Taking On Cliff Lee’s Contract

In an unsurprising turn of events, the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on waivers yesterday. There were some rumors that the Yankees had talked to the Phillies about trading for the starting pitcher before the trade deadline, but only to hit an impasse when the Phillies GM Ruben Amaro demanded top prospects...

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Who’s Hot: Minor League July Edition

Mark Montgomery (P, Tampa/Trenton):
Montgomery got his call up to Double-A in the middle of June and didn’t seem to bat an eye.  He threw 11.1 innings in July and never gave up a run.  He allowed three hits, four walks and struck out seventeen.  This 11th round draft pick the Yankees signed in 2011 just seems to get better and better as he moves through the system.  He has thrown eight innings for Trenton, so it is a very small sample size, but he has yet to issue a walk, has struck out thirteen batters and allowed just one hit.

Matt Snyder (1B, Staten Island):
Snyder started the short season hitting an abysmal .029/.209/.029 in June, but it may be safe to chalk that up to nerves or adjusting to professional ball, because he has pounded the New York-Penn League pitching in July.  He hit .414/.485/.609 last month, quickly becoming a bright spot for the struggling Staten Island Yankees.  He had two homers, a triple and nine doubles, racking up 23 RBIs.  …

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Nix stepping up as important role player

To be frank, not much was expected of Nix when he joined the active roster in place of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez was being sent down to the minor leagues to straighten out his defensive issues (or to build his trade value by playing shortstop everyday, depending on how you want to look at it), and Nix’s main selling point was that he could play every infield position and left field passably. Everyone loves to rave about utility players like that, but the truth is that they usually tend not to bring much value to the table beyond that. After all, if they had something going for them beyond being able to play multiple positions at a below average level, they’d probably have a starting job somewhere else.

Nix, on the other hand, has been able to make himself a valuable piece of the 2012 Yankees’ puzzle. After his 3-4 performance against Baltimore on Wednesday, Nix is hitting .260/.311/.469 with four home runs in the 105 plate appearances he’s gotten as a Yankee.…

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August 3, 1998

The game featured a pitching match-up of Orlando Hernandez and Mike Oquist. Hernandez was in the middle of a run that would make him the toast of New York. The Yankees had signed the recent 32 year old Cuban defector back in March and Hernandez entered this contest with a record of 5-3. He would only lose one more game the rest of the season. Mike Oquist was heading in a different direction. Oquest was a 32nd round draft choice of the Orioles way back in 1989 and beat the odds to pitch in the majors beginning with the Orioles in 1993 and later with Oakland starting in 1997. Oquist entered this contest having coughed up six runs a piece to the Red Sox and Blue Jays in his previous two starts.

The temperature was a warm 87 degrees with a light breeze.  Tim Tschida was the umpire behind the plate and a little more than 18,000 fans showed up to watch the contest.…

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Is Chamberlain Really A Shell Of His Former Self?

It’s been over a year since Joba Chamberlain last stepped on a major league mound, and since then, he underwent Tommy John surgery and a severely dislocated ankle. The media practically put Chamberlain six feet under after his trampoline disaster, citing some false rumors that his life was in jeopardy. Some...

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The Farm Report: 8/2/12

Trenton beat Altoona 9-6:
Walter Ibarra started the bottom of the first and scored on a sac fly by Zoilo Almonte.  The Curve tied the game in the top of the second, but Trenton responded.  JR Murphy drew a walk and Rob Segedin followed with a single.  Murphy scored on a single by Yadil Mujica and the Thunder had a 2-1 edge.  David Adams was hit by a pitch in the third and Almonte followed with a homer to right, putting Trenton ahead 4-1.  With two outs int he fourth, Adams and Almonte hit back-to-back doubles.  Murton grounded a single to right, plating Almonte.  Altoona finally got a couple runs back in the fifth, cutting the Thunder lead to 6-3.  Murphy opened the Thunder’s half of the fifth with a single, but was called out at second on a grounder by Segedin.  Mujica lined a single to right, putting runners on the corners.  He stole second and Ibarra singled in both runners.  …

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