Results tagged ‘ Roy Halladay ’

Welcome to Toronto, eh?

Hey folks, Anthony DiComo here filling in for Bryan Hoch on this two-gamer up north. I’ll be blogging here, but if you want live updates on lineups and news from the clubhouse, feel free to follow along on Twitter @anthonydicomo.

skydome.jpgHere are your probables at the Rogers Centre:

Tuesday: Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.51) vs. Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.68)
Wednesday: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.90) vs. Mark Rzepczynski (1-2, 3.25)

As you can see, the Yanks have their work cut out for them, in a two-game series that would have been a lot easier had the Blue Jays managed to trade Halladay before the deadline. Didn’t happen, and now the Yanks have to face him.

I’ll have more from the clubhouse in a bit, but until then, let’s all hope Mr. Hoch is shooting low on the golf course.

–Anthony DiComo

Yankees notes from St. Louis

OH, DOCTOR: The Yankees contingent could not avoid questions about the American League’s starting pitcher, Roy Halladay — not after the Blue Jays ace told reporters that he believes it’s about a 50-50 chance that he will be traded in-season.

Derek Jeter said that he isn’t the type of person who would go out of his way to recruit someone like Halladay, especially in the middle of the season, when any move would mean the Yankees would have to dump a player off their roster. But Jeter said he was relishing not having to face Halladay and having him on his side for a change.

“You see what he’s done to us,” Jeter said. “That’s pretty much all you’ve got to say.
I’ve said it time and time again. He’s the best pitcher in the league.”

Mark Teixeira lauded Halladay as a competitor and hard worker. He said that even if the Yankees don’t wind up with Halladay in pinstripes, the hope is that the right-hander would be traded out of the American League East, and preferably to the National League.

“Every winter, I look at the free agent list of pitchers and I hope
that every one of those pitchers pitches in the opposite league,” Teixeira said. “That’s
just the way it is. This division is so stacked as it is, you don’t
want any extra players coming into it.”

UP IN THE AIR: Jeter, Rivera and Teixeira
shared a charter flight here Sunday from the West Coast after the loss
to the Angels. Teixeira said that he spent a great amount of the flight
talking baseball with Rivera — Yankee dynasty edition, as Rivera
killed time by regaling his new teammate with some of the stories from
the 1996-2000 dynasty era.

“I got to talk with Mo a lot,” Teixeira said. “We just talked about New
York and how special it was when they were winning. The All-Star Game
is kind of old hat for these guys – they’ve done it so much that it’s
just, ‘Hey, it’s July, let’s go to the All-Star Game!’”
 
“It was a nice time,” Rivera added. “I was sharing how we did it in
those years and what we accomplished. Tex is a tremendous ballplayer.
We haven’t had a first baseman like that in a long time, since Tino
[Martinez].”

HEY, BUDDY: Jeter said that he is looking forward to catching up with Joe Torre, who will be in uniform as a coach for the National League. Torre still keeps up with Jeter and the Yankees, and they communicate frequently and check in by phone every once in a while. They haven’t met in person since the winter in New York.

“It’ll be awkward, probably, to see him,” Jeter said.

PRINCE ALBERT’S SHOW: The pace here in St. Louis will be a lot less hectic for Jeter and Rivera than it was last year in New York, when they were being shuttled all around town. That’s part of the benefit and problem of having the All-Star Game in your home city. Now, the Yankees can enjoy being guests and not hosts this week. 

“You definitely enjoy it,” Jeter said. “Last year was unbelievable, the way the fans treated not
just me, but the Yankees players in general during those few days. During
the game was really something. Last year was more of a celebration of Yankee Stadium than
anything. This year it seems like it’s almost a celebration of Albert.”
  

Sherman: Yanks won’t trade for Halladay

This is a couple of days old, but doing some housekeeping here — Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported via his Twitter that the Yankees will not pursue ace Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays, saying that officials told him there is “zero chance” while citing the main reasons their chase of Johan Santana never reached fruition.

You’ll remember then that the price in terms of prospects and a contract extension were considered much too high. Phil Hughes would be one constant in both the potential Santana and Halladay swaps, and at other points Ian Kennedy (out after having an aneurysm in his pitching arm) and Melky Cabrera were involved in the Twins talks.

In the Post this morning, George King writes his Yankees-Twins gamer around Halladay, noting that he was asked by a player: “Are we in the Halladay thing? What will it take?”

King’s response: “The answer to the first question is always, ‘Yes.’ The answer to the second one is ‘a lot.’”

Hat tip to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Halladay shuts the Yanks out

I went to the DHL All-Star FanFest yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, and I have to say, if I could grab my 8-year-old self from the 1980s and bring him to it, he would have loved it. I mean, Cal Ripken is running an infield clinic for kids today. That says it all, doesn’t it?

If you have a baseball-crazy kid and can get to the New York area, he or she needs to spend a few hours at the Javits Center this weekend.

Either way, here in the present-day, I’m proud to say I did better in the video batting cages than the Yankees did last night facing Roy Halladay. Limited to just an Alex Rodriguez single and a Derek Jeter double, the Yankees went extremely quickly and quietly in a 5-0 shutout loss to quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball.

They’ll try again this afternoon as Darrell Rasner tests out some mechanical adjustments while facing the Jays’ Jesse Litsch.

Assorted notes and quotes: Looks like Chad Moeller is in the lineup for the Yankees … Eric Milton signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees but it looks like he may not pitch before the year ends. The Yankees apparently want to supervise his rehab and consider signing him for ’09 … Carl Pavano threw 45 pitches to live hitters and remains, believe it or not, ahead of Phil Hughes …

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