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Reading about Hiroki Kuroda's start yesterday, and watching it on TV, it occurred to me how welcome the Japanese right-hander would've been in Yankees camp a year ago. In light of Cliff Lee opting for the Phillies and Andy Pettitte opting for retirement, Kuroda would have stood as the second starting pitcher, behind only CC Sabathia and ahead of less reliable options like A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon...Read more »
Spent yesterday in Fort Myers with the Red Sox. Wrote two stories, one on Bobby Valentine and the other on Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
Lester expressed considerably more remorse than did Beckett for what went down in the team's clubhouse last season - vis-a-vis the historic collapse - and that's going to generate plenty of discussion in the Boston yakosphere (trademark Neil Best).
Whatever....Read more »
Our last of the weekly feature for 2011. The tweak in baseball's schedule differs our outlook a little here. We're going to look only at the next three days, until the regular season is concluded.
The postseason kicks off Friday, and we'll have an entirely separate preview for that.
OK, enough wordy explanations of the analysis we're about to share. Let's get to the wordy analysis!
Series...Read more »
Thanks to those who reached out to me to make sure all was well, vis-a-vis the absence of new posts the past couple of days.
Everything was fine. My power cord died, that's all. I love my iPad, but I've found blogging on that to be more challenging than perhaps even the roommate switch (not that I've ever attempted that one). Therefore, I sat out of the blogosphere until my new power cord...Read more »
Yes, it's time to kick off this annual feature, which we start a week after Labor Day and runs every Monday through the end of the regular season.
In other words, this Monday and the next two.
Why? Because this is crunch time, spiritually. The weather is cooling, football is here, the kids are back in school and every game involving a team (or teams) on the bubble feels huge.
First,...Read more »
Greetings from an absolutely brutal evening in the Bronx. I haven't seen it rain this hard since this episode of "The Incredible Hulk." Or maybe this episode. Or this episode. Or this one. Or how about this one?
Gosh, it sure did rain a lot in that show. What was up with that?
Any way, the Yankees are hoping against hope, against the weather forecast, that they can...Read more »
Just a few items this morning, and then I'll check in later, after Bud Selig speaks with the media.
1) Good story by Erik Boland on what happened in the Yankees-Royals game last night, and conveniently enough, I'm in position to ask both Selig and Joe Torre about Billy Butler's disputed home run today.
For one thing, yes, the umpires should have addressed Dana DeMuth. I'm not sure if...Read more »
What the hell. I covered the All-Star Game. I might as well check in on it.
I'm in an enumerating mood this morning, although I don't have as much to say about this as I did about the K-Rod trade.
1. It was a yawner of a game, bottom line. It started out promisingly enough, with Prince Fielder's three-run blast overshadowing a solo homer by Boston's Adrian Gonzalez. But that proved to...Read more »