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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Reese: Shockey is our tight end … today

Giants Rumors & News

File this in the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” department.

Giants’ GM Jerry Reese is not denying that the Giants could trade Jeremy Shockey.

From the Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo.

“Right now, all I can say on Jeremy Shockey is he’s our starting tight end,” Reese said. “There’s always a lot of chatter going on during this time of the year. There’s nothing else to write about … so that’s giving you something to write about. Right now, Jeremy is our starting tight end and that’s really my stance on it.”
The only things Reese would confirm for sure were:

1. There have been trade talks.

2. The Giants didn’t start them; they only listened. And likely countered.

“Anything can happen with personnel,” Reese said. “But right now, Jeremy Shockey is our starting tight end and we’re looking forward to him being back on the field for us this fall.”

That sounds an awful lot to me like Reese is perfectly willing to move Shockey if he gets an offer he likes.

(– Read more of Ed Valentine’s Giants’ coverage at …

Jose Being Jose | The Handshakes Are Back!

Mets Rumors & News

Mets fans are cautiously optimistic that the recent performance of their shortstop might represent the return of the old Jose Reyes. The Jose Reyes that dazzled with his bat, his speed, and his boundless enthusiasm. Jose is 6-for-9 with 3 singles, a double, a triple, and a home run in two games against the Washington Nationals this week.

If the Jose that fans came to know and love has indeed returned to Shea Stadium, evidently we owe it all to Carlos Beltran. No joke. Could it be that Carlos is actually embracing a leadership role on this club to go along with his $18 million paycheck? Via the New York Post:

The discussion came before Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. Carlos Beltran initiated it with Jose Reyes, and because of it things may have changed with this team.

Beltran approached Reyes on Tuesday and delivered this message – be yourself. Beltran said he believed Reyes was unhappy, and he told him that he needed to get back …

April Return For Pedro?

Mets Rumors & News

We’ll see you when we see you, Pedro. That’s the approach that I’m taking when it comes to Pedro Martinez.

Earlier this week, Mets GM Omar Minaya tried to lower expectations for Pedro’s return, indicating that the team now does not expect to see Pedro until at least the middle of May and possibly as late as June. Now Pedro himself seems to be contradicting his GM’s statement.

Via ESPNDeportes.com:

“I am surprised with the way I am recovering. It’s going much faster than I thought. Everything is moving smoothly,” Martinez said. “The Mets know that I’m working and that I will not abandon them. I don’t want it to be a long wait like everybody thinks.”

Pedo claims that he’ll be back before the end of April, and bullpen coach Guy Conti confirmed that he’s been told that Pedro is two weeks ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation.

It all sounds great, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Certainly an April return for Pedro would stun …

Chad Moeller Doing Well Filling In

Yankees Rumors & News

Last year Jorge Posada had a monster season.  He set career highs in the hits, doubles, and BA categories.  He was rewarded in the off-season with a rather large four-year contract.
 
The Yankees and their fans expected a lot out of him this season, but they knew that if anything should happen to him they had a more than capable backup in Jose Molina.  It would be the first time in a long time the Yankees had a good backup so everyone figured there would be no issues this year behind the plate.
 
When opening day rolled around Posada was catching as usual, but unlike a typical game he allowed three base runners to steal with seemingly minimal effort.  The next day he was out of the lineup and suddenly Molina was the starting catcher.  Posada was well enough to DH, but nobody knew when he would be able to catch again.
 
Posada is a very durable catcher who typically plays over 140 games a year, which is a lot …

Church Proving Worth

Mets Rumors & News

At the beginning of the season, not too many Mets fans were envisioning a lineup with Ryan Church batting in between Jose Reyes and David Wright. But, thats exactly what has transpired the last 2 games and the results are evident.

After taking the 1st game of a 3 game series against the Nationals, Church started off last night’s game with a bang.  Seeing his teammate John Maine give up a run in the top half of the 1st inning Church came up to the plate with one out. With one swing he brought the Mets faithful to their feet, tying up the game with a homerun to right field. For obvious reasons, this home run was a big deal but there were also underlying reasons. Church smacked last night’s long ball off of a left handed pitcher. The 2nd time he has done it this year.

The knock on Church coming into this season was that he could mash right handed pitchers but struggled mightily against lefties. There was a lot of offseason …

Rangers Up 3-1 Off Staal Winner

Devils Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

New York, meet Marc Staal.

Last Sunday he hurried a shorthanded clearing attempt only to turn the puck over to tie the game in the second. Then the Devils bounced a puck off his skates into the net for the winning goal in overtime.

Wednesday night Staal made up for all of that when he stopped a clearing attempt by the Devils to blast a slapshot from the point to net the game winner.

“I was thinking shoot right away,” Staal said. “I tried to shoot it to the far post and it just went in.”

Staal has played an integral part for the Rangers against the Devils so far. In just his first year in the league he has logged the second most minutes out of any defenseman on the team while playing solid two-way defense the entire time. The goal, his first career playoff goal, put the Rangers up 4-3 before they eventually won the game 5-3.

The Rangers also saw big contributions in this game …

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