simply no challenging the value of banked wins, no eliminating them. Look, you didn’t need Friday night’s 9-6 Red Sox win over the Yankees to realize the Sox are resilient. All of August has been a coming out party: for a pitching staff that’s
SAN FRANCISCO — Before each game, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin and his coaching staff decide who will take the lineup card to home plate. If the Phillies win that game, the same person takes the lineup card out the next day to see if he can keep the ball rolling. The Phillies entered Thursday night's game against the San Francisco Giants having lost four in a row. Mackanin needed someone to break the skid. At first, there were no volunteers. Then it dawned on hitting coach Matt Stairs: It was Aaron Nola's turn to pitch. "I'll take it!" Stairs offered. Who wouldn't want to hitch their wagon to Nola the way the right-hander had pitched lately? In his previous 10 starts, he'd delivered at least