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The New York Yankees still haven’t announced who will start the American League wild-card game against the Oakland A’s next Wednesday.But Thursday Jonathan Villar Jersey , before a 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays reduced their magic number for clinching home field for the game to one, the Yankees did announce their rotation for the weekend regular-season finale in Boston.It sure looks like J.A. Happ will be the wild-card starter.Article continues below ...The left-hander, 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts with New York, opens the Fenway Park series against Rick Porcello. Lance Lynn goes Saturday and Luis Severino on Sunday.That would leave Happ on his regular rest for the wild card, but Severino will have just two days’ rest.Happ has pitched well in his career against Boston, leading to speculation that Happ would be saved for the Red Sox. But manager Aaron Boone said the focus is on Oakland, regardless of where the game is played.“No,” Boone said. “I would say we’re going to pour everything kind of into the wild-card game and what we think will give us the best chance.”Masahiro Tanaka apparently took himself out of consideration with two straight bad starts. Severino, who had been the ace, recovered some from his recent struggles but doesn’t appear to be all the way back.That leaves Happ, who is 16-6 with a 3.57 ERA overall with Toronto and New York and should be rewarded — quite possible by the Yankees — with a free agent contract this winter.He is 7-4 with a 2.82 career ERA against the Red Sox, 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA at Fenway Park. He would be in line for only one ALDS start — Game 3, which would be in New York.Happ has pitched three times, in three different stadiums, against Boston this season, going 0-1 with two good starts and one shaky. He has 22 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.Porcello, 17-7 with a 4.33 ERA, is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA this year against the Yankees — 10-8 with a 3.16 ERA this season. He has had one bad start against New York this season, but his other two have been gems — one run and three hits in 16 innings with 15 strikeouts.The Yankees expect to have Aaron Hicks (hamstring) back in the lineup Friday night and may well get Didi Gregorius back this weekend.The Red Sox have some bad numbers against Happ, but former teammate and close friend Steve Pearce is 10-for-29 (.345) with five home runs against his buddy. Brandon Phillips is 8-for-29 (.348) with three homers, and two of Ian Kinsler’s seven hits have been home runs.But Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-15, Sandy Leon 1-for-10 (.100), Jackie Bradley Jr. 3-for-20 (.150), Xander Bogaerts 5-for-29 (.172), Mookie Betts 6-for-32 (,188) with a homer, Rafael Devers 2-for-9 (.222) and J.D. Martinez 4-for-17 (.235).The Yankees have dreadful numbers against Porcello http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , hitting a cumulative .214 (60-for-81) but with 13 homers. Neil Walker is 1-for-14 (.071), Greg Bird 1-for-12 (.083), Andrew McCutcheon 1-for-10 (.100), Austin Romine 1-for-9 (.111), Hicks 4-for-31 (.129) with two homers, Gary Sanchez 2-for-13 (.154), Ronald Torreyes 2-for-12 (.167) and Adeiny Hechavarria 4-for-22 (.182).The Red Sox, who will open the ALDS at home next Friday and Saturday, have already broken the club record for wins in a season and, after an off-day Thursday, come into this game at 107-52.Chris Sale, who will pitch Game 1, took the loss in Wednesday night’s second game of a day/night double-header at Fenway.“Obviously I’m not where I want to be,” he said after working 4 2/3 innings, his velocity down.“Not great, we saw that,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Velocity wasn’t great. The slider, the two (players) that he hit, but then after that he had a few swings and misses. The changeup was OK.”The Yankees hit four homers, two by Giancarlo Stanton, and CC Sabathia notched his 246th career win Thursday. But the victory was costly for Sabathia, who was ejected in the sixth inning for throwing at Jesus Sucre. The ejection left him two innings shy of the 155 he needed for a $500,000 bonus.“I don’t really make decisions based on money, I guess,” said Sabathia, who would likely start a Game 4 of the ALDS. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do.” Why does no one want to work in a bagel shop?Because it’s a crumby job!"For those unfamiliar with the Recap Coda series, here’s a link to Matt’s introduction. A couple of us have taken the original concept and twisted it to our own whims Jhoulys Chacin Jersey , using historical games that are memorable to us. Here’s a link to the entire Recap Coda series.Game Capsule: July 10, 2005 - Minnesota Twins at Kansas City RoyalsFinal Score: Royals 11 Twins 7Time of Game: 3 hours 11 minutesAttendance: 31,813Royals Review Game Thread: Game 16 Open Thread- Twins (10-5) at Royals (4-11) (and Overflow)Royals Review Recap Headline: Recaps did not exist yetBox score: Baseball-ReferenceYes, Recap Coda has already visited 2007 with Tim Webber’s excellent “Celebrating the worst School Day at the K of all time” where “ Dan Johnson ruined the days of thousands of schoolchildren”.But it was such an eventful year for the Royals (ok, not really)!After losing 100 games in 4 of their last 5 seasons, the Royals would not lose 100 again until... well, um... 2018.The previous year, coveted GM candidate Dayton Moore left Atlanta to take the Royals job and begin putting his stamp on the team.The Royals welcomed big ticket free agent Gil Meche, who spurned other clubs, angering Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi.Zack Greinke returned to baseball and posted a quality season just two years before he would have one of the best pitching campaigns of all time.Joakim Soria was selected in the Rule V draft, pitched a no-hitter in the Mexican Winter League the next day, and would garner down-ballot Rookie of the Year votes after being thrust into the closer’s role.Day Banny had his best MLB season.Of course, none of these players played on this day.But this story is much more about what happened off the field than on.The Krispy Kreme Konveyor (as it’s spelled in my head)Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty ImagesBack in 2003, the Royals teamed with Krispy Kreme for one of the most memorable promotions in team history.If the Royals got 12 hits in a home game, you could trade that ticket for a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Many fans remember the “We want donuts” chant (Ed note: I always felt it was important to say “Let’s Go Donuts” because “We Want Donuts” was too self serving.) From the above story: Personally, I have fond memories of waiting in line at the Overland Park Krispy Kreme after a Royals victory.You might be in line for a half hour or more but you would be there with jubilant Royals fans during their one good season (good ol’ 2003 Royals: the answer to “what if you gave all the luck in baseball to a 65-win team”).The Krispy Kreme workers who were not busy making or boxing donuts would be handing out warm donut samples to those in line.When freshly baked, Krispy Kreme glazed donuts are amazing: they fluffily melt in your mouth with just the right amount of glaze.**Cold ones are much less so as the glaze cakes on too thick and they’re best microwaved before eating.But if you’re poor, hungry college students, then not many survive the evening, even at a full dozen per ticket holder.As with so many things, it was too good to last. Even with a team that had difficulty drawing crowds and, even as the story states above, ran a low redemption rate, problems arose along with the popularity of the promotion.As there were only three Krispy Kreme stores in the Kansas City area, all had lines that went out the door on donut nights.The initial positive exposure soured some as people figured out how to game the system. Over the next couple of years, they tweaked the promotion so that they could only be redeemed Monday through Friday during normal business hours.No more midnight throngs of joyous jersey-clad donut seekers.After the 2006 season, the Krispy Kreme promotion was discontinuedTongueanera campaign slogan: “We didn’t think this through”Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesAnother “hits-for-carbs” promotion took its place: the Panera’s Baker’s Dozen.If the Royals got 13 hits in a home win Alex Wood Jersey , the ticket could be redeemed for 13 bagels.I could not find any links to cite for this promotion, but we’ll get to that in a bit.If you don’t remember it, you’ll just have to trust me that it happened.In 2007, the Royals won Opening Day by a 7-1 score against the eventual World Series Champion Red Sox.Newly minted ace Gil Meche scattered 6 hits across 7.1 innings and the Royals knocked around Curt Schilling.They almost triggered the promotion on Opening Day with 41,257 in attendance.However, the Royals came up a hit short, only getting a dozen hits against a half dozen Boston pitchers.The season was all downhill from there as the team went 1-5 the rest of the first two series and then 2-7 on a long April road trip.The team limped home at 4-11 for only the second homestand of the season.Many fans hadn’t even had a chance to see the team and unseasonably warm April weather conspired against the Saint Louis Bread Company.The game time temperature was 71 and the walkup crowd was large.There were only a handful of home games in 2007 with over 30K fans: Opening Day, a series with the Yankees, the aforementioned School Day at the K, and this one.Did Sir Sidney pitch for the Royals or the Twins on this day?It’s been lost to historyPhoto by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty ImagesOdalis Perez faced off against Sidney Ponson.I’ll let you guess which ineffective pitcher started for Kansas City.It’s irrelevant to the story, really.The first Royal batter of the game, David DeJesus, got a hit and the Royals never really stopped.Mike Sweeney started the Royals scoring with a homer in the 2nd. The 4th and 6th innings were the only ones in the game without a leadoff hit.Kansas City trailed 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 until a 5-run 5th gave them the lead for good. A Mark Grudzielanek (Underrated Royal alert!) homer tied the game.A Ross Gload groundout scored Mark Teahen to give the Royals their first lead. Potential franchise savior Alex Gordon, who made his MLB debut to much fanfare on Opening Day (striking out with the bases loaded in the first) had been moved down to 7th in the lineup with an abysmal .137/.241/.255 triple slash.He doubled home Gload and then scored after two wild pitches to John Buck.The Royals finished off the Twins with an amusing bottom of the 8th. DeJesus got the only hit in the inning, a leadoff single. He went to second on a wild pitch. Grudzielanek was hit by a pitch. Future Royal and owner of the glorious nickname “The Big Sweat”, Dennys Reyes, plunked the only batter he faced, Teahen, to load the bases. Sweeney walked to force a run in. Gload grounded weakly to 2nd and Grudz was forced at home. But then Teahen scored from 3rd on a wild pitch and Sweeney scored on a Brown sacrifice fly. Three runs, one hit, two hit batters, two wild pitches and a bases loaded walk.Hero to all of Bageldom!Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesThe Royals pounded out 15 hits and won 11-7.Back in the 6th inning, Mark Teahen collected the 13th hit.A bullpen combination of Ryan Braun, Jimmy Gobble, Todd Wellemeyer Zack Cozart Jersey , and David Riske did not let the lead slip away.The Royals won, bagel eaters won, Panera won...Oh, wait, that was Krispy Kreme. For Panera, things did not go as well.Unlike donuts, which can be extruded into existence at a speedy pace, bagels take time.I have a friend who I’ll call “John”.He who worked at a local Panera where employees are not bakers but “a guide to helping people realize a lifestyle enhanced by bread.” He informed me that each bagel takes at least 3 minutes to make and you can’t just make more when you run out.Every bread made at any of the Kansas City area Paneras (including Wichita, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, and St. Joe’s) came from a decades old levain called the Mother Bread.The aforementioned bagels are mixed one day in KC, rise in a truck and in walk-in coolers on the second day, and are baked the third day.Needless to say, a sharp rise in demand can cause problems for this lengthy supply chain.At John’s store, the promotion morphed thusly (to the best of his recollection):On the 1st day: Any 13 bagels plus 1 cream cheese.They ran out at 6:30am.On the 2nd day: Any 13 basic bagels with cream cheese extra.They ran out at 6:30 again. On the 3rd day: 13 pre-selected bagels in opaque paper bag. No cream cheese. Lasted until midday.On the 4th/5th days: 13 plain and sesame bagels.Mostly made it through the day, but with many customers disgruntled about selection.Not “John”Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for IMGNeedless to say, this was a colossal failure. This happened in 2007, which, admittedly, is eons ago, in internet time.But it’s almost impossible to find any trace of this promotion. The links on the Star and KCRoyals.com are long gone and pointed to 404 pages. A few blog posts remain, as do pages linking to the now-dead Star and KCRoyals links. An archived link lets you see Jeffrey Flanagan’s story in the Star entitled “Royals’ Baker’s Dozen Bagel Deal is Toast”:In the end, Panera cancelled their entire season-long ad buy from the Royals.Condemnation from the blogosphere was swift and fearsome...well... ok, so: social media wasn’t as influential or ubiquitous as it is now.But even our little corner of the world wide web detailed this doughy debacle.
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