Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 4:14 pm

A-Rod has grudge against Torre

Joe Torre The Yankees visit Dodger Stadium and former manager Joe Torre this weekend, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a warm and fuzzy reunion for Torre and Alex Rodriguez.

"Business as usual," Rodriguez told the New York Post. "I am not going to get into that."

That's in strong contrast to Rodriguez's Yankees teammates, who have spoken glowingly this week of their former manager, who brought four titles to the Bronx and now manages the Dodgers.

Of course, his teammates didn't take the beating Rodriguez did in Torre's candid book "The Yankee Years," in which Torre revealed that teammates called Rodriguez "A-Fraud" and discussed Rodriguez's seemingly obsessive interest in Derek Jeter.

"I am sorry to hear that because I didn't think I had a bad relationship with Alex at all," Torre said when told of Rodriguez's apparent grudge. 

"I don’t think I violated anything with Alex [in the book]. I am sorry if he feels that way."

Rodriguez isn't the only one at odds with Torre over the book. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, for one, hasn't spoken to Torre since the book came out.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:07 pm

Minor leaguer Lindsay getting around

Shane Lindsay At this rate, Shane Lindsay may get a complex.

On Thursday, the Indians designated Lindsay for assignment to make room for infielder Jayson Nix, claimed off of waivers from the White Sox.

Lindsay, a 25-year old right-hander from Australia hasn't spent a day in the big leagues, but he would have spent his fair share of time in the transactions section of the sports page if those things still existed.

Lindsay had pitched in four games for Double-A Erie since the Indians claimed off of waivers from the Yankees on June 1. He was with the Yankees for just two weeks after he was claimed off of waivers by the Rockies. He appeared in 14 games for the Rockies' Triple-A squad in Colorado Springs, allowing 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings  (6.59 ERA) with 17 walks and 19 strikeouts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:54 pm

Nats bringing Wang along slow

Chien-Ming Wang Chien-Ming Wang's rehab with the Washington Nationals is going well, even if it's conservative.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Wang is at least one month away from a debut with the Nationals, and may stretch into early April. He is currently throwing simulated innings every two or three days at the team's spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Wang last pitched July 12, 2009 for the Yankees before having to shut down due to shoulder surgery.

e posted an ugly 1-6 record and 9.64 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances prior to the surgery and it's thought his shoulder woes developed from compensating for not fully recovering from a foot injury sustained in 2008 by running the bases in interleague play.

"[Wang has] been incredibly positive," agent Alan Nero told Kilgore of the rehab. Part of why Wang is so upbeat, according to Nero, is the fact Washington is taking his rehab conservatively. They also allowed Wang a three-day visit to his family in New Jersey.

"With the Yankees, there was never a complete understanding of the injury," Nero added. "The conservative approach the Nationals have taken has been outstanding."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 2:44 am

Burnett hammered again

A.J. Burnett A.J. Burnett's season continued to careen off the rails Monday, as the Yankees starter gave up three homers and five runs in the first inning in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks added a run against Burnett in the second inning and another in the fourth. All seven runs were scored with two outs -- Burnett gave up an amazing eight two-out hits in just the first two innings.

Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the first inning, sandwiched between solo shots by Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.

At the end of May, Burnett was 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He has lost all four of his starts this month, and after going four innings Monday has a June ERA of 10.35.

When a pitcher drops off this dramatically and suddenly, it's often a sign that there's a correctable mechanical reason. The Yankees certainly hope so, given that they're on the hook to pay him $16.5 million a year through 2013.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 9:56 pm

Yankees skipping Hughes

Phil Hughes The Yankees aren't taking any chances with Phil Hughes, even if that means sacrificing what this season has been pretty much a guaranteed victory.

New York will skip their sensational young right-hander in the rotation as they look to control how many innings he pitches. The Yankees haven't announced what his innings cap is, but reports have put it in the range of 175-180. He has pitched 82 1/3 innings so far.

Hughes is 10-1, tied for most wins in the American League, with a 3.17 ERA and a 78-25 strikeouts-to-walks rate.

Hughes, a native of the Los Angeles area, had been slated to start Friday at Dodger Stadium, the day after his 24th birthday. Now his family and friends won't get to see him in action.

"It's definitely disappointing," Hughes told reporters. "Joe [Girardi] told me if I wasn't disappointed, he'd be a little worried."

Instead, Hughes will start against Seattle at Yankee Stadium on June 29. If everyone stays in rotation, that would put him on track to pitch the day of the All-Star Game, which he is a strong candidate to start.

It might seem odd for a team narrowly leading a crowded division race to voluntarily forgo using one of its biggest weapons. But the Yankees have a homegrown star in the making they want to protect for the coming years. If they let him pitch 180 innings, that's still a huge load for a pitcher who has never thrown more than 106 1/3 professional innings in a season.

Also Monday, the Yankees designated catcher Chad Moeller for assignment and called up Colin Curtis.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:52 pm

Yankees should look into getting backup infielder

Alex Rodriguez On Saturday, Derek Jeter sat out with a heel problem while Alex Rodriguez, recuperating from a sore hip, DH'ed.

That left Ramiro Pena (pictured talking to Rodriguez) at shortstop and Kevin Russo at third base.

Pena, 24, is hitting .190/.235/.206 on the season in 63 at-bats while Russo, 25, isn't much better with a .196/.260/.239 line. The Yankees, for their $206 million payroll, have gone cheap with backup bench infielders and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels the Yankees need to be on the hunt for better solutions.

While the squad isn't looking for help currently, Rosenthal looks ahead to September and thinks New York may need a body ready. With the AL East race as tight as it is, the Yankees may not be able to afford to rest him in September. As he's battling hip issues, he may be relegated to DH and Pena or Russo at third base for any length of time is not palatable. For Jeter's part, he's no spring chicken and is on pace for one of the poorest seasons in his career.

Rosenthal has trouble naming viable candidates, however. Omar Infante of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels won't be available, while the Royals' Willie Bloomquist and Toronto's John McDonald don't represent a significant offensive upgrade. The same is true for Jayson Nix, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox. The Cubs' Ryan Theriot is a possibility if his slump continues, and Geoff Blum could be had -- except Blum has no recent extended time at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, has said that Bloomquist is one of the best utility players in the game and Blum at the very least would be a solid option at third base.

In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers have Craig Counsell, who has the defense and the offense that could do well as a backup in New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks could dangle Augie Ojeda, although the 35-year-old is having a horrific season at the plate, albeit in just 30 at-bats.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a hitter as they near the trade deadline, but Rosenthal has it right: the team should be proactive and acquire a solid utility infielder to protect against any injury impacting the stretch drive. Sometimes, pennats are won and lost by the obsure players.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 10:14 pm

The great NY slam divide

Marty Noble of MLB.com lays out some interesting numbers regarding grand slams in New York. Mark Teixeira's grand slam Sunday in the Subway Series finale was the Yankees' seventh of the season, as well as the seventh allowed by the Mets this year. No other major-league team has hit or allowed more than four grand slams this season.

The Mets hit a franchise-high 10 slams in 2006, then none in 2007. In fact, they've hit a total of eight in the 3 1/2 seasons since their 2006 outburst. Johan Santana allowed Teixeira's slam Sunday, the third he's allowed this season. That's more than 23 teams have allowed. Santana had given up two grand slams in his entire career prior to this season.

The Yankees are on pace to shatter their franchise record of 10 in 1987 (Don Mattingly hit six of those), and their current total of seven is more than they've had in any full season since 2004.

Of course, hitting grand slams is a matter of getting opportunities with the bases loaded, and nobody has had more chances (87) than the Yankees.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 20, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 3:42 pm

Your latest Lady Gaga update

Lady Gaga Ugh. This is news (sort of) in the world of baseball, so it bears inclusion here. Let's just try to get through it while using as little as possible of the internet's precious resources.

On June 10, singer Lady Gaga goes to Mets game at team's invitation. Tells team she wants to keep it on the down low, so she wears a metal-studded bikini. Spotted by paparazzi, she flips everyone the bird with both barrels (warning: links may contain photos not suitable for ... well, anyone, really).

Fast forward to Friday, when she brings her circus to Yankee Stadium (modestly clad again, as you can see). After the game, she somehow makes her way to an area inside the Yankees' clubhouse, which is extremely against baseball rules. Reportedly meets players, swigs whiskey from a bottle, generally acts lude.

New York Post calls Gaga a "skankee" and reports she is banned from clubhouse by angry Hal Steinbrenner. New York Daily News reports she's not banned, and GM Brian Cashman is just mad at whoever let her get to the clubhouse.

There, now you're caught up.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Mets, Yankees
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