Game 126-Yanks vs the Dodgers

Where's Colletti? Let me at em!

..and Cleveland, sort of. But no one could have ever done more to help a Yankee rival than the Dodgers did last night. As I’m sure you know, the Dodgers and Red Sox made a blockbuster deal that effectively has given the Sox a get out of payroll jail free pass and granted them absolution for all of Theo’s latter day payroll sins. LA receives the very talented but under performing and unhappy Adrian Gonzalez and the remaining 5 years of his deal, along with the dead weight overpriced deals of Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. That’s not enough? Fine, we’ll toss in 3 of our top 6 prospects and a backup infielder to boot. When the Sox traded for Beckett, they had to take what appeared to be a bad deal in Mike Lowell. The Dodgers are taking two bad deals AND giving up top talent. Ben Cherington gets GM of the year for this, I don’t care what happens next.… Click here to read the rest

Red Sox Waive White Flag, Clean House

In return for their big names, the Red Sox received a slew of prospects highlighted by top pitching prospect, Rubby De La Rosa, a 23-year-old coming off of Tommy John surgery. For the Sawks this was all about shedding payroll and headaches, and they sure did that. And now they have money to resign Jacoby Ellsbury and be players once again this off-season as well. All-in-all this is a move that will ultimately make Boston better and thereby scarier  in the long-run, where once us Yankees fans thought we would be able to revel in the dysfunction of a team mired in payroll hell. However, with the Dodgers buying up junk contracts like they are Germans buying credit default swaps in 2008 they are now out from under three bad contracts with some talented young players now coming on.

Yes, this trade did leave a few big holes in the Red Sox lineup and, yes, I’m sure they wish they still had Anthony Rizzo to play first, but if I am Ben Cherrington I am getting on my knees and thanking the baseball Gods for loosening Ned Colletti’s purse strings.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report 8/24/12

Trenton beat Akron 6-1:
The Thunder got on the board in the top of the second as Luke Murton doubled and scored on a double play ball by Kevin Mahoney. JR Murphy and David Adams hit back-to-back doubles in the fourth, giving them a 2-0 edge, while Mikey O’Brien continued to stump the Akron bats . Adams and Zoilo Almonte both drew walks in the sixth, scoring on a triple by Murton. Mahoney started the seventh with a walk and Rob Segedin lined a double to center. Jose Gil knocked a sac fly to left, plating Mahoney. Murphy singled to left, scoring Segedin for a 6-0 lead. Jesus Aguilar homered in the bottom of the ninth, but that was the only run Akron could manage, as the Thunder went on to win 6-1.

Murton went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, a triple and two RBIs. Adams went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a walk and a RBI.… Click here to read the rest

Sabathia Back, Yanks Beat Indians 3-1

There was lots of RISP-fail on the Yankee bats at the beginning of the game, but fortunately CC Sabathia gave the team one of his strongest performances of the year. After being activated from the DL, CC returned tonight and pitched 7.1 innings of 4 hit and 1 run ball. At 100 pitches, Girardi pulled the ace with 9 strikeouts in game, and what looked like plenty of gas in the tank. For a rehab outing, this was far more than what was expected.

Only Nick Swisher had any luck driving in runners tonight, a new trend over the last couple of games. Fortunately, the #2 batter had Derek Jeter on base for his first inning double, and 7th inning go-ahead homerun. The Yankees’ shortstop also reached base a third time, where he was hit by a 97 mph fastball in the head. It was a scary moment, but Jeter took it like a champ. In a very rare moment, he had some very unkind words for rookie pitcher Corey Kluber.… Click here to read the rest

The Return of CC—Game Thread Friday 8/24

CC Sabathia returns to the mound and his old stomping grounds tonight as the Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians at the Jake (I don’t care if that’s not the name anymore). He’ll be opposed by Charlie Kluber and the lineups are as follows:

NEW YORK:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Nick Swisher (S) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
6. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
7. Russell Martin (R) C
8. Raul Ibanez (L) DH
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF

CLEVELAND

1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
4. Carlos Santana (S) C
5. Michael Brantley (L) CF
6. Matt LaPorta (R) 1B
7. Brent Lillibridge (R) 3B
8. Shelley Duncan (R) DH
9. Jason Donald (R) LF… Click here to read the rest