Archive for May 4th, 2008

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Yanks Complete Sweep Thanks to Rasner and Offense

Yankees Rumors & News

After getting swept by the Detriot Tigers in the middle of the week, the Yankees responded with their own three game sweep of the Seattle Mariners this weekend.

“It’s been kind of streaky,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’d like to shorten one streak and lengthen another.”

The Yankee offense which was quiet for much of the Detriot series came alive in the recent days. Led by Derek Jeter and his four hit performance on Sunday, the Yanks were able to complete the series sweep with an 8-2 victory at the Stadium. Bobby Abreu also contributed with three hits of his own, Johnny Damon drove in two runs, and the Bombers got back-to-back homeruns from best buds Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano.

The other story in this game was the pitching of Darrell Rasner (1-0). Making his 2008 debut, Rasner pitched well. After giving up a first inning two-run homer to Adrian Beltre, Rasner settled down to pitch six innings, giving up five hits on only the two runs, and struck out …

Rangers Eliminated By Pens

Rangers Rumors & News

Last season it was the Rangers who ended Marian Hossa’s season when he played with the Atlanta Thrashers. Today it was Hossa who ended the Ranger’s cup hopes.

Skating down center ice Hossa scooped up a puck which bounced off Dan Girardi’s skate and put it past Henrik Lundqvist high on his glove side to end this second round series. It also ended a admirable comeback attempt by a team which went into the third period down 2-0. But the Rangers were lucky just to have gotten to overtime as they were out skated, out played, and over matched.

Coming into this game the Rangers had to play disciplined hockey and stay out of the penalty box. But apparently Michal Rozsival didn’t get that message as he took his first of three cheap penalties which lead to Hossa’s first goal to put the Pens up 1-0.

The Pens took a 2-0 lead a few minutes later when Evgeni Malkin schooled the Ranger defense in puck handling skills. …

A Lot Of Things Need To Go Right For Rangers

Rangers Rumors & News

Once again facing elimination the Rangers need to execute the same type of game Sunday in Pittsburgh that they were able to play in game four.

They will once again have to stay out of the penalty box. After getting killed with penalties during the first three games they did a good job collectively to stay out of the box. In game five the Penguins had just four chances on the power play and the Rangers were able to shut them down every time.

They also went back to playing a similar physical game as they did against the Devils targeting Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa. This type of play seemed to keep these big three offensive tools off their game.

Of course if Henrik Lundqvist can duplicate his performance from Thursday night things can go well for the Rangers. They need to help him out as much as they can by playing solid defense, blocking as many shots as they can.

Some changes will …

Kennedy Demoted to AAA

Yankees Rumors & News

A couple of days ago the Yankees lost one young prospect from their rotation and today they’ve lost another as they optioned Ian Kennedy to triple-A.

The Yankees had high hopes for Kennedy coming into this year, but they certainly knew there was a possibility for growing pains. A 0-2 record and a 8.37 ERA in five starts certainly translates into growing pains. Now he will have an opportunity to work out his problems in the minors where he will be under a smaller microscope.

“I was kind of surprised,” Kennedy said. “But it’s bound to happen if you don’t win, especially here.”

Kennedy was sent down to make room for Darrell Rasner who is replacing Phil Hughes, who is out with a broken rib, in the rotation. With Rasner taking Hughes’ place there is nobody to take Kennedy’s place as of now. That is because the Yankees are planning on going with four starters for most of May thanks to an abundance of off …

Wagner to Retire after 2009???

Mets Rumors & News

Billy Wagner hasn’t always been a fan favorite in the New York. His outspoken ways, coupled with blown saves have caused the fans to come down on the Amazin’s closer, but he’s taken it all in stride. Today’s Post has an in-depth interview with Wagner has he sat down with writer Steve Serby.

While some of the interview is the standard fluff that players feed the media, other parts are very candid, in the style Mets fans have gotten to know Wagner.

He thinks Joba Chamberlain should remain in the Yankee bullpen.

He feels Philadelphia fans are tougher on their players and despise New York because they lack recognition and live in the shadow of the Big Apple.

He let fans into his own personal life. About his four kids and how they raise Alpaca’s (something Phillies fans love to bring up), on his Virginia farm. He brought up how he’s always felt like an under dog, given his small stature and growing up without any money. He had to work harder then the other …

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