Chacon and Embree: A tale of two debuts

When I woke up this afternoon and learned that the Yankees had signed Alan Embree, I was going to write a post extolling the move. Good thing I didn’t. OK, I still like the move. Embree is a lefty, and when he’s on, he’s on. But he was so off on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Embree served up a single to Adam Kennedy, then made an errant throw to first on Chone Figgins’ sacrifice bunt, allowing one run to score and runners to advance to second and third with no outs.

That was all for Embree, who was replaced by Tom Gordon — who wasn’t so good on Saturday either.

Now, Shawn Chacon was pretty good on Saturday. I was a bit cautious when the Yankees made the deal. But if Chacon keeps pitching like he did on Saturday, Brian Cashman may have made another sharp move. Chacon allowed one run on four hits in six solid innings against a pretty potent Angels lineup.

It was a huge win for the Yankees. Jason Giambi continues to rebound nicely, and Hideki Matsui continues to show people he is the clutchest hitter on the team. The Angels have had the Yankees’ number this year, but not on this day.

By the way, Francisco Rodriguez has blown two of his last three save opportunities. He didn’t look good against Toronto in Thursday’s marathon, and he was awful against the Yankees on Saturday. Maybe Mike Scioscia should give K-Rod a couple of days off so he can recharge the batteries.

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