Sunday Links: Cano $, Liriano, Joba, Montero, IPK

You'd be smiling, too

-You might have missed it since the trade came down late last night, but Francisco Liriano was traded in division to the Chicago White Sox. According to BPs Kevin Goldstien, the two players the Twins received in return are an MLB ready utility infielder and a lefty who may or may not stick at the back of a MLB rotation. At that price I would have given the Twins Ramiro Pena+Warren and stuck him in the Yankee bullpen as insurance, but that’s just me.

-Kenny Williams may not be done dealing (is he ever?) There are reports the ChiSox want to move Gavin Floyd, possibly before Tuesday’s 4:00PM trade deadline.

-Joel Sherman is a terrific reporter, one who I follow closely to stay on top of Yankee news. So when he offers estimates on what he thinks it will take to sign Cano, I have to suspect he got those numbers from someone connected with the Yankees who doesn’t want to put their name to it for obvious reasons.… Click here to read the rest

Centerfielder Factor

Exactly one year ago today, the Boston Red Sox sat atop the mighty AL East with the best record in the American League. New York was not doing too shabby in their own right, sitting just 2.5 games back from the Red Sox, and 19 games over .500. One of the main catalysts for both teams was the tremendous play of their centerfielders. This of course led to a major debate over not only which team was better, but which team had the better centerfielder. In a way, the discussions were a bit reminiscent of the 1950s in New York where there were three great centerfielders. I am of course referring to the days of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider. Now I am well-aware that the Yankees and Red Sox do not reside in the same city, but the proximity is close and the rivalry has reached a boiling point over the past decade.

Curtis Granderson was batting .277 to go with 21 home runs and 56 RBIs on this date last season.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/28/12

Trenton beat Harrisburg 5-1 in Game 2:
The Senators took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Luke Murton doubled in Jose Pirela and Zoilo Almonte.  They added some insurance in the fourth, scoring three runs on a RBI single from Rob Segedin and a double by Pirela.  Pirela and Melky Mesa both went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.  Pirela had a RBI.  Segedin also went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.  Craig Heyer went 3.2 innings and gave up one run on three hits and four Ks.  Graham Stoneburner threw 2.1 and held the Senators scoreless.  He gave up three hits and a walk, striking out one.

Tampa got stomped by Palm Beach 12-0:
The Yankees never had much of a chance, as the Cardnials knocked them for twelve runs on 23 hits.  Ramon Flores went 2-4 and Gary Sanchez went 3-4 with a double.  … Click here to read the rest

Yanks Eighth Inning Comeback Not Enough, Red Sox win 8-6

It’s amazing how the game of baseball can make you feel euphoric one inning and make you feel like you’re in despair the next. That’s exactly what happened to Yankee fans tonight in the eighth and ninth innings.

With the Yanks down 6-4  in the bottom of the eighth – after both CC Sabathia and John Lester had iffy outings – the Yankees were threatening to tie the score. And thanks to some disparaging remarks earlier in the season in which Vicente Padilla accused Mark Teixeira of racism against Latino players , the stage was set for some dramatics in that frame.

It was as if it were scripted by a Hollywood writer, of course our hero Teixeira would be the one walking up to the plate as the tying run and naturally he’d be facing the evil bad guy Padilla.  Some people were even predicting that Padilla would do something silly like hit Teixeira. After an eephus pitch on 2-0 that froze Teixeira, Padilla decided to speed things up and when he did, Teixeira crushed his 2-1 offering into right centerfield.… Click here to read the rest

“It’s not over…”: Red Sox jump on Sabathia early, rally late to beat Yanks 8-6

But, as they’ve done a few times before against the Red Sox this season, the bombers came roaring back. Three runs in the bottom of the frame, courtesy of a Jayson Nix two-run homer and a Derek Jeter RBI groundout, left them back at square one (well, square minus-2). Things proceeded as planned from there on, with neither pitching staff giving an inch.

Until the bottom of the eighth inning: Raul Ibanez hit for Chris Stewart, and lined a single into right field. A couple batters later, Mark Teixeira (still on a tear), blasted a shot to right field to tie the score. And, just like that, it seemed that the Yankees would be able to pull this one out.

And that lasted all of about 15 minutes, until Rafael Soriano, in to pitch the top of the ninth, walked Jacoby Ellsbury, and allowed a long triple to (can we say “Yankee-killer”?) Pedro Ciriaco. 7-6, but it seemed like more. Which it soon was: Dustin Pedroia brought Ciriaco home with a sacrifice fly, and that was it.… Click here to read the rest