Coming into this series with Oakland Mark Teixeira was batting .226/.291/.381, which was a far cry from his career marks of .281/.371/.530, or even his line of .265/.359/.510 with the Yankees. Now, I can't say he's turned the corner, but Tex did go 8-for-14 against the Athletics, with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 7 RBI. Let's hope he can keep that up.
I can't believe it myself, but this award goes to Derek Jeter. The Captain went 3-for-14, without a base hit. Derek did have a run scored and 2 RBI in the second game, but his batting average fell from .348 to .338.
Rick Vaughn Award
Although he wasn't awful in his last start, Hiroki Kuroda did win the Kelner Award in the series against the Royals. And in typical inconsistent fashion, Hiro threw a gem Sunday night. He went 8 innings, giving up only 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. Need further proof that he roughed up the As? Look at his total pitches thrown... 104.
NOBODY. That's right. With all the hubbub about the Yankees inability to pitch well, not a single starter or reliever had what anyone could call a "bad" outing. I know it's just Oakland, who have scored the fewest runs in the American League, but that's still pretty impressive.
*The awards are named after one of the best baseball movies of all time... Major League.
Gentry Award - Awarded to the least valuable position player. Named after the very first man cut from the 1989 Cleveland Indians, #47 Gentry. A man so insignificant he wasn't even given a first name.
Rick Vaughn - Awarded to the best pitcher in the series. This one is, of course, named after the "Wild Thing". The man that made Clu Haywood look silly in the division deciding game.
Kelner Award - Awarded to the worst pitcher in the series. Named after the Opening Day starter for the '89 Indians. Not a good game for Mr. Kelner, as Indians' announcer Harry Doyle famously quipped "thank God" after Kelner left the game. And yet another bad player without a first name.