Archive for April 3rd, 2008


Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Hughes looks good in first start/ Yanks win series

Yankees Rumors & News

The first series of the season is over and for the Yankees, it was a good one.

The Yanks defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Thursday night. Phil Hughes looked good in six innings of work while manager Joe Girardi played small ball in order to pick up his second win of the year.

In the bottom of the 8th, Melky Cabrera led off with a single to right, then Johnny Damon pulled off a sac bunt but since Toronto reliever Scott Downs couldn’t hold on to the ball, Damon was safe at first as a result of the error. Next up was Derek Jeter who also bunted and got Cabrera and Damon into scoring position. Bobby Abreu wasted little time as he got a bloop single to score the eventual winning run.

Hughes allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of work to go along with four strikeouts. Not a bad outing for the 21-year old Hughes. His curveball seemed to dance all over the strikezone tonight, a …

Mets Meet With Vargas

Mets Rumors & News

With Pedro Martinez on the shelf for at least a month (most likely longer), the idea of Nelson Figueroa or Jorge Sosa completing the back end of the rotation with Mike Pelfrey, is a scary thought to some Mets fans.  Figueroa is what most would consider a “Quadruple-A” pitcher, and Sosa has more value as a middle reliever.  This situation has also caught the attention of Omar Minaya.

While nothing is imminent, Minaya has confirmed that he met with Bean Stringfellow (yes, that’s his real name), agent for free agent pitcher Claudio Vargas.  Vargas had a strong spring (3-1, 3.86) , but given the Brewers deep pitching staff he ended up being the odd man out.  Vargas isn’t what you’d call a dominating pitcher, but he is a serviceable arm at the back of the rotation. 

Omar is no stranger to Vargas.  While with the Expos, Vargas was acquired from the Marlins along with former Met Cliff Floyd. 

Don’t Expect Speedy Recovery For Pedro

Mets Rumors & News

I’ve never heard of Stephania Bell before, but evidently she’s a physical therapist, clinician, author and teacher with extensive experience in sports medicine, and she writes for ESPN.com, analyzing various injuries around the sports world.

Today she weighs in on Pedro Martinez and provides a thorough breakdown of her suspicions and guesstimate diagnosis for the pitcher’s recovery. Her conclusion?

For all of the reasons outlined above, it would not surprise me at all if the timetable for Martinez gets extended. Not only will his hamstring have to heal to the point where he has no pain with regular activity, he will have to resume a progressive throwing program and demonstrate that he can perform without pain in his leg and without excessive compensation elsewhere. In order for him to return and be effective, he needs to have the leg healthy.

Really interesting analysis and pretty unique content. Check it out.

Zeke Leaves ‘Em Laughing

Knicks Rumors & News

After listening to yesterday’s quotes from displaced Knicks team president Isiah Thomas, I think I now understand why Zeke still hasn’t been canned and evidently will instead twist in the wind for the team’s remaining games: Comedic value. After all, the Knicks long ago ceased entertaining fans on the court, and since a full refund to all season ticket holder seems unlikely, the least they can do is make us laugh.

How else to explain the delusional dialogue between Isiah and the news media. Some highlights below:

“When I first came on here, I didn’t see myself coaching. I’ve coached before and been successful, and I’ve been successful in other areas as well. Whatever I can do to help us win I will do.”

“[Donnie Walsh is] someone I’ve worked with before and someone I look forward to working with again. He’s one of the most talented executives around.”

“Basketball is a team sport, and I’ve always been a team player. I look forward to sharing the workload.”

“At the proper time, he …

Pagan is Heaven Sent….So Far

Mets Rumors & News

Coming into opening day on Monday, the biggest question marks concerning the Mets were their corner outfield positions. With the injury to Leftfielder Moises Alou looming overhead, the Mets decided to give Angel Pagan a shot in Alou’s absence. Mets fans were wondering what to expect from Pagan and they had every right to suspect failure. But Pagan’s performance thus far has been anything other than unsuccessful.

Pagan has driven in an RBI every game thus far and has 4 total. He has come up with big hit after big hit. Last night, Carlos Beltran drilled a double off the wall and advanced to 3rd base on a relay throw. With one out already recorded in the inning Carlos Delgado struck out leaving Beltran stranded. It was left to Pagan to drive in Beltran and come up with a clutch 2 out RBI. Pagan did not disappoint and drove in Beltran to extend the rally.

I know it’s early in the season, but Mets fans cannot be too upset with what they have seen from …

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