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Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Where Is Ferris Bueller? Pavano Needs An Excuse

Yankees Rumors & News

After a few weeks of speculation and one minor scare, Carl Pavano might actually start a game for the Yankees this Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, unless he finds an excuse to skip yet another start.

The Newark Star-Ledger broke the news today after Pavano’s agent Tom O’Connell confirmed that the Yankees have spoken with their favorite cripple about starting this weekend.

“He worked extremely hard to put himself in this position, to get back and help the this club,” O’Connell said. “And he’s really excited about the opportunity and he’s up to the challenge.”

It is true, Pavano has seemingly worked hard during his latest comeback attempt, but it is probably the first time in four years he has worked hard at anything. He has come back quickly from Tommy John surgery and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all it is a contract season for Pavano and there isn’t a huge market for 30-somethings that haven’t pitched in four …

Yankees Rumors & News

Earlier this week Hot Stove New York was excited to feature an exclusive Q&A with Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner. Today, HSNY’s Rob Abruzzese catches up with Yanks forgotten man Shelley Duncan, who struggled with injury and inconsistent playing time this season and now is working hard at getting back to baseball.
Last year’s Yankees were much like this year’s model. A team with a questionable pitching staff which was expected to be carried by its offense, but both teams struggled to score runs out of the gate.
The difference between the two teams is that last year’s version broke out and had a huge second half. One small role player who had a great contribution was Shelley Duncan. In just 74 at bats Duncan hit seven homers with 17 RBI’s with a .883 OPS.
This season it looked like he would take an even bigger role possibly as part of a platoon with Jason …

John Gabriel joins Knicks

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks hired 1999 NBA Executive of the Year, John Gabriel as their new director of pro scouting and free agency. Gabriel was the General Manager for the Orlando Magic from 1996 to 2004. He was responsible for hiring Doc Rivers who won Coach of the Year honors. Gabriel also selected 2000 Rookie of the Year, Mike Miller 5th overall in the draft that year
Gabriel had an active off-season in 2000 by acquiring Tracy McGrady in a sign and trade with the Toronto Raptors. T-Mac averaged 26.8 points per game in his first full season with the Magic.  Gabriel also traded Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace for Grant Hill along with nearly obtaining Tim Duncan. Gabriel offered him a six year, $67.5 million dollar deal which Duncan considered before re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs
Gabriel was let go during the 2003-2004 …

Yankees Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Yankees record in 1996 was 92-70.
2. Bernie Williams led the team in home runs with 29.
3. Tino Martinez led the team in RBIs with 117.
4. Ruben Sierra started the most games at DH with 61. He would be sent to Detroit for Cecil Fielder at the trade deadline, who DH’d in 43 games the second half of the season.
5. Dwight Gooden went 11-7, while David Cone was 7-2.
6. The Yankees defeated Texas in the Division Series, three games to one.
7. David Cone started game two of the League Championship Series against Baltimore. It was the only game the …

Yankees Rumors & News

In what appears to have been a quiet story but definitely an interesting one, Andy Pettitte has asked that Jose Molina become his personal catcher.

According to the New York Journal News, Pettitte asked to no longer throw to catcher Ivan Rodriquez after his miserable outing on July 31st against the Anaheim Angels.

On that night, Pettitte just never looked comfortable in going 5 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, and 9 earned runs.  Furthermore, Pettitte threw an uncharacteristic 48 balls and only 62 strikes in his 110 pitch outing.

This is not to take anything away from what might be the best team in baseball in the Angels, but chemistry can not be discounted in baseball.  If a pitcher does not feel comfortable throwing to a particular catcher, has to continuously shake him off, this will result in no confidence with disaster on the horizon.

Pettitte, is a pitcher who is always focused and locked in on the mound but frequently fell behind Angel batters on that …

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