Archive for June 18th, 2007


Monday, June 18th, 2007

Yanks Could Shea Hey to Hillenbrand

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the New York Post’s George King:

The Yankees have talked to the Angels about Shea Hillenbrand, a right-handed hitting first baseman they were interested in this past offseason when he was a free agent….Hillenbrand signed a one-year deal worth $6.5 million last December with a club option for $6.5 million in 2008 that has a $500,000 buyout. The option becomes guaranteed if Hillenbrand reaches 600 plate appearances…

Theoretically, Hillenbrand would be an upgrade over the Miguel Cairo/ Josh Phelps experiment, however the 31-year-old veteran has seen his playing time decrease in Anaheim this season with the emergence of the Angels’ Casey Kotchman. Shea is batting .246 with three homers and 18 RBIs in a paltry 175 at-bats.

Yankees Rumors & News

After three strong starts for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees, Kei Igawa will be called up by the Yankees. Igawa went 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA for Scranton, striking out 21 in 20 innings. This appears to be a turnaround for the Japanese import that many already consider a bust.

Igawa started the season in the Bronx and was unimpressive posting a 2-1 record with a 7.63 ERA. Igawa had no command of the strike zone, and often looked lost on the mound. On May 7th, the Yankees optioned him to Class A Tampa to work on his mechanics with pitching guru Billy Connors.

While Yankee manager, Joe Torre, didn’t mention Igawa specifically, he did give this quote:

“We probably will (make a move) and you can all guess who it’s going to be,” he said. “That pitcher is not going to pitch Tuesday when he’s scheduled.”

Igawa is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Scranton. Look for Igawa to make his return Friday at AT&T Park against the San Francisco …

Mets Rumors & News

Catcher Paul Lo Duca left yesterday’s Mets/Yankees game in the 4th inning with a bruised tricep. He was struck by a pitch by Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang in the first inning. After feeling some stiffness in his elbow, Lo Duca was removed from the game. Lo Duca is currently listed as day-to-day, but add him to the growing list of injured Mets stars.

Carlos Beltran is another one of those stars. The All-Star centerfielder has been playing through a quad injury. Judging by his recent slump (3 for his last 26 at-bats with 1 RBI), you can see his game has been obviously affected. Right now, Beltran is in a much tougher spot then Lo Duca. If Lo Duca needs a couple days off the serviceable Ramon Castro can fill in. With Moises Alou and Endy Chavez on the DL, Beltran does not have that luxury and he knows it.

“I will say that if Moises was here and Endy was here, I …

Yanks Even ’07 Subway Series

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Interestingly, when the Yankees lost two of three to the Mets at Shea Stadium, it was seen as a step in the right direction for a team that couldn’t get out of its own way during the season’s first two months. After dropping the first two of the three-game set, many observers viewed it as a victory that the Yanks didn’t get swept by their crosstown rivals.

A month later, the tables have turned, and it was the reeling Mets that were in danger of being swept in their enemy’s ballpark this weekend. But instead of laying down for the red-hot Yanks, the Amazin’s took Friday’s Game 1 of the series as Oliver Perez out-dueled Roger Clemens for a 2-0 victory – their 3rd win in 4 tries against their Bronx rivals – halting the Bomber’s 9-game winning streak.

Nevertheless, after dropping the final two games of the three-game series, the Mets won themselves few supporters on this Monday. While the Yanks received a pat on the back …

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