Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
The Yankees won Game 3 against the Twins yesterday, and the champagne flowed, but the interesting game was the Rays-Rangers game. It was just a great, back-and-forth game. It was win or go home for the Rays, and they hadn't even been able to make it close on their own turf. But they rallied to win in Texas' house. Player of the game had to be one-time Columbus Clipper Carlos Pena. He hit the game-tying RBI single in the 8th, then a two-run homer to provide insurance in the 9th.
Pena is actually a product of Texas farm system. He was their first round draft pick in 1998 - the same year the Dodgers drafted Bubba Crosby. (Also drafted in the first round that year: Austin Kearns and CC Sabathia, among others.)
The Yankees sweep means the Reds-Phillies game moves to prime time, tonight at 8pm. The Reds still haven't made a decision on whether Chris Valaika will replace Orlando Cabrera, but it sounds like Paul Janish will be the starting SS tonight, either way.
Prof. Bukiet is predicting the Reds will win tonight, so maybe they, like the Rays, will live to fight another day.
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