With the start of the regular season less than one week away, I’m starting to wrap up my series on players to watch outside of Yankee-land. Today, we’ll swing into the NL Central: At Target Field, it’s time to put up or shut up for Delmon Young. After lot’s of minor league hype and a respectable showing in 131 ABs in ’06 (.343 wOBA, 4.4 UZR), Young’s fallen off a bit. His wOBAs from ’07-’09 were .315, .324, and .312. This is not what Minnesota expected when they traded Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to the (Devil) Rays for Young. Continue reading Players to Watch, AL Central
From… Sam Borden (LoHud): YANKEES (102-56) Jeter SS Damon LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Matsui DH Posada C Cano 2B Swisher RF Cabrera CF Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.72) ROYALS (64-94) Maier LF Hulett 2B Butler 1B Pena DH Callaspo 3B Teahen RF Buck C Betancourt SS Anderson CF Pitching: RHP Robinson Tejeda (4-2, 3.41) TIME/TV: 7:05, YES. Tejeda, like Joba, can be filthy if everything clicks. Let’s hope that’s not the case tonight as the Yankees seek victory number 103.
Here are a few quick news items on the day: The Yankee coaches, along with assorted staff members, will meet today in order to construct their respective roster for the ALDS. Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano will have the night off against Kansas City and Anthony Lerew. Most of the other regulars—Tex, Damon, Jeter, Swisher, A-Rod—are expected to return to the lineup after receiving a day-off against Luke Hochevar. Jerry Hairston Jr. will take live batting practice today after being sidelined with tendinitis in his left wrist. Hairston received a cortisone shot a few days ago—his second of the month—in Continue reading Quick Bits: Roster Decisions
Here are the lineups, via Pete Abraham (LoHud): YANKEES (100-56) Gardner CF Cabrera RF LF Damon LF Posada DH Cano 2B Hinske 3B Duncan RF Miranda 1B Cervelli C Pena SS Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.71). ROYALS (64-92) Maier LF Betancourt SS Butler 1B Jacobs DH Callaspo 2B Teahen RF Olivo C Gordon 3B Anderson CF Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.98). TIME/TV: 7:05, YES. Obviously, after clinching both the division and the best record in the American League, the Yankees are prepared to give some of their regulars a day off. Despite the missing star power, it’ll be Continue reading Game 157: Royals @ Yankees
Well, I guess it’s 5 starts after today’s game against Texas. From George King III (NY Post): Joba Chamberlain isn’t wild about the innings limit on his right arm and how it has led to long stretches of inactivity in the second half. But he admits his arm is in very good shape. “I feel great,” said Chamberlain, who starts tomorrow night against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. “I feel a lot better at the beginning of the year. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.” Chamberlain last worked Aug. 16 at Seattle and will be going on eight days rest Continue reading Six more starts for Joba?
The Yankees contacted the Royals about Brian Bannister—who has taken steps in the right direction this year—however, according to Jayson Stark and Buster Olney (ESPN), the talks didn’t progress because the Yankees asked the Royals to pay the remaining $650,000 that’s left on Bannister’s contract. Strange development, huh? The Royals were probably insulted by that offer. This is how the Yankees may operate from now on, though, especially with Hal Steinbrenner behind the wheel.