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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Kennedy Tosses 1-Hitter In AAA

Yankees Rumors & News

When Ian Kennedy was demoted to triple-A the Yankees told him that his return was entirely up to him. Pitch well and his minor league stint could be as little as two starts, but if you stumble it could be as many as 15.

Last night Kennedy he prefers to keep his stay in Scranton as short as possible by taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

“I’m trying to say it humbly, but it doesn’t matter what I say, it’s going to come out cocky,” he said. “You just know. I woke up today and told my wife, I just have a feeling I’m going to make these guys look stupid.”

Kennedy’s final line was 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.

“That was a better game tonight than any game he pitched here last year,” said Yankee pitching guru Nardi Contreras.

Kennedy reiterated after the game that he felt like his stuff was getting better in his last two starts at …

Yankees Rumors & News

“Stunned disbelief” is how the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand described the Yankee Stadium crowd last night following David Dellucci’s 3-run homer off Joba Chamberlain in the 8th inning of the Yanks’ 5-3 loss.

On his blog, Feinsand goes on to chide the Yankee fan for their reaction, writing that Joba should be allowed the same growing pains as Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy. Well clearly, Mark, but if you’re telling me there wasn’t some stunned disbelief in the press box last night, you’re full of it.

Consider these stats, courtesy of the Journal News’ Peter Abraham:

* He had given up three earned runs in his career (36.1 innings) previously.

* The last time he walked two batters in an inning was in his debut last August when he was trying to throw the ball through a brick wall in Toronto.

* It was only the second homer he has ever allowed.

* It was the first run he has allowed at Yankee Stadium in 14 appearances.

* It was the second …

King: Cowboys rank ahead of Giants right now

Giants Rumors & News

Peter King came out with his off-season team rankings yesterday in his weekly ‘Monday Morning Quarterback‘ column.

He placed the defending Super Bowl champion Giants sixth on his list behind New England, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Dallas (ugh!!) and San Diego.

The only one on the list that really bugs me is Dallas. Talent-wise, I get it. The Cowboys haven’t proven they can win when it counts, though. The Giants, obviously, have.

Here is what King said about your defending champions.

This is a team that caught fire at the right time and rode the wave to a title. Was it the best team in football in 2007? For the last two games of the year, yes. For the rest of the season, not even close. But the last two games of the season are the biggest.

Funny how a season progresses: In Weeks 9-14, the Giants went 3-3, losing three times by double digits and winning by six, five and three points. Then, ka-boom.

Moving forward, the Giants will be fortunate if Michael Strahan plays. …

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