We have only ourselves to blame for All-Star game madness

Amidst this flurry of PR disaster, MLB understandably decides that they have to do something to make up for the embarrassment everyone suffered in the commissioner’s own backyard. There’s just one problem: it’s still an exhibition game plopped down in the middle of the actual regular season schedule. This leaves a rather limited set of options for making adjustments to the game. You can’t very well pressure the pitchers to pitch more innings, because that starts to affect the regular season games, nor do you want to change the practice of trying to get everyone playing time, because that alienates the fans (mostly kids) who want to see the players on their favorite team. So you come up with what seems like a great idea for approximately ten seconds: make it count!

Of course, this idea is immediately derided by the same people whose sensibilities were offended by an exhibition game ending in a tie. The All-Star game should matter, they say, it just shouldn’t have any affect on the regular season.…

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Ivan Nova – a great performance

It started in the first inning. The Yankees had given him a 2-0 lead. Nova struck out Daniel Nava to start the bottom of the frame. But Superman, Pedro Ciriaco, singled. Nova had David Ortiz in the hole, with a ball and two strikes, but walked him. Nova kept his cool and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to make it two outs. Nova then got Cody Ross to hit into an inning-ending pop up to the infield to end the threat. Except…Derek Jeter–in the wonderful words of Gabe Lezra went all Luis Castillo on Nova and dropped the pop fly. Nova again kept his cool and got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out to second to end the inning.

Jeter struck again in the bottom of the third. We love you, Captain, but this was as bad a fielding game as we have ever seen. That guy again, Ciriaco, hit a grounder to Jeter. Jeter did not make the play and Ciriaco was given a single.  …

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Nova fans 10, Yanks win 3 of 4 in Boston

Can every inning be the first inning at Fenway Park? The Yankees scored 14 runs in the four first innings of this series, including two last night to jump out to an early lead against Jon Lester and the Red Sox in Fenway. Derek Jeter, who ended up with three hits, led the game off...

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The Farm Report: 7/8/12

Trenton lost to Portland 3-2:
The Thunder took an early lead, as Zoilo Almonte, Luke Murton and Melky Mesa hit consecutive singles with two outs.  Almonte and Murton scored on Mesa’s hit and took a 2-0 lead.  Portland got one run back in the top of the second, as Matt Spring homered to left.  Jackie Bradley got hit by a pitch in the top of the third and a throwing error by Shaeffer Hall put runners on second and third.  One run scored on a ground out and the game was tied 2-2.  The game stayed knotted up until the top of the ninth, when Ryan Dent was hit by a pitch and Bradley drew a walk.  A single from Jeremy Hazelbaker scored Dent and the Sea Dogs took the 3-2 win as Trenton went down in order.

Almonte ended the game 1-3 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.  Murton, Mesa, Neil Medchill, Addison Maruszak and Yadil Mujica each had a hit to round out the Thunder offense.  …

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Sunday Night Baseball: Yanks/Sox 7/8

Yanks:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Robinson Cano (L) DH
6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
7. Andruw Jones (R)...

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Can’t handle the New York heat

Exhibit A:  Melky Cabrera

Pre Yankee Days-N/A

Yankee Days-Cabrera spent four years sporting the pinstripes.  During that time, he batted .269, had an on-base percentage of .331, a slugging percentage of .385, and an OPS of .716.

Post Yankee Days-Melky has played for three teams since leaving the Yankees.  First he went to Atlanta, then Kansas City, and now he is with San Francisco.

Braves: With the Braves, Melky did not do so hot.  He had a batting average of .255, on-base percentage of .317, a slugging sercentage of .354, and an OPS of .671

Royals:  With the Royals, Cabrera batted .305, had an on-base percentage of .339, a slugging percentage of .470, and an OPS of .809.

Giants:  With the Giants, Cabrera is currently second in the National League with a .353 batting average, an on-base percentage of .396, a slugging percentage of .527, and an OPS of .923.

Bottom Line-After a bit of a hiccup in Atlanta which was likely induced by Post-Yankees Stress Syndrome, Cabrera has become an All-Star caliber left-fielder. …

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