Here's your early Inside Pitches heading into the ESPN tilt tonight at 8 in Fenway between the Yankees and Red Sox:
---Sabathia vs. Beckett? Must-see TV for sure. Too bad ol' CC couldn't have won that matchup in Game 5 of the '07 ALCS for the Indians.
---How times change. Big Papi sitting this one out for the Sox against the big lefty.
---Derek Jeter at 2,699 career hits. The Iron Horse holds Yankee record at 2,721. Until going 0 for 3 Saturday, Jeter had six straight multi-hit games and was 16 for 27, a Little League-like .593 batting average.
---Please tell me you didn't miss the end of today's Mets-Phillies game. Phils second baseman Eric Bruntlett turned an unassisted triple play for the final outs of a 9-7 victory, just the second time in history a game ended on such a play (Johnny Neun did it for the Tigers in 1927).
Bruntlett, who made an error earlier in the inning, took Jeff Francouer's liner near the bag, stepped on second for the second out and tagged Daniel Murphy for the final out. No chance for the runners, who were off on Brad Lidge's 2-2 pitch.
Just the 15th unassisted TP in history. Oddly enough, there were just three between 1928-1999 but there have been five in this decade and one for three straight seasons. Here's the complete list.
---Mets owner Fred Wilpon told the Post yesterday that GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel would be back next year. That information was confirmed today. Yeesh.
---This organization is Madoff-poor. Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wishes the Wilpons would just fess up. Here here.
Jeff Wilpon was less than honest with me Monday in Coca-Cola Field as he told me the Mets would spend on development -- when it turns out they were last in the majors in bonuses paid to draft picks from rounds 2-10.
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