CC and the offense get it done in Boston

CC Sabathia threw 6 2/3 innings last night, giving up 3 ER on 8 hits while capturing his league-leading 15th win. He walked 0 and struck out 8. Although CC labored in the Fenway finale, tossing 118 pitches to Jose Molina, he was hurt by a couple of defensive miscues from Robinson Cano (one...

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Candidates for the Next Commissioner of Baseball

Bud Selig has now been Commissioner of Baseball for more years than anyone since Judge Landis. Some say he has been a good boss, some say he has been a bad boss. I have my opinion, but I don’t care about that today. My main gripe against Bud is that he should have never been Commissioner to start with. He was an owner, and not a very good one, as evidenced by his teams one playoff appearance under his reign. Ewing Kaufman ran circles around the guy, and George Steinbrenner left him in the dust. How he was chosen for the job is still a mystery.

Anyhow, Bud is 75 now, and starting to look like Mr. Burns from The Simpson’s more and more every day. Bud has said he will step down in a few years, but I think the sooner the better. Like today. But that won’t happen, because he needs a replacement, and it takes time to find quality candidates.…

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Minors Recap, 8/23

Scranton beats Buffalo, 2-1

  • Jason Hirsh continued his impressive pitching, giving up a run on 6 hits in 6 innings of work, with 4 strikeouts.  Since being acquired from Colorado, the 6’8″ righty is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and 16 strikeouts against 4 walks in 21 innings.  His one major problem is the flyball, as...
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Another Saturday afternoon game in Boston, another Yankee loss

Was it really a surprise to anyone that the Yankees lost yesterday afternoon’s contest at Fenway? Despite Friday evening’s incredibly pleasing shellacking, Saturday’s outcome seemed predetermined, especially when you consider that the Yankees now have a sterling 6-10 record in Saturday afternoon games in Boston dating back to the beginning of the 2003 season...

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Rockies sign Giambi (and Ortiz)

Just a quick item on the day. The Rockies have signed Russ Ortiz. Last week, Ortiz opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees and will join a Colorado club which has also signed our old friend, Jason Giambi. When the Yankees traded for Nick Swisher, a lot of fans were...

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Blaming Burnett

Below me, Steve has a nice writeup out detailing the struggles between A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada, struggles which were on display in yesterday’s game against Boston. In terms of Burnett’s pitch selection, Posada and Burnett found it difficult to get on the same page, and the issue seemed to be a contributing factor...

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Romine, Kennedy, among those ticketed for AFL

According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees have ticketed 6 players to play in the Arizona Fall League during the offseason.  These players include Tampa catcher Austin Romine, RHP Ian Kennedy (rehabbing after aneurysm surgery), Scranton outfielder Colin Curtis, Tampa 3b Brandon Laird, and AAA lefty relievers Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn.  According to Jennings,...

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If ya can’t beat em, hate em

0-8 seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Or are the Yanks in the Red Sox heads now? Market corrections are a bitch, as we’ve seen on Wall Street recently and now with the Yanks-Sox rivalry. The Yanks have pulled the season series to 5-8 and have their two best pitchers going the next...

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Minors Recap, 8/21

Hello friends.  After completing a certain annoying standardized test today, I am back in business.   And without further adieu, tonight’s recap.

Scranton falls to Lehigh Valley, 9-1

  • Romulo Sanchez got the start, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings, with 6 strikeouts.  Sanchez, reportedly hitting 99 on the gun of...
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