The Yankees motor on down south

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometime it rains. The Yankees and Tigers had plenty of the latter on Sunday, and after the game was postponed just after 1 p.m., the Yankees certainly didn’t seem too broken up about it.

Mike Mussina’s prediction that the Yankees weren’t going to wait around for four hours and one minute to start the game — which they did in Detroit last year — held true, and the team seemed to be in a giddy mood as they packed up. Joe Girardi dropped off the lineup card at Derek Jeter’s locker, commemorating the fact that he would have batted fourth if a game had been played. Jeter playfully sent it right back to the manager’s office with a note scribbled across the face, but when we asked what he wrote, Jeter slyly said, “Oh, I can’t tell you that.”

Maybe it was the fact the Yankees were to get in around 7 p.m. in Tampa Sunday night, giving them a chance to kick back and get some much-needed rest. It’s certainly better than their last trip to Tampa, an abbreviated two-game series that provided enough time to … well, play two baseball games, and that’s it. Even though you know the games are indoors — rainy and 50s in Detroit or sunny and 80s in Florida? No competition.

Tonight the Yanks throw Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.77) against Matt Garza (1-1, 4.91) under the lights at the Trop. Chien-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina follow for the next two games, but after that, you’ve got a dilemma for Thursday. Kei Igawa? Darrell Rasner? Someone else? Personally, I’d push Rasner back to pitch Friday against the Mets. I don’t see how you can put Igawa in that kind of situation right now.

Then again, Igawa has surprised us all before. Remember his six innings of scoreless relief vs. Boston in the Jeff Karstens game? That still remains his best big league outing to date, in my opinion.

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Robert,

Are you going to try to get a job as a scout for Suks? Your baseball “knowledge” should help the Yanks immeasurably. Anyone who would spend $10 to see “The Beer Guzzler” and his fat gut take the bump in a meaningless minor league game has got rocks in his head. That tub of lard is done!! Anyone who thinks that Betamit could be a starting 1B in this league better have his head checked. Who the heck cares what he did in a hitter-friendly ballpark a few years ago. His stats have dropped like a rock since he left, no chance he gets a whiff as a starter at 1B. That would be the joke to end all jokes. He’s a mediocre player who isn’t worth anything period. Mediocre players don’t more than inconsistent chances because they aren’t good enough to get anything more than that. So Robert, try out as a scout for the Suks, and humiliate yourself. LMAO!!!! Betamit a good player? LMAO!!!!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 12, 2008

Scranton/WB 2
Indianapolis (Pirates) 1 (10)
W: D. Robertson (1-0, 2.70); L: M. Miller (0-2, 10.13); SV: S. Jackson (1)
HR: IND: M. Kata (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_12_swbaaa_indaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Scranton/WB 5
Indianapolis (Pirates) 2 (7)
W: S. White (4-1, 2.66); L: L. Munoz (2-1, 4.15)
HR: SWB: J. Miranda (3). IND: S. Pearce (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_12_swbaaa_indaaa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
Lakeland (Tigers) 6
Tampa 2 (11)
W: A. Castro (2-1, 2.78); L: E. Soto (1-1, 3.31)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_12_lakafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Greenville (Red Sox) 0
Charleston 5
W: L. Pendleton (2-2, 3.42); L: F. Doubront (4-1, 2.05)
HR: CHA: C. Angelini (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_05_12_capafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Ha ha ha Matt, I got love for ya dude. It’s nice to see you admit that you were wrong about Jones, he sucks doesn’t he? I told you Torii would be the better FA to sign, I’m biased towards Torii anyway since he lives around my neck of the woods. Ok Jeterstar has to jet to class now.

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Sounds like ReSoxLose is on the bandwagon. Nice.

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last year we hated farnsworth
this year we hated igawaful

last year we worried postseason
this year we worried postseason

last year we signed an all star catcher
this year we make him new firstbaseman

last year we kept “big 3″ for santana
this year we feel like a banana

last year was torre’s final out
this year we have no shout

last year arod hit 14 in april
this year we settled with injury to phil

last year we lost mattingly as bench coach
this year we look forward to a new approach

relax yankee-goers. we will somehow prevail and make this season somewhat respectable.

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Sounds like trade bait to me!

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That bought back a lot of memories rushing back to me chaz. I haven’t heard that for a lifetime. Actually there is an article in the latest edition of Baseball Weekly featuring Barry Zero, and Andruw Jones, asking whether their careers are done or can they turn their careers around. I can’t believe I missed so badly on Jones in the offseason when I was wanting him for the CF position.

Again, I don’t think there’s a GM in the majors who has rocks in his head to accept any trade that would include Betapuke except Cashman. I’m a huge fan of Broxton though. Maybe trade Kennedy, and maybe Tabata, I just heard Tabata was asking for his release after he was suspended for 3 games afterleft the clubhouse during a game in the 7th inning. He’s only hitting .220.

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I’m sorry chaz! Again, SNIFF!! SNIFF!! I’m so unloved here. Where’s jeterstar when I need a hug?

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Has anyone noticed how horrible Andruw Jones is playing? He’s not even hitting his bodyweight right now. Of course, if he were, he would be leading the NL in hitting. He is fat!

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I wonder if we could package Betamit and IPK with another prospect or 2 and get Proctor back with Jonathan Broxton? OR, once Dodger management signed the deal did they touch something black, and say, “Black, black no trade back!”. Remember that as a kid? Always an important way to seal a deal when trading baseball cards. I got more Mattingly and Nolan Ryan cards that way…….

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*He is AWFUL*. Sorie, Me know spel good.

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Bpark, Rob Deer had pop in his bat, but seeing him hit under .200 while hitting 30 homeruns was painful baseball. We already have a slugger like that on this club, *ahem* Giambi. I’m sick of seeing “sluggers” on this club. It’s time we put defense and GOOD hitting above raw power. I don’t need to see Bet “bpark is my only fan” amit on the field ever again. He is awul.

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LOL. Igawa should start ASAP so the brass can see how much he sucks. Too bad Cashman can’t admit a mistake. Why do think Betamit and Igawa are still Yanks?

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LOL. You won’t even allow me to spin my propaganda machine against a Red Sox pitcher? That’s it, move to the back of the wagon, Matt!!!!

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Again, nice try bpark!!!! HA! HA!

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chaz,

Igawawful did “slightly” worse than Dice-K. That’s like say Betapuke has done slightly worse as a hitter than Mattingly (“slight” exaggeration there. HA! HA!). Even though Dice-K never lived up to expectations in terms of hype, and was no better than a good pitcher, he was a lot better than Igawawful with 15 wins 4.40( decent, not great totals), granted that’s not a great total, and he may never live up to the hype or his contract but he has shown a lot more than Igawawful.

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I agree, Igawa against Tampa. White is next up.

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Betemit again demonstrates that he has thunder in his bat. Gonzalez is a good defensive replacement at third & short; Ensberg is expendable. Rasner is our number 3 pitcher, no guarantee that Kennedy or Hughes will be effective this year and they should be candidates for long relief, not Rasner.

By keyswahili@yahoo.com on May 11, 2008 8:47 PM

I disagree with everything you say and some bloggers think you are my alias.

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I think the Yanks should start Igawa against Tampa, the sooner the Yanks can see how bad he is, the sooner they can be rid of him. Rasner has a good chance of winning his start against the Mets, so I prefer the Yanks to open that series with a possible win, no one knows how the rest of the series will go anyway. I just wish people would stop one good appearance Igawawful has had in the majors as an excuse to keep him at the major league level, that’s as bad as using the fact that Betapuke has a little “pop” in his bat to keep him.

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Chaz – The annual Oklahoma – Oklahoma State football game is referred to as “Bedlam” Weekend. You’re more famous than you know! I lived for 3 forgettable years in Tulsa and missed Mark Texiera’s time as a Tulsa Driller. Timing is everything!

As for the Yanks-Rays series, I am encouraged by both Cano and Giambi starting to hit and the good work of both the starters and the bullpen (surprise!) over the last week or so. I agree that Igawa’s start should depend on how the Yanks do in the games ahead of him. I think that the Yanks have a few options with Igawa:
1.) Trade to or beg an NL team to take him.
2.) Ship him off to Bobby Valentine in exchange for some suishi.
3.) See if Nintendo can use him as a pitcher for Wii Baseball (maybe for the training segments only).

I really believe that the Yanks will start hitting and pitching together in the same games and climb up in the standings. It did my heart good to see Papelbon blow two straight saves – the second one against the local Twinkies!

Go Yankees!!!

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Igawa is on his last leg. Even my loyalty to him is at an end. (Personally, I thought he only did slightly worse than Dice-K last season). Here’s what I see from the Yankees this year. The Yankees last season at their worst were 14 games under .500. I don’t see us getting that low, even with all the injuries that we are dealing with. This is a good thing, obviously, since repeating a post-all star run like we did last year would lock us into the division title. That said, we had better take advantage of the fact that our bullpen is doing well, while we can. If we can’t get over the .500 hump NOW, we may not get another chance to do so. Carpe diem.

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If Igawawful struggles again don’t be surprised to see Kennedy back if he has another good start at SWB l. IF not Kennedy then Steve White he’s 3-1 2.68.

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If you recall we did the same last year, playing around with the .500 mark and finally made a belated rush, just to come up shy. This time we get to the top to stay. There is no time like the present to start.
“GO YANKEES”

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This is Igawa’s last chance. If not, we will pay part of his salary on a NL team.

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I hate that the record is at an even .500. Every time they climb up a bit, they lose three games in a row to get back down. i don’t mind it so much because it’s only May, but the record has to rise. It has to get two games over .500 and then 5 games and then 10 games….and then eventually like a lot of games. Now it’s like a seesaw…they win two, they lose two. If that keeps going on there won’t be much action in September. If we sweep Tampa these four games that’s a good jump start. But then again…Igawa might pitch so that’s *so* gonna happen.

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*Bandwagon, jeeze!

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The Bedlam Bandwaggon is THE place to be.

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Well to me the Tampa games are more important. That way we can close the gap between us and the badSox. Tampa and Baltimore are going to cause problem in our division, so the more games we can win again them the better off we are. Go Yank…

Frankyg1

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*very successful careers

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Thanks for the encouragement Chaz! And, backing up a bit, jumping on the Bedlam Bandwagon has a nice ring to it!

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LOL, Robert, Wakefield and Jamie Moyer have had very successful throwing “fastballs” in the low 70’s. And I think that Moyer is 5 or 6 years older than you. You’ve got my full support. GO KRAMER! GO YANKEES!!!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 12, 2008

Scranton/WB 6PM (2)
Indianapolis (Pirates)
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Lakeland (Tigers)
Tampa 7PM
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Greenville (Red Sox)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Funny how a little rain gets us thinking all kinds of strange things! For your entertainment, here’s something I posted on another blog yesterday:

“And I’m putting up my pitching target tomorrow and working on my off-speed stuff. I don’t have any on-speed stuff since I can’t find any rigged gun that would allow me to reach my age, 66, and I have to rest an hour after 13 pitches, but, if I get a call, I’ll go!”

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I’d just skip over Igawa entirely!

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Yeah, I have to decide whether or not to fly to New York, pack up Igawa’s stuff myself, escort him to the airport, and put his happy butt on a plane back to Japan. I wonder if I will have to buy an extra seat for his sunglasses?

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Well to me the Mets are more important. I have a bet to win. I have a reputation to uphold. This is a big weekend. Big week too. A lot of things have to be decided.

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Say what you want about playing the Mets. I think the Rays are the more important opponent because they are in our division.

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U R right. My bad. If we win 2 of 3, or all 3, then pitch Igawa. Worse that can happen is a series split. Otherwise, Igawa gets to open the Mets series and be utterly destroyed.

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Um, there is four games John. I would only pitch Igawa if we win the first three. Maybe not even then…

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I say that Thurday’s starter should depend on how we do in the first 2 games. If we win the first 2, then Igawa should pitch. If we split the first 2, flip a coin. If we lose 2 straight, we throw Rasner to avoid the sweep.

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