Greetings from Fenway Park

Just checking in here from high above Fenway Park in Boston, a city where it can be more challenging than you’d think to find working wireless internet. Either way, the monsoons have stopped here in New England and we’re being treated to a gorgeous afternoon – not too hot, not too cool, just right for Joba Chamberlain vs. Josh Beckett.

Remember when Hank Steinbrenner spoke optimistically about Joba and called him “our Beckett?” Here’s a chance to see where he’s at on that topic. The Hood Milk blimp is circling the Fens four hours before game time and all seems right with the world.

Ian Kennedy threw 6 2/3 hitless innings at Triple-A and, with those numbers, made a pretty good pitch for the rotation. Did Kennedy have a feeling he was going to make the lineup look stupid or did he just have his ‘A’ stuff?  If he can start to approximate the prospect the Yankees hoped he’d be, there’s one way to help out the rotation.  The scuttlebutt has the Bombers discussing Barry Bonds behind closed doors on Thursday in Tampa, but no one knows how quickly that might have been shot down.

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yeah, he has the goods. You think he’ll have a good career?

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woot
hey that Mariano Rivera kid is pretty solid, huh? he may yet become a famous pitcher

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Yes!

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yeah, and Pedroia was out when jeter tagged him on the side, and A-Rod wasn’t struck out-not ONE single pitch came anywhere close to the plate.

I am watching this game on MLB.TV and I have to sit through the Red Sux broadcasters and on their strike box not one single pitch was anywere near the plate.

I HATE PLAYING AT FEN WHA. Ugliest freaking stadium in sports to boot.

I certainly did not enjoy this game one bit. Same crap-LOB and bad calls by the overpaid overhyped umpires of MLB.

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NEW THREAD

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He can’t go out side on the grass to avoid a tag. you cannot go out of the baseline to avoid a tag, even if the fielder doesn’t have the ball.

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leave it to Mo to bail out another bullpen mate.

I think Nady will be in rt and move abreu to left to keep them both in the lineup.

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Thank you Michael! Sheesh that was pathetic, noboby even mentioned it on the air and more importantly on the field. That would’ve given Farnsy two outs… but even then you might’ve still had to bring on Mo with a RISP.

This could be a very nice tone to set for the series… tre more outs and their all Mo’s!

I wonder how those ESPN ‘stat gurus’ feel right about now… 12% chance to win the division my ****!

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Michael, I think he can go outside but no inside.

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Thats why Mo gets the big bucks and Farns will retire after this contract.

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Coco Crsip was out.

It amazes me how the umpires don’t know the rules. Crisp ran out of the base path…which means HE IS OUT….

He was on the grass on the out side of the bas path….thats an out.

Morons….umpires don’t know the rules???

and for those of you who think farnsworth is anything other then a mop up guy, this should be proof.

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Farnsy, this is too big.

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If we acquire Molina or Pudge, Posada is done as a catcher and Giambi is coming back.

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put in Mo

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Ok, I’m kind of not impressed.

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If Farnsworth doesn’t crack under pressure here, I’ll be very impressed.

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I think Posada would have the toughest time switching to DH. Going from catching every pitch to just sitting is too big of a change. He’ll have a hard enough time adjusting to only ground balls and pop ups!

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Wow, Varitek stinks. He never gets any hits.

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Here comes Farnsworth.

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oh man..

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Regarding, Bobby Abreu …

Well, I guess, we will see at the end of the year what the Yankees plan on doing … But, all I can say is that I like having Abreu’s bat in the middle of the Yankees lineup … When he’s hot, and hitting solid line drives all over the field – the Yankees win ball games … It will come down to “money” though! … Jimmy [27NYY]

By Jimmy Curran on July 25, 2008 9:26 PM

I think Posada will end up being our DH next year.

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We offered Kennadia in this deal, we obviously don’t want him and he is a trading chip. Not for Molina but we have no room for him.

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Regarding, Bobby Abreu …

Well, I guess, we will see at the end of the year what the Yankees plan on doing … But, all I can say is that I like having Abreu’s bat in the middle of the Yankees lineup … When he’s hot, and hitting solid line drives all over the field – the Yankees win ball games … It will come down to “money” though! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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Chamberlain 7.0IP 3H 0R 1BB 9K

awesome line

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Wow, this one’s a nailbiter!

The kid is pitching his guts out and has managed to outshine Beckett, thanks to Giambino’s execution on the shift! Ahhh, what a beatiful ting…

Now does Francona trot Beckett back out there and does Girardi trot Joba back? I say Girardi goes pen but shouldn’t yet.

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what the heck is going on? i’m on GameDay, and the action stopped

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9 hits, 7 lob.. bad

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bpark, why do we need to trade kennedy, unless we include him in a package for a good starting pitcher. Personally, I like Kennedy more than washburn. Screw Washburn. Why pay a pitcher like him so much money, when Hughes and Wang are coming before the playoffs.
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I say we keep kennedy, and maybe he’ll turn out to be a good #5 starter.

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JB,
That’s good news for us but not Richie Sexson!

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We have Posada, Damon, Giambi, Betemit and Sexson trying to get time at 1b

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Won’t Nady be at 1B by the way? He has played many seasons at the position, and I am 90% sure thats his natural spot.

By JB on July 25, 2008 9:12 PM

Nah we needed an OF, Giambi at 1B, Damon at DH

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Sup JB?

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Won’t Nady be at 1B by the way? He has played many seasons at the position, and I am 90% sure thats his natural spot.

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We’re 2 for 5. We need Molina, another reliever and maybe Wash.

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This is one of the best games I have watched of the Yanks this year. So grreat. Oh, and I am excited for the Xavier Nady/Marte trade for BOTH my favorite teams (NYY, PIT). Check out my input soon at…
http://theburghblues.mlblogs.com/

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Atleast we kept Kennadia as a chip and we will move him but not for free.

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Thank you George for making this deal. If we gave them ohelndorf, tabata, coke, and kontos, then we robbed them. Ohlendorf is nothing special. So it’s really 3 minor leaguers for 2 proven players. Now, our bullpen and our lineup is fixed. If we get a catcher, like Laird or B. Molina, that’s even better; but I think our offense will be fine w/ what we have.
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However, our offense today SUCKS. 9 Hits, 1 Run, 14 LOB That is pathetic. Chamberlain is pitching a Stellar game. I hope he continues pitching well the rest of the game.
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I just hope now the redsox don’t sign texiera. I don’t give a crap if they get fuentes.

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“The Yankees have indicated that they will not give Washburn a contract extension or cash bonus for waiving his no-trade rights, but the source said that Washburn would not necessarily require either inducement, saying, “There are ways around that.”

Like how? money under the table? A vile?

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BP,
I don’t know if Nady has enough speed for left, but, if we could tolerate Matsui I guess Nady could play there. I would not want to see Gardner lose at bats though!

And I must have missed something. What is the Kennadia thing about?

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If Joba done at 6, excellent night. Uh Oh here comes the pen….

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Abreu gives up too easily, stops running, is afraid of walls, he’s more of a liability than Damon’s arm.

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Is Nady gonna play left for now?

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Jimmy,
I also agree on Abreu. If Nady has a better arm, Bobby can switch to left or get at bats as DH.

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Sorry Jimmy, we’re done with Abreu’s wall work.

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I agree with Jimmy. This was a steal. Who says Cashman can’t trade like Billy Beane! And this doesn’t “hurt” us at all.

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I am hearing now that the Pirates didn’t want Kennadia, they asked for Tabata. Kennadia is going somewhere we are trying to move him.

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Robert,

I really think the Yankees should re-sign Bobby Abreu to a three-year deal for [2009, '10, and 11'] … He’s too big of a bat for the Yankees to just give-up … How do they replace the numbers he gives our lineup … .290 BA; 15 HR; 100+ runs; 100+ RBI’s [80-90 walks] … It’s a lot to give up !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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National media saw Nady being pulled, they had no choice but to leak the unofficial deal. It could be Kennadia instead of Ohli, stay tuned.

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Who will start in right field? I don’t know enough about Nady’s arm! Abreu was also knocked in Philladelphia for appearing lazy in right field. We all know he can’t play close to a wall!

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My guess is we could stand pat now. Maybe take on Washburn. Maybe get Molina. Maybe do nothing. No way we chase Fuentes.

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Nady is a RFer. I’d have rather had Fuentes but this deal fills 2 needs.

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Matt,
Don’t jump down my throat but I think Gardner is being groomed to lead off for us in 2010 after Damon is gone. He needs MLB at bats and will likely stay in the nine hole and play left or center field. If Tabata is gone, I see Cabrera switching to right field replacing Abreu.

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Great deal for the Yankees ….

Xavier Nady: .330 BA; 26 [2B]; 13 HR; 57 RBI … Damaso Marte: 4-0; 3.47 ERA; 47 K’s in 46 2/3 innings; 7 saves … The Yankees gave up some good prospects, but not any one special – that they planned on using anytime in the near future !!! … An Awesome Trade !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] …

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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“Marte, one of the most coveted left-handed specialists in the game, was caught by television cameras hugging teammates in the dugout after leaving the bullpen shortly after.”

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We robbed them blind, Marte is way better than Ohli. They must have wanted Tabata bad.

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Tabata screwed himself now he can make the drive. Nady is RF, goodbye lazy defender.

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Kontos is a right handed starter also at AA Trenton.

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If this deal is real, expect Boston to throw a sink at Fuentes, who I’d rather have.

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Tabata, though a five tool player, has not been playing lately because of a mysterious injury. This developed after he was recently disciplined for a mental gaff that others may remember better than I do. He was also in his first year at AA Trenton.

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The Molina deal is for Sui w/ extension and a prospect. I am assuming that out of the race, they would tell Sui to get surgery. Giants contacted us.

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Igawa is going home, so it would be a salary eater for anyone.

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OK. We all know Ohlendorf, and Tabata. Phil Coke is a left handed starter in his first year at AA Trenton who has lately been on a strike out binge.

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I like Gardener’s defense and confidence.

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Gardener is way better than Christian.

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Bryan,
What do you hear about IPK being called up? How long do Rasner or Ponson stay in the rotation with Ian pitching lights out at AAA? Are they worried that they’ll ruin him with an early call, hoping instead to get him jazzed for a mid-late August callup for a 2007 redux?

By rcngolf99@yahoo.com on July 25, 2008 3:30 PM

Ask this question again in a week.

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They are giving us J-Wash for nothing and we want them to part of his salary? We’d be better off giving them Igawa and say here pay.

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Matt whats the word in your hometown on the Molina deal? Are they planning to shut Sui down?

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Gardener is ready but we still need another outfielder.

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J-Wash deal is in our court. Deal is done if we want to pay his entire salary which we don’t.

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“Though the team confirmed a trade, the Pirates have not revealed where Nady and Marte are going or whom the club is getting in return. “

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The word is the Pirates confirm both are traded pending physicals but no word on compensation!

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the Yankees have 2 of their 4 needs met.. a righty batter and a lefty reliever.. now for the catcher and starter

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Matt,
My point was that I would not trade but use Christian. And if the latest rumor is true, then I made it happen by being opposed to it !!!

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Love those plays by our young outfielders!

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More on Christian repeated from another blog:

No LA LA Land I’m not kidding. And the fact that Christian is much older than most rookies is a positive factor for me! I look at the Phillies Chris Coste as an example! I don’t want to send any prospect to the Pirates for Bay or Nady even if there is a guarantee that Nady would continue to hit .330!

I also believe it is easier for a rookie from our system to perform than an imported veteran. The fans are much harder on the veteran especially if he gets off to a slow start.

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Well, we still can’t hit w/ RISP. But at least Beck had to throw 25 pitches.

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A-Rod just got schooled.

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This is starting well. Damon has a 10 pitch at bat, Jeter singles, Abreu singles.

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Lester? I meant Beckett. I’ll take 10 pitch AB’s all day.

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That’s true. People come out of the woodwork to post when this team is down. Damon is putting a phenomenal AB on Lester.

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AJ Burnett sucks.

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You haven’t been reading this blog then.

When the yanks were in the celler, this place was going nuts.

I think postings have been LESS since they started this little win streak.

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Did anyone notice that since the Yanks have been doing better, more people post on this blog? Just a random thought

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Torrealba isn’t mediocre. He’s not that good!

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But the pirates have to take one or the other: Horne or Kennedy. I think they should be happy to get Ohlendorf and Tabata, and if they want Kennedy and/or Horne they need to swap Nady for Bay or give us something else.

Kennedy Tabata, yeah…but all three? No. they are crazy.

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Agreed, Matt.

Laird would be a good addition-but is he better then what we have? He does play in a bam box.

Nady and Marte are the best choices, and I can live with Washburn, I’ve decided.

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I think Kennedy is a head case who can’t do it in the spotlight. If he comes up here, look for his ERA to be over 5 @ the stadium. He made some really telling comments about his attitude a few months back, and I think he’s a primadonna with very, VERY, average stuff. I’d say trade him NOW while people in the league still think he’s got value.
His value will drop if he comes back up and gets shelled…then in the off season you ae LUCKY to get a mediocre back up infielder for him….

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yeah, we have our own Jack Taschner called billy traber….I want Marte.

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ok, so I’m going to settle this thing about Bonds being the greatest hitter of all time.

I can name 5 guys RIGHT NOW that are better then him and will always be better then him, no matter what. And if you look at the numbers, no matter what era they were in, they’d STILL be better then bonds. with or without the Roids:

Babe Ruth
Lou Gehrig
Rogers Hornsby
Ted Williams
Willie Mays

And when its all said and done, A-Rod will be better, and maybe Pujouls (MAYBE)…Honus wagner and Ty Cob were better hitters, even though they didn’t hit for “power” (yeah, and the baseballs now are wound tighter and fly out of the parks on broken bat hits….)

Barry bonds was a top 20 player before the roids, but not higher. He wasn’t “alltime” before 2001, like the icons that Ruth and Williams are.

Chaz hit the proverbial nail on the head when he called him a “pariah”. He is the Qunitessential Pariah, the likes of which can only be found in Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose.

Bonds SHOULD NOT go into the hall unil Jackson and Rose are IN themselves. That won’t happen.

Barry Bonds is a cheater, if not because of steroids, then because of other drugs that are less traceable, like HGH, insulin, and even viagra (which improves blood flow to the extremeties not just mr johnson-just ask Rafael Palmeiro: coincedence?)

He beat the system, but the public may be a little more educated and less gullible then he thinks.

I agree with Chaz. I will NOT endorse the Yankees if they get Bonds. if they do, SEASON OVER. I will pull my MLB.TV subscription, and I will not buy anything w/ an interlocking NY until he is off the team.

Cansaco was enough. I could “tolerate” him, because he is dumb. But Bonds? Thats a BOO waiting to happen.

I think, if there is still time, we should all organize a letter and petition to NOT sign Bonds and let the Brass know that we WILL NOT be patrons of the NY Yankees, the YESnetwork, or any other interest of the Yankees if they sign this alleged felon.

We should send this letter to Hank himself and let him know that although we support the team, we will not support this player who has a blatant disregard for sportsmanship and class. AT LEAST Andy Pettite came clean, to a certain degree.

and another thing: If we don’t make a deal by wednesday and get at least 3 of the 4 components we need, and wait till middle of august for hughes to get back, we may not have anything to play for in sept.

and why are they even waiting on hughes? He has given this team NOTHING this year but a burned out bullpen. let him develop in the minors this year and see if he can earn his way back for next year. I don’t trust him; and wang is coming back from a bad ankle injury. I dont’t trust the health of either of these two guys.

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Robert, dreams can come true and it looks like our dreams might come true this weekend!

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I’m doing great guys. I can’t wait until this game starts. After the way the season was going down for a wile, I didn’t think the Yankees would be in this position to take over first with a sweep.

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“Unless Ponson eats Lester.” lol

then Ponson would have an EAT-RA of 1.0

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Randy winn?

Thats not a bad idea. He’s pretty good. If we could get him without giving up much, that would be cool. don’t the Gints Have a lefty in their bulpen they are shopping? Lets take him too.

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“Ponson v. Lester is NOT a good matchup. Unless Ponson eats Lester.”

“The PA can kiss my hairy butt…”

DUDE!! you are killing me today!!! You are in midseason form. Hilarious!!!

Eats lester….I can’t stop laughing at that mental image!

Doesn’t ponson look like Stimpy??

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Sean,
I’m great! Thanks! And excited too! Can we dream of another sweep?

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Yankees scouting Randy Winn of the Giants

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/07/yankees-scout-1.html

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I’d also be inclined to pass on Washburn. I’d rather get a lefty with some potential for improvement or promote someone at SWB. I think they want Kennedy to follow up with a string of dominant starts as he was last night. Injuries have muddled the starting picture at SWB but I think the front runner is Alfredo Aceves whose developement has been slowed by a groin problem.

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This is the most excited I’ve been for a game this year. Maybe because the Yankees are playing really well. How are you doing Robert Kramer?

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Sorry guys. Just a thought!

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The PA can kiss my hairy butt. Even IF there was collusion, So WHAT! As far as I’m concerned Bonds should be drug out into the street, tarred, and feathered. He’s a PARIAH of the highest order. He should be DEAD in the eyes of anyone associated with the game of baseball. Why is the PA even in this anyway? Bonds isn’t even a member.

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I dunno, I mean I’ve tried to pull for Farnsy for so long… I will admit he’s doing well lately… and that’s worth something, but I don’t know if it’s worth a new contract. :P

What do you mean Robert? Like alleging collusion or something? I don’t think the PA would have any ground to stand on, easy to suggest, not-so-easy to prove!

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Anyone looking at Melancon’s numbers at AA should also check the numbers for Anthony Claggett. However, I think the master plan is to leave them at AA the rest of this season. And Bruney will likely stay at SWB until we see what the trade market brings. One way or another it doesn’t look good for LaTrine Hawkins!

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Does anyone think the Players’ Association would sue if Bonds is not signed for the most obvious fit?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 25, 2008

Rochester (Twins) 7p
Scranton/WB

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Portland (Red Sox) 7:05p
Trenton

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Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7p
Tampa

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Hickory (Pirates) 7:05p
Charleston

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Staten Island
Brooklyn (Mets) 7p
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GCL Indians 12p
GCLYankees

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 24, 2008

Richmond (Braves) 6 (7)
Scranton/WB 3
W: J. Rouwenhorst (8-9, 5.66); L: R. Ohlendorf (1-1, 4.03); SV: J. Julio (3)
HR: SWB: B. Broussard (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_ricaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Richmond (Braves) 1
Scranton/WB 4 (8)
W: S. Strickland (3-0, 2.10); L: R. Basner (1-2, 7.68)
HR: SWB: B. Broussard (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_ricaaa_swbaaa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 3
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 4 (7)
W: B. Magee (4-11, 4.88); L: E. Hacker (5-2, 2.78)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_treaax_nhmaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Dunedin (Blue Jays) 1
Tampa 2
W: I. Nova (6-11, 4.23); L: C. Polanco (2-2, 2.25); SV: J. Schmidt (9)
HR: DUN: M. Cabral (3). TAM: T. Battle (9).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_dunafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 7
Jamestown (Marlins) 4
W: T. Dennehy (2-1, 1.71); L: E. Villanueva (0-1, 3.00); SV: P. Venditte (10)
HR: STA: A. Maruszak (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_staasx_jamasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 9
GCL Indians 13
W: C. Jones (1-2, 3.13); L: G. Tatis (1-2, 5.73)
HR: YAN: Z. Almonte (3), S. Lucian (1). IND: L. Basabe (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_24_yanrok_indrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Would we be able to switch someone in Ponson’s spot? Rasner or Moose maybe? Perhaps we don’t like that matchup either? :p

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Bruney will come back and be great for the Yanks. He was lights out when we first traded for him 2 years ago, struggled last year, and was one of the big stories at the beginning of this year. Like Brighton, he needs to keep his way down in order to suceed in the bigs, and he showed maturity/responsibility by losing 20lbs this offseason. I think Brighton might have gained 20lbs, but I don’t see him coming out of the pen….which is a shame since the Yanks thought so highly of him when we shipped Jaret Wright to Baltimore to nab him. Hopefully he and Bruney will be back soon.

Also, I’ve noticed very littler grief for Farnsworth the past couple of weeks, now that he’s pitching weel. He’s in his final year as a Yankee and PERHAPS finding his groove. What do you do with this guy come offseason time?

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Ponson has performed beyond what was expected of him. I only hope he can continue. I wish him well. Lester has the edge in this one, we will need hot bats to beat him. We need 2 of 3 in this series.
“GO YANKEES!”

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Forget Bonds, He’s in no shape to play. We need a good RH bat in the lineup now. Why trade for Washburn, We probably have what we need in our system. Now I would go for a trade in bringing Ichiro to NY, We could possibly set up a package to get him, although he is a LH bat, he’s a great bat and lead off hitter also a slick fielder with an arm. What about Sui for Benji? This would pave the way for Posada’s operation. Who is not our future at 1B….and we’ll need him in 2009 behind the plate.. Tex is still an option at 1B..
Bruneys last outing in AAA shows he may not be ready. Ian
may be close to a return to the big show..
“GO YANKEES!”

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Ponson v. Lester is NOT a good matchup. Unless Ponson eats Lester.

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Wow, even Beat the Streak shows TBD? I’m pretty sure it was there the other day, I don’t go further than the scheduled starters show when I select!

Oh well, either way… someone’s pitching!

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We sure do need Ian here to do that and I know we will (bring him back)… I hope the guy turns out to be our new Moose.

I wonder if those that manage our site have some info that ESPN doesn’t? LOL

That is very odd… I’ll look at the Beat the Streak site and see what they have, they’re very good about having scheduled starters listed.

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I agree 100% with you on IPK, Knute. But, we have to give him that shot eventually, unless we plan on trading him.

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ESPN’s listing is as Ponson vs Lester

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Knute,
In order for that to happen, he has to be here.

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That is odd, I’m limited to certain sites at work… do other sites say the same thing? TBA? Sportsline, Yahoo, Etc?

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Chaz I’d rather be 0-fer-my-lifetime than to have Bonds on my team.

And I do like Ian, just not that impressed with stories from the minors, we already know he can do that in the minors, we’re waiting and wanting to see him do that here! :)

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anyone besides me notice that in “pitching probables” for Sunday, we are still “TBA”?? I was thinking that that might mean IPK would get the call but that would be on short rest. No reason for that. Why wouldn’t Ponson be listed? It’s his turn….

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I’m anxious to see answers to my Bonds question……..

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He’s going to be good (Melancon). Honestly, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about pitching for a long time.

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Someone else who is quickly making waves in the minors is Melancon. 6-0 with Trenton, 30 hits in 46+ innings, 12 BB and 43 k’s. Hitters are only .183 against him.

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0-162 without Bonds, or 162-0 with him?

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Showalter had a pretty good take on the trade deadline last night. Can a team make a trade for someone better than they are getting back from injury? We do have Wang and Phil Hughes coming back this season. Hughes in August, and Wang in September. We seem to be winning games (when we hit) with the staff we have already, so why trade anyone for pitching? Unless we can get a big bat (NNNNNOT BONDS), I think the Yankees should just stick to their guns.

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I hate it when I do that….

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LOL, I had a feeling I got that wrong as soon as I posted… heheh. Ok, lemme work this foot out of my mouth for a sec guys…

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AAA is higher than AA.
By chazbedlam@gmail.com on July 25, 2008 3:38 PM

Yikes??!!

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Thanks Bryan. You’re spot on about Rasner’s last outing but the fact is, he’s been less than stellar since his 3-0 start. In fact, he’s struggled to go more than 5 innings since throwing 8 against KC way back in the beginning of June (a loss by the way). I’m ready to see Rasner find his way to the pen in long relief and give IPK another chance. I’d be very very sad to see him traded away.

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AAA is higher than AA.

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I think Ian should first pitch 6 2/3 hitless and scoreless innings at AA before we even consider… but that’s just me. So what he no-hit AAA ballers?

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Or Joba having a breakout game, a la a 1986 Roger Clemens striking out 20 or something like that. A 2-hit CG shutout.

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Kennedy’s barking at Rasner’s heels, but you know, Ras threw pretty darn well last time out. That’s about what you ask of a fifth starter. In the long run, though, Kennedy’s the better prospect and you have to expect him to get another chance (barring a trade). They do want Kennedy to earn his way back up and it seems like he’s doing it.

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I’d rather talk about Moose getting into the HOF.

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Chaz,
I’m with you man. I would rather forgo a championship this year than win one with Barroid Bonds. I already get enough TIHS up here from my Red Suchs friends on the steroid issue. I don’t want Bonds anywhere near my team.

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Bryan,
What do you hear about IPK being called up? How long do Rasner or Ponson stay in the rotation with Ian pitching lights out at AAA? Are they worried that they’ll ruin him with an early call, hoping instead to get him jazzed for a mid-late August callup for a 2007 redux?

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Discuss away, sumbitches. You put Barr-oid in pinstripes, and I’m done.

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