6/2 – Yankees at Twins

Ladies and gentlemen, Joba has left the building.

Joba Chamberlain departed the Yankees clubhouse shortly after 4 p.m. ET on Monday, flying ahead to New York to get a good night’s sleep before his first Major League start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The rest of the Yankees, who are hanging around Minnesota for a full nine innings, gave him a pretty hard time about it.

“What a teammate we’ve got,” Robinson Cano said. “Have a safe flight, Justin.”

Dragging his luggage out the door, Chamberlain made a face like he’d just swallowed a lemon. Andy Pettitte gets the call tonight as the Yankees try to move above their familiar .500 mark. New York has split the first six games of this trip to Minnesota and Baltimore.

“I think it’s a game we need to win to have a positive road trip,” Joe Girardi said.

It’s not too difficult to read the tea leaves and know who’ll be called up as a roster move on Tuesday, as Dan Giese was pulled from his start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after one inning — that old drill. You’d have to think that Jeff Karstens would have received the call instead, but alas, Karstens has been placed on the seven-day Minor League DL with a sore groin.

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First thing, isn’t everyone tired of watching these guys lose all the time????
They act like they don’t care whether they win or lose!! It’s really getting old. 1.) Cano don’t swing at every first pitch!!! Your slumping so if your not gonna hit look to take a WALK!!! 2.) The whole teams needs to learn how to bunt!! I’m tired of having guys on 1st and 2nd and no one knows how to bunt!! This starts off with the manager!! Girardi teach these guys how to bunt and tell them to do it in the right situation…the only guy that knows how to get a bunt down on that team is Jose Molina and that does us no good!!!!

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Golf, I am close to joining you over Cano. He got his money, and now he’s on cruise control. I doubt we’ll ever see him hit .300 ever again. I hope he proves me wrong, as he was becoming one of my favorites, but it’s obvious that he needs to work deeper into counts. He just refuses to do it.
Tough break for Joba, but are any of us really surprised? What would you do if you were the Jays and you knew you were facing a guy on limited pitch count, swing at the first pitch all night?
Nice to see that we either get to see Farnsworth or Hawkins blow a game where we have the lead, or take a game we are trailing in and put it out of reach EVERY single night. I have seen some bad Yankee teams going back to the late 80’s and early 90’s. Yankee teams that lost 90-100 games back then had WAY better pitching than these losers.
Bob, congratulations, you are officially the LAST Cashman supporter on the face of the earth. Matt did name a GM with a better track record over the last 9 years: Theo Epstein. It is obvious that Cashman has no clue how to structure a starting rotation. The evidence is all over the place. We site examples every day. Johnson? He loses 15 MPH on his fastball the INSTANT he dons pinstripes. Who did we trade to get him? Javier Vasquez, who was young, still in need of development, and who has turned into a pretty damn good pitcher (15 wins last year, a 3.5 era this year so far). Kevin Brown? A ROID head, traded to get rid of another Cashman blunder in Jeff Weaver. Jeff Weaver, by the way, was acquired by dealing away Ted Lilly. Ted Lilly may not be an ace pitcher, but he’s a pretty damn good lefty to have at the bottom of a rotation. Pavano? Do I even need to pour more salt in this wound? How’s 8 million dollars per win taste, I wonder? How many more blunders do we need to endure? Bringing back 45 year old Clemens? What was that? Anyone that expected him to do any better than how he did was delusional at best, and completely stupid at worst.
Now, look at what this has all created. Can we really expect an entire pitching staff comprised of young and inexperienced pitchers, wise but fading veterans, and 1 single good pitcher (Wang) to take all the pressure of pitching for a team that considers not winning the World Series every year a failure? I think not. How different would the circumstances be if we were able to develop these guys the right way? What if we could bring up 1 at a time, put them in spot starts or the 5th spot in the rotation, and allow them to pitch in situations where we don’t need them to be Sandy Koufax?

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“Farnsworth said it was a matter of missing his spot, but despite the defeat, Girardi showed confidence in his right-hander.”

I’m getting pretty sick of this **** too! Joe Torre had “confidence” in him too. What the KCUF does Farns “I couldn’t pitch a horse shoe” worthless have to do to cause a LOSS of confidence? SHOOT SOMEONE?

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And I have to say, I am SO OVER Cano. I have tried to back him up, give him a chance. But I am over him. Let’s send him to some NL team and let him blossom there. Oh wait…. We just gave him a bajillion bucks in a long term contract. That explains a lot.

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Well that was a great “experiment”. I have to feel for Joe, he’s playing the hand dealt him. Dan Geise? 3 2/3 innings of 1 run ball? I dont care HOW the runs were saved, it was still 1 run ball. You can say he buys Molina’s lunch but Jose had a PB earlier and a throw out to 2b that went into the OF.
JHT: I’ve said we’re done weeks ago. This is no surprise.

But the fact still remains. We scored another pitiful 3 runs. We have absoultely not situational hitting ability, save for Giambi’s line drive to LF. DJ grounding out? Abreu K? We just look pitiful out there. I almost can’t watch it. And last night, we KNOW we’ll have to dig into our pen in a game the night before a Moose start where we can HOPE for 6 innings. You all know what that means right? With Veras and Ramirez’s low counts, we’re looking at Veras, Ramirez and Farns “Can I PITCH any worse” worthless coming out of the pen. Hmmm…. Maybe Moose can go 8 2/3 and bring Mo in for a 4 out save……

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This is a blog and you refer to a post don’t you? What a mouth for a boy….

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well i see that mr. hoch does not have the balls to post a blog about tonights game well well well!!!! joba was ok at best he looked tired by the 3rd the 1st inning did him in with the umps bad calls and our great back up catcher droping a foul tip in to the glove after strike 3 over throwing a ball in to the outfield!!!!! this is all cashman’s falt if we had picked up starting pitching this off season we would not even be here today talking about how we blew another game!!!!!!! if all they need is joba for 3 innings so let him now be a long set up man for mo like pitch him when needed like 678 78 ex!!!! they are going to mess him up by doing this to this great young man!!!!! this is all trasman trying to get him self out of the mess that he put this team in with out spending money!!!!!!!!! i do not get it you had no problem flashing the cash a to a useless provano, kei ,fransworthless , ect. go get C.C. some real bull pen help like a left hander or 2 sell half the farm if you have to because after what i see 90% of them suck !!!! thay should not call this the final season they should call this the away team come and kick our butts in our house season!!!!!! the babe would be in tears if he saw this today!!!!!! why im i our any of us fans want to pay 400 plus for a good seat to see us lose more then 50% of the time the O’s are better then us!!!! mrs and i call you mrs because you have no balls cashman you better fix this or just quit and go to a nice warm place and tell all the people there that you took the yankees money made them look like crap and ran ill even by your plane ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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All those wanting to go in a “different” direction, I just thought of a third! We could bribe the drug testers to steal some DNA and clone the best players!

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JH,
Ammend that to say how you would acquire the pitching you crave!

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JH,

Remember Matt claims no one “decent.” I say Clemens, Johnson, Mussina, Rasner, and Villone were at least decent! Brown and Pavano couldn’t stay healthy. Hammond and Vasquez could not “handle” NY, nor could Reuschel or Whitson and others I can’t remember who were brought in by prior GMs. Then there are pitchers like Maddux who took many million$ less to play elsewhere!

Tell me what you consider the correct direction to be! And tell me which GM has done a better job in the last nine years or any nine year period! If you can’t be specific, then you’re just blowing smoke like Matt!

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Robert, going to defend Matt here. You can point out the acquisitions of Abreu to Sheffield as successes. (Not sure I think Sheff was a success) However, Crashman’s tenure as GM has been laced with as many failures. Let me count the ways; Pavano, Igawa, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Villone, Myers, Hammond, Brown, Vasquez, etc. etc. The entire list has one thing in common. PITCHING!!!! You do not WIN a World Series without PITCHING. There is where I have the biggest complaint with Crashman, he is clueless in the area of getting the right people in the minors to develop pitching and in free agency/trades well just look at the list. I’m with Matt time to move in a different direction.

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Matt,

Decent acquisitions or trades? Let’s see, how about Abreu, Damon, Molina, Mussina, Rodriguez, Sheffield? Chacon may have been luck, but finding him for nothing was certainly not dumb or was Acevedo and Small!

And as far as Epstein’s success, Lowell and Okajima were luck! He also acquired Crisp, Drew, Lugo, and Matsusaka all such brilliant stars and so “cheap.” And without a meddling owner was able to start on day one to build a strong farm system! George didn’t approve that direction until Winter 2005/2006!

Now knowing you’re from the domain of the A’s and Giants explains a lot! Bonds, Canseco, McGwire and Zito. Small wonder you’re so cynical. Get some facts to mix with your feelings!

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Robert,

Crashman has not taken this team in any direction, but down. Yes every year this team makes the post season, only to fall on its face in the first or second round of the playoffs or in the WS. That is totally unacceptable considering the big names on this roster, and the size of this payroll. Anything less than a WS ring is a failure for this team. IF you want to see a successful GM, all you have to do is look in Boston. All this team has managed to do in recent years is stand in place going throught the exact same problems year after year. While Crashman has been the GM of this team he has been unable to break this cycle which started, and continues on his watch. He has shown little ability to put a successful team together and get over the hump. Heck, the success this team has had while he has been manager has been due to previous administrations not him. He has failed to make any decent acquisition or trades since being GM. The acquisition of Randy Johnson was not a good one, as he proved he didn’t belong in NY, he was luck to win 17 games in his last season as a Yankee. If anything he was somewhat mediocre. Chacon was dumb luck, no one, not even him knew that he was going to catch lightening in a bottle. Doubtful he will be that lucky again.
It’s definitely time to go in a new direction, infortunately Crashman shouldn’t be a part of that.

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It’s a desperate move Matt it’s not a secret I’m hoping Phil can come back and pitch like he can….

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Another thing, we have to stop calling up all this garbage from the minors to fill the pen like Giese, Patterson, Igawa. They have and will continue to take this team down.

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What you guys are forgetting is that this team’s rotation is short on quality starters, this was a move that had to be made. Personally, I would have tried to buy Chamberlain more time to stretch out by bringing up another starter from the minors, maybe a Steve White, but instead they are trying to convert him into a reliever, and now is blowing up. I thought that was a stupid move considering he was doing fine with 4 wins, and an ERA under 3.00. Dumb move, they should have left well enough alone, all they did was remove one of the options they had. Now that he is having trouble with the transition they can’t even bring him up.
Another reason this team had to do it this way is because this bullpen absolutely sucks!!! This team doesn’t have a relief pitcher it can rely on to take Chamberlain’s place long enough for him to go down to the minors to stretch out. He pretty much had to do it on the fly. So this team had very few options to do it any other way. I still say give Chamberlain more time to get adjusted to the switch in roles to starter. Once he gets more comfortable, whatever pitch limit will start making sense once he has his control down. Usually 70 pitches is enough to get a good pitcher through at least 4-5 innings.
Of course my suggestion to have him start the season as a starter rather than the middle or late in the season is the most ideal. But does anyone listen to me? No.

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I appreciate the turn of support during losses aswell as wins here keep it up! I assure you the Yankees won’t let you down! Have a good night fellas’

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Hey!

Anyone that can quote Pulp Fiction is ok’ in my book.
I never get angry now I’m upset we have the best closer in the history of this game and he can’t pitch a darn inning. This is horrible you know these guys are taking pleasure on beating the bombers I don’t se them hustling this hard against Kansas! It’s very true Giambi takes much pride in those upper deckers but he has to break that shift. It’s like in little league when the coach calls the infield in for the little guys at bat. I mean c’mon Giambino make them respect the hard way, no?

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Red sunk I can believe the ‘pen. Except for Rivera there isn’t a quality relief pitcher with guts out there.

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True dat and it’s make the point even more evident; if you can easily beat the shift by using discipline, then you do it with discipline until they stop using it on you.

How did Butch put it to Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction? “that’s pride f’n whicha?”

That same pride is why we as a team are too proud to do the things it takes, not just going up there stylin and bein’ individuals like Cano swinging at 90% first pitches, etc… etc.

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I’ve been talking about Joba for the last 2 days…check it out.

I think its a bad idea…

http://insidetheyankees.mlblogs.com

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Jeter is hitting again or at least finding holes that’s great. He showed some power last night aswell. Derek Jeter will not miss the playoffs! I can’t beleive the pen’ they knew they were needed tonight from the beggining….

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Well, what we got from the Chamberlin/Giese combo was equal to a “quality start.” 6 innings and 3 runs!

Chamberlain could not start at the beginning of the season or his total pitch count for the year would have forced him to be shut down completely in August or September! And they won’t risk injury with too many pitches now either!

I see some support for my suggestion of giving balls and strikes to Questech. Let the human element concentrate on swings, fouls, hits by pitches, balks, catches, and plays at a base. That’s plenty!

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Giambino can do that everytime out. I mean beat the shift it’s a mockery how it works against him! I know he has pride and is not satified with singles but we need every kind of support.

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12 hits and 10 walks, 22 base runners. The pitching on this team is horrible, just horrible. I have said this since 2001, pitching, pitching, pitching. Get some or develop some pitching.

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It’s a long season and ghosts are on this side. Though I do not dread it on the opposition inquries can happen to the opposition as well. This team won’t fall like this I can see them missing them by a game or two but not just die…

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How about in British Pound Sterling redsunk? I hope you are right redsunk but I do not see it happening with this team. It stinks and you know it stinks.

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You have my word I will offer a token of grattitude if the the Yankees don’t make it to the post season. It’s called the euro’ by the way. Of all things I’m sure wagering is crossing the line so it’s just a thoughtfull donation, deal!

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redsunk, I bet you european currency they don’t. Don’t worry, u can pay me in american dollars. September 29th, by Western Union please. Pleasure doing business.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 3, 2008

Norfolk (Orioles) 4
Scranton/WB 0
W: A. Mitchell (5-2, 4.33); L: P. Coke (0-1, 9.00)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_03_noraaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 3
Connecticut (Giants) 5
W: S. Palazzolo (4-1, 2.62); L: S. Jackson (0-3, 7.15); SV: O. Matos (6)
HR: CT: T. Ishikawa (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_03_treaax_nrwaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Clearwater (Phillies) 12
Tampa 5
W: A. Cruse (2-5, 5.14); L: G. Duff (1-3, 2.63)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_03_clrafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Rome (Braves) 0
Charleston 3
W: N. Castillo (6-2, 3.08); L: J. Locke (1-7, 4.69); SV: J. Ortiz (17)
HR: CHA: B. Suttle (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_03_romafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Not over yet I guess.

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I’m so sick of the Yankees, I can’t stand how terrible they play for all the money they make. They can’t play small ball yet they get paid millions of dollars to play like absolute scrubs. I can’t stand the YES NETWORK announcers who constantly make excuses for the Yankees, the excuse of the Yankees coming back hot is long over played and will never happen. Theres no more excuses you can make for this team, their chemistry is horrible, they’re too arrogant to play small ball, and their GM couldn’t tell the difference from Baseball to Tether ball.

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Cashman, sign me for a year and league minimum salary, I could hit better than these idiots. I could pitch better too!

BTW, I’m eyeing the Cleveland game, they’re getting beat down 8-2, at this rate, C.C. Sabathia could be ours by July. I’m sorry, but when you’re losing to Texas in multiple games and by BLOWOUTS, it’s reaaaallly something look at.

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I BET YOU A AMERICAN CURRENCY THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!
jhtravers@hotmail.com

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I was eating dinner with the computer off and thouhgt: ” Wonder how the Yanks are doing. It should be 2-3 or something like that, you know, close game right?” Sure, until I see idiot Crashman signee on the sports ticker give up SIX runs in one inning. I wonder how this guy survived in Colorado. It seems as if he is on a mission to purposely destroy the game every time he comes in. Looks like it; This is getting ridiculous! I mean… WOW! I never thought the Yankees would be this BAD! Last season we were over .500 at this point so that’s no longer a measuring stick. In for a long, embarassing season if you ask me. At this rate, we’ll finish 80-80 or something. DANG!

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9 walks, do Yankee pitchers know how to throw strikes?

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For those of you on this blog now hear this: this year is over. The yankees will NOT make the playoffs this year. It is a transition year. With all the comments being made as to free agent signings, trades etc. in the future I hope this franchise starts with one move. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT RESIGN CRASHMAN. I do not trust this guy to right this sinking ship. He is the one who put this team together, I do not believe he is capable of getting back on track. He has had his chance and this is Crashman’s team. Start by getting a GM who knows the game of baseball, and that is NOT Crashman.

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goodnight fellas….

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This whole game was screwed up to begin with. You cannot have a sideshow (Joba throwing limited pitches) in a major league game. I chalk this one up to being as bad as the “Death to Disco Game” or “Nickle Beer Night” in the 70’s. When are we going to stop kissing these young pitchers ***** and let them throw. Oops, my bad Latroy just made it 8-2. Sorry that I predicted that but there is only 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd. SO I could be wrong, there could be more to come.

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We are in the Dark Ages of Yankee relief pitchers. One is worse than the other. Walking in runs and oh yes we are about to see Latroy Hawkins. That should make it 8-2 really fast. Cashman should go and take these bums with him. Edwar sucks…. Do you know that he learned a lot from Pedro Martinez. Do you know what he and Pedro have in common? ……..Absolutely nothing! Here is a question: Why is the right handed Edwar the lefty specialist? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know when football starts? At least I can flip on the NBA Finals starting Thursday. I am not an NBA fan but it is cool to have an oldschool NBA matchup.

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I’m about fed up with that bunk argument about veterans getting a different zone.

It’s called a strike-zone, not a buddy or tenure system. IF that’s really the case then why doesn’t Moose get more tenure calls?

They need to crack the hell down on that crap, I’d love to see instant replay used for balls and strikes, can’t argue with the image, it’s either in the zone or it’s not it’s that simple and it doesn’t nor should it matter if you’re making your debut or have been in the league 20 years, a strike is a strike and a ball is a ball based on the rules that make up the zone. Sure it’s hard to see coming in and get it right on the corners, and that’s exactly why baseball can benefit from it. Plus you’d see fewer arguments at the plate either way…

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Veras is spanish for “I stink.”

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Along with the other options posed above, we also could’ve started a ‘regular’ starter, get a look at how he fared, then give it to Joba as the middle relief and setup guy, over 6-7-8, rather than 1-2-3.

If the guy is on that low of a pitch count quota, WHY do you even start him? You knew full well Toronto or ANYONE would go ahead and let him throw at least 3 pitches to ever batter. At worst they were going to see him for 5, turns out less than 4 even.

You could’ve stretched him out more by keeping him as a reliever while also maintaining a solid setup-man. Now we have neither a ready-starter nor a decent setup. Heck who needs a manager I can do that!?

Or yeah, why not let him get his arm strength up all spring so he’d have been ready to actually start. As it is, it’s just like having a ineffective starter… and how is that beneficial to the team in it’s current state?!

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Giese better pay for Molina’s dinner tonight, he’s lucky they haven’t scored on him this inning.

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Bad year so far mon.

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coach,

Better yet, the Yanks could have started Chamberlain as a starter at the start of the season after having stretched him out in ST. At least this team could have seen early on in the season how he would have fared. Instead it has had to resort to doing things the hard way.They could have still sent him down but this team doesn’t have anyone to replace him. Way to think things out guys!!!!!

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As for the CC Sabathia situation, I think it will definitely be a repeat of the Santana episode with people asking who it will cost the Yanks, or how much should the Yanks be willing to spend, how much of this organization’s future will it cost the Yanks, or do the Yanks have the right commodity to trade, especially if it gets into a bidding war with other teams. Getting Teixeira would be great, but I just don’t see the Yanks landing him.

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Interesting, we have now become a minor league team. This shows me that the focus is not on winning this year. You could have let Joba get his work done in the minors and make a debut when he could go the distance. But NO! The Yankees would rather let him throw 60 pitches in the bigs and then turn it over to D. Giese??? What message are you sending? The message that you would rather create a little interest tonight for three innings rather then do it the right way. Welcome to 1986….. I want Girardi to blow up on someone! Come on man… All I heard about was the intensity. I dare say that …….. Joe Torre at least had an air of confidence about him. Joe G just looks like a deer in headlights. Top 3 reasons my Yanks are struggling: 3. Cano hasn’t hit an Ethopian’s weight 2. The kids have not produced on the hill 3. The Joe Girardi Show??? Come on man. No one wants to hear some crap from week to week about who the Yankees play next. He says the same thing about every team. “You know Michael, the Sox are really a good team.” BORING! The Joe Girardi Show is the jinx. Also you know times are changing when we get pumped up by a 3 inning/60 pitch outing. Good Grief!

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I knew it!!!!!!! Giese isn’t much like I said. No control, and is far too hittable. When is this team going to stop making mistakes by calling up this garbage. All they do is put this team in a hole. Afraid to see who they bring in next.

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Giese and Halliday clearly are not getting the same strike zone but experience level is way different.

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This is gonna be a long night.

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This isn’t Gieses’s first appearance in the majors. He had 9+ IP as a Giant last season, results weren’t very good though.

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Well, I expected Chamberlain to be shaky in his first major league start, especially without being prepared properly. The transition is something he is going to take sometime to get used to. He’s not going to have the jitters for long, lets not go off the deep end here. The concern should be for the pen and the offense.

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We scored two runs in the first inning and havenm’t gotten a hit since. That could mean two things: 1) Halladay is on his paintbrush game or 2) We’re taking batting tips from Cano.

Joba is pitching better than I expected him to. He’s given up two earned and only one hit. I don’t get the game down here so I don’t know exactly what’s going on but I smell an error, balk or too many walks. We’ll see tonight on ESPN.

I’d be happy if the Cashman made thse moves:

Acquire Fuentes or Sababthia by July

Sign Sabathia or Sheets in 09 as well as Tex

Sign K-Rod.

Bullpen fixed.

Rotation would be the best in the majors

We’d actually have a first baseman… a darn good one!

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Geise must be real nervous.

I hope Joba’s dad is doing ok after this quick one.

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You score from 1st on a groundout because you get to third off a steal and errant throw…yuck.

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On a side note, way to swing at the first pitch Cano. Is this guy a moron, I’m sorry but since little league you’re taught to work the count, and try to lay off bad pitches, I guess Cano missed that lesson.

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I was about to post a comment on how we can never get it done with RISP, but of course Matsui makes me bite my words… Why dosn’t our whole team know how to go to the other way like him? I swear, Jeter you grounding out and Abreu striking out DOES NOTHING FOR US… Can we please play some situational baseball? What I think is that the team thinks they’re “too good” to settle for bunting and sac-flies, but this just in you’re not too good if the Rays are ahead of you…

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An economical 38 pitch first inning. So much for seeing Joba in even the 3rd.

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He’s nibbling.

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What a train wreck

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At this rate, Joba will be LUCKY to see 2 innings in his debut. Can ANYTHING go right for us?

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AGAIN with the defense. Rookie mistake on the balk, and a passed ball = 1 run on 0 hits. Goddamnit!

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GO JOBA!!!!!! GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Game time! Later!

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He’s just so damn fragile! But who could ever equall Favre for durability?

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He is awesome, best shake and bake in the NFL. He should have been a running back with that head fake.

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SG,

Before there was so much baseball available I watched the Knicks and Rangers along with football. I watch the NYGiants and Eagles but I’m primarily a Packer fan! But, for me, the ultimate is a Red Sox vs. Yankees ALCS followed by a Mets or Dodger vs Yankee World Series.

With Favre retired, I’ll have to pick a new Packer. My favorite Ranger was Harry Howell and Knick was Willis Reed!

Chaz,

What do you think of McNabb?

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Save by fleury! A block by fleury!

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I “like” the Eagles in the NFL, and don’t have a clue about the NBA and NHL. I consider basketball a stupid sport (mostly because I stink at it), and hockey is Canadian, which makes me HATE it. Soccer is similarly doomed for me, as it is a ridiculous Euro-game.

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There is only room in my heart for the Yankees. I could care less about ANY other sports franchise.

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Wow, thank you, Marlins! I have spent so much time smashing my Yankees in recent weeks that it took some outsider bashing them to make me remember how much I love them! You’re a good guy, dude!

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Was Weget2500peopleanighttoshowup taken?

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Was Wehaveastupidfishforamascot taken?

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Was Mysonsittleleagueteamhasabiggerpayroll taken

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And nice email address. Was Marlinsindeadlastin04 taken?

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Yeah, But I like a total of two teams from the area: The Rangers, and I’m sure you could guess the other one. (I love the watching the Giants but I swing towards the other Manning). If joba can’t go more than eight innings he wouldn’t have been a starter all his life. It’s like saying Mo can’t pitch the ninth (a bit different–but you get the drift).

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What’s this word “can’t”? How do you know he “can’t”? Just because he hasn’t at the big league level doesn’t mean that he’s not able. Go back to your Marlins blog, if there even IS one. I love how random a-holes come out of the wood work to pound on the Yankees when they are down. News flash, jackass: Noone that blogs here is doing anything BUT criticize the Yankees, so why do we need your help? Just remember, we complain when the Yankees are at .500, and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. Other teams complain when they are at .375 and haven’t seen the playoffs in a decade. Also, stick 26 World Titles in your pipe and smoke it. Come back when your little club is relevant to history.

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Marlins,
The losing won’t last forever! And congrats on a new stadium, great to see two “species” remain in FL.

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I’m actually a “fan” of eight teams right now, with two to be added in mid June. Who do you think I keep track of Minor League Scores for if not myself first? I also spent a lot of time at the Jersey Shore when the only available broadcasts were the Phillies! I just loved to watch Mike Schmidt hit! You’re in the NJ/NY area too, SG, are’nt you?

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I don’t understand how the Yankees can let Joba start when he can’t go more than 4 innings. Build him up until he can go 6-7. The bullpen is bad enough without him. Making him a starter who can only go 4 innings at most makes no sense at all. No wonder they are in 4th place, and a losing team

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If there is a single area where George is or was the most meddlesome it is Pitching Coach! He used to fume at Billy about Art Fowler!

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How is it possible to be a fan of two teams?

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Who ever thought Joba’s more popular than the pope? I saw at least ten 62 jersey’s in the streets today and plan to see more tonight. One question how is Jorge? Wait one more question, anyone know what some of the other player’s think about this whole Joba thing? I’m feeling the nerves for Joba tonight…

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Remember, I’m also a Phillies fan. My choice when we signed Sheffield was Abreu and I’m delighted we now have him. Some disagree with that assessment! I would also have been tempted to sign Vlad, but, the Yankee’s luck would have dictated back surgery. Just how many championsips have the Angels won with him?

I don’t care who you give credit to! Just don’t pile all of the blame on anyone but George, and maybe not all of it there either! BTW, a new name for credit is our director of scouting, Damon Oppenheimer. There is a nice piece on him today on another blog!

So, you want to “buy” a bullpen ace (which one?), Teixeira, Sabathia, and what defender (besides Teixeira?) Remember, we pay a 40% salary “tax” now! Will bleacher seats be triple digit$?

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Pettitte usually has a stronger 2nd half. However, I think its time we move him to the bullpen if CC comes. Pettitte can anchor the pen and start if needed.

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Who chased Stottlemyre? Cashman should have never signed Sheffield in the first place, he should have signed Vlad Guererro. The money in 2009 should go to the bullpen, first base, an ace starter, and to our defense.

If you would like me to give Cashman credit, then fine. He made good moves getting A-Rod, Abreu, and NOT taking the Santana trade.

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And when we tried to “buy” replacements (our old formula) we wind up with Brown, Giambi, and Pavano! They all looked good when they became available! We’re better of invested in kids and low cost veterans for the future! Too bad “the future” isn’t 2008 or 2009!

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Who else did we lose, Soriano? Talk about strikeouts, and in the Playoffs to boot!

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What do you consider dismantleing? Trading Johnson or Sheffield just before their value sank? The last championship team grew old and retired, just like the 1962 team!

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And just what is the toilet? Missing the Playoffs? Finishing third to the Rays? It wasn’t Cashman that drove away Stottlemyre and bottomed out our pitching staff!

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Chaz,

I’m hinting, of course, that there is more venom in fan land!
Thanks for opening that door!

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So far, among all the names mentioned, we already have a better DH in Matsui! Would you spend the money for pitching or first base? Or both?

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Current direction? Where’s that headed, directly into the toilet? Cashman is a fool, after Cashman spent 7 years dismantling this team through bad moves, he has spent the last year and a half dismantling this team making no moves. No help on the bench, No help for the bullpen.

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Same question! Which Yankee snake? Including fan land! And in your case, the snake would only grow a new head that may not be better than the original! I like the current direction of the Yankees, and I learned to be patient many, many years ago!

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K-Rod will be an unrestricted free agent and we’ll have 100 million to spend. Let’s see if LAA will outbid us. The same goes for Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, Brian Fuentes, CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets, Pat Burrell, Damaso Marte, Will Ohman, etc., etc.

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Giambi……still? Pass. Get this clown a new uniform. I don’t care how he does this season. He’ OLD. We need new blood. Say hello to Mark Teixeira.

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At least Joba isn’t being set up for failure. Everyone wants to make their debut against Roy Holliday. Stupid.

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The Yankees are in depserate need of PRIDE and HEART.
No way Anaheim lets K-Rod go. Forget about Manny. This team has too many DHers next season – Jeter, Posada, Godzilla, Damon, Abreu, & Giambino.

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The Yankee snake. The GM is the head of the snake. Bad analogy?

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Which snake?

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We need to cut the head off the snake.

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The Yankees are in desperate need of a new GM.

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In any case the Yankees are in desperate need of a inning eater.

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The pen is still a work in progress, and will be for at least another two months! Patterson got off to a bad start at SWB but has been lights out recently. I don’t know if his stuff translates to MLB but we’ll probably find out shortly! Other call ups will likely be made before we spend $19M for a Linebrink or whatever it would cost for a Fuentes or Marte!

Last I looked Linebrink was doing very well for the White Sox but not Riske wherever he is! Those were the most often mentioned names over the Winter.

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Things to think about for a little bit of light in this darkness,
1). 300 W’s for Moose 2). Alex’s Bombs 3). Jeters 4000 hit’s 4). Joba and Phil.

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I have seen suggestions to move Moose’ into the pen later on but at the end of this season he will have 270 W’s. Well I at least hope so. Mussina needs 300 for a shot at the hall of fame I don’t think it would be righteous to take take him out of the rotation unless he takes himself out due to failure. Moose is also prone to the long ball not something you need from a setup man. Defense let’s not get started on that I can think of at least three games of recent this team has lost due to the D.

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This team’s “D” has only been average for the past few years now, not surprised it looks even worse now. If Chamberlain is successful as a starter (10-12 wins) that could go a long ways to help this team. Just think if he can do that, where this team would be if he were a starter at the beginning of the season.

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We need some people who can play defense. Abreu should’ve had that double (mix in a dive or something!), Jeter booted another play, A-Rod is a mess at 3rd, Damon’s arm is a joke.

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If this team had a solid reliever in the pen, then Pettitte wouldn’t have had to take one for the team. Just as last season, this team has only been able to rley on Chamberlain, and Rivera out of the pen, everyone else has been well, UUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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I do NOT want to be Joba Chamberlain today. Too much pressure on the poor cutie!!!

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I agree, the entire pitching staff is to blame for such a mediocre rating. I was expecting Hughes, and Kennedy to have their share of growing pains, but I didn’t think they would be this bad. It doesn’t help that Wang, and Pettitte have been struggling as well, though I think they will get past that fairly soon. I can’t believe Mussina is the best pitcher on this staff right now, although I’m still not buying into Mussina, the guy still scares me. Yeah, we have been screaming for an overhaul of this pen but apparently it apparently reached deaf ears of idiots who have no talent when it comes to putting teams together and evaluating talent. Instead of signing guys like Linebrink we ended up getting Hawkins, Traber, Phillips. Guess where that has lead this pen. Go ahead guess. Back to square one. This pen is no better than last season’s, it’s filled with bloated ERAs, and now they are calling up the likes of Patterson, and Giese? I’ve seen Giese pitch here in San Francisco, and trust me he ain’t much. I guess that explains why the Yanks are his fifth organization and he has only 9 career innings with a 4.00+ ERA. No it’s not easy finding the right pitchers to fill in as long relievers but they were there for the taking this past off season. Lets not forget about the bench, just like last season it’s weak, almost non-existent. I don’t see an end to this mess unless this team starts making smart (maybe even tough) decisions to fix the pitching staff, and the bench to change the course of this team. Maybe a trade or two? Changes are what got this team going last season, it may be what gets it going again this season. But with guys like Crashman you never know. He may trade a top pitching prospect for another Betapuke. Thanks Crashman!!!!

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Aye. But we need to be agressive with free agents too.

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Joe had little choice but to let Andy “take one for the team.”

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Last I looked, we still have a better record than Cleveland, Detroit, and Seattle, three teams favored to win something before the Yankees. Hank said be patient, that translates to expect to lose and struggle.

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There isn’t anybody out there if there has the Yankees would aquire this mysterious one man fix! Oh, wait his name is Johan and we didn’t get him? I’m kidding I’m very much a Johan fan but all in favor of youth movement say aye. Well at least Hank & Hal just didn’t get handed down a legacy show us what you got?

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I would have to say that the rotation is just as much to blame for the 17th rank you talk about, Matt. Sadly, there is plenty of blame to go around. The pen, the bench, the rotation, the offense, and the defense have ALL had a hand in this lackluster season. The rotation has been a revolving door for the 2nd straight year, the bullpen is in shambles ever since you and I were SCREAMING for an overhaul of the pen since we lost in the playoffs last season, the offense that should be on pace to score 950 runs will be lucky to score 700, Giambi is our BEST infielder so that should tell you how well we are playing defense. It’s ALL BAD.

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I give Girardi a lot of credit as well by keeping this team’s head above water (albeit barely) around the .500 mark. Alot of teams would be in the toilet or may have already given up on the season if they had this team’s problems. The gaping holes, i.e. the bench, and pen, I blame on Crashman. I can see this team stuck with these holes for a while longer since no team is going to make any trades this time of season, and there’s no answers in the minors, if there were we would have seen them by now. Thanks Crashman. The thing about Girardi though is how he can see anything in Farnsworth, and show faith in him as a setup man. That’s insane. Hawkins has been putrid this entire season, I’m praying he will get cut soon, but that goes back to Crashman who doesn’t seem like he is willing to admit his mistakes. There’s a reason why this team’s pitching staff is ranked only 17th in the majors, and this pen has played a major role in that. This team needs to go back to the basics, maybe then this team can start hitting with RISP, I’m getting tired of seeing the same old garbage like I saw last night.

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Oh, Carl Pavano! I suppose throwing it out there might direct this anger elsewhere.

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Save by fleury! A block by fleury!

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Actually Matt, you bring up a great point (you brought it up earlier actually) and that’s how there’s more problems than just the rotation/bullpen. The Yankees are by no means a BAD team, but they do have some gaping holes right now. The defense has just been plain horrible. The situational hitting has been rough (streaky at best). The whole “intangible” idea has been non-existent. I’m still a defender of Girardi because I think outside of the two biggies, he’s really coached well. I mean what can you do when your decision comes down to “should I pitch a tired Pettitte, Farnsworth, or Hawkins?” There’s no correct decision there. I actually give Girardi a ton of credit because Hawkins and Farnsworth have a combined record of 1-3. How have they only lost 3 games?

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Andy is now punished for maintaining a low pitch count ? He was getting hit all day and managed to keep the game within reach. He was left out there in the seventh because there isn’t any trust in the pen’ Kyle Farnsworth era is lower on the road than at home whats that tell you about fan support? Joba deserves a legitimate shot at the rotation and the team shouldn’t hold down his abilities due to the teams disabilities, period. If it doesn’t work out it had to be experimented at some point. Livan didn’t have jack all night out the Yankees had runners on everytime and didn’t capitalize it resulted in a loss. At somepoint you have to start manufactoring runs using different means. Frankly, I don’t care if Giambino hits upper deckers or singles as long as it results in a another much needed W.

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Definitely agree with you there elfman, there are just way to many unknowns in a rotation that is inconsistent, and underperforming, period. I don’t care what anyone says having a solid starter is far more important than having a solid relief pitcher. Chamberlain has been in the pen since the start of this season, and look where it has gotten this team. A team doesn’t lose a game like last night’s because Chamberlain wasn’t in the pen, it loses it because of missed opportunities, and the starter blowing lead after lead, all of which happened last night. Blowing as many leads as Pettitte did is inexcusable, and teams that get 15 hits in a game should be able to score more than 5 runs. This team should have taken 3 out of 4 games in this series, but didn’t, and it’s not because Chamberlain wasn’t in the pen.

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I am a little worried about this rotation for a few reasons:
1.) Joba – I’m not TOO worried about this, because I think he’ll do fine, but we don’t know yet, so that’s where the worry comes from
2.) Moose – VERY worried here because he’s not going to pitch like this all year. He will come back to earth and what will happen then? The other pitchers better make up for it when Moose goes from the solid 3 he is now all the way back down to the 5 he will be
3.) Wang – Now Wang I’m LEAST worried about because everyone forgets he has these little blips every season. That’s why he’ll win 15-20 games but never have a 3.00 ERA. He’ll be fine. He actually reminds me a lot of a young Pettitte in that way.
4.) Pettitte – SPEAKING of a young Pettitte, he ain’t young anymore. I’m definitely worried about Andy because although I want to say “he goes through this every year and bounces back,” I just don’t know this year. He’s older, he’s not juicing, and he still has to worry about that cloud over his head because of the juicing. It wouldn’t surprise me if it all overwhelmed him finally.
5.) Rasner – You just have no clue. My gut says he’ll be a capable 4, keeping the team in the game and all that, but again, he hasn’t pitched long enough to know.
WILD CARD – Hughes/Kennedy – I don’t think I have to state why I’m worried there. I still think they’ll both be good pitchers in the future, but this year is totally unknown.

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You guys can thank Cashman for even having this conversation. If he n’t been sitting on his butt for the last 8 years watching our pitching staff desintigrate into nothingness, then maybe Joba would have came in as a starting pitcher to begin with.

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But you are probably right, Golf. Because NOTHING goes right for this collection of jokers, Joba will most likely get killed tonight. I’m sure he’ll make a ton of mistakes, and because he has NO room for error, millions of Yankee fans will say,”See, I told you we should have left him in the bullpen!!!!” tomorrow. If Joba loses, I’m not even going to log in tomorrow. LOL, I almost hope Joba has a 1 run lead and gets pulled in the 7th, then Hawkins comes in and blows it. That way, I can hear the argument that Joba should have came in for Joba in the 8th.

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I’m glad to see we’re all just as pissed with Pettitte as we are with Farnsworth (who my dad has recently begun to call “4-Bags”). As many have already stated you can’t blow 3 leads as a starting pitcher. Blowing the first lead is bad, but when your team picks you up, you take that and run. Then blowing the second lead is even worse, but when your team once again picks you up, you CAN’T blow it this team. Oops. Blowing that third lead is just inexcusable. Arod leads off with a double, a wild pitch gets him to third, and a bang-bang play gets him safe at home. That should be one of those gutty, scratched out runs that lifts the pitcher, but in one single swing, all that work was thrown out the window.

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Here’s ANOTHER point: If you don’t want Joba start, then who in the hell DO you want to see? Geise? IPKei? Kei Igawa? Henn? Karstens? Ohlendorf? These are our other options, so freakin’ choose wisely! Also, what happens if Joba comes in and wins 12 games this season? What if he comes in and goes 6-6 but has a 3.50 ERA or better? What will all you “shoulda had Joba in the 8th guys going to say then?

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Great, let’s have a horrible rotation, but if by some miracle we have an 8th inning lead, let’s bring out a guy that could consistently get us to the 8th with a lead to protect the few we will have. Oxymoron? NO. I’m sure, Golf, that you already know this, but “good 8th inning setup guys” are either FORMER starters or FATSOS like Jon Broxton, who either didn’t/don’t have the stamina to go 100 pitches, OR didn’t/don’t have the pitch repetoire to keep guys guessing for 7 innings. Joba has 2 electric pitches, and 2 above average pitches. He was also a starter his whole life until the last 1/3rd of 2008, and this season. HE IS A STARTING PITCHER.

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Why do we need a setup man to come in a protect a tie? Who is the loser that coughed up 5 runs to begin with? Loser, thy name is Andy PEDitte. HERE WE GO AGAIN! If your starter gives up a lead 3 times who gives a crap whether or not we have some d-bag in the bullpen who can’t get it done? Have you “Joba in the pen” guys stopped for a second and listened to yourselves? Because Johan Santana would be an awesome 8th inning pitcher. Brandon Webb could throw a great 8th. I’m sure Jake Peavey could blow guys up for 1 inning. Why doesn’t Philly move Cole Hamels to the 8th inning? I’m sure Smoltz could pitch at the back end (OH, wait……HE DID, he tore it up, and STILL they put him back where he belongs when they NEEDED a f-ing starter). If you have a pitcher who can get it done as a starter, then HE STARTS. If Joba comes in and has a 5.00 ERA and is 1-4 in his 1st 5 starts, then by all means, put him at the back end. But until then we need to plug the biggest holes in the dam first. The biggest hole is our lack of a stable and consistent starting rotation. This game was not lost because Joba is starting today, this game was lost because we are spending 16 million dollars on a 36 year old starter who gave up 3 leads. This game was lost because we did not play defense. This game was lost because we should have put 10 runs on the board, and we managed 5. Let’s see what Joba does tonight.

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Farnshasnoworth but if it was still 5-2, one run doesn’t hurt us, Pettitte’s 5 runs hurt us. That is not a quality outing.

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The ESPN guys commented about the Yankees not getting a legitimate 8th inning guy. THEY DONT GROW ON TREES. You can’t swing a dead cat and hit one in a crowded subway. “Good 8th inning set up guys” is an oxymoron (as opposed to Cashman who’s a regular moron). You almost HAVE to catch lightening in a bottle (as we did with Joba).

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You know, I was swearing at the tube as much as the next guy when Farns “Bet I can give up more runs than Bemtimit gets hits” worthless imploded again. The ESPN announcers are right. Farnsworth seems to have no problem nailing it down when we are 3 runs down but to come in and protect a lead? He can’t do it consistently. He just can’t. But the fact is, it wasn’t Farns “Can someone call BPark to pitch for me??” worthless who lost the game. Andy was just awful tonight. No, not ok. He and Wang have REALLY not been pitching well (save for AP’s last start before last night). We MUST have them both pitching and winning because Moose, Joba and Rasner aren’t going to carry us into October. And I say YET AGAIN, AGAIN AGAIN FOR THE THIRD TIME TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT, how important was Joba in the PEN??? Because let’s face it, if it was Joba last night leavign in the 7th with the game tied and Farns “Bet Chazbedlam can pitch with his foot better than I can” worthless comes in, the result is the SAME. SAME SAME SAME. Joba pitching every 5 days with a bullpen who can’t hold a majority of his leads, we’re going NOWHERE. Joba coming in mid-7th or 8th to hand a lead to Mo and we WIN a majority of those games. Farns “I REALLY SUCK” worthless/Hawkins/????? coming in hands the game to the other team.

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http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080602/SPORTS01/806020349/-1/SPORTS
Abreu in the Minny clubhouse and rightfully so.

Manny, Babe alike in many waysposted: Sunday, June 1, 2008 | Feedback | Print Entry

The 500th home run of Manny Ramirez’s career landed just yards from where Babe Ruth grew up, and maybe that was appropriate. The window dressing of Ruth’s story is about The Babe being The Babe: eating hot dogs, hanging his manager out of a moving train, promising home runs to kids, womanizing, enjoying life. And in the same way, Manny being Manny is about crazy cut-off plays, forgetful baserunning, a Green Monster restroom stop and a big, playful smile.

But at the core of Manny, as was the case with Ruth, is pure baseball brilliance, reflected in numbers. Ramirez has the 500 homers, and the 11 seasons of 100 RBIs, and 1,639 career RBIs, and the fourth-highest batting average of all time among the 24 members of the 500 home run club.

Ramirez turned 36 years old Friday, and before his career is over, it’s conceivable that he will hit more homers than any right-handed hitters other than Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez, and he could drive in more runs than any hitter other than Aaron, Ruth and A-Rod.

Ramirez and Ruth will have something else in common besides the kind of stories that make you shake your head and chuckle. Each will be remembered for ranking among the best hitters of all time.

Manny wore a T-shirt that read “Got 500″ after the game, writes Gordon Edes. There was a huge sigh of relief after No. 500, writes Nick Cafardo. Manny was given the ball by a fan who had actually promised the ball to somebody else. Other players were pumped for Manny, writes Joe McDonald.

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We tried to kick Pryor tires and they just went flat.

Betemit is headed back to the Dodgers? Torre said they have a deal to acquire a utility man not naming the guy.

Dirt Darnsworth gave up a homer but what is Pettitte doing giving up 5? We had the game won. Fuentes discussion heating up. Dirt fizzling out.

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Save by fleury! A block by fleury!

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What are you Trader Joe’s! It seems the majority of your suggestions and comments are negative concerning the players that are on the field now! I don’t feel the need to disrespect any player on this roster or another. It would certainly make it more joyfully entertaining if they Yankees were playing better baseball. My loyalty as a fan will always be prime despite the teams’ standings. I agree it’s still disheartening but only because we have grown accustomed to Yankee baseball superiority. It was in wide agreement this was suppose to be a “re-building year” the reason we were given for not chasing big names. It is not ignorant to belief that the players on this club have the talent to compete and play completely. My support to Cashman until the day he puts those blue shades away for good. Good fortune to Joba and his first start against Halladay!

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Bryan, can you relay the hate this fan dase has toward Cashman to Cashman?

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Well let me 1st say once again we had the lead not 1 2 but 3 times we could not just take a split in a 4 game set you have to win 3 if not sweep and get 4 andy was ok to night how do you hit there pitching in the first and then lay off hit them again and then lay off we should have scored like 9 runs the errors where just sloppy play!!!! and jeter would have had a h.r. if that was a real ballpark in stead of a football field with a garbage bag!!!! wake the hell up cashman get some real bullpen help dump farnsworthless and lay it up in the wheel house hawkins!!! can we get at least 1 more lefty starter and 1 real lefty in the pen you are not going to win that 27 title with out that we are the only team in the league with no leftys in the pen and 1 lefty starter bring up big ben and let him play first trade beitment or what ever you gan get for his goggle a*** sent shelly back down now with that said george has to come back and start on tuesday do not wait untill the end of the week he is good to go!!!!!!!we have to sweep the jays big time we need this home stad we can not loose 1 game this home stad not 1 lets get going push the button now lets go yankees!!!!!!!! cashman you suck go make sushi with igawa you spent that money on a lefty who wants to go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yankees Minor League Standings June 1, 2008

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA)
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INT North
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Scranton/WB – 36 – 22 – 0.621 – 0
Pawtucket – 35 – 23 – 0.603 – 1
Syracuse – 34 – 23 – 0.596 – 1.5
Buffalo___ – 26 – 32 – 0.448 – 10
Rochester – 24 – 34 – 0.414 – 12
Lehigh Valley – 19 – 39 – 0.328 – 17
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INT South
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Durham – 30 – 27 – 0.526 – 0
Richmond – 28 – 28 – 0.500 – 1.5
Charlotte – 21 – 35 – 0.375 – 8.5
Norfolk – 21 – 36 – 0.368 – 9
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INT West
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Toledo__ – 35 – 23 – 0.603 – 0
Louisville – 34 – 24 – 0.586 – 1
Columbus – 32 – 27 – 0.542 – 3.5
Indianapolis – 28 – 30 – 0.483 – 7

EASTERN LEAGUE (AA)
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EAS Northern
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Trenton – 36 – 20 – 0.643 – 0
Portland – 34 – 21 – 0.618 – 1.5
Binghamton – 29 – 27 – 0.518 – 7
New Britain – 27 – 29 – 0.482 – 9
Connecticut – 25 – 30 – 0.455 – 10.5
New Hampshire – 20 – 35 – 0.364 – 15.5
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EAS Southern
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Harrisburg – 33 – 22 – 0.600 – 0
Bowie – 33 – 24 – 0.579 – 1
Akron – 29 – 25 – 0.537 – 3.5
Altoona – 22 – 32 – 0.407 – 10.5
Erie___ – 23 – 34 – 0.404 – 11
Reading – 21 – 33 – 0.389 – 11.5

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE (A Advanced)
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FSL East
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Palm Beach – 35 – 21 – 0.625 – 0
Brevard County – 29 – 27 – 0.518 – 6
Vero Beach – 28 – 28 – 0.500 – 7
Daytona – 27 – 29 – 0.482 – 8
Jupiter___ – 26 – 30 – 0.464 – 9
St. Lucie – 12 – 44 – 0.214 – 23
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FSL West
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Fort Myers – 38 – 18 – 0.679 – 0
Dunedin – 31 – 25 – 0.554 – 7
Tampa – 31 – 25 – 0.554 – 7
Lakeland – 30 – 26 – 0.536 – 8
Sarasota – 26 – 30 – 0.464 – 12
Clearwater – 23 – 33 – 0.411 – 15

SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (A)
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SAL Northern
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Lake County – 34 – 22 – 0.607 – 0
Delmarva – 31 – 24 – 0.564 – 2.5
Lakewood – 31 – 25 – 0.554 – 3
Greensboro – 28 – 28 – 0.500 – 6
Hagerstown – 27 – 28 – 0.491 – 6.5
Hickory – 27 – 30 – 0.474 – 7.5
West Virginia – 23 – 32 – 0.418 – 10.5
Lexington – 18 – 37 – 0.327 – 15.5
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SAL Southern
Club____ – W  – L  – PCT  – GB 
Asheville – 40 – 17 – 0.702 – 0
Charleston – 37 – 19 – 0.661 – 2.5
Augusta – 33 – 23 – 0.589 – 6.5
Greenville – 31 – 26 – 0.544 – 9
Kannapolis – 25 – 31 – 0.446 – 14.5
Savannah – 24 – 32 – 0.429 – 15.5
Columbus – 20 – 36 – 0.357 – 19.5
Rome__ – 18 – 37 – 0.327 – 21

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Man just noticed who Joba is going up against tomorrow, Halladay. Oh well might as well find out how good he’ll do against one of the best in the AL.

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Matt, know you wre joking. I have one move I wish Crashman would make before July 31st. Be like Richard Nixon = RESIGN.

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Moves Cashman is likely to make this year and next year

July 31st

Acquire Brian Fuentes or C.C. Sabathia ( not both )
Most likely: Fuentes. The Rockies are out of contention already and the Indians still have plenty of time to catch up in their weak division. If the Indians acquire a middle of the order bat, C.C. Sabathia is going no where; Then again, we would have to see how far behind they are in July anyway, big bat or not.

Acquire Damaso Marte

Acquire a utility infielder.

Off-season:

Sign Sabathia or Sheets ( Sheets if we somehow miraculously acquire Sabathia this year. )

Sign Francisco Rodriguez

Sign Mark Teixeira and buy out Giambi and resign him to one year for DH duties.

If the Red Sox let Manny leave, he could take over Giambi’s spot in the lineup.

I would guess that those are the main off-season attractions.

Among others:

Sign Doug Mentkeiwicz ( back up 1B )

Jose Molina Backup C duties

and some other minor FA acquisition for shore up the bench.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 2, 2008

Scranton/WB 10
Rochester (Twins) 6
W: K. Igawa (5-4, 4.07); L: H. Totten (0-2, 5.79)
HR: SWB: G. Porter (2), C. Stewart (1). ROC: J. Pridie (2), S. Santos (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_02_swbaaa_rocaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 7
Clearwater (Phillies) 8 (12)
W: B. Schlitter (3-3, 2.27); L: S. Artz (0-2, 3.29)
HR: TAM: T. Battle (7), K. Smith (1). CLE: C. Harris (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_02_tbyafa_clrafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Rome (Braves) 2
Charleston 5
W: J. Hoover (3-2, 3.60); L: C. Beck (0-2, 4.32); SV: C. Vacek (4)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_02_romafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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coach,

It’s highly debatable that this game would have turned out any different even if Chamberlain were still in the pen, albeit the chances would be less likely. This team had its chances to put this game out of reach before the 7th inning, after all this team did wind up with 15 hits, but only scored 5 runs. It’s not that often teams lose when they get that many hits, if anything that is a reflection of other problems as well other than having a mediocre pitcher as a setup man. The fact is Pettitte was left in to pitch the 7th and Minnesota came back to tie the score as they did several times in the game. So this team had its chances to win this game but didn’t, not just because of Farnsworth, but because this team couldn’t put the Twins away early in the game. I still say having a solid, shut down starter is far more important than having a shut down reliever who is nothing more than a setup man. At least if you had that, the Yanks chances of winning this game would have been far greater than what they were tonight.

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jhtravers,

I was only half kidding when I asked that question, I got an idea of how you felt about Crashman long ago. I feel the same way about him except worse.

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Mauer may be cute…but you know what…screw him. His first HR of the season HAD to be tonight? He just couldn’t hold it in?

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Coach, for someone who sometimes gets those seats it’s pretty darn annoying. At least 2-2 against the twins isn’t so so bad. I would say it could be worse…but at this point I think it could only get better.

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Matt I always hear that from Yankee fans where I live. To answer coach’s question I have been sick of watching this team for year’s. Rarely do you see any young prospects especially pitching come up and produce. Joba is the exeption but that’s it. I don’t want to hear about Hughes and Kennedy. Start producing W’s and I will agree. The free agents the Yankees sign are ridiculous, pavano, farnsworthless, igawaful, hawkins, myers, villone just to name a few. The bench is BAD.

So matt since you asked how I felt about Crashman I can only say who is responsible for the makeup of this team? Answer = Crashman. You got rid of 1/2 the problem last year when you unloaded Torre not unload Crashman and perhaps this team can get back to winning championships.

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I have a question or two. 1) Who should be blamed for a .500 start? 2) Is anyone else sick of watching these guys already? Comments: I cannot believe that with field level seats in the $500.00 per range, we are not better. I would be pissed if I owned those seats with some of these bums. Welcome to the 1980’s – early 90’s… I am saddened by the lack of character we have shown so far. We gave away the game tonight. Why? Because Joba wants to start??? The game tonight would have been over if Joba had the 7th and 8th and Mo in the ninth. Farnsworthless? If you are telling me that he is the setup guy then see you in the new stadium… This season is going to be over. At the price of the seats today they better be putting out a better product. Guess what the price of a field level seat vs. the Yanks is in Tampa…..$55.00-65.00…WOW and they are exciting to watch. I guess with this economy a $500 seats are worth it for a .500 team. Why not call Jack Clark, Jesse Barfield, and Roberto Kelly? We can feature them at Old Timers Day!!! Considering so far average play is accepted. Hey Joe Girardi,,,, I love ya but it is time to crawl into somebody’s ***. Farnsworth, Hawkins, Cano, Melky, Duncan, and others would be on my list of what the f*#k planet are you on? Earth to Cano…. You don’t have to swing at every first pitch. Earth to Farnsworth… you have a 100mph fast ball and mid-80’s slider. Why are you throwing a cutter. Average team for a population of fans that will never get a seat in the new park. I hear the seats down low are $800 next year. The Yankees are like gas… You need them but hate the price we are paying for them.

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I’m so sick of this man, everyday I hope the Yankees are going to finally hit a “hot” streak, but the only thing i’m finding hot is Jason’s mustache — Which in reality makes me gag. Either way,
I’m barely entertained by Yankees games this season, I watch the game and I see them blow lead after lead, and look lifeless; and on occasion I get to see Johnny Damon throw a runner out with his cannon of an arm…

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jhtravers,

How do you really feel about Crashman?

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Thanks for blowing up Farnsy, and you wonder why people hate your guts!!!!!! You suck!!!!! You have no business being this team’s setup man!!!!

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Another day another loss. Frustrating year folks and believe me one to forget so far. This team needs a mini overhaul starting with a cleansing of players and the firing of a GM.

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Is anyone surprised at the bottom of the 8th? Hell if you followed this guy’s career with the Cubs, Tigers & Braves you have seen this over and over and over again. The Cubs gave up on him. The Tigers got rid of him and the Braves put him in against the Astros in the playoffs and Kyle gave up a three shot to put Houston in the WS. This guy is a pitcher who CAN’T get it done and has a career to show of that. Why is Farnsworth in Pinstripes? Brian Crashman that’s why.

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I can’t believe this team sees Farnsworth as the setup man. What a joke!! Way to put this team in the hole Farnsy!!!!

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So tired of watching our leads slip away courtesy of Kyle Farnsworth. They should rename him to “HR Anyone?”

I’d love to hear Girardi dance around the results of THIS decision.

And the YES announcers with their lame excuses all the time… yeah he got too much of the plate alright, like he ALWAYS does.

Yeah we had our ‘chances’… but it doesn’t matter how many runs we put up if we give ‘em right back in greater numbers!

Farns, do us all a favor and just turn in your pinstripes.

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So tired of watching our leads slip away…

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EDit: Rasner in long relief

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2009 25 man roster (based on 2009 free agents)
Rotation: Sabathia / Pettitte /Wang / Joba / Hughes
Closer: Rivera
Setup:K-Rod AND Fuentes
Long Relief: IPKei or Rasner
Middle Relief: E.Ramirez
Starting Lineup:
c -Posada
1b – Giambi
2b – Cano
SS – Jeter
3b – Arod and his 300M
cf – Cabrera unless other option emerges
rf – Unknown
lf – Manny/Damon
dh – Manny
Bench: Molina (c), Gonzalez, unknown

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That team is nearly flawless. Feel free to actually discuss baseball. Bpark, you get no apology from me. You’re still a Clemens honk, and he’s worse than Bonds.

By chazbedlam@gmail.com on June 2, 2008 7:02 PM

Why because Bonds has failed mlb drug tests?

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Good question Bryan. I would blame it on the wind and say the wind caused it but it’s called the MetroDOME for a reason…

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There’s one of those rule twists where the pitcher is a fielder, and thus isn’t held responsible for his mistake.

Gomez singles, Pettitte throws a ball down the right field line for an error on a pickoff attempt, and Casilla pushes the run across with a bunt.

Unearned run, but if it’s not Pettitte’s fault, whose is it?

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I hope so fjr…

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OK, NOW, We can all stop worrying, The Yanks are ready to start their climb. I just found my LUCKY Yankee cap.
“GO YANKEES”

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And a 13 pitch 1st for PEDitte. Not a bad start…..

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That inning reminded me of a batting practice.

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! 2 -run jack!

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Ladies and gentlemen, Livan Hernandez. Yeah Alex!

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Stop it already with linking insider only articles. Noone cares about rumors. Cashman will give up far to much for both of them anyway.

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2009 25 man roster (based on 2009 free agents)
Rotation: Sabathia or Sheets / Wang / Joba / Hughes / IPKei or Rasner.
Closer: Rivera
Setup:K-Rod or Fuentes
Long Relief: IPKei or Rasner
Lefty Relief: Marte or Ohman
Middle Relief: Wheeler/ Bruney/ E.Ramirez
Starting Lineup: c -Posada/ 1b – Teixeira (or Jeter if we can’t get Mark) / 2b – Cano/ 3b – McPhereson or Crede/ ss – Uribe or Furcal/ lf – Jeter (or Adam Dunn if no Mark Teixeira)/ cf – Cabrera/ rf – Abreu (or Adam Dunn)/ dh – A-Rod
Bench: Molina (c)/ J. Rivera or B. Wilkerson (of)/ Gonzalez (util)/ Minky (1b)

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Karstens should be placed on DFA list with Duncan.

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http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/features/rumors?&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fmlb%2ffeatures%2frumors

Cashman may have this one right. We are gonna make a serious run not only at CC but also Fuentes at the deadline. Fuentes will be nearly impossible to get and last time they wanted us to take Todd Helton’s salary too.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 2, 2008

Scranton/WB
Rochester (Twins) 7:05p
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Tampa
Clearwater (Phillies) 7p
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Rome (Braves) 7:05p
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Okay I’m looking for tickets.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 1, 2008

Scranton/WB 7
Rochester (Twins) 8
W: P. Humber (3-5, 5.53); L: S. White (4-3, 4.55); SV: B. Korecky (6)
HR: SWB: E. Duncan (6). ROC: C. Basak (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_01_swbaaa_rocaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 9
New Britain (Twins) 3
W: J. Jones (8-1, 2.28); L: O. Sosa (2-5, 6.88)
HR: NBR: T. Plouffe (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_01_treaax_nbraax_1
Fort Myers (Twins) 6
Tampa 1
W: T. Robertson (4-2, 2.76); L: C. Garcia (2-2, 4.12)
HR: TAM: J. Calzado (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_01_ftmafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Hickory (Pirates) 6
Charleston 9
W: J. Ortiz (1-1, 1.69); L: M. Felix (3-2, 4.04)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_01_hicafx_crdafx_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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