The Yankees keep it quiet

Before the game, the Yankees had very little to say about Phil Hughes’ status, and during the game, their bats went similarly silent after the first inning.

Let’s focus on pre-game. The Yankees’ blanket statements before the game regarding Phil Hughes were contentious at their worst, as Joe Girardi’s session grew ugly. Several times, Girardi said that Hughes was “is in the rotation right now,” and when pressed and asked if Hughes was expected to make his next turn, Girardi said, “That’s the plan. There’s no one else here.” At one point, he said, “I don’t want to get irritated, but do you want me to tell you when I’m hitting and running too?”

No, but it’d be nice to know for sure who is pitching on Sunday. The plan changed at around 6:30 p.m. ET, when Hughes was examined by Dr. Stuart Hershon and found to have a strained right oblique. The severity of the injury, only Hughes and the Yankees really know for sure (they’re calling it “mild”), but in the short-term this knocks Hughes out of the rotation for a while. Darrell Rasner will be on the way up to take Sunday’s start instead.

Hughes probably was going to need to go to Triple-A anyway to work things out, and maybe this saves him some face in that he isn’t being demoted per se, but instead headed down on a rehab assignment. Either way, the early results — for both Hughes and the Yankees – have not been particularly good. Ian Kennedy gets to try and make May a better month tonight.

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Nice job bpark!!! You jinxed Alby!!

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Melky is talked about all the time on this blog. I don’t think Gonzalez is talked about because he hasn’t been used much or done much at this point. He has taken Betamit’s role as utility IF though.

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Forget Duncan, Betemit, Whoseyourmother, we’re ALL forgetting about an important peice while Jeter was out, Alberto Gonzalez! It seems the silent under-the-radar types that we miss always seem to have a bigger impact on this team. How come we never talk about Melky!?

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Who said that bpark? That wasn’t my point anyway. My point was that he can’t go deep in games as if the team were scared to see what happens if he did go more than 5 or 6 when hitters are getting their second and 3 looks at him.

I think the pitcher who gets the win, if the Yanks come back to take the lead, is the pitcher who is on the mound when the go ahead run scores.

Duncan can hit better than that use less Betamit. We know Duncan has enough skills to provide offense which is more than I can say of you know who.

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Granted he has limited ABs but Duncan is not hitting in the big leagues this year.

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Question is now irrelavent

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It doesn’t matter if we are winning before 5 and 2/3?

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albaladejo or nobody surely

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This Alba dude from Clippard trade saved us more damage, he seems to be turning around after the spring disaster.

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If we score in the bottom half, who gets the win when you leave after 4 2/3 only trailing 1.

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He left him in to face Maggy but pulled him before Cabrera. Hmm pitch count or did he tap out?

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Ohlendorf will get hit hard when he is overworked like most pitchers. This team can’t go back to the Torre days and start overworking the pen. OOOOOOOPPPPSSSSSS!!!!! Too late!!!

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Thing is, he can’t go deep in games, he did go 7 in his previous start to the last one but that was an exception to the rule. He’s still liable to blow up at any time, wait until teams get a 2nd or 3rd look at Messina.

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Maybe I’ll just shave my head, things are really getting sad!!!

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The starting rotation is in too much of a mess to leave a shut down pitcher like Chamberlain in the pen. It needs a pitcher like him in the rotation ASAP just to give the rotation some stability, and settle things down and have that shut down ability in the rotation. Like I have said before, it doesn’t matter how good of a pen you have if the starting rotation can’t get a lead to hand of to the pen. I thought he should have started the season in the rotation using ST to stretch him out just to see if he can be that dominant starter this team desperately needs. Now this team will have to do it sometime in the middle of the season losing him for possibly a month making this pen weaker. Seeing that this team has no other real options it could be highly possible.

I agree with you bpark about Karstens, it makes my hair stand on end thinking about Karstens on this staff, he’s a disaster ready to happen, the only good thing about that is he may have to go to the minors first after coming off the DL, at least that will spare us for a short while.

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We may not be able to get Kennadia a win but we can atleast get him a no decision?

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Psycho Myers had be better than Traber.

If the Yankees hit, then go to the pen, Kennadia could end up with a win in his final appearance in our stripes.

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I thought Hawkins, Traber and Olendorf were gonna become the new 3 stooges (Britton, Bruney, Henn)

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I have seen some Olendorf appearance this year when he looked not so good. Then theres Hawkins hit me harder than last time guy.

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I guess that means your dapping Mouse.

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Mussina seemed to manage with little run support in his last 2 outings, I think he gave up 2 on bad pitches last time and was able to get the win.

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Interesting question there bpark, I like it!! I would still have to give a definite no!!

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The problem is Chamberlain might need for 4-5 starts in the minors, then ESPN said he would be limited to a 3-4 inning pitch count. The bullpen is a mess, unless we get Fuentes, I can’t see how we allow Chamberlain in the rotation. My fear is Cashman is gonna tap Karstens. I’d rather Clemens be in the minors getting ready and Chamberlain stays in the bullpen now. Moving Chamberlain would mean (possibly 20 games = 5 starts without him at all) thats too much to me.

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Highly doubtful 3 runs would have been enough for a pitcher like Messina who is liable to blow up any time he takes the mound.

Last thing this team needs is to add two more useless players like Wells, and Roger “The Savior” Clemens to useless no-talents like Bet “Matt would rather have a dab of Moose everyday rather than see me hit” amit, and Igawa, and Rasner. This team would truly be desperate, and pathetic if that happened.

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If Joba were to come into the rotation, the best move would be to push Ohlendorf into setup, he’s really being wasted in middle relief anyway.

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Bd, Hughes’s first 2 starts this year were decent, see stats above. He may have got hurt before or during the Boston game when he looked terrible. Matt, its not just the flyballs, the Tigers were picking him up and hitting him hard just like the previous opponents. would you go for Clemens if trade Mussina for another pitcher?

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Ok, now I agree with all of you, Kennedy is a minor leaguer.

My question for all of you is:

In event that Kennedy is ousted from the rotation, shouldn’t we plug Chamberlain in there? I think so ( obviously after stretching him out in the minors, in which in this time the Yanks would have to find someone else to pitch in the five hole. ) Igawa? I’m tired of this guy, but there’s a possibility we see him too.

Opinions!

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Kennedy’s just matched Hughes ERA of 9.

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Robertson could earn and an easy win if our bats don’t live up to their potential. 3 runs might have been enough for Wang and Mussina but not for the Kennadian

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Kennedy is a fly ball pitcher, just like Messina, so what do you expect? Just because he allows fly balls doesn’t mean a thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hughes were pitching hurt for a while, could explain why he has been off. Kennedy’s problems are mental right now there’s no other explanation, that’s why he has been so timid on the mound. We don’t know if sending him down would help, maybe it will, saying that his problems aren’t mental is ludicrous!!

We already know what Igawa will give us, total garbage, Rasner isn’t the answer, no one knows if he will be better than Hughes, Kennedy or Messina, he has been nothing but mediocre in his entire career as his numbers indicate, until he shows otherwise he is a mediocre pitcher if he weren’t the Expos wouldn’t have let him go. Using mediocre pitchers isn’t going to do anything in terms of pushing Hughes or Kennedy. Also, Ohlendorf isn’t an option either as he has shown that his velocity deteriorates after 4 innings that’s why the team moved him from starter to reliever.

How anyone can say that Hughes is a “huge disappointment” is beyond me. He hasn’t even been in the majors for a year. We expected him to have growing pains during the season while he learns to pitch in the majors, he had nothing left to prove down in the minors that’s why he’s up here in the first place. There’s no reason to think he is going to be out for the rest of the season so let’s stop overreacting.

We don’t need Roger “The Savior” Clemens, he doesn’t make, this team better nor does he guarantee anything. He is completely unreliable as he was last season. I wouldn’t pay 1 million for ” The Savior “. Wells is nothing but a slob who can’t pitch anymore as his numbers indicate, having 3 old farts on this staff would be pitiful.

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I really don’t know why I’m hearing al this ” Ian Kennedy is a minor leaguer. ” stuff. Last year he came in here dominating ( albeit in two starts ) along with Hughes, but Hughes seems to me like another Rich Harden, three injuries in less than the equivalent of one full baseball season, let’s hope this guy doesn’t turn out to be another walking cast.

Yes, I think these two should be in the minors right now, Ian Kennedy isn’t as polished as we thought, and Hughes is erratic at best ( although I remember back in spring training when he threw 8 innings of no hit ball, and had two great starts after those. ) Something tells me that Hughes was injured waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when he was involved in that Rays brawl, because he never pitched a good game again after that event, even leading into the season. I have a gut feeling that when he comes back– in July– he will be strong again. Those two months will serve him well for mental rest as well as physical. Ian is going to have start showing the club– and the bullpen– that he can pitch, or Hank is going to oust him like the spray.

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I’ve seen enough, thank you and good night.

By knuteroc44@hotmail.com on May 1, 2008 7:57 PM

They should put this quote above Kennadia’s Tampa locker because thats where he’s headed, barring a mysterious injury.

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I’ve seen enough, thank you and good night.

By knuteroc44@hotmail.com on May 1, 2008 7:57 PM

Aside from a pop out and a 3 groundouts, 9 of the 15 batters hit the ball to the outfield (Sheff walked also)

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Now a triple, this is ugly. Flyballs turn into doubles and triples, the outfield can possible keep working this hard, almost 60 pitches not out of the third. This it Kennadia is gone.

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I’ve seen enough, thank you and good night.

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Thats enough. Only 2 earned runs but 3 doubles in the inning. I’ve seen enough.

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2 on 2 out, he just needs one out and he’ll be lucky enough to stem this potential disaster.

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As his arm tires the flyballs and doubles could become HRs.

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The Yankees used Kennedy’s wedding and injury as an excuse for Kennedy not to be on the post season roster last year. The reality was nobody not even he expected to be in the big leagues and he is getting a hard crash course.

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Igawa is long term project in the sense, his money should been backlogged.

5 of Kennadia’s 6 out of fly balls to center. This in no way indicates he is pitching better, those balls will leave the yard in some parks and here too if hit slightly harder.

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I may resort to call him Ian Wild and not Kennadia, he is erratic not like Bruney in terms of wild pitches, he is erratic in the sense that he will let you him to get the out, he has a lot his pitch hit well to the outfield and is the outfields job to scramble to save the day.

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Really this is all Kei Igawa’s fault – he was signed to be a big part of our rotation, instead they had to shove a guy with one year of minor league experience

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He seems to have settled down, his location was way off for the first 5 batters.

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Will Robertson make it out if the 1st???

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Well at least IPK seems to recognise there’s a problem, that’s a start. He’s young enough to get that confidence back.

By candyrunts@hotmail.com on May 1, 2008 7:24 PM

It is and it should indicate that he needs time in the lower leagues. He is in danger of falling off the cliff.

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3-0. That’ll settle Kennedy

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Trashcan needs someone to tell him to be patient, he doesn’t have to hit ball in the dirt. He reached base but thats a pitch I think you don’t try to lift and you take it.

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Well at least IPK seems to recognise there’s a problem, that’s a start. He’s young enough to get that confidence back.

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Abreu didn’t take a pitch on a 3-1 count with Robertson struggling with location early but I won’t complain about the result.

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first inning all outs are fly balls, not good, they are hitting Kennadia hard hard, they just all went to Melky. I would say this is best strategy for 27 outs but it got you through 1.

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That certain protects the integrity of the team. I would ahve loved a fairytell ending for Clemens and Pettitte but we failed last year and we failed in the world series last time.

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I’d rather miss the playoffs that allow Clemens back on this team, he is a cancer right now. There is no good media around him, he was borderline worthless last year and now a year older and a ton a baggage later he’ll be completely ineffective. I’d rather see kids from the farm come up and try and get experience, maybe trade for CC anything but signing Clemens back on this team. He’s dead to me.

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Noteables

Hughes first game:

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
P Hughes 6.0 4 2 2 1 4 0 87-58 3.00
3-2 victory no decision. Nice line. Not enough offense

Kennedy first game
I Kennedy (L, 0-1) 2.1 4 6 6 4 2 0 70-32 23.14
13-4 loss

Hughes game 2
P Hughes 3.0 6 3 3 4 2 0 87-47 5.00
3 runs given up, 5-2 loss No offense

Kennedy game 2 relief short appearance don’t count it
I Kennedy 3.0 2 2 2 2 3 0 52-32 13.50

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Problem is Robert, Kennadia has admitted to the media he is shook and lost complete confidence, that is not the makeup for success here.

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One thing is for sure, Wang (5-0) has start 6 times, all 6 games have been wins, some of them have been extremely low scoring.

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I remember Kennedy’s record in the minors being slightly better than Chamberlain’s so unless we really tank in May I don’t see any experiments coming!

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I am not sure who suggested Hughes has been better than Kennadia, that is extremely arguable. The ERA are about the same? Kennadia at 8.53, Hughes at 9? Kennadia was fortunate he only gave up 3 runs last time out. Hughes is 0-4, Kennadia 0-2, this difference based on similar ERA could be nothing more than an indication of run support.

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I felt like Kennadia was getting his feet wet last year and plan was to start him in triple A this year but the Yankees simply did not have a fall back plan when Chamberlain was returned to the pen.

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We mention Igawa and Rasner, Karstens will probably be a guy Cashman may also give a start too.

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One at a time please, I can’t take a simultaneous Igawa or Ohlendorf experiment while Rasner getting his shot.

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guys i dun see how rasner could be any worse than hughes alrite… worst case he’d be as bad as how hughes has been…

the problem all along is hughes and kennedy have been put in such high spots that they cant live up to it… plus i kinda like the idea of allowing competition (throw in rasner, igawa, maybe even ohlendorf) might actually trigger the kids to improve to some degree

By hc97@hotmail.com on May 1, 2008 6:36 PM

Spot on Rasner will give us somewhat similar to Moose and I’ll take it. Hughes was suppost to be better, maybe the injury impacted his velocity making him easy to hit.

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Based on the unfortunate news on Hughes, we cannot count on him or depend on him being back this year. We have to assume that he will not be brought up for starts if we are in a division race and its August or September. So, it is Pettitte, Wang, and Mussina. Then it gets muggy. Either is Igawa and/Rasner or Joba gets sent down to stretch his arm now (leaving the pen in a mess). Other options: free agency Clemens and/or Wells, trades (Oakland for 1 won’t listen right now, neither will Cleveland). If Cleveland continues to struggle and can’t make the playoffs, I could see them sending CC here to go against the Tigers. Clemens is that guy, we have to make the move before Boston does. Boston look a Clemens as a reliever or Schilling replacement if Schilling can’t go, Schilling probably can’t play. Clemens can start and if we get CC midseason, Clemens can join the bullpen.

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i wasnt talkin about age btw, seniority

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i agree kennedy was rushed up… he was the youngest in the farm right before brackman… he should have been called upon sometime this summer

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guys i dun see how rasner could be any worse than hughes alrite… worst case he’d be as bad as how hughes has been…

the problem all along is hughes and kennedy have been put in such high spots that they cant live up to it… plus i kinda like the idea of allowing competition (throw in rasner, igawa, maybe even ohlendorf) might actually trigger the kids to improve to some degree

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How can people say Kennadia’s problems are only mental? He has yet to succeed at the Major League Level, this tells me he is simply not ready, he is getting smacked silly. It would be even worse if it wasn’t for some excellent defense he’s gotten. He was rushed up last year when Clemens had the groin injury and should have gone back this year.

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The reality is Hughes is a huge dissapointment, I expected him to be a solid #4 this year. Joba is as dominant as ever. Kennadia should have began in triple A with the possibility of an August promotion.

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Well Hughes may have suffered the injury coughing too hard or too much, it may be plausible because of their being no bruising.

With Hughes out now, we have 2 holes in our rotation. Mussina is questionable. We have to add Clemens, whether Rasner pans out or not. Having a rotation of Pettitte, Wang, Moose, Rasner and Igawa just won’t win enough games. Cash, if you haven’t already call Clemens, and don’t bother asking Hankees permission, just make the right decision here.

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i now its hard to swallow all of this coz we were actually expecting the young trio to be lights out and jump start the team as though we’re back in 96/98 when DJ, Mo, posada were actually in their twenties…

considering where we’re at now with all these struggles, we’re at a much better place than we were last year this time THANK GOD… we’re just 3 games back of first place boston, and again thankfully detroit and cleve been struggling at the same time… so we’re not that bad afterall… except if u look up angels they’re at a diff world out there coz their young guns (ervin and joe saunders) actually hurl outstanding ballgames (even with lackey and escobar out) thats called young players stepping up with their vets down.. perhaps with posada, a-rod all in the DL, it’ll put some pressure on cano etc to start hitting again…

Look fwd to start the month of may!!

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I think Stewart has to clear waivers before returning to SWB. Not sure what the move will be to add Rasner on Sunday!

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I’d expect to see Dan Giese way before Clemens and/or Wells.

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Don’t expect Rasner to be a savior. Undefeated against minor league bats doesn’t guarantee success at the MLB level and this year has been his only consistent performance since he was claimed from the Washington roster!

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on May 1, 2008 6:14 PM

he showed flashes last year here. I would still rather go with Clemens or Wells, preferably Clemens.

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Moeller coming back could mean we send Stewart back to triple A and bring up Rasner?

More on Hughes, when you put in rehab and other stuff a july scenerio turns into later, heck Pavano could be pitching sooner.

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Don’t expect Rasner to be a savior. Undefeated against minor league bats doesn’t guarantee success at the MLB level and this year has been his only consistent performance since he was claimed from the Washington roster!

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http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8093380?MSNHPHMA
Don’t wait for Hughes to come back. He is out for the season? July at the earliest.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=3365107
Free agent list not too many pitchers.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3376615
Better news from Clemens, better than this slow loading blog.

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Rasner was good last year before he got the fractured finger.

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Who cares about Moose grade point average “3.5” I’ll take that average over what he as thank you.

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Start of a new month. Let’s go Yankees! Rasner has been dominating down at Scranton.

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With all that went wrong this summer with Roger and AP. I doubt Roger will accept playing on the same team with AP.
What about Roger in long relief or the pen?

By fgedeon6@comcast.net on May 1, 2008 5:35 PM

It could work but we need a starter. We could definetely give it a shot. Pettitte and Clemens are fine. HOWEVER, CLEMENS COULD GET HIT WITH WITNESS TAMPERING IF HE PLAYS WITH PETTITTE.

Kennedy will likely stay in the rotation until Hughes returns as Rasner is the only viable replacement arm right now! Eiland will need to proove himself by working with Kennedy and Mussina or it will be a very long season!

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on May 1, 2008 5:36 PM

Kennedy will likely never play again if stays in th rotation much longer he is shook so bad he won’t recover. Paul O’Neill should be a coach here. He would work wonders with the hitters.

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One thing to note, Clemens cam back early last year, beginning of may. He did that because Cashman told he we needed him badly. He may have been rushed back too quickly, accounting for his higher era and injury trouble. If we let him come back on his schedule, we may get a better deal. Also, Clemens himself has said he owes is for his poor showing, which would indicate if Torre was the manager, Clemens would be back and at a much cheaper price.

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Kennedy will likely stay in the rotation until Hughes returns as Rasner is the only viable replacement arm right now! Eiland will need to proove himself by working with Kennedy and Mussina or it will be a very long season!

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With all that went wrong this summer with Roger and AP. I doubt Roger will accept playing on the same team with AP.
What about Roger in long relief or the pen?

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I don’t know what the big love-fest is with Clemens mentoring Hughes, but SURELY Roger is not the only man who can impart pitching knowledge. Heck I’d rather see Leiter giving the guy some help than Clemens!

HC was exactly right, what is Dave Eiland doing to help, is he not the one who coached the two in the minors?

No matter which way you slice it or what kind of excuses we come up the bottom line is this team has no chemistry, no consistency, no worthwhile pitching and hitting. Basically, we suck and we suck bad.

I don’t agree with the assessment that we’re a basher club with slow prodders on the paths. I can’t believe that Damon, Jeter, Abreu, ARod, Melky, Cano, Duncan and a few others likely can’t steal bases. That’s ludicrous. The ONLY problem is they’re not being SENT. I would agree if they WERE being sent and then getting thrown out 60% + of the time but that’s not happening so I don’t buy it. Giambi, yes, Matsui, yes, Molina… Posada, likely a yes too for plodding, but not more than half of the lineup, more like 1/3.

And it doesn’t always have to be stealing bases. Where are the bunts to move a runner over? Teams KILL us with it and we scoff at the notion. Where are the hit and runs?

Doesn’t anyone remember how conditioned these guys were supposed to be mid-spring training? They don’t look it to me.

I hate to rant on the boys but sheesh, it’s like NO ONE upstairs thinks any of this is a real concern. Now that is what freaks me out the most. That we may actually be ‘accepting’ this. I know we have aging stars… but either they’ve turned geriatric over the winter, or someone needs to stoke some coals.

There is no enthusiasm on this team. I know sometimes when you’re in a rut it’s hard to be frenetic, but we NEED that from someone, like Shelley did last year. Someone needs to reinvigorate the collective enthusiasm of this team, and by-god, that’s JOE’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Ok enough of that…

Let’s go Yank-ees!!! Come on Kennedy, don’t be scared… be aggressive and live with it! A timid pitcher is beat before he takes the mound.

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I doubt that Clemens will pitch again anywhere and the Yanks would only be interested in him as a personal coach/mentor for Hughes. But, that is not likely now as he would be a distraction given his current notoriety.

Hughes will benefit greatly from some time at SWB under Rafael Chaves who is credited with helping develop Felix Hernandez at Seattle last year!

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“Chaz, I am done with you. You obviously have no idea about mentoring troubled teenagers”

You are right, BUT i know that the process most likely does not involve sexing them up….

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Matt,

You’re right the problems Kennedy and Hughes are going through right now are mostly mental, sending them down may not help, who knows.

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Whether it’s one game or two, it’s still not nearly enough reason to bring him back. He’s still an injury risk as last season showed, having him back doesn’t make this a better team. Plus who wants to spend 2 million on him when there is a good chance he will wind up getting injured again like last season?

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keep it up, bpark. The Yankees aren’t bringing back Clemens, Kennedy and Hughes are safe (for now), noone is going to entertain a trade this early in the year. In fact, unless Hannah Montana is in the clubhouse, I doubt you’ll get Clemens to show up for a meeting. Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant, I wonder who the daddy is?

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true, that might be the best option today, we’ll see how it goes… plus he normally doesnt come out of the cave until end of may, then he needs additional 3 weeks to get himself in any abbriviated spring training before he makes any appearance. by then some teams may hopefully be out of the penant race, and hopefully there’ll be options available. I also doubt he wants to take that much of discount, we gave him 20M last year didn’t we?

Well I hope Rasner could be lighting in a bottle for us comes sunday. Its sad to see how fast things turn around, just few months ago we were considered very rich in farm pitching depth, but today we cant seem to find anyone to be called upon….sigh

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Be done with me all you like, Roger Clemens is still a pederast. If you would like to be a baby about it, that’s your deal. I’m not here to tell you what to do.

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I agree with some of that hc. We should not pay him more than 2-3M, 5 at most. He is however, better than any other options presented. If he gets hurt we DL him and he stays and works with the young guys. I doubt he gets hurt again, he has been very durable, pitching while hurt including for us in the WS. I believe if he takes a discount, he is better than any other name available either in free agency or the minors.

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bpark: sorry i usually agree pretty much with wut u always say here, but i think roger clemens is story of the past. The guy is DONE. Even if he still got anything left in him, i wouldn’t wanna pay him 20+M prorated just to win 5 games.

throw in all the intangibles and mentor you want, i think thats the job of the coaching staff noe? why doesnt dave eiland help hughes? Plus if its mental, i think hughes needa figure it out himself. If the coaching staff is not doing their job, then maybe the yankee organization is in a much bigger problem?

BOTTOMLINE – Roger is DONE. The guy should just retire, or if the yanks see any value hire him as a coach, but too bad he’s signed with the astros minor league for good….

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The Giants seem to have made the right choice not trading their top pitcher Tim Lincercum for
Suie and miner leaguer, remember that rumor. It would have been a greats steal for us.

Losing streaks at 2. Go Yankees

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If Torre wanted a pitcher, he got one he didn’t get to pick the pitcher, Cashman did the roster moves. Torre got to play the players he was given. He should have been able to buy some groceries also after 10 years with the Yankees.

Girardi, however, not only does he not get to pick the roster but I have serious inclination that Hank meddles with who he plays.

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That is not the reason to bring Clemens back anyway, it is more that he is better and more experience than any other options and that he did an excellent job with all the young talent. He is still good friends with Joba, who perhaps has some of Clemens’ toughness.

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1 games? He did that in back-back games in Boston down the stretch in a division race. He did that in August against Beckett and again in september against Schilling.

Maybe ESPN was off base but they were saying 3-4 innings after Chamberlain stretched his arm out in the minor for 3-4 starts.

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If the Yanks were to make Chamberlain a starter, they would have to do it before the All-Star break and it would have to be for 4-5 starts possibly. Once that happens he could be good for at least 6+ innings per start if everything goes right. He may be a 3-4 inning pitcher without that.

I don’t think highlighting one game against one team is enough reason to bring Clemens back. The problem with Torre was that he had too much faith in players he shouldn’t have had confidence in, and stuck with struggling vets who were struggling and stuck with them too long.

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There is no guarantee this start wouldn’t have happened if Torre were here. The Yanks have gotten off to slow starts for the past few years, especially last season, remember? So you can’t attribute the team’s problems to Girardi.

By matt_saiki@yahoo.com on May 1, 2008 3:28 PM

If Torre was the manager, I would have confidence he could fix because he’s been there done that. Torre would have had more of a handle on the roster. If he doesn’t have confidence in you, your not pitching or your batting 8th. Girardi still needs to show me something, this is not the Marlins with low expectations.

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I really don’t know what we are doing with Kennadia. I understand we have limited options but we must be waiting until this kid who is already so shook gives up 10 runs in an inning and is completely broke.

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Put Joba in the starting rotation, take a chance with Olendof as the set up man, with a little Jonthan A. sometimes, in other words manage giradi. Wang, Petite, Joba, Mussina and Hughes or Reasoner starters. Looking to make a trade with Cano maybe bait as good as Gonzales has looked for maybe CC if indians can’t sign or maybe Ben Sheets. There are options. Oswalt? Cashman it is time as an old coach of mine used to say S_ _ T or get off the pot.

By mduncan19@cox.net on May 1, 2008 3:45 PM

Joba’s starts are going to be 3-4 and he would to go to the minors first. After 4 innings, the bullpen would need to pitch 5-6, if they don’t get wacked, they will be tired.

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Clemens 2 hit Boston in August and September, he held no hitters deep in those games. Thats part of what he did last year. He also did an excellent job with the younger players.

Chaz, I am done with you. You obviously have no idea about mentoring troubled teenagers. You turn mentoring into some sexual, criminal when there is no proof of that, only irresponsible journalism that suggests the same.

Kennadia has been absolutely garbage. He told a reporter that he and Hughes are so afraid of pitching in ny and making a mistake that they won’t turn on the TV. He has admitted defeat, he has lost confidence. Chase Wright wasn’t even that broken. He needs to go face some batters he can throw to in double A and we’ll assess him in 2-3 years.

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Put Joba in the starting rotation, take a chance with Olendof as the set up man, with a little Jonthan A. sometimes, in other words manage giradi. Wang, Petite, Joba, Mussina and Hughes or Reasoner starters. Looking to make a trade with Cano maybe bait as good as Gonzales has looked for maybe CC if indians can’t sign or maybe Ben Sheets. There are options. Oswalt? Cashman it is time as an old coach of mine used to say S_ _ T or get off the pot.

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I feel Matsui is a far better choice for DH over Sheffield.

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on May 1, 2008 3:14 PM

We are using him as a DH but he is really an all round player. I feel his value is not with this team and we should deal him and get back value. What we get from Sui in a trade should be more than most of our other players. I feel Damon’s speed helps him play the corner outfield.

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I agree that Clemens seemed to be a better Mentor for Hughes last year. But he has the personal services contract with Houston to honor first. And who wants him around now anyhow? Is Bob Gibson available?

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bpark,

You keep saying to send Kennedy back to the minors, yet his problems are more mental than mechanical, like I said in an earlier post. I’m not opposed to sending down any pitcher who is having problems, but that may not be the answer to his problems if they are mental, there’s no guarantee it will be at all. You could be making things worse. IF you send them down and bring them up again those problems may still be there.

There are just no viable options in the minors to use to replace Kennedy and Hughes in the system. Horne is hurt, Marquez is struggling, and Igawa, and Rasner may not be better than Hughes or Kennedy. Actually, we know Igawa sucks, no maybes about that. There were no options on the FA market during the offseason, and still aren’t and no team is willing to deal anyone at this point in the season, it’s just too early.

I agree, this team should have dealt Matsui to SF for maybe Jonathan Sanchez and a reliever, but that’s past history, we have to deal with the cards we are dealt right now, and they stink. Mussina didn’t have any real trade value in the offseason for any real talent, no one is going to be crazy enough to deal good talent who is near done, therefore the Yanks wouldn’t have gotten anything for him. I’m not even sure Miranda is going to be the future 1B of this team as he struggled early on (not surprisingly) this season, and really hasn’t put up significant numbers.

There’s a reason why Ramirez was released twice by the Angels, and why he has never been more than a middle reliever in his career, he really doesn’t have what it takes to be one. The Yanks don’t even have him working as a starter in the system. It could take him a couple of years, if ever, to reinvent himself into a starter for reasons I stated earlier, but I don’t see the Yanks wanting him doing that, I think he is 27 or 28 at this time. He has more value as a middle inning reliever.

The last thing this team needs to do is get desperate and resort to the old retreads for quick fixes. IT’s too risky and doesn’t resolve anything. Clemens showed last season that he is injury-prone and can’t get through an entire season. Like I said, he is liable to go down at anytime with an injury. He couldn’t even be relied on to pitch when it counted most, Hughes saved the team’s butt in that playoff game by outpitching Clemens. Just think, if Clemens were healthy for that game, the Yanks could have used Hughes in the next game to relieve Wang.

There is no guarantee this start wouldn’t have happened if Torre were here. The Yanks have gotten off to slow starts for the past few years, especially last season, remember? So you can’t attribute the team’s problems to Girardi.

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Sorry that your hero is now a Joke, bpark. But I am not a reporter, so I can’t be busted for lible (if I say it – slander; if I write it – lible). So, free speech for me, and more of it. I don’t want that fat, used up, worthless, PEDERAST anywhere within 500 miles of Yankee Stadium. I would be more worried about Clemens wanting to know if IPK and Hughes have younger sisters than mentoring them on how to pitch. You seem to want to keep players up that aren’t doing anything, and deal the guys that are. We don’t have a place in the lineup for Matsui? He’s hitting .330, for God’s sake, what more do you want? What did Roidger Clemens do last year to get you so pumped about wanting him back? Was it his 1 inning playoff start, his 5 total wins, or his ERA that was hovering around 6.00? HE SUCKS! I have had your back about doing something to get Fuentes, but now that he is The Rock’s closer, I can’t see getting him cheap. Hughes looks FAR worse that Kennedy, so why do you see more with him, and less with Kennedy? Both of these kids are obviously not finding a groove, could it have something to do with Eiland? I don’t know, but there could be a possibility. I agree that both need sent down, but NEITHER should be dealt until we have given them a chance to make some adjustments. I wouln’t mind have Moose as my mentor. He’s toughminded, honest, and obviously very smart (he did graduate from Stanford in 3.5 years). Hughes and Kennedy are both Moose style pitchers, relying on location and mixing up pitches. Clemens (albeit enhanced) was a power pitcher, so how does his style help a guy that doesn’t rely on velocity to get outs? If any former Yankees should be looked on as a mentor for these kids, I say Hughes more closely resembles David Cone in pitching style, so why not him?

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Last I heard Thompson was sent to the minors by Pittsburgh.

BTW, Bryan has not enjoyed his first two games at the Cathedral! He will be at all nine on this home stand. I will see only two in person.

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I feel Matsui is a far better choice for DH over Sheffield.

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Bottom Line=We all expected better, and are disappointed!

But, this is not the first time, and won’t be the last! The fix this time will come from the Minors (I hope!)

By RobertGKramer@AOL.Com on May 1, 2008 3:04 PM

Hey Robert, hope you and Aussie B are having fun. I am not overly optimistic on fixes coming from the minors. Rasner could be a #5 in the rotation. He did well last year and won the game where we brought Clemens back. I do think we rushed the likes of Hughes, Cabrera, Kennadia and Duncan to the major league level, none of them were as far along as Chamberlain. Cabrera got it together the next year. Anyone know where Kevin Thompson? We should have developed him more in the minors also, instead we wacked him.

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I do believe Girardi is an excellent manager but only with young kids and not his peers. He was brought in here to be a pawn and was not the right manager for this win now job. He would have been better suited in Tampa Bay or Oakland were he could have mentored young players.

Oh, btw, Sheff could be made available, Detroit is talking about Bonds being their DH. Sheff could DH here and Giambi could stay at first.

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Bottom Line=We all expected better, and are disappointed!

But, this is not the first time, and won’t be the last! The fix this time will come from the Minors (I hope!)

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“Kennadia” is only 0-2. He still has tonight to get right. Let’s not just f-ing give up on everyone. Most pitchers have 1 down month. Maybe IPK dominates in today’s start? What then? A fluke? I know, let’s trade him for Jamie Moyer. Then we can deal Hughes for Tom Glavine.

By chazbedlam@cableone.net on May 1, 2008 2:58 PM

No sent Kennadia to double A. Wait 2-3 years and see what you. Hughes is ready now but he doesn’t have the guidance he had last year. Yes, I wouldn’t get giddy if Kennadia pitched a no hitter tonight. Everyone of his starts have been terrible. His last start was only ok because he was saved by the outfield who tracked down deep flyballs.

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jeterstar,

I do remember that, it’s only April though, and anyhting can happen so I won’t admit anything until we hit the end of the season, even then I probably won’t admit it. PRobably.

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Clemens has double value, he 2 hit Boston last year in August and again in september and plus he is excellent with young pitchers. He is a better option than Rasner, Kennedia, Igawa or whomever you name from triple A. The only problem is getting him cheaply. He owes us for last year a cheap deal. Brian Cashman, you call Rocket apologize to him profusely and beg him to come back.

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“Kennadia” is only 0-2. He still has tonight to get right. Let’s not just f-ing give up on everyone. Most pitchers have 1 down month. Maybe IPK dominates in today’s start? What then? A fluke? I know, let’s trade him for Jamie Moyer. Then we can deal Hughes for Tom Glavine.

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I bit the bullet on Girardi hire but enough is enough. This was a foolish move to get a pawn manager. Ian Kennadia is 2-3 years away from being big league ready. If he has one good start, that won’t mean anything. Hughes needed Clemens continued guidance, Clemens and Torre should have been back. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The rotation this year should have been Pettitte, Wang, Mussina, Clemens and Hughes in no order.
Kennedia should have began the year in AAA with a chance to come up here in August if he succeeded. Instead he is ruined.
Hughes is salvageable but he needs Clemens tutoring him and not Mussina. Pettitte’s state of mind makes it impossible for him to pitch and mentor. He does have the same makeup mentally that Clemens has. His skin is not as thick. Believe me, Pettitte is effected by what is going on in news. Pettitte had only 1 pitch yesterday, his cutter and they were sitting on it.
Matsui is a good dude but he should have been moved, if not to SF, then to either the Mets or Dodgers. There is simply no place for him in the lineup. Giambi should be DH’ing and we should have got a 1Bman, instead of stop gapping to Miranda.
Mussina should have been dealt to the Dodgers, Mets or Phillies. Torre inquired about Mussina knowing we had possibly 6 pitchers when Chamberneezy was projected to start. We kept Mussina because he was seen as mentor to the 3 kids. Although Mussina’s starts have been adequate, we could have got several pieces for him and several pieces for Matsui like we did with Sheff and RJ.
So what do we do? We stick with Girardi but if we miss the playoffs, he’s gone. Sorry but thats it. We put Matsui on the block. We bring back Clemens and tell him he’s a Yankee for life, we won’t abandoned him again. We explore way to get Fuentes and possibly Helton from Colorado. We talk to Cleveland to see if they want anything for CC before he leaves for free. We put Kennadia in Double A not AAA, he’s mind isn’t right. We keep Duncan up here on the bench but we move Giambi back to DH and figure out who if not Helton is on first. We need to stop with these Bobby Jenks wannabees, Britton, Bruney and others do not belong here they are white flag surrender guys.

Matt you make a good point with Edwar. He has been working with Pedro in the offseason to develop more pitches and I believe he has started before not at the Major League level. We should give it a shot. I think he has the makeup to be successful.

Chaz, your remarks are slander, there is no proof of a sexual relationship between Clemens and this girl. How many of us have been mentors to young teens? Making that type of relationship is into something it is not is down right wrong. Anyone who does that shouldn’t have the priviledge, yes priviledge of posting on an mlb.com blog. Mlb.com should ban any member who slander someone in such a obscence manner.

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Matt, one more thing thats off subject, you probably don’t remember this but I recall going back and forth with you about who would be a better FA to sign, I said Torii Hunter and you had Andruw Jones…um, I think I finally proved you wrong. Andruw Jones sucks this year, he looks out of shape and he can’t hit. While Torii has had a huge impact on the field, at the plate and he’s a good leader for the LA Angels. Ha ha ha I won that argument, finally you’re wrong about something (just kidding). Actually, no, I’m not kidding.

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When I wrote that it was asinine not to trade unproven rookies (Hughes and Melky 3rd year) for a proven starter. I was blasted I was told I have to have rocks in my head. (I Do!) Ever since 2001 the Yankees have had the same problem starting pitching. You do not have to be an Ivy league grad like Brian Cashman to see the importance of having two starters that give the team a chance to win. The other three you can get by because the yankees have mix of good players (Excluding Giambi, betemit etc.) The Yankees are in deeper trouble then last year. The Game of Baseball is good pitching_85%(defense included) and timely hitting. You can put all the great hitters you want, ask Detroit, good pitching stops good hitting. It is great to have good hitters and power hitters but give me that good pitiching, I will take my chances.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE STANDINGS May 1, 2008

International League (AAA)
INT North
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Scranton/WB - 18 - 9 - 0.667
Syracuse - 17 - 10 - 0.630
Pawtucket - 15 - 12 - 0.556
Rochester - 13 - 14 - 0.481
Buffalo - 10 - 17 - 0.370
Lehigh Valley - 3 - 24 - 0.111

INT South
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Richmond - 14 - 11 - 0.560
Charlotte - 12 - 12 - 0.500
Durham - 12 - 13 - 0.480
Norfolk - 11 - 14 - 0.440

INT West
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Toledo - 17 - 9 - 0.654
Louisville - 16 - 11 - 0.593
Columbus - 13 - 14 - 0.481
Indianapolis - 13 - 14 - 0.481

Eastern League (AA)
EAS Northern
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Portland - 17 - 9 - 0.654
Trenton - 16 - 11 - 0.593
New Britain - 12 - 12 - 0.500
Connecticut - 11 - 14 - 0.440
Binghamton - 10 - 16 - 0.385
New Hampshire - 8 - 16 - 0.333

EAS Southern
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Harrisburg - 17 - 9 - 0.654
Bowie - 14 - 12 - 0.538
Erie - 14 - 12 - 0.538
Reading - 13 - 12 - 0.520
Akron - 11 - 14 - 0.440
Altoona - 10 - 16 - 0.385

Florida State League (A Advanced)
FSL East
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Palm Beach - 18 - 8 - 0.692
Brevard County - 16 - 11 - 0.593
Jupiter - 15 - 12 - 0.556
Daytona - 14 - 12 - 0.538
Vero Beach - 11 - 15 - 0.423
St. Lucie - 5 - 21 - 0.192

FSL West
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Dunedin - 15 - 11 - 0.577
Fort Myers - 15 - 11 - 0.577
Sarasota - 15 - 11 - 0.577
Tampa - 13 - 13 - 0.500
Lakeland - 11 - 15 - 0.423
Clearwater - 9 - 17 - 0.346

South Atlantic League (A)
SAL Northern
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Lake County - 16 - 9 - 0.640
Delmarva - 14 - 12 - 0.538
Greensboro - 13 - 12 - 0.520
Hickory - 14 - 13 - 0.519
Lakewood - 13 - 13 - 0.500
Hagerstown - 12 - 13 - 0.480
West Virginia - 10 - 16 - 0.385
Lexington - 8 - 18 - 0.308

SAL Southern
Club  - W  - L  - PCT 
Charleston - 20 - 6 - 0.769
Asheville - 20 - 7 - 0.741
Greenville - 15 - 12 - 0.556
Augusta - 12 - 15 - 0.444
Kannapolis - 11 - 14 - 0.440
Columbus - 11 - 15 - 0.423
Rome - 10 - 16 - 0.385
Savannah - 9 - 17 - 0.346

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It’s far too early to fire anyone yet. I think the thing that might wake this team up are to make changes to the roster, like it did last season, but I just don’t see that happening right now.

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jeterstar,

I wanted Girardi more fo his ability to get this team going more than the small ball aspect. I would like to see more of that myself, but the truth is this team isn’t built for that. You would need more players who have more speed than what the Yanks have now. This team is made up of mashers who are slow plodders on the base paths.

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robert,

I’m not hard to please. Like all Yankee fans, I’m just disappointed with the way this season has gone so far. I expected Kennedy and Hughes to have their fair share of growing pains this season, but I expected this season to be different from recent seasons with a bit more youth injected into the team, but instead it’s been more of the same crap just a different season. Like I said this season has been a carbon copy of last year so far.

I don’t want this team resolving its problems by using retreads like Clemens and Wells who are past their prime, and have no talent left. That would just be a waste of time and put this team in a bigger hole than it’s in now. Quick fixes are not the answer. It’s bad enough this team has mediocre talent in Betamit, who is a waste of a roster spot, and more mediocre players might be joining him in the form of Igawa and Rasner, neither of whom are the answer.

I was just kidding about Clemens just to highlight my point. He just looks that old.

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Experiment FAILURE!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE STANDINGS May 1, 2008
International League (AAA)
INT North
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Scranton/WB 18 9 0.667 - 10/5 8/4 6/4 W1
Syracuse 17 10 0.630 1 8/6 9/4 7/3 W3
Pawtucket 15 12 0.556 3 10/4 5/8 6/4 W1
Rochester 13 14 0.481 5 8/6 5/8 6/4 L1
Buffalo 10 17 0.370 8 5/7 5/10 4/6 L1
Lehigh Valley 3 24 0.111 15 2/10 1/14 1/9 L4

INT South
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Richmond 14 11 0.560 - 8/4 6/7 4/6 L2
Charlotte 12 12 0.500 1.5 7/7 5/5 4/6 W2
Durham 12 13 0.480 2 5/8 7/5 7/3 W2
Norfolk 11 14 0.440 3 6/5 5/9 5/5 L2

INT West
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Toledo 17 9 0.654 - 9/5 8/4 7/3 L1
Louisville 16 11 0.593 1.5 7/6 9/5 5/5 W1
Columbus 13 14 0.481 4.5 4/8 9/6 6/4 W3
Indianapolis 13 14 0.481 4.5 8/6 5/8 2/8 L5

Eastern League (AA)
EAS Northern
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Portland 17 9 0.654 - 8/5 9/4 4/6 L3
Trenton 16 11 0.593 1.5 6/5 10/6 6/4 L1
New Britain 12 12 0.500 4 5/7 7/5 6/4 W2
Connecticut 11 14 0.440 5.5 9/6 2/8 4/6 W1
Binghamton 10 16 0.385 7 5/11 5/5 2/8 L5
New Hampshire 8 16 0.333 8 6/7 2/9 5/5 L1

EAS Southern
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Harrisburg 17 9 0.654 - 8/4 9/5 6/4 W3
Bowie 14 12 0.538 3 7/6 7/6 7/3 W3
Erie 14 12 0.538 3 5/5 9/7 6/4 L2
Reading 13 12 0.520 3.5 6/3 7/9 5/5 W1
Akron 11 14 0.440 5.5 7/6 4/8 5/5 W2
Altoona 10 16 0.385 7 6/10 4/6 3/7 L6

Florida State League (A Advanced)
FSL East
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Palm Beach 18 8 0.692 - 11/3 7/5 8/2 W2
Brevard County 16 11 0.593 2.5 9/5 7/6 6/4 L1
Jupiter 15 12 0.556 3.5 10/3 5/9 5/5 W1
Daytona 14 12 0.538 4 6/6 8/6 6/4 L3
Vero Beach 11 15 0.423 7 7/5 4/10 3/7 L2
St. Lucie 5 21 0.192 13 4/10 1/11 3/7 W1

FSL West
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Dunedin 15 11 0.577 - 7/4 8/7 5/5 W1
Fort Myers 15 11 0.577 - 9/3 6/8 6/4 W2
Sarasota 15 11 0.577 - 8/4 7/7 7/3 W2
Tampa 13 13 0.500 2 8/6 5/7 5/5 L3
Lakeland 11 15 0.423 4 8/5 3/10 3/7 L2
Clearwater 9 17 0.346 6 7/9 2/8 4/6 L1
South Atlantic League (A)
SAL Northern
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Lake County 16 9 0.640 - 6/4 10/5 6/4 L1
Delmarva 14 12 0.538 2.5 8/6 6/6 6/4 W2
Greensboro 13 12 0.520 3 5/8 8/4 4/6 W1
Hickory 14 13 0.519 3 6/5 8/8 5/5 L1
Lakewood 13 13 0.500 3.5 7/7 6/6 6/4 W2
Hagerstown 12 13 0.480 4 4/6 8/7 6/4 L1
West Virginia 10 16 0.385 6.5 5/9 5/7 6/4 W1
Lexington 8 18 0.308 8.5 3/11 5/7 3/7 L2

SAL Southern
Club  W  L  PCT  GB  Home  Away  L 10  Streak
Charleston 20 6 0.769 - 11/3 9/3 7/3 L1
Asheville 20 7 0.741 0.5 9/2 11/5 9/1 W7
Greenville 15 12 0.556 5.5 5/9 10/3 5/5 W2
Augusta 12 15 0.444 8.5 4/10 8/5 3/7 W1
Kannapolis 11 14 0.440 8.5 3/10 8/4 4/6 L2
Columbus 11 15 0.423 9 5/9 6/6 3/7 L3
Rome 10 16 0.385 10 7/7 3/9 5/5 L3
Savannah 9 17 0.346 11 5/9 4/8 3/7 W1

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Hey Matt I hear ya about Girardi, I’m a little disappointed in the lack of small ball in close games, I thought he was going to bring more of a national league mentality to this team, but I haven’t seen it yet. I mean I know this team is made up of sluggers, but we aren’t hitting, why not use a little small ball to shake things up. I don’t miss Torre though, I was over Torre after 2004. And I’m not sure if anyone has brought this up but, does anyone think Kevin Long should be fired?

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chaz,

Yeah, but how do you really feel about the guy?

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I agree totally with chaz on the Clemens thing by the way….totally

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April is a good month. Baseball season starts in April. Spring starts in April. My birthday is in April. My middle name is April. This baseball April sucked (April still rocks other than that). Hitting was better in spring training than the actual season. That’s sad on so many levels. The middle bullpen can’t last a game without giving up a run. They physically can’t. It’s almost like it pains them to pitch well. Some pitchers didn’t get off to a good start and have gone downhill since (Props to Kennedy for showing signs of improvement though). There has been so much controversy this month about things no one cares about. I don’t care about steroids and buried jersey’s and stuff. I care about winning. So all in all not a great month for the Yankees.
Now on to May. The hitting should get going. I mean the excuse of weather is always thrown around (which I don’t believe by the way….the other team that beats them is hitting in the same weather). May is warm I think. The weather reports are saying that the first couple of days supposed to be cold but middle May is warm. There are three big guys gone but that’s happened so many times in the past. Matsui and Sheff in 06. All those injuries last year. May is the month to get going. I get that April is early. June is to late to start getting into a stride. May is the month. Let’s go Yankees….

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 1

Durham (Rays)
Scranton/WB 7PM
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Trenton 6:35PM
Connecticut (Giants)
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Tampa 7PM
Sarasota (Reds)
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Augusta (Giants)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I would rather see Osama bin Laden in pinstripes.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 30, 2008

Trenton 2
Connecticut (Giants) 3
W: J. Hedrick (1-2, 3.00); L: G. Kontos (0-3, 3.52); SV: S. Romo (7)
HR: CT: A. Witter (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_treaax_nrwaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Sarasota(Reds) 3
W: J. Smith (5-1, 1.60); L: J. Valdez (4-1, 1.32); SV: S. Watson (6)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_tbyafa_sarafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Augusta (Giants) 2
Charleston 1
W: J. Paterson (3-1, 3.00); L: D. Betances (3-1, 2.59); SV: D. Otero (4)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_30_augafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Pedophiles deserve a slow and painful death, with the cause of death involving some kind of mutilation to their genitals. Clemens sexually assaulted a 15 year old child. Clemens is now a drug abuser, an adulterer, and a pedophile. SCUM OF THE EARTH.

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Matt,

Admit it, you’re hard to please! And the Rocket is still too young for AARP! You must be 50 to join!

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I’m very disappointed by Girardi has run this team so far. I was sooooo behind him to be manager thinking that he would make smart decisions, and being able to light a fire under this team in times like this. So far I haven’t seen that from him at all. What’s he waiting for? My confidence in him is somewhat shaken right now, but if he can right this ship that would be a great sign that he is the manager this team needs over the long haul.

also I wouldn’t be necessarily against sending both Hughes and Kennedy back down in the near future, but I really have to wonder how much that will really help since a lot of their problems are mental, and not mechanical. Sending them down may not help them get over their timidness of pitching to pithing to major league hitters.

chaz,

I liked your last post regarding Clemens, but how do really feel about the guy? HA! HA!

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Ramirez as a starter would be a disaster. He has no experience as one, and really doesn’t have the repertoire, stamina or know the nuances to be a starter. He would have to learn some new pitches, and go back down to the minors just to build his arm up. He can’t reinvent himself just like that, he hasn’t even proven himself as a reliever at this level. At this point he would be an absolute disaster as a starter.

Lets not go down a failed route with Clemens again that will need to nowhere as it did last season. That roid-head is absolutely done. Can’t rely on an injury prone player like Clemens. Besides I don’t think the AARP has any kind of agreement with MLB which would allow players like Clemens to pitch in the majors t his age.

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Ian Kennadia is a nightmare. I agree with giving Rasner a shot but Kennadia has to go before Hughes. If Rasner fails or even if he succeeds and Hughes is not ready, we have to make a deal or we need to go the Roger Clemens route again. Like ESPN said, we will not make the playoffs with both Hughes and Kennadia.

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If you can’t run the score up, you need to start manufacturing them. This is a time tested concept of the game. I’d be bunting with A-Rod at this point.

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.” At one point, he said, “I don’t want to get irritated, but do you want me to tell you when I’m hitting and running too?”

Well, yeah, WE DO. Seems like we’d like to know WHEN you are going to hit and run, steal, sac bunt, anything.

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Nice comments bpark – you must have been feeling pretty negative around midday.

Wait till Ian’s pitched an inning or two around 8pm for 5+ earned runs ;)

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Bryan, can you give Edwar 1 start?

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Ian Kennadia is a minor leaguer with Bruney and Duncan.

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Hank is pulling strings. I was against letting Torre go from the start.

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