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Apologies once more for the tardiness. The quick turnaround from night game to day game got me. I'm at Angels-Yankees. So let's quickly catch up.
First of all, we have new playoff brackets this morning:
AL: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4)
NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)
Notes: The Diamondbacks overtook the Giants for...Read more »
Greetings from a pleasant night at the Stadium. Just a few items on the docket:
--Alex Rodriguez, rehabilitating down in Tampa, remains on track to play Friday in a minor-league game, and Joe Girardi said that A-Rod should be able to join the Yankees on their road trip next week, starting Monday in Kansas City. Interestingly, though, Girardi said he would guess that A-Rod would not be ready...Read more »
Sorry for the tardiness this morning.
Yes, it's time to play "Perception or reality?" when we take a look at certain items of discussion in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) and determine whether these items are actually occurring or whether they've been manufactured to appear to be something they aren't.
Now please welcome your host, Wink Martindale.
1. "These...Read more »
Your updated playoff brackets:
AL: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4).
NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. San Francisco (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4).
Thoughts: The Yankees and Red Sox are tied atop the AL East, but in our theoretical "If the season ended today" exercise, you'd give the edge to the Red Sox because of their 9-2 edge in head-to-head play....Read more »
Greetings from Fenway Park. It's good to be here after a nearly four-month hiatus.
The big item of discussion here is what the Yankees will do, moving forward with their starting rotation. Joe Girardi didn't provide any answers, but he did offer some clues.
First of all, Phil Hughes will be placed in the bullpen for this weekend, Girardi said, explaining that by speaking of the...Read more »
Check out Hiroki Kuroda's numbers since becoming a major-leaguer in 2008. The dude is a metronome. He's quite reliable for what he is.
But what is he? If you were running the Yankees and you acquired Kuroda, where would you slot him in your playoff starting rotation? How would his stuff play in the American League?
These are questions worth asking because Kuroda might wind up being...Read more »
Continuing our trade-deadline series, this week, let's look at the five best prospects that were acquired in the middle of the season.
The random rule I established: I considered only players with no major-league experience prior to being traded. The teams picking them up went solely on what they saw in minor-league games.
1. JEFF BAGWELL, Houston
This trade occurred such...Read more »
I went into last night's Yankees game intending to write about Mark Teixeira and his disappointing season at the plate. But after the way Freddy Garcia pitched, I wasn't about to do that. Instead, I wondered, what if the Yankees don't add a pitcher at the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline? Can this current starting rotation get the Yankees into the postseason and then to the Canyon of Heroes?
I'd...Read more »