Game 52-May the Force be with you

The kid looks great, but can he hit a curveball?

It’s Star Wars night at CoMerica Park. Why? I have no idea.  Maybe the Tigers are picking up where Larry Lucchino left off and trying to paint the Yankees as the Evil...

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Rumor: Yanks talking trade with Nats

For what it’s worth, a deal like this seems highly implausible to me. Now, GMs do things that don’t make sense to me all the time, but I have a really hard time seeing what the Nats’ motivation for making a deal like that would be. Washington currently leads the N.L. East by two games in the loss column, and it’s their starting rotation that’s carrying them. Nationals’ starters currently lead all of baseball in ERA, FIP, and xFIP, while their offense ranks 11th in the National League in wRC+. Jackson’s contribution to that has been a 3.17 ERA and 3.34 FIP in his 10 starts, so even though he’s only their fourth starter and is signed to just a one year contract, it’s hard to imagine the Nationals dealing E-Jax for anything other than a short term upgrade on offense or at least one major prospect. In the worst case scenario,Washington can get an extra pick in next year’s draft if they make Jackson a qualifying offer, hopefully after he helps to propel them to the postseason for the first time in team history.…

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No fines issued in Martin/Diaz dispute

Look, you can argue that Martin is equally at fault here for admittedly arguing balls and strikes early in the game, but you’ve got to make a pretty big stretch to do it, in my opinion. First of all, there’s the fact that, if Martin was arguing, he was doing it in such a nondescript manner that I don’t think anyone would have ever known about it had he not admitted to it after the game. Secondly, the idea that players and managers are held to the same standards of expected behavior as the umpires just strikes me as bizarre. Players and managers are involved in a competition, while the officials are expected to be the unbiased arbiters in those contests. The competitors will get emotional from time to time, but the officials are generally expected to maintain the level head and act professional at all times. And don’t tell me that an umpire can’t be expected to maintain his professionalism in the face of a player or coach questioning his decisions, because I watch NFL referees do that exact thing just about every time there’s a judgment penalty in question during an NFL game.…

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Mets got away with one last night? Not really

Chalk mark or kicked up dirt?

Mets fans have waited a long time for the game they saw last night at CitiField. 8,019 games and 52 years to be exact. In the interim, they had 6 no-hitters pitched against them, 35 1-hitters pitched for...

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Yankees overcome ninth inning scare, take first game from Tigers

The game certainly got off to an ignominious start for the Yankees in the first inning when, following a Derek Jeter single to lead off the game, rookie pitcher Casey Crosby, making his major league debut on this night, was able to get the next three hitters out without advancing Jeter, and even recorded two of those outs via strikeouts of Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Things got even more sour in the bottom of the inning, when Detroit center fielder Quintin Berry, filling in for the injured Austin Jackson, hit a lead off triple off of Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia, and then came in to score on an RBI single by Danny Worth.

Things took a very pronounced turn for the better in the second inning, however, as the Yankees finally turned in the sort of inning fans have been waiting for for weeks now. The Bombers loaded the bases with one out thanks to three walks by Crosby, but it looked like it might merely result in another infuriating failure when Chris Stewart flied out to Delmon Young in left field for the second out of the inning on a ball that failed to even bring Robinson Cano home from third.…

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The Farm Report: 6/01/2012

Empire State lost to Norfolk 4-3 in the first game of the (scheduled) doubleheader:

Corban Jospeh finally got his call up from Double-A Trenton, and he did not waste time making his mark at Triple-A. With one out in the top of the first inning, Jospeh took an 0-1 pitch from Jason Berken over the wall for a home run in his first at bat in the highest level of the minors to get the Yankees on the board first. The game went into the bottom of the seventh (the final inning of the game due to the doubleheader being scheduled), but Manny Delcarmen did not have his best outing on this night. Delcarmen struck out the first batter of the inning, but walked Carlos Rojas, who then moved to third on a single by Xavier Avery. With the winning run on third, Lew Ford promptly brought him home with a walk off single to give the Tides the win.…

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