Well, it's that time of the week again where we pull our heads out of the ground in Flushing and take a looksie around the U.S. to see what else has been going on in this game we like to call "baseball".
Boston Red (Hot) Sox: So who cares that they no longer have Manny? Jason Bay doesn't. After hitting a game tying two run bomb off Mariano Rivera in the 9th inning in what turned out to be a Red Sox victory over the Yankees on Friday night, Jason Bay did it again. On Monday night, in Cleveland, Bay broke a scoreless tie with a three-run home run off Kerry Wood as the Red Sox beat the Indians, 3-1, for their 11th straight victory.
Florida Marlins: Their All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hand after being struck by a pitch Monday in the first inning (in a game they lost to the, cough, METS).
Philadelphia Phillies: After getting off to a semi-slow start to the 2009 season, the Phillies have picked up pace and are doing so in grand slam style. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each hit a grand slam Monday, the fourth pair to do it in one game in Phillies history and first since '03, leading the way to a 13-11 victory over the Nationals. The Phils trail the Marlins by just a half a game for first place in the NL East.
Chicago White Sox: After coming over from the Reds in a deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, Ken Griffey Jr. suited up for just 41 games as part of the White Sox during the team's 2008 drive to the postseason. He returns to Chicago for a 3 game series; a series that includes a Tuesday Double Header (since Monday's game got postponed due to rain). Look for nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T from Sox fans. 'Cuz that's exactly what he deserves. Keep an eye out for John Danks, the team's young and very talented starter, who will be getting the night cap start.
Not much else going on... isn't that right, Yankee fans?