Archive for June 1st, 2007

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Mets Keep Dropping…And Winning

Mets Rumors & News

Last night the Mets may have lost the lone healthy member of their starting outfield.

Moises Alou was eligible to come off the DL as of Tuesday, but continues to feel less than 100% and thus remains inactive. Shawn Green is down with a broken bone in his right foot until June 10th at the earliest. Now centerfielder Carlos Beltran joins the walking wounded, exiting the game in the bottom of the first inning last night after a collision at first base with Giants infielder Rich Aurilia.

After the game, Beltran admitted to reporters that he was initially scared by the intense pain in his knee, but felt much better a few hours later. For now the Mets are calling the injury a right knee contusion, and the outfielder will undergo an MRI today to determine the exact severity of the bruise.

In all likelihood, the team is just being overly cautious here, and it wouldn’t even be shocking to see Beltran in the lineup tonight. Nevertheless, it was a strange …

Mets Blow Blow-nitez Out the Door

Mets Rumors & News

As it turns out, Armando Benitez’s emphatic two balks, a blast, and a blown save performance at Shea on Tuesday night will be his last appearance as a San Francisco Giant.

The former Met closer is on his way to Florida, where he had his best season in the majors, recording 47 saves and pitching to a 1.29 ERA in 2004. Armando signed as a free agent with San Francisco the following season and promptly reverted to the form of his glory days with the ’99-’03 Mets, where he became known for blowing huge games in fantastic fashion (for example, see Tuesday night).

The Giants will reportedly receive reliever Randy Messenger from the Marlins.

A-Rod Finds Ally In Bonds

Yankees Rumors & News

Yesterday, reporters asked Barry Bonds whether he felt Alex Rodriguez’s vocal turn around third Wednesday night was a “dirty” or “bush” play. “Go ask Alex. Leave me out of it,” the slugger replied in typical brusque fashion. When told that the Blue Jays were fuming over the play, Bonds replied, “Too bad. Get over it.”

I guess you could call that a vote of support. In any event, it’s about as close to a defense as you’ll find from the majority of A-Rod’s fellow major leaguers. In the Daily News, Anthony McCarron polled several players about the controversy.

Giants infielder Rich Aurilla:

“You should just play the game and let the game play itself. Yeah, it worked. Did it look very good? No. Obviously, something is wrong with it if everybody is making such a big deal about it.

“If you ask all of baseball whether it’s accepted, I’d guarantee you a large majority would say ‘No.’ I don’t think it was right. … Things are blown up sometimes, but it …

Lupica: Two-Faced A-Joke Not a Winner

Yankees Rumors & News

“This team isn’t that team.”- Derek Jeter

Yankee image is now A-Joke

Biggest Bomber wears two faces and neither one is a winner

By Mike Lupica

Daily News Sports Columnist

The real face of the Yankees is Alex Rodriguez now. Yankee fans still want to believe, we all want to believe, that it is the old guard, starting with Derek Jeter. It is not. Jeter and Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, they are what the Yankees used to be. A-Rod is what they have become.

Stray-Rod Unlikely To Be Stay-Rod

Yankees Rumors & News

Anointed “Stray-Rod” by the New York Post, and “The King of Clubs” by the Daily News this week, Alex Rodriguez certainly won’t leave New York without getting a taste of everything our fair city has to offer. Why wouldn’t the man want to stay in the Big Apple now that he’s joined the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton on the totem pole of tabloid? Hasn’t She-Rod enjoyed the public humiliation?

Opt-out? Leave all this behind? Naaaaaaaaah.

“In my mind it’s over,” the Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch quotes a Yankee official as saying. “It’s not just him leaving; now you have to wonder how many free agents are going to have second thoughts about coming here. After this, who knows.”

The day that the all-mighty dollar fails to talk will be the same day that the pigs inherit the skies. Nevertheless, the team official’s comments are indicative of the fatalism being voiced by many in the wake of the Stray-Rod Scandal. Embroiled in a horrid season that only …

Post IDs Stray-Rod’s Blonde ‘Bunny Honey’

Yankees Rumors & News

According to the New York Post, they have identified A-Rod’s mystery blonde as Joslyn Noel Morse, “a longtime stripper and Playboy Bunny wannabe who has danced at one of A-Rod’s favorite jiggle joints.”

The Post goes on to provide almost every thing you’d want to know about the gal, including her appearance in an October 2001 Playboy, and a list of the various strip clubs she’s performed at.

(Appleton/News)Ironically, Rodriguez spent yesterday’s off-day signing autographs in Boston – with his lovely wife Cynthia Rodriguez on his arm. Yesterday, the Daily News reported that Cynthia had left the couple’s Park Avenue apartment with luggage in tow, the presumption being that she was moving out on the cheating slugger. Now it appears she was just on her way to Beantown – how bland.

Today the Daily News reports that “the couple seemed at peace with each other,” though neither spoke to the media.

Giambi Injury Could End Season

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the Star-Ledger’s Ed Price:

The Yankees will be without their No. 2 power threat at least a month and possibly the rest of the season.

Designated hitter Jason Giambi, second on the team with seven homers, has a torn left plantar fascia — the tight band of muscle beneath the arch of the foot. Giambi yesterday was placed in a protective walking boot and the team said he will be reevaluated in three weeks.

“It’s going to be more than that,” general manager Brian Cashman said. Asked if it could be season-ending, Cashman said, “I can’t say yes or no. I don’t think anybody can speak to it either way.”

Giambi Out For Three Weeks

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo)More bad news for the Yankees. Jason Giambi will miss the next three weeks after being diagnosed with torn tissue in the arch of his left foot.

Giambi had been suffering from a bone spur in his heel and a bad case of plantar fasciitis. After visiting with an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist today, he was informed that he has a partial tear of his plantar fascia and was immediately placed in a walking boot to keep the foot completely immobilized for three weeks.

With the offense struggling, the Bombers will certainly miss their DH. If only there was something he could do to speed his recovery…

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