Archive for April 10th, 2007


Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

DiPi Unlikely To Face Buffalo

Islanders Rumors & News

According to Newsday’s Greg Logan, the Islanders will have to continue to lean on the heroics of third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz as they head into their first round match-up versus the Buffalo Sabres. The man they call “Dubi” was phenomenal down the stretch, prevailing in must-win shootouts against the Rangers and Devils to propel the Isles into the eighth place seed.

Starter Rick DiPietro missed the team’s final seven games with post-concussion syndrome, and is several steps away from undergoing a neurological test after failing the same test two weeks ago. The team and DiPi are taking a cautious approach with the franchise goaltender this time around. Previously, with the season seemingly on the line, DiPietro had rushed back to action only to suffer his second concussion in a span of 12 days, putting the goalie on the shelf for good.

First Round Scheds For NHL Locals

Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

First Round Playoff Schedules for the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils:

Rangers

Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. NY Rangers at Atlanta

Game 2: Saturday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. NY Rangers at Atlanta

Game 3: Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. Atlanta at NY Rangers

Game 4: Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Atlanta at NY Rangers

Game 5*: Friday, April 20, TBD NY Rangers at Atlanta

Game 6*: Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. Atlanta at NY Rangers

Game 7*: Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. NY Rangers at Atlanta

*if necessaryIslanders

Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 8:00 p.m. Islanders at Buffalo

Game 2: Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Islanders at Buffalo

Game 3: Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Islanders

Game 4: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Islanders

Game 5*: Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. Islanders at Buffalo

Game 6*: Sunday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Islanders

Game 7*: Tuesday, April 24, TBD Islanders at Buffalo

*if necessaryDevils

Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm Lightning at Devils

Game 2: Saturday, April 14, 7:00 pm Lightning at Devils

Game 3: Monday, April 16, 7:00 pm Devils at Lightning

Game 4: Wednesday, …

Gay Will Visit Jets Today

Jets Rumors & News

Via the Star-Ledger:

The Jets, who desperately want to upgrade their cornerback position, will visit with Patriots restricted free-agent cornerback Randall Gay today. Gay was scheduled to arrive in New York last night.

Gay, a third-year pro who played two seasons under Jets coach Eric Mangini in New England, has been given a one-year, $1.3 million tender offer by the Patriots but has yet to sign it. If the Jets signed him to an offer sheet and the Patriots didn’t match, they would receive a second-round pick as compensation….Gay, an undrafted free agent out of LSU, started 12 games as a rookie in 2004 during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run. But he has been limited to just eight games over the past two seasons because of ankle (2005) and hamstring (2006) injuries.

Braves Rotation Takes a Blow

Mets Rumors & News

After losing starting pitcher Mike Hampton to Tommy John surgery last season, the Atlanta Braves were hoping Hampton would return this year to help stabilize the front end of the rotation.

But after being sidelined in spring training with a strained oblique, Hampton was shut down due to elbow discomfort over the weekend, and on Monday learned he will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, according to ESPN.

Hampton, in the seventh season of an eight-year, $121 million deal, will undergo surgery on Tuesday and will miss six to nine months.

Babble, Blunders, and Boos

Mets Rumors & News

“Bottom line, we’re the team to beat. I can’t put it any other way.”

– Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins

Before this afternoon’s home opener at Shea, Jimmy Rollins had this to say about his impending reception by the Shea Stadium faithful, via MLB.com’s Ken Mandel:

“I don’t care,” he said. “They already boo me. I like getting booed by other teams’ fans. It’s going to be fun. I like playing in New York.”

I wonder if Jimmy feels the same way after being soundly booed from warmups until the final out. The highlight of today’s game for Rollins must have been during the Mets’ rally in the 7-run 8th inning as the home crowd mockingly serenaded Rollins with a “Ji-mmy Ro-llins” chant. In his first attempt to walk the walk after talking the talk this spring, Rollins hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the fourth, bobbled a high chopper on Carlos Beltran’s infield single, and last but not least, committed the catalytic error that …

Atlanta Quiets Mets’ Thunder

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets and Braves entered this weekend’s 3-game series in Atlanta with identical 3-0 records after New York swept the Cardinals in St. Louis and the Braves swept the Phillies in Philly. They remained deadlocked at 4-1 after splitting the first two games, turning Sunday’s rubber game into an early battle for first in the division. The Mets came up shirt, blowing a late lead and unable to stage a rally.

Up next, the Mets begin a three game series at Shea against another divisional rival – Philadelphia. The Mets have likely had this series circled on the calendar since February when Jimmy Rollins proclaimed his Phillies “the team to beat.” As in Atlanta, the Mets scored 11 runs in the first game of the series, rallying in the 8th inning with seven runs for an 11-5 win.

Mets Prescribe Rest for Vets

Mets Rumors & News

According to The Journal News’ John Delcos, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will have his next start pushed back from Friday to Saturday. Mike Pelfrey will make his season debut on Friday in Duque’s stead.

El Duque has looked solid in his first two starts, going 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 13 strong innings. Nevertheless, there were questions about the pitcher’s durability during spring training, and the Mets plan on affording him and fellow veteran Tom Glavine an extra day of rest whenever possible.

Manager Willie Randolph as quoted by Delcos:

“If it works out that way, we’ll do it during the season when we can,” Randolph said. “A lot will depend on how his start before went. If he’s healthy, he’ll go on his regular turn.”

Yanks’ Staff Holds Worst ERA In the Majors

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Joel Sherman in The New York Post:

In the opening five games, no Yankee starter exceeded five innings, marking this as the only occasion in the Torre era that his Yankees had failed to have a starter stretch beyond five innings in any five-game period. Britney Spears stays in rehab longer than a Yankees starter stays in a game.

The culprit yesterday was Darrell Rasner. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rasner flattered Carl Pavano, [Andy] Pettitte, Mike Mussina and Kei Igawa by performing just like them. He lasted 41/3 innings and permitted five runs. That left the Yankees with the worst rotation ERA in the majors (the horrible Nationals included) at 9.97, with their bullpen having thrown more innings (23 1-3) than the starters (21 2-3) and with the club having a sickening resemblance to the 2003 Rangers.

Damon In, ‘Zilla Out

Yankees Rumors & News

On Thursday, we talked about the injury to center fielder Johnny Damon that had exposed utility infielder/ outfielder Miguel Cairo in the role of emergency outfielder. On Sunday, the Yankees placed left fielder Hideki Matsui on the DL with a left hamstring strain. With Damon confined to pinch hitting, Cairo started in left field over the weekend. Damon could return to the starting lineup tonight in Minnesota.

Hamstring puts Matsui on DL

New York Daily News

Sore hammy gives Matsui 2nd DL stint

Newsday

CURSES! MATSUI’S ON DL

New York Post

After Four Games, Matsui Finds Himself on the DL

New York Times

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