What is it with these guys?

Maybe there’s no material greater prevalance of of domestic abuse in sports than in the rest of society*, but it’s something I will never, ever understand. Latest @#$%^&* to get caught, former Yankee/Twin Chuck Knoblauch:

Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his common-law wife. … According to a criminal complaint, Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and then choked her at their Houston home on Friday.

Seriously? Now, we’ve only heard her side of this so I’ll try to show some restraint, but there’s no excuse for hitting her or choking her, even if she instigated it or was the aggressor.

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Game 158: Royals @ Yankees

Here are the lineups, via PA: YANKEES (101-56) Jeter SS Damon LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Matsui DH Swisher RF Gardner CF Molina C Pena 2B Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (12-9, 4.19). ROYALS (64-93) Maier LF Betancourt SS Butler 1B Jacobs DH Callaspo 2B Teahen RF Buck C Gordon 3B Anderson CF Pitching: RHP Anthony Lerew (0-1, 3.86). TIME/TV: 7:05, YES. And here are a couple of quick pre-game notes: According to Jore Arangure (ESPN), Miguel Sano has signed with the Twins. The Twins beat the Tigers in the first game of today’s doubleheader. They’re one game back.

The Yankee Bowl?

From Stewart Mandel (SI): NEW YORK — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the commissioners of the Big East and Big 12 will announce at a news conference Wednesday the formation of the Yankee Bowl, to be held at the new Yankee Stadium beginning with the 2010-11 postseason, according to sources with knowledge of the event. The game, which will seek NCAA certification next spring, would reportedly pit the Big East’s fourth-place team against the Big 12’s No. 7 selection. Organizers plan to hold the first edition between Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. Continue reading The Yankee Bowl?

Knoblauch accused of beating and choking his wife

From ESPN: HOUSTON — Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assaulting his common-law wife. A judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000 after he appeared in court Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her at their Houston home Friday. Knoblauch’s attorney did not immediately return a telephone call Tuesday. Prosecutors contend Knoblauch had been drinking heavily Friday evening and taking Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, according to the Houston Chronicle. Knoblauch’s wife was attempting to get a hold of Knoblauch’s car keys, prosecutors, said, when he allegedly attacked Continue reading Knoblauch accused of beating and choking his wife

Chad Jennings to replace Peter Abraham

Peter Abraham, who is leaving the Journal News and the popular Lohud Yankees blog to jump to the Boston Globe, has finally anounced his replacement.  Say what you will about Pete-Abe’s  hatred of Alex Rodriguez and Patriot fandom, but the access and coverage he provided is unmatched.  Pete-Abe, whose departure will leave a large (perhaps even Pete-Abe sized) hole in the Yankee blogosphere, will be replaced by Chad Jennings of the Times-Tribune of Scranton. Jennings, who has blogged about AAA Scranton for the past few seasons, is finally getting a much-deserved call to the bigs.  Chad will likely start writing Continue reading Chad Jennings to replace Peter Abraham

Postseason Roster 2.0

The writers here at TYU have discussed the Yankees’ postseason roster at various points over the last few weeks, and I will take another stab at it here. The final prediction will come after the Yankees complete their final game of the regular season. I believe that the Yankees should carry 14 hitters and 11 pitchers. 14 Hitters 1B Mark Teixeira 2B Robinson Cano SS Derek Jeter 3B Alex Rodriguez C Jorge Posada LF Johnny Damon CF Melky Cabrera RF Nick Swisher DH Hideki Matsui OF Brett Gardner C Jose Molina Those 11 are definitely going to be on the Continue reading Postseason Roster 2.0

Game 157: Royals 2, Yankees 8

With the pressure off and the Royals in town, Girardi took the opportunity to give most of his starters a breather. Posada, in at DH, was the only veteran in the lineup and Cano, Melky and Gardner were the only other regulars to start. Still, this didn’t keep the Yankees from putting together an exciting game, as they continued their win streak with an 8-2 victory.

Robinson Cano started the bottom of the fourth by ripping a double to left. Posada singled him over to third and Hinske smacked a RBI single for the first run of the game. A solo homer by Mark Teahen in the top of the fifth tied the game at 1-1, but Ramiro Pena quickly put the Bombers back on top with his first major league homerun, which just made it over the fence in right.

The Royals were able to tie the game up again in the top of the sixth. Yuniesky Betancourt singled to left and Billy Butler doubled to center. A sac fly to right by Mike Jacobs made the score 2-2. Posada drove a double to left and moved to third when Hinske grounded out. Shelley Duncan followed with a single into left and the Yankees led 3-2. While that was enough for the win, the Pinstripes broke it open in the bottom of the seventh. Cervelli doubled to center and scored on Pena’s single. Pena then stole second. Gardner singled and Melky walked, loading the bases for Cano, who hit his second grand slam of his career, giving the Yanks the 8-2 lead.

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Sizing up the Yankees' potential ALDS opponents

As we enter the last week of the 2009 season, there are only two undecided playoff spots: the winner of the AL Central, and the National League wild card. Despite being only 2 games behind the Rockies, a lot would have to go right for Atlanta this week, who have a 22% chance of making the playoffs as of Tuesday morning. Far more pertinent to the Yankees is the race in the AL Central between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins, separated by a mere two games with a four-game set between the teams starting this afternoon in Detroit. Continue reading Sizing up the Yankees' potential ALDS opponents

Stat of the day: Cy Young edition

If nothing else about this site, it’s that I try to be as unbiased as possible. So here’s the stat that I was discussing yesterday (at synagogue, no less!) that convinced a few others that Greinke has cinched the Cy Young:

IP ER ERA
Greinke (L, ND) 106.0 38 3.23
Sabathia (L,ND) 87.7 38 3.90
Hernandez (L, ND) 94.3 43 4.10

Those are their stats during losses and no decisions…

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