Archive for April 28th, 2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008

A-Rod To Miss “A Few Days” After Hurting Leg Again

Yankees Rumors & News

It appears that Alex Rodriguez aggravated the quadriceps strain in his right leg three days after returning to the lineup. He was pitch hit for in the eighth inning in Monday night’s win over the Tribe.

When asked about his status for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Rodriguez responded, “No way…If I had to guess, I’d say it would be a few days.”

The Yankees are already without catcher Jorge Posada who is on the DL and his return is uncertain for the moment. An extended absence by Rodriguez might raise some serious concern within the Yankees. For the time being A-Rod appears to be out until he further examines his leg and lets it rest for a few days.

The injury bug has hit the Yanks hard early this season. Despite that, they still have a 14-13 record and are one game out of first.

Tuesday will be a busy day around the Yankees as the injuires to Posada and Rodriguez will have many people questioning the extent and …

Moose, Bullpen Lead Yanks to Win

Yankees Rumors & News

The bullpen played a big part in the Yankees 5-2 win Monday night over the Cleveland Indians. The win gave the Yanks a series split and completed a ten-game road trip in which the Bombers went 5-5.

Mike Mussina (3-3) picked up the win as he pitched five innings allowing two runs on seven hits. His only inning of trouble was the fifth inning but he pitched through it to pick up the 253rd win of his career, tying him for 41st all-time. The bullpen pitched the final four innings and retired the last ten batters they faced. The combination of Jonathan Albaladejo, Kyle Farnsworth, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera proved to be too much for the Indians as each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and never looked back. A few bloopers, groundouts and infield hits got the Yanks ahead. They were held hitless in the first five innings by Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey (0-1). Hideki Matsui had two RBI in the …

Fantasy Baseball Minute


Here are some news and notes for all you fantasy goers out there. I have all of these guys on my team, so if you have them on yours or are keeping an eye on these players, you should take note.

Notes via Yahoo Sports.
Vernon Wells (Tor – OF)
Wells snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the eighth inning Sunday. Over his past 10 games, Wells has gone 6-for-38 with one homer and two RBIs.
Kevin Youkilis (Bos – 1B,3B)
Youkilis set a major league record for fielding perfection over the weekend when he handled his 1,701st errorless chance at first base. Youkilis broke the record of 1,700 straight errorless chances by former Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis from May 1921-June 1922. The errorless streak set by the Gold Glove-winning Youkilis is also the longest such streak of any defensive position in major league history.
Jered Weaver (LAA – SP)
Weaver out-pitched fellow 2004 first-rounder Justin Verlander and the Angels took two of three in Detroit. Weaver took a shutout into the seventh inning when …

Yanks Look For Series Split

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yanks and Indians finish up their four-game series tonight at Progressive Field. Mike Mussina, RHP (2-3, 4.94) goes against Aaron Laffey, LHP (NR).

Mussina is coming off his best start of the season last week in Chicago. He pitched seven strong innings while allowing two runs via the homerun. Moose is 4-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 10 career starts at Progressive Field.

Laffey will make the spot start today for the Indians because of a doubleheader last week threw a wrench into the rotation. He is making his 2008 debut. In ’07 Laffey went 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA in nine starts last season when Cliff Lee was sent to the minors at the end of the season. This season in Buffalo, Laffey is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA.

The Yanks look for the series split with a win tonight. This is the end of a ten game road trip for the Bombers. They return to the Stadium on Tuesday night.

Kenny Smith To Interview For GM Position, Find New Tailor

Knicks Rumors & News

So far, while Knicks president Donnie Walsh has proven true to his word and fairly accessible to the local media, he nonetheless continues to play things close to the vest. However, the more you read, the more likely it seems that in addition to a new head coach, the team will be adding a new general manager as well. There had been a question of whether or not Walsh would operate in the capacity of president and GM, or bring in outside help.

While current GM Glen Grunwald remains a candidate for the job, the Daily News reports that Queens-native, TNT/MSG analyst, and former member of the 1994 and 1995 NBA Champion Houston Rockets Kenny Smith has tossed his hat into a ring that already includes former Sixers GM Billy King and Sonics GM Rick Sund.

Smith had long been a villain in Knicks lore, despite his N.Y. roots, due to his role in foiling the Championship aspirations of Patrick Ewing’s ’94 Knicks. That perception of Smith has …

Yankees Rumors & News

It’s been too long since we’ve heard something out of Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee. Actually, it’s been beautiful, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.

The Daily News reports that Clemens and country singer Mindy McCready had a decade-long affair — a romance that began when he was a 28-year-old ace for the Red Sox and McCready was just fifteen. Gross.

Lawyers for Brian McNamee have already expressed their intentions to use these latest allegations in defending their client against the defamation suit that Clemens has filed against him.

Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, would only confirm a “friendship” between Clemens and McCready.

See, we could’ve avoided all of this nonsense if we’d just allowed the South to secede in the first place. Then these pedophiliac, bat-tossing, pin-cushion-assed red necks could do what they like and I wouldn’t have to read about it.

Mets Rumors & News

It was not too long ago when Carlos Beltran was the one hearing the ire of Mets fan. At one point during his struggle with the fans, Beltran was given a peace offering by Mets nation and they asked him for a “Curtain Call.” If it was up to Beltran, he would have stayed in the dugout to spite the fans. But a certain elder statesman in the Mets clubhouse, Julio Franco, put his arm around Beltran and convinced him that taking a bow for the fans would be beneficial to his stay in New York.

But during yesterday afternoons game against the Braves the other Carlos, Carlos Delgado, was called upon this time. Due to his early season slump, fans decided it was time to get on this Carlos’ back and let him hear their displeasure. That’s why yesterday was a sight for sore eyes for Mets fans. After hitting an opposite field homerun against John Smoltz and later a bomb of a homerun that smacked into the right field scoreboard, fans implored Delgado to rise to …

Ainge or Woodson? Which one will be better?

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

OK, New York sports fans. Everybody loves a good quarterback debate, so let’s have one.

Both the Jets and Giants drafted quarterbacks in the late rounds Sunday. Both are guys who were once highly-regarded, but saw their stock plummet during their senior seasons.

So, which team got the better quarterback. The Jets with Tennessee’s Erik Ainge in the 5th round? Or the Giants with Kentucky’s Andre Woodson in the 6th?

Here is Jets’ coach Eric Mangini talking about Ainge.

“I liked a lot of things about him — his size and his accuracy,” said Jets head coach Eric Mangini of Ainge. “I liked meeting him and talking with him. His intelligence, his leadership, his passion for the game — all those things I thought were very positive and very important things to have at that position.”

Here is Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin talking about Woodson.

“This was just too good a pick for us to pass up,” Coughlin said. “This is a guy that was rated highly on our board. We found ourselves in a …

Breakfast on the run

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

This will be an abbreviated version of ‘Breakfast at the Hot Stove’ this morning. I guess you could say we are grabbing a donut and eating on the run.

Breakfast of Champions: Giants grab Phillips, Manningham, Woodson

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants grabbed the safety they needed on with first-round pick Kenny Phillips. GM Jerry Reese took some risks on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, though, grabbing wide receiver Mario Manningham and QB Andre Woodson. See Big Blue View for coverage and discussion.

The Jets, meanwhile, missed out on Boston College QB Matt Ryan. They did take a flier on Tennesse QB Erik Ainge in the 5th round. Oh, and defensive end Vernon Gholston is hardly a bad consolation prize for not landing either Ryan or Darren McFadden.

Incidentally, Pete Prisco of CBS Sportsline gives the Giants an ‘A,’ and the Jets a C+. Not that those day-after-the draft grades mean anything, but they are entertaining.

Rotten Eggs: Posada to DL

Jorge Posada is on the DL for the first time …

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