Bad news all around

Certainly not the way the Yankees wanted to finish up in Chicago. Joba Chamberlain took his first big league loss on a day that a promising start from Phil Hughes had to be wasted due to the rain, while Brian Bruney spent the day in a walking boot and Kyle Farnsworth slipped on the mound, tweaking his pitching elbow.

Bruney gets the award for worst day of all. Not only does it look like he’s headed to the disabled list, but his uncle was found not breathing after suffering a heart attack in Oregon and has been hospitalized with a coma. Bruney also got word that the tractor trailer hauling his truck to New York was in an accident, doing significant damage to his personal vehicle.

The Yankees are going to have to make some roster moves to get pitchers up on the big league squad for the weekend at Cleveland. Farnsworth appears to be sidelined and Bruney certainly is. Meanwhile, the Yankees used Ross Ohlendorf for 49 pitches over two innings Thursday, ruling him out from duty for a while.

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At least the Sox are getting their money’s worth out of linebrink, can’t say the same for the Yanks when it comes to any of the relievers they have signed.

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Didn’t the White Sox give linebrink a ludicrous contract so the Yanks might have been after him and failed.

As for Hawkins – that ‘effective’ trade for Viscaino came with a supplemental draft pick.

Every team has it’s problems – compared to last year we’re cruising

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Looks like Bruney is done for the year with a torn ligament in his foot ( when it rains it poors, I would like to go through one whole week without hearing of a player going down with an injury). Expect to see Shelley Duncan in the lineup very soon. Kind of a good news/bad news for you bpark.

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We’re going to need all the bashers we can get considering the condition of the pitching staff. Still don’t have confidence in Rasner.

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Two other names that were mentioned as possible FA pick ups:

Damaso Marte 1-0 9 2/3 IP 8.38 ERA
David Riske 1-0 11 IP 7.36 ERA

A down year for these two so far, as their past career stats show they are capable of pitching better.

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NICE. A-Rod back in the lineup. Props to Ensburg for hitting while A-Rod was shelved. As much as I say that we need to hit to win, having the bullpen blow leads will kill us all year. Someone needs to get it done…FAST. Enter Rasner, Abaladejo, and Britton. Let’s go fellas! GO YANKEES!!!!!

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Hawkins better straighten himself out soon otherwise he could find himself looking for another job soon. Traber is an unknown, he has a decent ERA for now, but has a career ERA of 5.24. Not a good sign when a pitcher like that can find a roster spot in a team’s pen. Two pitchers the Yanks could have had are having excellent season so far:

Scott Linebrink 0-0 7 1/3 IP 2.45 ERA 6 SO
Jeremy Affeldt 1-0 9 2/3 IP 1.86 ERA 14 SO

I’m not saying these guys would have the same type of numbers with the Yanks, but they are more than capable of solidifying a bullpen. Why the Yanks didn’t go after them harder is beyond me. Instead they went after the less expensive talent like Traber, and Heath Phillips who isn’t even in the majors at this time, and Hawkins. All I can say is you get what you pay for. Lets not forget the Yanks could have gotten something if they had made trades for Farnsworth and Matsui ( possibly two relievers for Matsui?). All I know is that this team might not have the problems with the pen they do now if they had done something to address it in the off-season like we said. Maybe us fans do know what we are talking about.

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As Reported By WFAN…

Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton were called-up from (AAA) SWB ….Brian Bruney placed on the 15-day DL [surgery is possible] ….A-Rod will be in the lineup tonight vs. Cleveland !!!

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Matt,

I guess you don’t count Hawkins and Traber as “talented” signings??? …I’m not being serious, of course! …The way both are pitching, they’re starting to make Farnsworth look good !!! … I agree, the Yankees should have looked to sign some top line relievers … At the time, in the off-season, I wanted them to get Joe Nathan from Minnesota [as the 8th inning set-up man] …A look at his stats: this year he has 8 saves; 0.00 ERA; no walks; 7 hits !!! ….But, at the end of 2008, the Yankees number one priority in the FA market [during the winter meetings] should be, the signing of Mark Teixeira as our first baseman for the next 8-10 years !!! …. Also, Joba has to be in the Starting Rotation [next year], from the beginning of the season !!! http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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Matt your right about Joba. Edwar Ramirez is coming?

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First of all, I’m surprised the word “crap” didn’t get censored.secondly, I still think this team will finish 2nd in the division, I just can’t see Toronto or any other team finishing ahead of the Yanks in the division, they have problems of their own to deal with. I think they will need to make changes as they did last season just to finish in 2nd, and the offense is going to have to step it up as they did last season. I agree with you the bench needed to be strengthened, but that didn’t really happen either and went with a player like Betamit instead and sent down players like Duncan, and Woodward, both capable of providing more “O” than Betamit. This team is finding out what a mistake that was as it doesn’t have the kind of depth to replace Cano in the lineup, maybe Gonzalez, but he has next to no experience at 2B. That’s why I don’t think they will bench Cano. This team just keeps making questionable decisions as the season goes.

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First of all, I’m surprised the word “crap” didn’t get censored.secondly, I still think this team will finish 2nd in the division, I just can’t see Toronto or any other team finishing ahead of the Yanks in the division, they have problems of their own to deal with. I think they will need to make changes as they did last season just to finish in 2nd, and the offense is going to have to step it up as they did last season. I agree with you the bench needed to be strengthened, but that didn’t really happen either and went with a player like Betamit instead and sent down players like Duncan, and Woodward, both capable of providing more “O” than Betamit. This team is finding out what a mistake that was as it doesn’t have the kind of depth to replace Cano in the lineup, maybe Gonzalez, but he has next to no experience at 2B. That’s why I don’t think they will bench Cano. This team just keeps making questionable decisions as the season goes.

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That is bad news all around.

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I was sort of joking but sort of serious at the same time. Neither of them are producing offensively. Hopefully a benching would wake him up.

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Matt,
You made a great point regarding the Yankess not going after more talented FAs during the offseason. I said this last season, if the Yanks didn’t bolster their bullpen and strengthen their bench, there’s no hope. I predicted they’d place 3rd in the East. The season is early but, this crap is getting old!

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nodigidee,

Please say you’re kidding about Bet “My average will end up being lower than Giambi’s, and Cano’s after starting for a week”amit.Just got to wonder what benching Cano would do to him mentally.

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Jimmy,

Except Rivera, and Chamberlain, this pen has been very shaky this season, but again,I say the Yanks can only blame themselves for the predicament they are in. they had a chance to go after more talented FAs during the offseason, but did nothing to go after them.

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It’s become apparent that Ohlendorf may not be the long reliever this team so desperately needs. Robertson has put up very good numbers as a reliever, but his stuff is average at best plus he doesn’t have much experience above AA. Might be Rasner who may be called on to help out the pen as a long reliever. I just get the feeling he won’t be any better than Igawa after the kind of ST he had. Just glad Karstens isn’t availble for a call up.

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The bullpen is really a “BIG PROBLEM” for the Yankees right now !!! [then again, it always has been a "big problem", the last few years]…

What would our record be without the great pitching by: Mariano and Joba, so far in this early season ??? … Jimmy27NYY … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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I haven’t commented in quite a while. No one told me I needed to create a new password. Go figure. I have this to say about Cano, don’t put him in the 9 hole, bench his sorry @$$. Have him call Bernie’s surgeon and get Lasik eye surgery. This kid is pathetic! Chaz hit the nail on the head regarding Cano’s payday. I know you all will go crazy but, I’d start Bet, my avg is better than Cano’s, amit pink-eye and all.

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Can’t rely on the kids in the minors to do that.

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Unfortunately, the only way Chamberlain gets moved to the rotation is if this team finds a quality arm to replace him in the pen via trade.

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I am hoping they can somehow find a more experienced arm to join the pen. Not only could they use them right now but also if Joba gets moved to the rotation.

http://myteamrivals.typepad.com/thebronxdaily/

http://myteamrivals.typepad.com/yankeesredsox/

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With the laundry list of pitching prospects we have, we have to have someone in there that can step up.

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Maybe bring up Ramirez again as well.

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Well ain’t that just something. It’s deja vu all over again. Our pen finally starts to find some bright spots and Bruney and Farnsworth are out. That leaves us with Hawkins and Ohlendorf. Traber should be ok. Expect to see Rasner get the call up. Trenton has Dave Robertson who has a 0.64 era in 14 innings with 21 k’s. Dan Giese with SWB looks strong too. These guys are going to have to step up.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 25, 2008

Buffalo (Indians)
Scranton/WB 7PM
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New Britain (Twins
Trenton 7:05PM
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Fort Myers (Twins)
Tampa 7PM
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Columbus (Rays)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 24, 2008

Buffalo (Indians) 1
Scranton/WB 3
W: D. Giese (1-0, 0.86); L: M. Ginter (0-3, 6.75); SV: J. Veras (6)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_24_bufaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
New Britain (Twins 1
Trenton 2
W: Z. Kroenke (1-0, 2.35); L: Y. Pino (0-1, 1.35); SV: E. Wordekemper (3)
HR: NBR: D. Winfree (3). TRE: M. Carson (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_24_nbraax_treaax_1&t=g_log&did=milb
Fort Myers (Twins) 2
Tampa 4
W: E. Hacker (2-1, 0.82); L: C. Devries (1-3, 5.48); SV: J. Hovis (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_24_ftmafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Columbus (Rays) 3
Charleston 5
W: J. Hoover (2-0, 2.00); L: K. Boggan (0-1, 6.52); SV: J. Ortiz (7)
HR: COL: H. Wrigley (2). CHA: W. Rufino (3), B. Laird (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_24_clmafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Yes indeedy, Cano should be dropped in the order, or here’s an idea: Girardi and Long COULD force him to be more patient. Why, oh WHY does this NOT happen? Give him his green lights at 2-0 or even 2-1, but NOT 0-0 and NOT 0-1! He should be taking all the way in those spots and consistently SWINGS! While I certainly understand some of those are swing-worthy pitches, he’s getting schooled!

There were stretches last year I wondered if anyone could pitch this guy, but now it’s like he’s just hacking, with less than stellar results mind you!

Tough loss last night, I left the radio broadcast as the rain delay ensued, we’re up 3-0 and bam, next thing you know we lose! :(

I guess I can’t really fault the Org. for opting not to trot Hughes back out there. If we sent him back out there and HE got hurt, yikes! Our pen is already in cardiac arrest… we need our starters bigtime… but what good are they if they can’t even get through 5 regardless of the reasons?!

Woe…

Come on boys, let’s put it behind us and get to Cleveland!!

The Bats are warming up… now if this weather will just cooperate, we might get somewhere!

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Chaz, I agree totally with putting him in the 9 spot. That way he doesn’t really mess up the other hitters now that they’re starting to find their strokes. He’ll definitely come around, but you can’t let him kill the momentum while he continues to search. This decision is actually made way easier by both Melky and Damon. Melky’s been on a tear and it looks like Damon has awakened. That 9 spot’s got Cano’s name all over it.

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If I were a major league pitcher facing Cano, he wouldn’t see a fastball in the zone, EVER. Why would I toss him a cookie if he’s going to chase a pitch 3 inches off the plate and away? Not everyone can be Vlad Guerrero, chasing balls up aroud the nostrils and raking them into the bleachers.

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One of these days , we will have a stretch where everything clicks. It always seems like we have a few things going, and something knocks the train off the tracks. We hit, but play poor defense. We get a good outing from a starter, but we don’t hit. Our starter does well, but the bullpen chokes. I guess that is the nature of this game, but it would be nice to everyone running on all cylinders.

Another 0-3 night for Cano. I have stated on this blog that he has the potential to be the best ever at 2B with the stick. While I stand behind that still, right now he doesn’t have the potential to be in the starting lineup. Is he on cruise control now that the Yankees broke him off a FAT payday? Does he have nothing to play for? What is his freaking problem. I say the Yankees should put him in the 9 until he can crawl his way out of that bottomless abyss he is digging himself. Cano, seriously, a .179 batting average 1 month into the season? What is that? Here’s a thought……..TAKE A F-ING PITCH OR 2! I didn’t get a chance to see that walk he drew in last night’s game; were the 4 pitches 6 feet off the plate? This guy is killing me. Damon and Giambi seem to have found their stroke, what the hell is taking Robbie so damn long?

If Cano would learn how to work a count, he would be the next .400 hitter. This guy needs to go and talk with Ted Williams’ head, and get a clue.

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