Archive for July 3rd, 2007

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

More Strain For A-Rod

Yankees Rumors & News

While the Yankees gained a key victory over a Wild Card rival, they may have lost their All-World third baseman.

Alex Rodriguez injured his left hamstring lunging for the first base bag and collided with Twins’ first baseman Justin Morneau in the sixth inning of last night’s 5-1 win. For now the injury is not believed to be serious, but A-Rod is scheduled for an MRI later today.

Previously this season, Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Phil Hughes, and Hideki Matsui all missed extended periods of time with hamstring injuries that the team labeled as “strains.”

For the sake of the scuttling Bombers, they had better hope that lightening hasn’t struck again.

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It’s absolutely incredible. Just when I thought we’d seen the last of Stray-Rod, Google is ablaze again with search queries for “cynthia rodriguez shirt,” “a rod s wife,” “alex rodriguez wife shirt,” and of course, “new york post.” There are even people digging around for “stray-rod’s bunny honey.” If there’s anything I’ve learned from this baseball season, it’s that the public can’t get enough smut, scandal, and swears.

In any event, as far as the latest “news” goes on this story, there isn’t any. A-Rod refused to discuss the incident, no one could get ahold of Cyn-Rod, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman would only confirm that he’d spoken to the happy couple concerning Mrs. Rodriguez’s violation of the Stadium’s “strict policy about vulgarity, either worn or displayed.” In his column today, Bill Madden imagines “how and why this latest A-Rod family tempest came down.” Via the Daily News:

Over breakfast, Cynthia says: “You know, Alex, it’s been almost a month since …

Garden of Dreams

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Center Stage on Broadway

Rangers Rumors & News

Center Stage on Broadway: “Do you believe in magic? Well Rangers fans probably do after their team somehow managed to fit the salaries of two of the biggest free-agents under cap-constraints. After failing all spring to come to terms with Michael Nylander, the Rangers started off free agency with a bang – a big bang. The Blueshirts went out and signed both Chris Drury and Scott Gomez to long-term deals Sunday doing what many in the sport thought was impossible. With Drury and Gomez now on the team, the Rangers will enjoy a core of players which should make them competitive immediately and for years to come. Next season the Rangers will boast an offense which also has Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Sean Avery, and presumably Brendan Shanahan, which means scoring on the power play should be the least of …

No Deal With the Devil?

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No Deal With The Devil?: “The New Jersey Devils have enjoyed being the Atlantic Division super-power ever since their Stanley Cup run in 1995, but on Sunday that luxury may have bolted along with their top-line center and their best defenseman. Scott Gomez was expected to bolt town, but if it were up to the Devils they definitely would have chosen a different destination. The New York Rangers paid out $51.5 million to lure the 27-year old Gomez from the team’s biggest rival. In a separate and much less anticipated move, the team failed to resign defenseman Brian Rafalski. The blue-liner had maintained his desire to stay in Jersey all spring, but the lure of a bigger pay-day was too much to resist. While the Devils wouldn’t budge from their offer of four-years at $4.4 million per year, the Detroit Red Wings stepped in and gave him a five-year $30 …

So-Long Islanders

Islanders Rumors & News

So-Long Islanders: “After the Islanders barely made the playoffs last year then made a quick exit once in, they hoped to use this off-season to retool and make another run at it next year. Yesterday was a cruel step in the wrong direction. The Islanders saw their team picked apart yesterday and find themselves without their biggest two weapons, Ryan Smyth and Jason Blake, going forward. The Washington Capitals pillaged the Long Islanders for forward Viktor Kozlov and defenseman Tom Poti and the Panthers picked up Richard Zednik. They lost 5 players on the opening day of free agency and this comes on top of the team cutting ties with center Alexei Yashin last month. That move was an effort by the team to …

Bronx Trio Takes Little Joy in All-Star Nods

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Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have been voted to the All-Star Game as starters, and Jorge Posada will join the team as a reserve. While honored, the trio isn’t exactly jumping for joy over the announcement. Via the New York Post:

“I really can’t even think about the All-Star Game right now,” Posada said after initially saying he was happy about the nod. “I really can’t. It’s really frustrating what’s going on.”…“It’s kind of hard to sit around and have a smile on your face,” Jeter said. “Yeah, obviously it feels good because they appreciate how you play the game. But right now, you’re not too happy about it.”

Rodriguez had similar sentiments, saying an All-Star nod is wonderful but not something to dwell on with the Yankees struggling

Mets to Send Four

Mets Rumors & News

Yesterday it was announced that Carlos Betran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Billy Wagner will all be going to San Francisco next week for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. From the sound of it, no one is happier than Beltran.

“To me, it’s a dream come true,” said the center fielder, selected to start the Midsummer Classic for the third straight season, and chosen for the fourth time overall.

Beltran has not had what you would consider an All-Star season this year, hitting .274 with 49 RBIs and 14 home runs – four of which came in the past week. With his nagging quad injury, Beltran has gone out game after game, giving it his all despite his own pain because Moises Alou and Endy Chavez have been on the disabled list. While his stats have suffered, putting the team ahead is an All-Star move.

Meanwhile Wagner seemed surprised when he heard he was picked by Tony La Russa to be one of the National League’s pitchers.

“I was very …

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