A-Rod: “A Villain of Fortune”

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“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

It’s funny how superhero movies and sports intersect so conveniently and so appropriately sometimes. Batman references aside, it happens in virtually every sport, players fall in and out of favor with...

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In which I rant about this Biogenesis kerfuffle

I’m not a lawyer and I definitely don’t play one on the internet.

Unlike a lot of my fellow baseball bloggers who actually attended law school, took the bar and even dabbled in trial work, the extent of my “practicing law” occurred over 20 years ago when I took a mock bar exam as a senior in high school and passed on the second try; I was also a prosecuting attorney in a mock trial for that same class and won my case but that’s about as far as my knowledge or understanding of the law goes. So you can imagine when it comes to the Biogenesis mess how I’m almost completely lost.

And can you blame me or others like me who sit here day after day wondering what on God’s green earth is going on?

The information that seems to only come out in drips and drabs of late — and is usually leaked to the media — is so confusing to someone like me who made it out of college with a degree in broadcasting.…

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Timing Of Latest Injury Setbacks Leaves Rotation Dangerously Thin

It was another poor outing for Phil Hughes yesterday, the poorest and shortest he’s had since his 0.2-inning meltdown against the Mariners in May.  In his last 3 starts, Hughes has completed just 12.1 innings and has given up 13 R (10 ER) on 19 H in those innings with 8 BB to just 6 K.  His leash with Joe has gotten shorter to the point that were it a literal leash it would probably be choking him to death as soon as he took the mound, and his inability to work efficiently and deeply into games is becoming a burden on the bullpen.  Hughes needed 71 pitches yesterday to retire just 8 batters.

Combined with the unadulterated putridity that has been CC Sabathia‘s last 4 starts, suddenly the Yankees are rolling with an even worse rotation than they had a few weeks ago.  The group that needed to turn things around in concert with the offense if the Yankees were going to make a serious playoff charge has become an alternating “all or nothing” collection of some of the best and worst pitching we’ve seen this season.  …

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Padres 6, Yankees 3: Hughes can’t pitch in Petco either…

What an annoying game this one was.

Phil Hughes was Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy pitched like Cy Young for five innings and the Yankees found themselves on the losing end of a series once again. The last time they won a series was a month ago when they won two out of three to the Orioles. That’s pretty sad.

You know what else is sad? Derek Jeter has a mild calf strain. (That news just came out as I was writing this recap.) The Yankees aren’t sure if a DL trip will be needed.

I wonder if Jeter’s calf is really strained or if he just doesn’t want to be part of the circus tomorrow when Alex Rodriguez joins the team. I’m kidding… or am I?

Anyway, there were a couple of good things about today’s game. Austin Romine played and got a chance to do something for a change.…

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Game 110: Rubber game in San Diego

Today, Phil Hughes is pitching in Petco Park a place a lot of Yankee fans wish he’d call his home stadium and who is he facing? His old friend Ian Kennedy.

Remember the good old days when the Yankees future was bright and Kennedy, Hughes and Joba Chamberlain were going to be the starters for the next ten years?

Yeah…it seems like so long ago.

Anyway, the Yankees are looking to gain on the momentum of last night’s win and head to Chicago on a two-game winning streak.

Here’s San Diego’s lineup:
Everth Cabrera SS
Alexi Amarista 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Will Venable CF
Chris Denorfia RF
Mark Kotsay LF
Nick Hundley C
Ian Kennedy P

And here’s the Yankee lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes P

As you can see Brett Gardner is not in the lineup.…

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Game 109: Nova vs. Ross

Let’s see if the Yankees can strike back tonight against the Padres.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Chris Stewart C
Ivan Nova P

PADRES
Everth Cabrera SS
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Will Venable RF
Jedd Gyorko 2B
Alexi Amarista CF
Logan Forsythe LF
Nick Hundley C
Tyson Ross P

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