Archive for April 5th, 2008

Saturday, April 5th, 2008
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The Rangers will have a shot at redemption as they are officially set to face off against the Devils in the first round of the playoffs, but first the teams will battle this Sunday for home ice advantage.

Most Ranger fans wish they could forget the last time these two teams met in the playoffs. I am of course referring to the 2005-2006 season when the Devils swept the Rangers in the opening round.

The Rangers and the Devils are battling for fourth place Sunday afternoon. Although that looked likely it wasn’t confirmed until the Sabres shutout the Bruins 3-0 which left the Bruins two points behind the Rangers with 94 total.

Currently the Devils are in fourth place with 97 points. That’s just one more than the fifth place Rangers who have 96 points. For the Rangers to finish in forth place they would have to beat the Devils in regulation. If they won in overtime the Devils would still …

Cabrera and Duncan Start Serving Reduced Sentences

Yankees Rumors & News

Melky Cabrera and Shelley Duncan each had their three game suspensions reduced to two games for their involvement in a spring training brawl against the Rays.

After a brawl which took place on March 13 both players were set to face a three game ban. They each began the season on the roster while they were appealing those suspensions, but both players dropped their appeals when their sentence was reduced to two games.

Cabrera sat out Friday night against the Rays and should be back in the lineup Sunday. In his place Johnny Damon played center and Hideki Matsui played left. Duncan will start his mandatory vacation Sunday and should return to the lineup Tuesday against Kansas City.

“The Players’ Association and Commissioner’s office got together and found common ground, so it’s time to serve and move on,” GM Brian Cashman said.

The Yankees are feeling fortunate that even though the players had to serve their suspensions neither players are going to be forced to miss an …

Mets Rumors & News

With last night’s rainout in Atlanta, the scene was set for Johan Santana to make his Shea Stadium debut on Tuesday against the Phillies.

A spring afternoon in Flushing, the Mets making their final home opener at Shea Stadium, facing the team that beat them out on the final day of the season to claim the NL East title. Who better to start than the new face of the franchise, the best pitcher in baseball, the man they call Johan.

As much as it seems like an ideal situation, it’s not going to happen.

Willie Randolph has said he will not adjust his rotation and that Johan will start tomorrow against the Braves; meaning Oliver Perez will make his scheduled start Tuesday against Jamie Moyer. John Maine, who was scheduled to start last night, will start today in the place of Mike Pelfrey, who will most likely pitch on Wednesday against the Phillies.

Where the rainout helped the Mets is they can stick to a four-man rotation for another week, …

BEYOND THE BLEACHERS: The Home Opener and Home Stinker

Yankees Rumors & News

I’d like to introduce my new column here on HSNY: Beyond the Bleachers. It will feature some thoughts from fellow Yankee fans around the Stadium. You will get some news and notes from right outside the right field bleachers on River Ave that are witnessed first hand by yours truly. So let’s get on with the show.

Monday: Opening Day (it was suppose to be that way.)
There was much hype surrounding the last Opening Day at this Yankee Stadium but Mother Nature didn’t allow there to be a game. Wait..they could’ve played the game and should’ve played the game. After months of anticipation the Yankees final home opener was upon us. There’s no way a little rain was going to get in the way of this game getting played. They played in snow in ’96. But someone decided that it would be better to have the final home opener on Tuesday as opposed to Monday afternoon. I was right outside the Stadium that day, right by Stan’s bar and heard the voices …

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