Archive for June 29th, 2007


Friday, June 29th, 2007

Lo Duca Calls Out Latin Mates

Mets Rumors & News

Alright, so the guy admitted he was in a “bad mood” prior to his comments, and we’re sure he meant absolutely nothing by them. Nevertheless, Paul Lo Duca could sure do a better job of keeping himself out of the papers if the media bugs him so much.

There wasn’t even a game played last night, but Paulie still managed to make headlines today with comments that will only fuel speculation that there is a growing Latino v. non-Latino divide in the Mets clubhouse. Via the Daily News:

“I’ll do this (interview), but you need to start talking to other players,” Lo Duca announced loudly after he was approached by a radio reporter after the Mets-Cardinals series finale was washed out by rain. “It’s the same three or four people every day. Nobody else wants to talk. Some of these guys have to start talking. They speak English, believe me.”

The News also notes that in recent weeks, SNY analyst Keith Hernandez had commented on the predominance of the voices of Lo …

Pelfrey to Stay in New Orleans

Mets Rumors & News

For those of you looking forward to the return of Mike Pelfrey, you’re going to have to keep waiting. Due to last night’s rainout, manager Willie Randolph will push back Orlando Hernandez’s start to this afternoon, keeping Pelfrey in New Orleans.

Pelfrey opened the season as the Mets fifth starter, but after a poor start (0-5 6.53 ERA), he was sent to AAA New Orleans. Pelfrey has responded well since his demotion, going 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA in seven starts.

Rumblings out of Philadelphia have suggested that yesterday’s rainout was strategy used by the Mets’ front office to save El Duque for the Phillies series. Major League Baseball allows the home team to cancel the game due to weather prior to the start.

Hernandez will start the first game of today’s doubleheader against JD Durbin, who’s making his Phillies debut. Expect a pitchers’ duel in the nightcap as John Maine faces Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

Zeke Nabs Zach: Randolph to the Knicks

Knicks Rumors & News

It appears that Steve Francis will finally get that long-rumored buyout – just not from the New York Knicks. Via ESPN.com:

The New York Knicks didn’t have a lottery pick Thursday night but made their own draft-night splash by acquiring Portland big man Zach Randolph.

The Knicks and Trail Blazers reached agreement on a deal that swaps Randolph and teammates Dan Dickau and Fred Jones for guard Steve Francis and Channing Frye.

Francis has only two seasons left on his contract, worth just over $34 million, but possesses the option to become a free agent after next season. The Blazers, however, are planning to buy out Francis’ contract and make him a free agent this summer, sources said.

Yet even if they changed course and decided to keep Francis, his arrival would still provide Portland with some long-term payroll relief, since Randolph has four seasons left on his contract worth more than $61 million.

You can say this about Isiah Thomas: He doesn’t do things half-way. As has been the case with the majority …

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