Archive for April 11th, 2007


Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Best…Start…Ever

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez became the first Yankee to hit six homers in his first seven games to start the season. It’s gotta be the socks.

Via The Post’s George King:

The Yankees have played seven games and he has homered in six. Only Mike Schmidt, who hit eight homers in the first eight games in 1976, is better than Rodriguez’s start. And who says Rodriguez won’t match that with two tonight?

Via The Journal News’ Peter Abraham:

Rodriguez is one of eight players in history to have hit six in the first seven games of a season. The homer was the 470th of his career, matching Manny Ramirez for 27th place in history.

Via The Daily News’ Mark Feinsand:

During the previous four seasons, Rodriguez has posted huge April numbers twice; in 2003, he batted .363 with eight homers and 22 RBI in the season’s first month, while in 2005, he hit .304 with nine homers and 27 RBI. What did those seasons have in common for …

Ebbet’s Legacy: Crime, Poverty

ESPN: Crime, poverty still crushing Ebbets Field’s spirit“Jackie Robinson would be rolling over in his grave if he saw the conditions at Ebbets Field. We’re doing a disservice to his memory.”– Letitia James, city council member

More Praise For Reyes

Mets Rumors & News

Bob Klapisch pens a puff piece on Mets shortstop Jose Reyes today for ESPN.com. Klapisch highlights the three triples in three games that Reyes hit against the Braves over the weekend, and talks about how Reyes – already arguably the game’s most intimidating presence on the base paths – is beginning to build a similar reputation at the plate.

“Used to be that Reyes would swing at everything,” Braves starter John Smoltz said. “It was a lot easier to pitch to him two years ago because he would get himself out. But now he’s smarter, he waits for his pitch, and if you make a mistake he’ll hurt you up the gaps.”

According to Klapisch, Reyes’ ceiling may be higher than that of any player in New York – including the All-Star left side of the infield in the Bronx. The article also proposes that as Reyes’ walks total increases (his 53 walks in 2006 were nearly double his 27 total in 2005), he could one day creep toward the all-time …

Yankees Rumors & News

Jim Baumbach of The New York Post informs us that former Yankee Bernie Williams was on stage at the Beacon Theater Saturday night, joining the Allman Brothers to perform a few songs.

As Bauman notes, had Bernie showed up for spring training, he’d likely be in uniform this week with Yankee outfielders dropping like flies. The team has recalled Kevin Thompson from AAA.

Pavano Finally Delivers

Yankees Rumors & News

Pavano Gives the Relievers Time to Watch the Offense

New York Times

PAVANO NABS FIRST WIN FOR YANKS ROTATION

New York Post

Pavano, A-Rod are looking sharp

Newsday

Pavano aces his latest test

Newark Star Ledger

Pavano’s performance bodes well for season

NorthJersey.com

Hossa Returns To Face Big Brother

Rangers Rumors & News

Beginning toward the end of February and continuing into early March, the Rangers suffered a bizarre string of back-to-back-to-back MCL sprains to defenseman Fedor Tyutin and Karel Rachunek, and forward Marcel Hossa. The injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time and threatened to torpedo the Blueshirts’ playoff push. Instead the team excelled as their stars played like stars, and veteran fill-ins such as Brad Isbister and Jason Strudwick performed admirably.

Now, unlike the 2006 postseason where the wheels seemed to be coming off even prior to Game 1 at the Meadowlands, this team is soaring and the wounded are getting healthy in the nick of time. Having already regained Tyutin for the season’s final weekend, Rachunek reportedly could return ahead of schedule, while Hossa is expected to suit up on Thursday for Game 1 in Atlanta. Hossa has resumed skating with linemates Michael Nylander and Jaromir Jagr, and hopes to quickly regain the scoring touch he enjoyed in the 15 games prior to his injury when he notched …

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