Archive for March 8th, 2007


Thursday, March 8th, 2007
Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

In desperate need of warm bodies, the injury-stricken Rangers will turn to 20-year-old center prospect Brandon Dubinsky. The Alaskan-born Dubinsky has decent size at 6-1, 210 lbs, but still needs to mature into his frame. After a slow start, he’s been on a torrid scoring pace with the Rangers’ AHL-affiliate Hartford Wolfpack, however it remains to be seen how he’ll fair against stronger NHL opposition.

Scouts project Dubinsky as a second-line center down the road, and it looks as if he’ll get off to a running start playing with Martin Straka and Brad Isbister tonight against the Islanders. For a full profile of the newest Ranger callup, check out Steve Zipay’s piece in Newsday.

Gimpy Groin Grounds Ginger Gionta

Devils Rumors & News

Via Mark Everson in the Post:

Brian Gionta came here with the Devils last night but is not expected to play. In his second game back, Tuesday’s 5-4 OT loss in Philadelphia, he aggravated the groin pull that had kept him out eight games. He admitted he may have to be even more cautious this time.

“With a month left in the season, you have to make sure it’s right,” said Gionta, who set the team record with 48 goals last season.

Gionta had missed eight games prior to returning to the lineup for Sunday’s loss to the Bruins.

Yashin Ready For Rangers

Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

According to Newsday’s Tom Rock, Islanders captain Alexei Yashin is ready to return to the lineup tonight in a rematch of Monday’s contest against the rival Rangers. Said Islanders coach Ted Nolan, “There’s no better way for Yashin to step right back into the fire than with an Islanders-Rangers game.”

Yashin has missed much of the season with a sprained right knee, and hasn’t seen game action since January 30th. Rock reports that Nolan is likely to stick with his productive first line of Jason Blake, Randy Robitaille, and Ryan Smyth, while Yashin will slot in at second line center alongside Miroslav Satan.

Roger Roger

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)FOLLY ROGER

New York Post

Rocket pops in

New York Daily News

Yanks Rewind?

Newsday

With Pettitte Pitching, Clemens Pays Yanks a Visit

New York Times

Clemens pays social call to Yankees, watches Pettitte pitch

The Journal News.com

Clemens visits exhibition game to watch friends

NorthJersey.com

Clemens still undecided

Newark Star Ledger

Viva Pedro!

Mets Rumors & News

Yesterday was a big day for the New York Mets, as their ace pitcher Pedro Martinez threw a baseball for the first time since undergoing rotator cuff surgery last October. According to reports, Pedro played catch from roughly 45 feet away for approximately 10 minutes. It’s a baby step for sure, however any step toward a rejuvenated Pedro in August is huge for the Mets and their fans. Says the Post’s Joel Sherman:

This is March at Tradition Field. And if you can’t have baseball dreams here, when will you ever have them?

This is the moment, therefore, if you are among the Met faithful, to believe that Martinez and, say, Mike Pelfrey will be installed into a starting five at some juncture, and the Met rotation will no longer be a problem. It will become a late-season asset, an October boon. On a day like this, when a grown man who already is assured a spot in the Hall of Fame can be giddy about just playing catch, then …

Giant Rumors

Giants Rumors & News

Are the Giants being left in the dust in the free agent marketplace, or is this all part of Jerry Reese’s grand plan? Time will tell, but in the meanwhile, Giants 101’s got the latest news and rumors:

– There is word that the Giants have reached a preliminary agreement with Chicago free agent DT Ian Scott, and are negotiating to with veteran LB Ike Reese.

– Rams free agent WR Kevin Curtis did end up visiting Giants today without an agent.

– The Giants are interested in former Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards.

– All signs point to Domanic Rhodes signing with the Giants in the next few days.

Jets Still Duck Hunting?

Jets Rumors & News

Despite the addition of running back Thomas Jones, the Jets still met with free agent RB T.J. Duckett on Wednesday as planned. I’m not sure how much we should read into this since the visit was planned before the trade for Thomas was consummated; however the fact that Duckett showed up would seem to indicate that the free agent would be willing to share carries behind Jones, and that the Jets are considering that possibility. Such a move would likely spell the end of Cedric Houston in the Jets’ offense, and a limited role for the electric Leon Washington.

According to Newsday, the Jets also met with full back Darian Barnes, and are currently negotiating with free agent defensive end David Bowens as well. Barnes is considered more of a “thumper” than departed free agent fullback B.J. Askew, and is a better match to the strong, blocker that coach Eric Mangini prefers at the position. Bowens comes from a 3-4 defense in Miami where he only saw …

Feely To the Fish

Giants Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Arthur Staple:

Jay Feely wanted to stay with the Giants, but the Giants decided kicker wasn’t a position on which they needed to spend extra money. So they chose not to make a competitive offer and Feely agreed to a three-year, $6-million deal with the Dolphins last night, with roughly $2.5 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the contract details….That leaves the Giants seemingly prepared to go into 2007 with undrafted rookie Josh Huston and a veteran kicker who would be unsigned as training camp approaches. The Dolphins will cut veteran Olindo Mare to make room for Feely, so Mare will be the most attractive kicker on the market.

Burgos, the New Benitez?

Mets Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s David Lennon:

The rising star of reliever Ambiorix Burgos took a hit, literally, when the Red Sox’s Eddie Rogers blasted a walkoff grand slam in the ninth inning yesterday to down the Mets, 9-5, at City of Palms Park.

The 28-year-old Rogers, pretty much a career minor-leaguer, hammered a first-pitch fastball from Burgos deep into the leftfield screen. Burgos, who is competing for a late-inning spot in the Mets’ bullpen, had 12 blown saves a year ago as the Royals’ closer and Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore probably was feeling satisfied last night as he watched the spring training highlights. Moore traded Burgos to the Mets last December for Brian Bannister.

Unleash the Green Monster

Mets Rumors & News

Earlier today, Hot Foot’s Anthony De Rosa wondered aloud if the possibility exists that incumbent right fielder Shawn Green could be benched, perhaps in favor of Lastings Milledge. De Rosa concluded that “no matter how well Milledge performs and how badly Green falters, the Mets are likely going to ride it out for as long as they can.”

As if in reply, MLB.com’s Marty Noble and Charlie Nobles are claiming today that Green has rediscovered his “lost swing.” You can’t blame Mets fans for being skeptical. Only last week, Green was telling anyone who would listen about the “hitch” in his swing that he’d detected in the offseason. He claimed that after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in 2003, he had stopped extending his arms in order to protect his shoulder – a flaw that persisted in his swing for four years. Equipped with a corrected approach at the plate, Green vowed that his power numbers would return in 2007. Fast forward 13-at-bats …

Walk In the Park

Mets Rumors & News

After complications surrounding his work visa prevented Chan Ho Park from making his first scheduled start of Spring Training, those problems were resolved and Park finally toed the rubber for the first time on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

Park pitched three innings, facing 12 batters, and throwing 54 pitches. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks, settling down after getting off to a very rocky start. The Journal News’ John Delcos gives us a rundown of Park’s first inning:

Not an easy inning so far for Chan Ho Park. He’s walked Julio Lugo and Manny Ramirez and gave up a single to David Ortiz to load the bases.

He’s run deep into the count on every hitter and is 2-and-0 so far with J.D. Drew.

Low and inside, ball three. Strike. Strike two, but Drew smoked it foul down the line. He rips a line drive to short for a 6-4-5 DP. Run scored, but it could have been a lot worse.

And Delcos again, after Park …

Maybe Yanks Are Onto Something…

Yankees Rumors & News

Jayson Stark thinks that Phil Hughes represents a new direction for the Yankees’ organization, and maybe – just maybe – they’re onto something. Via ESPN.com:

Not that it wasn’t fun running the payroll up to $220 million, having a pitching staff that made more than the entire AL Central and cornering the market on all living multi-Cy Young Award winners. But the Yankees finally have caught on to something:

Bringing in those gazillion-dollar, superstud hired guns hasn’t worked so well.

But those Chien-Ming Wangs and Robinson Canos and Melky Cabreras — who must have slipped into town while everybody was busy watching the A-Rod and Randy Johnson news conferences — all seemed to manage just fine. And the Yankees finally have concluded that might not have been an accident.

“Wang and Cano and Cabrera all basically came up, and the expectation from the press wasn’t there to impede their efforts,” [Yankees GM Brian] Cashman said. “And so, all of a sudden, before you know it, you have a guy (Wang) who finished second in the …

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