Sherman-Yanks won’t bring back Swisher

Last year in pinstripes?

Amidst all the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway park yesterday, a significant bit of Yankee news appears to have been overlooked around the blogosphere. In his Friday column, Joel Sherman said in no uncertain terms that the Yanks don’t plan...

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Nova’s Curveball Key To Third Win

As the Highlanders squared off against the Red Sox this afternoon, Ivan Nova did his best impression of Smoky Joe Wood. His final line was 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Out of 3 starts, he has now won 3 games, thanks to a continuous barrage of run support...

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Red Socked by Yanks, spoil Fenway’s party

The game started for the Red Sox with misfortune as Derek Jeter popped out to shallow right field. Dustin Pedroia called for the ball but lost it in the sun and the ball bounced out of his glove. The official scorer gave Pedroia an error, but it wasn’t a misplay, it was a fluke. The Yankees took the gift whichever way it was written down on the scorecard. Curtis Granderson flew out but a wild pitch (REALLY wild) sailed over Jared Saltalamacchia’s head and Jeter moved to second and then scored on a solid single to center by Alex Rodriguez.

Before the game, Joe Girardi was shown on video as stating the big difference with the new Ivan Nova and the old one was the pitcher’s ability to limit damage in an inning. Nova did that all day. Nova worked around  a single in the first inning to keep the score 1-0. After two straight games of Yankee pitchers giving up four runs in the first inning, this was a refreshing change for the Yankees.…

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Previewing Red Sox Vs. Yankees: Happy Birthday, Fenway

So the Yankees travel up to Boston Friday night to begin the 2012 edition of “The Greatest Rivalry Ever Ever,”* with Fenway’s 100th birthday as the backdrop, and Bobby Valentine’s eccentric managerial style as the subtext. The beauty of this 2012 Red Sox side is that their reaction to last season’s public humiliation was to hire a loudmouth coach with a dangerously insane streak (because, you know, their clubhouse wasn’t being talked about enough already).

*(In a weird twist of fate, I’ll actually spend most of the weekend wrapped up in one of the world’s other great rivalries, as my Real Madrid travel to Barcelona for the unfathomably all-consuming clásico).

It has been the Boston Zoo all right, especially with Bobby V’s recent comments about Kevin Youkilis that seemed both completely random (I mean, what?) and particularly ill-timed (he had just gotten on his first hot streak this season). I mean, if this is all some sort of master ploy to create a bad guy persona for himself that can unify a divided clubhouse (because they all hate him), then maybe it’s working.…

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