Cheering For "Cheaters"

Pete Abe brought up an interesting thought over the weekend, and I wanted to address it here:

Alex claims he used for three years. But none of us have any idea whether that is actually true or not. There are dozens of performance-enhancing substances out there for which no tests exist. It’s a good step...

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Minors Recap, 5/17

Scranton blanks Columbus, 3-0 (game 1, 7 innings)

  • Chien-Ming Wang, rehabbing, looked ready to return to the majors.  Wang gave up 4 hits in 7 innings of scoreless ball, with 1 strikeout, and 12 groundouts against 8 flyouts.  He may get one more rehab start but he’ll likely be back in the bigs soon assuming...
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Thoughts On An Exciting Weekend

I had a few random thoughts on the last couple of games, so I’m going to scrap my usual recap format and just go with some bullet points.

  • Have you ever seen anyone quite as happy after hitting a walk-off home run as Alex Rodriguez was yesterday? The look on his face as he rounded first...
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Joba’s Warmup/1st inning Issues

Newsday reports that Joba appears to be happy with the simulated bullpen session he had during his warmup for yesterday’s game, and plans to continue with the new pregame routine. They report:

The “it” was a slightly altered pregame warmup session suggested by Joe Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland...

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Minors Recap, 5/16

Scranton and Trenton (who was supposed to play a doubleheader) were both rained out tonight.

Tampa defeated by Dunedin, 5-3

  • Dellin Betances started for Tampa, and pitched fairly well.  In 6 innings, the tall righty allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5.  Dellin’s 2009 so far has looked like the...
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Eric Hacker traded for bullpen help

The Yankees paired up with their favorite trading partner again, dealing AAA starter Eric Hacker (who was added to the 40-man roster before the Rule V draft, though recently designated for assignment) to the Pirates in exchange for righty reliever Romulo Sanchez, who was rated the Pirates’ #25 prospect by Baseball America.

Hacker, who pitched very...

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