He was a Yankee hero in 1998-2000 with the high leg-kick, the funky delivery and the infectious enthusiasm. In 2001-02 he had spotty seasons and suffered various injuries; in 2003, he was out all year with arm problems. Now Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez is pitching again for the Yanks and getting some nice results: 7 IP, 4 H, 10K of scoreless baseball against the strangely punchless BlueJays. The Yanks got their first shutout since early May this afternoon. The pitching needed a lift and the return of El Duque has been a beaut so far. [The Monk didn't want to say it's been a real shot in the arm . . . oh well].
BTW, the Orioles won their sixth game in eight tries against the RedSux this afternoon, thereby begging the question why they can whack the RedSax and the Yanks have so much trouble (then again, the RedStanx wonder why the O's cannot do unto the Yanks [1-8] in similar fashion).
If the Yanks have six wins over the RedStiffs by the end of Sunday night's game, I'll be quite pleased.