Archive for April 19th, 2008

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Farnsworth Slapped With 3-Game Suspension

Yankees Rumors & News

After hitting a pair of home runs off of Mike Mussina Thursday night, Manny Ramirez dug into the batter’s box in the seventh inning against Kyle Farnsworth.

Mussina was never the type to retaliate so that job was probably left to Farnsworth. Without wasting much time a pitch nearly 100 MPH buzzed past Ramirez’s head. The pitch didn’t hit him but that didn’t stop home plate umpire, Larry Vanover, from warning both benches to keep any further actions from occurring.

Farnsworth was not ejected from the game and afterwards he denied any intent to hit the Red Sox slugger. “It just slipped,” said Farnsworth. “I was trying to be aggressive and go in on him.”

Despite his suggestion that the pitch was merely an accident MLB has decided to hand down a punishment to Farnsworth. He will be suspended for three games and fined $2,000 according to the NY Daily News. It would be hard to imagine the Farnsworth and the Yankees not …

Avery Pesters Devils to Series Win

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In 2006 the Rangers entered the playoffs for the first time since the 1996/97 season. They were very familiar with their first round opponent and knew they had to come out and play tough hockey. Even Jaromir Jagr came out hitting.

But they couldn’t match the Devils’ toughness or intensity. This was obvious to everyone when Jagr separated his shoulder throwing a hit on then Devil Scott Gomez during the first game of the series. For the remainder of the short series, they were swept in four games, they were left with no fire power.

This time around things were much different. The Rangers stacked up against the Devils in almost every way. They had better offense, better defense, and even the better goalie. They also had one other important ingredient which made the difference in the series; they had Sean Avery.

Avery made a big difference in a number of ways and most important were his dogged attacks on Martin Brodeur. …

Yanks Shaky Start No Need for Concern

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The struggles for the Yankees continued last night as Phil Hughes picked up his third loss of the season. With the Yanks losing 8-2 in Baltimore last night, it pushes their record to 9-9 on the year.

Over at Peter Abraham’s LoHud Yankees Blog, he notes why Yankee fans shouldn’t be worried about the team’s performance to this point. Here are some highlights:

* The Yankees have played 18 straight days. Kids making shoes in factories in Third World countries don’t work 18 straight days.
* The following players have missed games because of injury: Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada, Jose Molina, Wilson Betemit
* The following players missed games because of suspension: Melky Cabrera, Shelley Duncan.
* The following players have so far forgotten how to hit: Jason Giambi, Robinson Cano.
* The following players have been away to care for critically ill fathers: Joba Chamberlain.
* The following managers missed games because of illness: Joe Girardi.
* Number of games at home: 9
* Number of games on the road: 9
* Number of games …

Rangers Win It In 5

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Just two seasons ago the Devils embarrassed the Rangers when they swept them in the first round of the playoffs. Yesterday the Blue-shirts got a little pay back when they beat the Devils in five games to advance to the Atlantic Conference Semifinals.

Even though the Devils had home ice advantage that didn’t matter as the Rangers made themselves at home at The Rock by beating them in all three road games.

“I think obviously the first two on the road, winning those first two was really sending a statement,” said Sean Avery. “We have to give a lot of credit to our Ranger fans, coming into the Devil’s building it didn’t really seem like a road game. It really felt like a home game. They were so loud.”

Having so much support on the road paid off for the Rangers especially after Brian Gionta scored the first goal of the game just under five minutes in. The Rangers were able …

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