Archive for July 26th, 2007

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Beltran Down

Mets Rumors & News

Center fielder Carlos Beltran does not expect to play in this afternoon’s game against the Pirates due to a sore abdomen. Beltran, who missed last night’s win over the Pirates, injured his abdomen during batting practice last night.

“When I sneeze or cough I feel soreness in that area,” said Beltran, who took anti-inflammatory medication. “Hopefully, in a couple of days, I’ll be back.”

This isn’t good news for the Mets who have been struck by injuries all season long. Judging by Beltran’s comments, he’s not sounding too positive about an immediate return either. Hopefully some rest can get him healthy. On a positive note, if Beltran does need a few games to rest it happened at a good time. With the Mets looking for a sweep today against the Pirates and the Nationals visiting Shea for a weekend series, Beltran’s bat shouldn’t be missed as much as if they were playing a playoff contender. He will be needed next week when, starting Tuesday, the Mets hit the …

Alex Rodriguez on Record Pace

Yankees Rumors & News

Alex Rodriguez on Record Pace: “Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 499 last night to power the Yankees to a 7-1 victory and their 6th straight. Today he will have a chance to hit number 500 as the team goes for a sweep of the Royals.

What is interesting about today’s game is he is going to face-off against Kansas City pitcher Jorge De La Rosa who served up Arod’s 400th homer a little over two years ago.

‘It’s a crazy thing,’ Alex said to the AP about the possibility of hitting number 400 and 500 against the same pitcher. ‘It’s pretty unbelievable that it could actually work out that way.’

Understandably De La Rosa may be worried about being on the wrong side of history. ‘I’m going to pitch him very carefully,’ De La Rosa told the AP.

These days most of the national media is focused on Barry Bond’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s record, but it may be Arod’s feat which is truly remarkable. At the age …

Glavine Notches 299

Mets Rumors & News

Last night Tom Glavine moved one step closer to the history books, winning his career 299th game as the Mets beat the Pirates 6-3. Paul Lo Duca helped Glavine’s cause, going two-for-four with four RBIs. Glavine went six innings and allowed three runs before turning the game over to Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner, who picked up his twenty-third save of the season.

In what appears to be Glavine’s final season, winning No. 300 will be the icing on the cake for this future first ballot Hall of Famer. In Glavine’s twenty-one year career (he’s played for the Mets and the Atlanta Braves), He’s been a ten-time All-Star, won two Cy Young Awards, and has five twenty win seasons under his belt.

“The Hall of Fame players who have played this game, to have your name mentioned in that kind of sentence, it’s something I’m proud of. I’m humbled by it,” Glavine said. “Pick your adjectives. Believe me, it’s something I never thought 20 years ago that I’d be having a …

#2 Pick Harris Signs Just in Time for Camp

Jets Rumors & News

Via the New York Jets PR department:

The New York Jets have signed linebacker David Harris, their second-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The announcement was made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Harris (6’2″, 243), the 47th overall selection in the draft, finished his career at the University of Michigan with 196 total tackles, four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He was named a second-team All-American as a senior by Sports Illustrated and was also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. In 2006, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native shared the Bo Schembechler team MVP award with tailback Mike Hart.

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Nugent to have camp competition

Jets Rumors & News

Via the New York Jets website:

The New York Jets have signed kicker Justin Ayat and tackle Marko Cavka. The announcement was made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Ayat (5’11”, 205), a 2004 graduate of the University of Hawaii, was successful on 191 of 209 extra point attempts and converted 59 of 89 field goal attempts, including a career-long 56-yarder, in his college career.

Cavka (6’7″, 294), was selected by the Jets in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He rejoins the Jets after spending 2006 with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europa.

In 2004 Cavka was inactive for all 16 games as well as both postseason contests. Prior to being drafted by the Jets, he started 42 consecutive games for Sacramento State.

Mets in the Thick of the NL East

Mets Rumors & News

The Orphan is breaking down each division race. Here’s what they say about the Mets. Via the Orphan:

…The NL East has shaped up to be a three team race down the stretch, with all three teams having big expectations coming into the season. The New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

NEW YORK METS- One game away from the World Series last season, the Mets came into the year as one of the favorites to represent the NL in this year’s World Series. The Mets haven’t exactly lived up to those expectations, but they are still playing well, 56-43, in first place.

The Good- Jose Reyes sparks this offense, batting .306 with 47 stolen bases. Always a threat on the base paths, Reyes takes advantage of any mistakes made by the fielder and does a great job of getting in the pitcher’s head when he’s on base. John Maine has developed into the ace of the pitching staff, leading the team with 11 wins …

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