Archive for May 16th, 2007

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Zambrano Holds Flushing Audition

Mets Rumors & News

Via Ben Shpigel of the New York Times:

So, this must have been what the Mets envisioned when they pictured a No. 38-wearing right-handed pitcher from Venezuela with the surname Zambrano mowing down hitters from the Shea Stadium mound.

Oh, wait. That was Víctor Zambrano, forever linked with one of the worst trades in franchise history, the one that sent Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay. The pitcher they saw last night was Carlos Zambrano, no relation, the burly and excitable Cub who shut down the Mets through eight innings of Chicago’s 10-1 demolition….Zambrano entered the game with a 5.83 E.R.A. and with speculation rising that negotiations for a contract extension have affected his performance. The Cubs want to re-sign him, but if they cannot, Zambrano, who turns 26 next month, stands to receive a deal worth more than the $126 million over seven years that Barry Zito got from San Francisco.

He may even get it from the Mets, who, having misjudged a Zambrano the first time around, could try again.

In March, …

Yanks Another Starter Short

Yankees Rumors & News

A rainout has left the Yankees pitching staff short-handed yet again – this time for a critical series against the Mets. Mike Mussina and Chien-Ming Wang will pitch today in a day-night doubleheader, leaving the team without a starter for Sunday night’s game at Shea.

Chase Wright is a candidate to be recalled once again.

Joe Juggling

Yankees Rumors & News

While Tuesday night’s Yankees game in Chicago versus the White Sox was postponed due to rain, the lineup that Joe Torre had planned against Sox lefty John Danks was pretty interesting.

Offensively anemic Robinson Cano would have sat this one out with infielder Miguel Cairo starting at second base. Equally inept at the plate, Bobby Abreu was to hit seventh – behind Josh Phelps in the order.

For a guy known as a player’s manager, Torre can be pretty insensitive to the egos on his team (i.e. batting A-Rod eighth). Resting Cano against a tough lefty would be an understandable maneuver, but sitting him against a tomato can like Danks is a little curious. Even more unsettling is the idea of a veteran hitter like Abreu protecting Phelps of all people.

Another Toe Out the Door for L Millz

Mets Rumors & News

UPDATE: You can listen to the song HERE.Update 2: It appears Lastings has quite sensibly had the song removed from the label’s website. But feel free to check out L Millz AKA DA Edge on MySpace.————————————————————————————-Via the New York Times’ Ben Shpigel:

The Class AAA outfielder Lastings Milledge hopes to have a side career as a producer in the hip-hop industry. His first effort caught the team’s attention — and not in a good way. In a song titled “Bend Ya Knees,” on an album that Milledge produced for a childhood friend, Immanuel Dent (a.k.a. Manny D), Milledge (a.k.a. L Millz) appeared as a guest rapper. Milledge worked hard over the off-season and during spring training to reshape his image, but the organization was not pleased about his latest venture. “We disapprove of the content, language and message of this recording, which does not represent the views of the New York Mets,” the team said in a statement.

It’s a poorly kept secret that the Mets project a future …

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