Archive for April 14th, 2007

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Calamity Carl Strikes Again?

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s blog, On the Yankees beat:

Yankees right-hander Carl Pavano will miss his start tomorrow due to muscle soreness in the forearm around the elbow.

Pavano said it is not that serious, and he expects to pitch Tuesday. However, with his history of injuries, nothing can be taken for granted. He has made two starts this season, but those were his first major league starts since June 2005 due to a variety of injuries.

“I don’t think any tests are needed,” Pavano said. “A couple extra days are definitely going to help.”

Mets’ Milledge Joins Hot Prospects in the Minors

Mets Rumors & News

According to The Post’s Make Hale, Lastings Milledge was more disappointed in his first-pitch pinch hit pop up in the sixth inning last night than the news after the game that he’d been demoted to AAA New Orleans in order to make room on the roster for tonight’s starter, Mike Pelfrey. Said Milledge: “I’m not disappointed about the move. I’m disappointed in the at-bat that I had today. I didn’t come through, and I came up in a key situation and I didn’t get it done. So it’s tough . . . but I’m going to pick it up, and I’m going to go down there and be a leader.”

It was thought that Lastings might see some time in right field against a left handed starter or two, but Shawn Green has hit too well during the season’s early weeks to justify taking the veteran out of the lineup. Instead Milledge was relegated to the bench, going 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter before his planned demotion.

Milledge will …

Quick Hook for Thrasher’s Goalie

Rangers Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Steve Zipay:

After allowing four goals and looking nervous in the Game 1 loss, Kari Lehtonen—who along with Henrik Lundqvist was described by coach Bob Hartley as a “young rooster”—will be replaced in the Thrasher net by Johan Hedberg for Game 2.

Panic move by Hartley?

Well, Hedberg, 33, has playoff experience with the Pens in ’01 (18 games) and Vancouver (2 games) in ’04, and is 10-10 with a 2.31 GAA. He played 21 games this season for Atlanta and made 38 saves in a 2-1 overtime defeat of the Rangers on March 16.

So it’ll be Swede vs. Swede on Saturday afternoon.

Rangers Win First Playoff Game Since ’97

Rangers Rumors & News

The Broadway Blueshirts won the franchise’s first playoff game in a decade last night, coming into a raucous Philips Arena and quieting an amped crowd that was celebrating the building’s first playoff game since it opened in 1999.

The young Thrashers team was admittedly nervous, particularly goaltender Kari Lehtonen, of whom Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said: “I could feel that Kari wasn’t as comfortable as he would like, but that’s called experience.”

It’s exactly that sort of experience that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and his teammates received in last season’s playoffs when they were embarrassed in a 4-game sweep at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. A year older and a year wiser, the team showed its veteran poise, especially during a wild final 1:11 with the team shorthanded and the Thrashers’ goalie pulled for a 6th skater.

Of course that’s not to say that the road team played a perfect game. Their younger players showed their nerves as well, and rookies Dan Girardi and Thomas Pock …

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