Report: A-Rod to skip Houston trip UPDATED

It looks like tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays will be Alex Rodriguez‘s last game as a Yankee for a while. The team has granted him permission to stay home and prepare for his arbitration hearing instead of going to Houston for the last series of the season.

When arbitration begins on Monday, Rodriguez will be backed by an expensive team of attorneys who will do what they can to discredit Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who has cooperated with MLB, turning over a trove of documents and personal communications that baseball says reflect Rodriguez as a shameless violator of the league’s anti-doping policies.

The Rodriguez legal team will work with attorneys from the MLB Players Association, who will try to persuade independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to reduce the historic ban. More than a dozen other players were suspended in August and most have now
served their punishment, but A-Rod remains a holdout.

Rodriguez could still theoretically settle with the league and perhaps even end up with a shorter suspension if he confesses to doping, but after previous admissions that he doped more than a decade ago when he was with the Texas Rangers, a new confession would cast a shadow of fraudulence over an entire decade of his career.

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Lunchtime links: Cano and his 10 year/305 million asking price

So it has been reported that Robinson Cano asked the Yankees for a 10 year/305 million deal and the reaction has been hilarious to say the least.

People are overreacting to the numbers, of course, because everyone always does when the news of contract “demands” comes out. They also believe that Cano actually thinks he’ll get a 10 yr/$305M deal. It’s as if some people are new to the free agency game.

If I got everything I ever asked for I’d be married to a really handsome man, have more money than Bill Gates and I’d be in shape without having to eat right or needing exercise.

Anyway, here are all of the links I could find about Cano:

Well, this isn’t everything but it’s a lot of them. … Click here to read the rest

What A Night For Phil

It may have looked like the last in a long line of embarrassing late season outings for Phil Hughes last night.  He was ineffective again and he got yanked after recording only 6 outs and after Joe stopped off to argue a bad call with the umpire before making his way to the mound to get the ball.  But it wasn’t all gloom and fastballs over the middle.  Phil actually carved out some nice space for himself in the record books last night.

  • His 145.2 IP this season is the new MLB record for lowest number of IP by a pitcher who made at least 29 starts.
  • His 4.54 career ERA is now 3rd worst in Yankee history for pitchers with at least 500 IP.
  • His 1.29 HR/9 is the new worst in Yankee history.
  • In taking the loss, Phil ends the year 1-10 at home and becomes the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to win fewer than 2 games in 15 or more home starts in a season.
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Swift recap: Rays 8, Yankees 3

If you missed the game, here’s what you need to know:

  • Phil Hughes couldn’t make it out of the third inning.
  • Eduardo Nunez was one of the hitting “heroes” along with Robinson Cano.
  • Evan Longoria is annoying and hit two more home runs tonight.
  • The Yankees have been eliminated from the playoffs thanks to a win by the Cleveland Indians.

We’ll have more to talk about tomorrow. This game was awful, depressing and was the cherry on the top of the sh** sundae better known as the 2013 season.… Click here to read the rest

Game 158: Bye Phil, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Here’s your game thread.

I’d tell you to have fun but I’m assuming this is going to be one of the worst games of the season because Phil Hughes on the mound in Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays just spells disaster. But just think, this is probably Hughes’ last start as a Yankee so that’s a positive, right? Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid and really wish his Yankee career had turned out differently and who knows, maybe he’ll do better on another team.

Zobrist SS
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Longoria 3B
DeJesus CF
Young DH
Joyce LF
Molina C
Johnson 2B

The Yankees will be facing David Price. Yeah, this isn’t going to go well for the boys from the Bronx at all. They couldn’t do anything against a guy who surrendered six walks and threw three wild pitches last night so what the heck will they possibly do against Price?

Nunez 3B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Wells RF
Reynolds 1B
Granderson CF
Ryan SS
Stewart C

I’m not usually the type to encourage drinking but I think in order to get through this last few games, Yankee fans should imbibe.… Click here to read the rest

Recapr, presented by Pepsi: Bad day at the Bronx office Recapr looks at the reaction to a tough Tuesday for the Yankees, which included CC Sabathia’s shutdown, a loss and some missing bobble heads.


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