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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Wags to DL

Mets Rumors & News

It appears closer Billy Wagner wasn’t making excuses when he said his forearm hurt after blowing his seventh save of the year Saturday night.  Wagner had an MRI today and the results confirmed he has a left forearm strain.  As a result, Wagner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Sunday).

“It’s just a bad time to have to go through something like this,” Wagner said

This is potentially devastating news for the Mets whose bullpen has been a disaster since the all-star break.  It could be worse though.  Since the MRI showed no structural damage, he should be back in the ‘pen when his 15 days are up.

To take Wagner’s place on the roster, the Mets have recalled pitcher Ruddy Lugo.  Lugo is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in parts of three seasons (102 appearances) with the Rays and Athletics.  This year Lugo has spent the season in the Zephyrs rotation going 7-9 with a 5.01 ERA.

Taking Wagner’s place as the closer …

Yankees Rumors & News

As the long baseball season winds down to its final month, there is nothing more beneficial to a team in the pennant race than being able to call up impact players from the minors.
And, the Yankees may have more than a few players who can help in their pursuit of a post-season berth in 2008 such as Scott Strickland, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Phil Hughes and, yes, Carl Pavano.
With Darrell Rasner not pitching well of late and Joba Chamberlain on his way to see Dr. James Andrews, the Yankees need help in their rotation. While many teams would be in a great deal of trouble in trying to replace 2/5 of their rotation, the Yankees have formidable options.
Out of the group of starters previously listed, Kennedy is the most ready, as he has posted a 4-2 record with a 2.14 ERA in 46 1/3 innings recording 38 strikeouts while sporting a 0.91 WHIP. Based on …

Most definitely not David Zhuang.

So, the Olympics are almost upon us and what with the Games being held in Beijing and all I can’t help but obsess about the Ping Pong event. I’m expecting the Chinese to pull out all the stops for this one. Table Tennis has never been my sport, actually I think I enjoy it more now than I ever did as a kid. I love smacking the balls as hard as I can right at my opponent’s face. I was never as organized about it as these kids.

From what I’ve read the Chinese are heavily favored to kick global butt in Ping Pong this month. We are the underdogs by a mile and there’s nothing I like more than rooting for the underdog.

In the men’s bracket our hopes for the gold rest in the hands of David Zhuang. He’s been playing Ping Pong professionally since he was twelve (which was in 1975). …

Chris Baker activated from the PUP List

Jets Rumors & News

Tight end, Chris Baker finally practiced with the New York Jets at Hofstra University yesterday. After missing 11 days (13 practices) of training camp, this marked the first time Baker practiced with the team. His ailing back landed him on the physically unable to perform list. He also has been unhappy with team brass about his contract and he blasted management about their alleged promise for a new pact. The Queens’ native also missed a part of minicamp last month, and was fined for missing an injury treatment session. Baker has two years left on his current deal, worth $6.6 million dollars.

He will earn $683,500 this season after receiving an $800,000 advance on his 2008 season. Baker feels he is vastly underpaid and previously demanded to be traded. The 28-year old is coming off his most productive season, catching a career high 41 balls for 409 yards. However, the Jets signed veteran tight end Bubba Franks in the off-season …

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Everybody knows Tom Seaver wore # 41 and Joe DiMaggio # 5, but see how much else you know about New York baseball uniform numbers. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. The Yankees were the first team to wear uniform numbers. What year did they start wearing them?
2. Why did Bobby Valentine wear # 2 while managing the Mets?
3. Mickey Mantle is synonymous with # 7, but in his rookie year he wore another number besides 7. What was it?
4. What two numbers did Felix Millan wear with the Mets?
5. Why did Babe Ruth wear # 3 and Lou Gehrig # 4?
6. What number did Joe Torre wear with the Mets?…

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets take on the Padres for a three-game series at Shea starting tonight. With a 58-53 record and a four-game losing streak, the Mets find themselves in third place, three games behind Philadelphia. The last time the Mets faced the Padres out in San Diego, they were swept in a four-game series. They lost the first three games by a score of 2-1, and Billy Wagner blew the save in the fourth game. They’ll be out for some revenge in Queens, though the Mets are having trouble hitting and pitching these days. And the injuries are piling up. It doesn’t look like the Mets will have Wagner around to blow any games this time. They really need a nice bounce-back series, but they also have a tendency to play down to the competition. They’re now 6-9 since their 10-game winning streak.
The Padres are 43-69 and in last place. They just lost …

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