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2006-08-03 07:00
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The new-look Yankees look mighty good having taken their first two-games from fading playoff rival Toronto by a combined score of 12-3. But it's important to note that the reason they won those games was less the 12 runs on offense than the mere three runs allowed by their pitchers, and that the one pitcher acquired at the deadline has yet to make his Yankee debut. The new Yankee hurler will instead debut today in a get-away matinee on what is already a brutally hot day in the Bronx.

In his thrillingly contentious interview with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on WFAN on Monday afternoon, Brian Cashman countered Russo's attack on Cory Lidle by telling the Mad Dog to take a look at what Lidle has done during the second half of the season over his career. I'm sure Russo didn't bother, but I did, and here's the answer:

First, here's what Lidle has done from April to July over the course of his career, including this season:

47-53, 5.02 ERA, 5.84 K/9, 2.34 BB/9, 0.99 HR/9, 1.37 WHIP, 869 1/3 IP, 967 H, 530 R, 485 ER, 96 HR, 226 BB, 564 K

And here's what he's done in August and September, including three regular season starts in October:

31-16, 3.53 ERA, 5.34 K/9, 2.45 BB/9, 0.73 HR/9, 1.19 WHIP, 408 IP, 374 H, 33 HR, 182 R, 160 ER, 111 BB, 242 K

Indeed, Lidle has indeed been significantly better in the season's final two months, allowing fewer hits, fewer homers, and posting and ERA almost a run and a half lower than in the season's first four months. That said, looking at his individual seasons, it is September that is his strongest month. His career August numbers have benefited greatly from his 2002 performance for the A's in which he allowed just one earned run across 45 1/3 innings for an unreal 0.20 ERA. Knowledge of these trends should buy Lidle a bit of rope should he struggle in his initial Yankee outings.

This afternoon he looks to give the Yankees a clean sweep of the Jays, which would put them 8.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Trying to stop him will be Sean Marcum, who earned his first major league win (and only career decision in 15 games) by holding the Yankees to three runs over five innings while his offense beat up on the man Lidle has replaced in the Yankee rotation, Sidney Ponson. Marcum received a no decision in his last start, a 4-3 Toronto victory over the A's in which he held Oakland to two runs but failed to complete the fifth inning.

As for Lidle, he's coming off his two best starts of the year, a pair of eight-inning wins against the Braves and Diamondbacks. Four of Lidle's last five starts have been quality starts. The last quality start the Yankees received from the fifth spot in the rotation came on May 6, Shawn Chacon's last start before being hit in the leg by Mark Loretta's comebacker in the game in which Matsui broke his wrist.

On Tuesday, Joe Torre said he wanted to see how Craig Wilson looked in the field before committing to him as anything more than a spot starter against lefties. Last night, Wilson went 2 for 4 and played solid defense behind a typically groundball-heavy start from Chien-Ming Wang. After the game, Torre said Wilson looked good both at the plate and in the field and would start again this afternoon against the righty Marcum. Here's hoping Wilson will continue to impress Torre and take over the starting first-base job on a full-time basis. Jason Giambi, who was removed in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game and missed last night's game due to leg cramps, will start at DH this afternoon. Sal Fasano, who last caught Lidle when both were playing for the Phillies against the Yankees in late June, will give Jorge Posada a much needed day off in this triple-digit heat. The result should look something like this:

L - Damon
R - Jeter
L - Giambi
R - Rodriguez
L - Abreu
R - Wilson
S - Cabrera
R - Cairo
R - Fasano

Not to bad for a house-money, day-game-after-night-game line-up. Meanwhile, Robinson Cano is expected to return to the team on Tuesday. There's something in the air, and it ain't the humidity.

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2006-08-03 08:27:17
1.   mehmattski
I am very greatful to everyone who linked to that interview. I've moved from the NY area so I don't get to hear Russo's inane babbling anymore. I remember in the summer of 2003 when Francessa had stepped out for an hour, Russo went on a twenty minute rant about Glavine, saying "he's shot, done" about 400 times. Glavine then won his next three decisions and had a 1.91 ERA in August, followed by his two and a half soild seasons since then. Francessa eventually called him out on it.

That said, I did enjoy listening to them when they talked about baseball. It was a lot like me talking to my friends about baseball: they have some sort of emotional response (Russo) and then I come in with stats to see if the reaction is justified (Francessa). Russo's perspective is needed too, since statistics don't really fuel sports passion. Yet without Francessa, Russo has no yang, and its really unlistenable. But they've been a great team for years and without nearly as much sensationalism as found on Baseball Tonight, for example.

2006-08-03 08:27:26
2.   Eirias
TWO right-handed hitters in a row? This line-up is a disgrace.
2006-08-03 08:32:45
3.   C2Coke
Cliff, love that title and the last paragragh (for the last line and Cano's good news). But that Mad Dog dude is probably too busy being a jerk and yelling at people to read this great piece. Nevertheless, you, Alex and Cashman all rock!
2006-08-03 08:34:31
4.   C2Coke
1 In that case, maybe we do need Russo's reverse jinxing power.
2006-08-03 08:34:38
5.   Sliced Bread
Wow, no quality starts from #5 in nearly 3 months. The bar isn't set too high for Mr. Lidle.

Looks like he's slightly better in day games, too. 4.27 vs 4.72 at night, and 1.25 WHIP vs 1.37 after dark.

Decent numbers at the Stadium, small sample size: 35 innings 3.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP.

Hopefully Cash just landed us a #4 starter for the stretch run.

2006-08-03 08:36:03
6.   Chyll Will
So in the first half, he's a Meatball Sub, while in the second he's American Lidle?

(smacking my own nose with a newspaper; No!)

2006-08-03 08:43:43
7.   standuptriple
I started watching Lidle often when he was in OAK and he goes on some great stretches of brilliance. It seems every season he gets en fuego, then regresses back to the mean. Hopefully we get his best stuff for an extended period of time. IIRC, he feeds on the mojo of the team and since that's been pretty good lately I'm looking for some above average outings for him in pinstripes.
2006-08-03 09:03:36
8.   C2Coke
Well, if you guys care for some rare rare rare sight before the game, go to the YES network site, Yankees video archive. On 8/2, there was a guy wearing #45 shirt actually practicing throwing baseballs.
2006-08-03 09:03:38
9.   randym77
Damon
Jeter
Abreu
A-rod
Giambi (DH)
Wilson
Cabrera
Fasano
Green
2006-08-03 09:06:16
10.   C2Coke
9 That's one good looking lineup on the day when Posada has to rest. For once, we are not gonna see Cairo AND Bernie in the game.
2006-08-03 09:06:21
11.   seamus
9 oooh! Torre did it! He put the speedy OBP guy in the #3 slot over the power, obp guy. What a lineup!

And Green gets the gig too!

2006-08-03 09:06:54
12.   seamus
10 we're not going to see Cairo OR Bernie either!
2006-08-03 09:08:41
13.   tommyl
Looks like a nice lineup to me. Hopefully Wilson gets a hit or two off the righty. I'm smelling sweep.

Lets also hope that someone on the Indians learns to close a game against the BoSox. Memo: 2 HBP, 1 BB is not the way to do it.

2006-08-03 09:11:36
14.   Mike from Hoboken
Lidle had a nice little run for the Mets back in '97. I've like him ever since. Oddly enough, Lidle was once traded for our old friend (ahem) Kelly Stinnett.
2006-08-03 09:13:26
15.   randym77
Obi-Shawn starts today in Pittburgh, in a few minutes. Good luck, kid.
2006-08-03 09:35:11
16.   Paul in Boston
I found that interview fascinating, as I hardly ever get to hear Cashman. What an impressive guy! It is extremely reassuring to hear him talk "OPS" with such comfort. Gives me great hope for this organization, even in the post Boss era (which we must expect will be soon).
2006-08-03 09:37:02
17.   seamus
Chacon starts out with a K
2006-08-03 09:39:10
18.   Bama Yankee
6 "American Lidle"... not bad, Chyll.
2006-08-03 09:44:13
19.   Eirias
17 He doesn't keep up the pace, however.
2006-08-03 09:46:20
20.   Cliff Corcoran
16 Of course OPS is a wildly overrated stat (I prefer EQA or the easier to figure and non-adjusted, but often very similar GPA), but yes, Cash clearly gets it.
2006-08-03 09:46:30
21.   Chyll Will
19 All I'm wondering is, Who nominated Arthur Rhodekill to be the Big Jello Sheriff of the Player's Union?
2006-08-03 09:54:14
22.   seamus
21 well, i hate scabs typically too. That is something many union members share.
2006-08-03 09:54:17
23.   Chyll Will
21 I meant 18
2006-08-03 09:56:43
24.   randym77
The Red Sox are reportedly trying to trade for Javy Lopez.
2006-08-03 09:58:38
25.   yankaholic
24 was reading that.. we cant block that too.. coz we are ahead of them in the standings..

javy wud b better than doug.. interesting..

2006-08-03 09:59:46
26.   randym77
We can't block it, but a lot of other teams could. Dunno if they would, though.
2006-08-03 10:01:03
27.   randym77
Well, Chac didn't have a great first inning, but Hudson had a worse one.
2006-08-03 10:03:17
28.   yankaholic
26 the waiver wire passes thru both leagues rite??

first the league in which u play then the other league if u r not picked in ur league.. is that correct??

i don see any team really needing Javy.. Indians?? who is their backup

2006-08-03 10:05:17
29.   Chyll Will
22 Typically? Does this particular instance differ to you in any way?
2006-08-03 10:06:58
30.   Schteeve
20 Cliff, I don't think OPS is a wildly overrated stat at all. You don't see OPS in the on screen graphic when a guy comes up to bat.

The trouble with OPS is that it, like any other stat is just a piece of the puzzle, and that a lot of arm chair sabrmetricians like to think it's the end all be all. No stat is the end all be all, but OPS is so much better than BA or RBI when it comes to comparing players.

Cashman probably gets EQA and VORP too but OPS is a handy tool to use, I'm just glad he isn't talking about Abreu being an "RBI guy" or some other dated nonsense.

2006-08-03 10:07:11
31.   Sliced Bread
24 Friendly neighborhood Phillies fan tells me Sawx are also sniffing around Mike Lieberthal.

Of course he's hoping the Phils will get more for Lieberthal than they got for Abreu & Lidle.

I'd suggest Lieberthal for Papi straight up, you know, Theo, what with the limited value of field goal kickers like Ortiz.

2006-08-03 10:10:49
32.   SF Yanks
Those stuck with ESPN, I am truly sorry for you. You must deal with Mrs. Phillips, Steven.
2006-08-03 10:13:49
33.   BklynBmr
Nice first inning, Lidle!
2006-08-03 10:14:27
34.   mehmattski
Busy Friday at work + Easy Thursday + New Yankees Pitcher + Day Game on ESPN = Home for lunch to watch beginning of game.

At least when they're babbling about Cory Lidle, they're not talking about A-Rod, even though they've already mentioned his struggles at the mound.

Hey, if every inning is as easy as that one, I love Cory already.

2006-08-03 10:14:57
35.   SF Yanks
Hi def/Phillips or standard/Kay...Hmmmm... Standard doesn't seem so bad.
2006-08-03 10:20:39
36.   Schteeve
All Derek Jeter does is hit.
2006-08-03 10:21:27
37.   SF Yanks
up to .357
2006-08-03 10:24:01
38.   Schteeve
How'd you like to have to face Giambi and Abreu in the same inning? The most frustating two guys in MLB to face.
2006-08-03 10:24:21
39.   rsmith51
Red Sox are working out a deal for Javy Lopexz?
2006-08-03 10:24:40
40.   mehmattski
37 143 H/399 AB... I get .358

So close, Bobby- but that short porch will be there for you always.

Steve Phillips has already been muted.

2006-08-03 10:27:14
41.   rsmith51
39 Sorry, I just saw 24
2006-08-03 10:27:47
42.   RIYank
Good walk.
Marcum at 25 pitches. Abreu did a good job with the pitch count (though five feet further on the drive would have been nice.)
2006-08-03 10:27:47
43.   randym77
Woot! Giambino!

Nice start, man.

2006-08-03 10:27:48
44.   mehmattski
GIAMBINO!!!!

Take that, small ball... a bloop, a walk, and a blast. Somewhere, Earl Weaver is beaming!

2006-08-03 10:27:59
45.   Schteeve
Giambino! Way to keep that OBP above .4
2006-08-03 10:28:00
46.   seamus
Lidle is sitting there on the bench thinking, "Well, now, that is more like it"
2006-08-03 10:28:06
47.   rsmith51
I love when it says:

Pitch 1 - In play, run-scoring play

(for my team)

2006-08-03 10:28:07
48.   RIYank
Giambino!
2006-08-03 10:29:33
49.   Schteeve
I wonder what percentage of first pitches swung at result in HRs for Giambi. When i saw the first pitch had been hit in play on GameCast I said to myself "Gone." Because he usually sees so many pitches.
2006-08-03 10:29:56
50.   Shaun P
I'm guessing the Yanks are way too far off the pace to get to 1000 runs - but man, I like this lineup! 30 pitches in the first for Marcum, and in the heat too.
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2006-08-03 10:30:13
51.   RIYank
47 I'm Gamedaying it, too.
And then you're hoping it isn't a single... and then it's a G'Bomb!
2006-08-03 10:30:14
52.   rsmith51
One of the rules of plate discipline is look for your pitch. If it is there swing away.
2006-08-03 10:31:17
53.   RIYank
Looks like Wilson also hit it to the wall. Could be a long day for Marcum.
Or, better yet, a very short one.
2006-08-03 10:31:28
54.   Schteeve
52 I know that. So I bet Giambi swings at fewer first pitches than probably any other player. And I'm wondering if when he does, he's more likely than average to hit one out.
2006-08-03 10:32:26
55.   mehmattski
53 Wilson's shot was a bit more popped than Abreu's... Rios caught Abreu's on the warning track in right center, Wilson's in front of the warning track in straight away right.
2006-08-03 10:32:32
56.   RIYank
Yeah, I forgive Jason G. for not working the count.
2006-08-03 10:34:08
57.   RIYank
55 Thanks.
I always wondered how accurate/precise those Gameday positions are. Pitched ball I figured was just a guess, not very accurate, but I guess the batted balls are also just rough approximations.
2006-08-03 10:34:46
58.   SF Yanks
40 I'm just going by what gameday says.
2006-08-03 10:35:08
59.   rsmith51
54 When you get a reputation for taking strike one, you have to keep the pitchers from grooving one every time.
2006-08-03 10:35:10
60.   RIYank
Yuck. Corey nearly doubled his pitch count without getting the out.
2006-08-03 10:36:16
61.   Shaun P
Glaus "singles on a pop up"? Green lost the ball in the sun, or dropped it?
2006-08-03 10:36:17
62.   hensley
Fasano running down the line. Awesome. I also love the discussion about how flexible, and what soft quiet hands Fasano has. That guy...flexible?!?!
2006-08-03 10:36:53
63.   RIYank
60 (myself) ... but gets Overbay on one pitch.
Was that hit Nick Green's fault?
2006-08-03 10:37:58
64.   mehmattski
57 The pitches are usually okay, but the outfield dots for putouts are too big to be accurate, IIRC. I remember in a game against the Angels seeing a pitch about an inch above the strikezone on Gameday (so about a foot above the real strike zone) with "In Play (runs scored)." It turned out to be true, one of Vlad's ridiculous home runs.

What's the record for pitcher assists in a game? Lidle's on pace for 18...

2006-08-03 10:39:06
65.   RIYank
Uh. What happened? Oh, must have been a run down and Rios with some good base-running.
2006-08-03 10:39:41
66.   mehmattski
61 Just a Triangle of Death bloop single, directly between Green, Wilson, and Abreu.

For those not watching, Lidle ran after Glaus after picking up yet another tap back to hte mound.... tossed to A-Rod, who tagged Glaus and threw to second, not in time to get Rios.

2006-08-03 10:40:09
67.   randym77
61 It was a bloop that dropped in between 1B and RF.
2006-08-03 10:40:11
68.   Schteeve
59 Yeah.

I'm aware of that as well. Was just hypothesizing about Giambi's HR rate on first pitch swings.

2006-08-03 10:41:09
69.   Sliced Bread
Lidle asks for time-out, and calls Fasano to the mound:

Lidle: What is this thing they call "run support?"

Fasano (shrugs): Urp. J'a try the hot sausage? Unfugginbelievuhbull.

Lidle: Run support. Go figure.

Fasano: We ain't in Philly no more.

2006-08-03 10:41:56
70.   Eirias
Note that Lidle, in his career as a Yankee, is on pace to record more groundouts than Wang!
2006-08-03 10:42:03
71.   RIYank
Lidle has thrown 17 strikes, 14 balls now. I guess that's acceptable.
I hope he can give us six innings.
2006-08-03 10:42:04
72.   Shaun P
66 Thanks, mehmattski! Its always nice to have someone in front of the tube help us Gamedayers out.

Lidle's been missing quite a bit here - any thoughts on the strike zone? (ie, too wide, too generous, etc)

2006-08-03 10:43:18
73.   Bama Yankee
69 Funny stuff, Sliced.
2006-08-03 10:43:43
74.   RIYank
Ah. 33 pitches, I can live with that (esp. with zero runs). So he could go six.

69 :-) :-) I could grow to like Fasano. (No opinion so far.)

2006-08-03 10:44:05
75.   mehmattski
72 Well the pitch that walked Zaun was in the dirt at Zaun's feet. I haven't been paying attention to the strike zone though.

Unfortunately, my extended lunch break is over, gotta go back to work (and follow on Gameday like everyone else). Hopefully someone else is watching and can pick up the slack.

2006-08-03 10:44:41
76.   sabernar
Lidle hasn't really given up anything out of the infield besides that bloop. Sweet! I'm really beginning to like this guy.

And I like how Lidle is teamed up with Fasano, a catcher he's familiar with to start off his career as a Yankee. The familiarity will certainly help him out.

2006-08-03 10:45:39
77.   Shaun P
69 Sliced, you're incredible. That amazingly thoughtful Munson post this morning, and now back to comedy this afternoon.

Any guesses of the number of Marcum's pitches this inning? I say 22.

2006-08-03 10:46:06
78.   Bama Yankee
69 I got a feeling that our old buddy Fasano could make Babe Ruth look like a vegan before his Yankee career is over...
2006-08-03 10:46:46
79.   randym77
Obi-Shawn is up to his usual tricks. Walking way too many batters, getting into jams, and somehow getting out of it.
2006-08-03 10:46:51
80.   mehmattski
UGH. Right before I leave, they show a sign held up by a cute girl in the stands that reads:

"My (x)boyfriend was drafted by Boston. So I dumped him."

Philips and Sciambi use it as a segue to talk about Ortiz: "The way things have been going recently, I wouldn't be surprised to see in fine print: "and he got a walkoff hit."

UGH again. I will now HAPPILY go to work and follow on Gameday.

Still a great sign though.

2006-08-03 10:47:01
81.   RichYF
At work, just wanted to check in.

How's Lidle looking?

2006-08-03 10:47:34
82.   Shaun P
Dear Lord - Fasano's picture on Gameday looks horrific! That's either the worst photoshopping job of a shorter mustache, or the fugliest dude, I've ever seen.
2006-08-03 10:47:41
83.   RIYank
Yeah, so far so good for Lidle.
Shaun, you nailed it, exactly 22 pitches in the second. 11 in the first.

Now I've got Sterling and Waldmann. Great, now I'll get constant updates on the paid attendance.

2006-08-03 10:48:08
84.   jdsarduy
haven't heard Chris Russo in yrs and now I remember why.
The Yanks are in 1st place, playing good baseball and all Russo did was focus on the negative blowing it way out of proportion. He also tried to make Cashman look like an idiot. And what was with the "did you ask Lidle what he said about Bonds" question? Is this why Russo isn't a fan of Lidle b/c he said something negative about Bonds?
All Cashman was trying to do by getting Lidle is add a 4th or 5th starter to the club.
Nobody is expecting Lidle to go out there and win every game for the next 2 months.
If he can give us some innings and pitch 500. that's more then Chacon and Ponson will do for us.
And for the money the Yanks are paying Wright and Kyle Russo might have a point about they're productivity. But Wright has given the Yanks some good starts and Kyle overall numbers aren't bad.
I wonder if Russo knows anything about baseball or does the WFAN have him on b/c he yells, screams and entertains people. He's certainly not entertaining me.
2006-08-03 10:48:13
85.   Sliced Bread
Urp. Thanks, fellas.

77 That's the mystique of me. Not.

2006-08-03 10:49:27
86.   RIYank
Da** it. Way to kill the rally. And keep the pitch count down.
2006-08-03 10:51:13
87.   RichYF
Take this one in folks, it's probably the last time we'll see Nick Green in a Yankees uni
2006-08-03 10:51:17
88.   randym77
82 That's what Fasano looks like.

It was pretty funny before they took that pick. Some were using his Phillies pic, with a Yankees hat Photoshopped on. (And the same long hair and facial fur.) Some were using his old Yankees photo, where he looked about 18 years old.

2006-08-03 10:54:52
89.   randym77
87 I've been wondering about that. I've noticed Joe likes to give players one last look before he cuts them. For example, when Joe gave Thompson that start after leaving him glued to the bench for weeks, I figured he was being sent down. And he was.

Cano will be back soon, so maybe Green's getting one last look.

2006-08-03 10:59:03
90.   Bama Yankee
So is it kinda warm at the Stadium today? The announcers really haven't said much about the temp......
2006-08-03 10:59:09
91.   RIYank
Good work. Chance of Lidle going six are now a lot higher.
2006-08-03 11:00:17
92.   RIYank
"Cano will be back soon", music to my ears.
2006-08-03 11:00:33
93.   rbj
D'oh, completely forgot this was an afternoon game. What'd I miss?
2006-08-03 11:01:43
94.   Bama Yankee
Hey Sliced, we all know that's not mist in the dugout... that's the smoke from those cheesesteaks, right?
2006-08-03 11:02:04
95.   RIYank
93 A three run Giambi bomb and some decent pitching by the new guy.
2006-08-03 11:02:59
96.   Sliced Bread
89 Yeah, Green's been given Joe's kiss of death.

Before the game he said "It's great to be in the lineup today, and tonight Mr. Torre's friends from New Jersey, Cheech, and Vinnie are going to take me for a car ride to the Meadowlands. They told me don't even bring my wallet!"

2006-08-03 11:03:17
97.   Bama Yankee
93 Lidle looking good, Giambi went yard, Kay's headset has melted to his head...
2006-08-03 11:03:56
98.   RIYank
Yeah cap.
E, too bad.
2006-08-03 11:04:17
99.   Sliced Bread
94 Or they have ESPN on in the dugout, and it's steam blasting out of Sheffield's ears.
2006-08-03 11:05:16
100.   Bama Yankee
Glaus stylin' too much, if that had been A-Rod it would have been the lead story on BBTN...
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2006-08-03 11:05:19
101.   randym77
90 Are you serious? On YES, all they're talking about is how hot it is.

And it is really, really hot. Hotter than the hinges of hell. :-P

2006-08-03 11:05:36
102.   rbj
That'll teach me to miss the start of the game.
2006-08-03 11:07:39
103.   randym77
96 LOL!

I think we may see Nick again, in the land of the living. In pinstripes, even. If he clears waivers and goes to Columbus, they could bring him back in September.

2006-08-03 11:07:43
104.   Sliced Bread
Abreu. Pffft. All he does is advance runners and get on base. Booooorrrring. Give us da dingers.
2006-08-03 11:08:26
105.   Bama Yankee
101 Sarcasm (bad attempt, I guess)
I was just thinking that after about 1000 references to the heat: "We get it Kay, it's hot out there, let it go..."

BTW, "hinges of hell" good analogy...

2006-08-03 11:08:31
106.   yankeemonkey
I thought Green still had options...no?
2006-08-03 11:08:34
107.   RIYank
I want a dinger here, Sliced. Or from Giambi, I'm flexible.

59 pitches for Markum already.

2006-08-03 11:08:37
108.   ChuckM
Russo knows jack about baseball-he's nothing but a loudmouth. About 15 years ago or so they did an event at my H.S. in Brooklyn (one of those things where there are 50/50's, prizes, crap like that). At one point it turned into an open Q&A, where people would step uo to a podium and ask questions, mostly baseball related. Since most of them leaned towards the trivia side, Russo knew nothing. To his credit, Francesa was on the ball for about 90% of them. All Russo did was try and make everything into a friggin' opinion poll...
2006-08-03 11:09:23
109.   Shaun P
92 Cano might not be the only one back soon. From Mr. Abraham over The LoHud blog:

"Hideki Matsui is at the doctor now getting his left wrist checked out. The Yankees hope to give us the results after the game."

(fingers crossed)

2006-08-03 11:09:56
110.   RIYank
Argh, almost.
But Markum's leaving!
2006-08-03 11:10:31
111.   yankeemonkey
ARod with a force-out...BOOOOO!
2006-08-03 11:11:13
112.   RIYank
Shaun, plenty of good news these days. (Except from Fenway in late innings.)
2006-08-03 11:11:24
113.   Schteeve
Marcum didn't even make it through three?
2006-08-03 11:11:40
114.   Sliced Bread
Abreu. Pfft. Doggin' it on the slide into 2nd. He didn't really have a chance but A-Rod would have been safe...
because he cheats. ESPN says so.
2006-08-03 11:12:33
115.   randym77
105 Gotcha. Didn't realize you were getting the YES feed down there in Alabama.

106 I don't think Nick Green has options left. But we picked him up off Tampa's trash heap, so I doubt there will be a lot of teams clamoring for him if he's put on waivers.

2006-08-03 11:12:39
116.   RIYank
Talett, 22 walks in 33 innings. And 30 hits. Let's go get him.
2006-08-03 11:13:02
117.   Schteeve
114 If Abreu didn't win the Home Run Derby last year he would have slid under the dirt like Bugs Bunny to elude the ...uh....force out?
2006-08-03 11:13:10
118.   pistolpete
Wow, changing pitchers after 2.2 innings?!
2006-08-03 11:13:44
119.   yankeemonkey
116 Seriously, they said that?!
2006-08-03 11:14:02
120.   RIYank
Oh, I get it. Bring in the lefty specialist to walk Giambi on four pitches. Gotta love that.
2006-08-03 11:15:04
121.   randym77
109 I dunno if Matsui will be back soon. Sounds like Cashman isn't expecting him until September. He basically has to go through spring training all over again.
2006-08-03 11:15:21
122.   Schteeve
I don't think Tallet is any kind of specialist, lefty or otherwise. I believe he is what's known as an "innings eater."
2006-08-03 11:15:30
123.   RIYank
119 Y-monkey: asking about my hit + walk report? Yes. And now he has to face Wilson. A lefty to walk Giambi and face Wilson. (Who John S. calls 'Chris'. Oh, or 'Kris'.)
2006-08-03 11:16:15
124.   RIYank
121 Cashman said maybe late Aug., I thought.
Schteeve, good point.
2006-08-03 11:18:22
125.   rbj
121 Problem for both Matsui & Sheff is that the Clippers' season ends Labor day weekend (they aren't going to the playoffs). If they want some game action, they'll need to do it soon.
2006-08-03 11:19:05
126.   tommyl
Just got here, how is Lidle looking so far?
2006-08-03 11:19:17
127.   Chyll Will
85 Wowzers, a whole lot to learn from you.
2006-08-03 11:19:32
128.   RIYank
Mm, that's right.
Matsui I think will squeeze in a few Columbus games. Gary, I'm guessing not.
2006-08-03 11:19:58
129.   tommyl
125 But when the rosters expand they can PH a bit with the big club and get a few ABs. Not ideal, but it could help.
2006-08-03 11:20:32
130.   RIYank
126 Acceptable. They aren't hitting him at all, but he isn't throwing as many strikes as you'd like.
2006-08-03 11:21:19
131.   randym77
128 Which is probably why Sheff has been saying he doesn't need rehab games...
2006-08-03 11:21:23
132.   tommyl
130 Fine by me. Just go six, seven innings and give up 3 or fewer runs. That's all we need from a 5th starter.
2006-08-03 11:21:39
133.   pistolpete
126 Yeah, me too - is he 'Wang' 3+ innings or 'Wright' 3+ innings?
2006-08-03 11:21:48
134.   Chyll Will
126 So far it's American Lidle... 6
2006-08-03 11:22:43
135.   pistolpete
Did Kay or Flaherty just say (re: Lidle) there was 'less pressure to win here' - as in less pressure to win for the Yankees?
2006-08-03 11:23:06
136.   RIYank
He's definitely Wright 3+. Well, a little more efficient, I guess.
2006-08-03 11:23:16
137.   Sliced Bread
The Yanks could easily simulate a Clippers game for Matsui and Sheff by having them face Pavano.
2006-08-03 11:24:31
138.   tommyl
Maybe this was mentioned earlier, but what is Russo going to do? I think Cashman should call in every 5 minutes:

Russo: And now we go to Brian on his cell phone.

Brian: Told ya so, told ya so, told ya so.

Russo: Ummm...uh.....didn't I say Lidle was going to be great? I must have, I'm never wrong after all and am full of useful baseball knowledge.

2006-08-03 11:24:47
139.   seamus
wow! Lidle looks strong!
2006-08-03 11:24:48
140.   RIYank
Big K.
That's four scoreless innings in 54 pitches, so maybe that's (Wang + Wright)/2.
Certainly no complaints from Bomber fans.
2006-08-03 11:25:33
141.   RIYank
I'm sure Cashman is composing his e-mail to Mad Dog right now.
2006-08-03 11:25:33
142.   tommyl
137 LOL, that is hilarious. Of course, then Sheff will hit the ball hard at Pavano. Said ball will strike Pavano in the butt, breaking it again, then bounce back off said butt into Sheff. Its a bad idea.
2006-08-03 11:25:56
143.   sabernar
Still nothing out of the infield except the bloop single. The OFs must be getting bored.
2006-08-03 11:27:07
144.   randym77
Chacon's day is done:

5.0IP 3 hits 1 run 4BB 3SO

79 pitches (45 strikes)

Not bad. It's 3-1 Pirates, so he's given them a chance to win.

2006-08-03 11:28:27
145.   Sliced Bread
142 Plus,Pavano doesn't like to work after Labor Day. He will because he's a team player, but he'd prefer not.
2006-08-03 11:29:36
146.   justin
cashman is on espn now..
2006-08-03 11:29:43
147.   tommyl
Great AB Melky!
2006-08-03 11:29:43
148.   pistolpete
Hmm, wonder why Chacon was out after 5 - didn't look like Atlanta made any noise since the first inning...

Just says 'Grabow relieved Chacon' at the top of the 6th...

weird.

2006-08-03 11:29:53
149.   RIYank
Melky has learned The Yankee Way. Nine pitch walk.
Let's get the next reliever warming, please.
2006-08-03 11:31:26
150.   pistolpete
Let's go, Porn 'Stache - move Melky over!
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2006-08-03 11:31:51
151.   tommyl
146 Saying? Is it live or taped?
2006-08-03 11:32:14
152.   randym77
148 I think they were just playing it safe because of the extreme heat. Well, that and the way he's always in and out of jams.
2006-08-03 11:32:52
153.   tommyl
152 He was at something like 80 pitches. Probably the heat, but maybe an injury.
2006-08-03 11:32:58
154.   Shaun P
Melky's 8 SBs are really making the Blue Jays nervous, all these pickoffs.
2006-08-03 11:33:24
155.   pistolpete
152 True, but he retired the side 1-2-3 in the 5th. Perhaps the heat then...
2006-08-03 11:33:46
156.   Sliced Bread
A group of frightened day campers was just escorted from the Stadium.

They shouldn't put Fasano's mug shot up on the board during day games.

2006-08-03 11:34:27
157.   Chyll Will
142 But then Matsui will glare at them both from the batter's box, saying "Don't be a pu%@y..."
2006-08-03 11:35:35
158.   Shaun P
156 Sliced, who has the scarier Gameday pic - unfrozen caveman catcher Fasano, or earnest schoolboy Nick Green?

I say Green. He looks just a little TOO happy.

2006-08-03 11:35:56
159.   randym77
153 It wasn't an injury, from what people who were watching the game said.

He hasn't started in a long time, so perhaps they didn't want to push him too hard. He's been in our bullpen since July 4, and very rarely used there.

2006-08-03 11:36:19
160.   Schteeve
Sal Fasano looks like a catcher. The goofy facial hair, the fact that he looks like a bouncer at some sleaze ball dive bar. He's perfect.
2006-08-03 11:37:03
161.   mehmattski
156 Yeah, just noticed Green's picture. And the cockeyed D-Rays hat on top of it. It looks like they just told him he was escaping the Rays for another AAA team, the Clippers.
2006-08-03 11:38:00
162.   Schteeve
Has Johnny D been slumping a bit lately?
2006-08-03 11:38:02
163.   Sliced Bread
158 Yeah, Nick looks Broadway musical happy in that shot.
2006-08-03 11:38:57
164.   tommyl
162 Well he did hit 2 HRs in one game a few days ago.
2006-08-03 11:39:53
165.   Schteeve
164 Yeah I forgot about those.
2006-08-03 11:40:29
166.   Sliced Bread
162 Seems he's been quiet since the 2 HR game.

I was thinking the same thing about Posada last night before he started raking again.

2006-08-03 11:41:04
167.   Shaun P
BTW, in case anyone cares - through 4 full innings, the Jays have thrown 99 pitches. With the Yanks having sent 19 guys to the plate so far, that's 5 pitchers per batter. Unreal.
2006-08-03 11:41:34
168.   RichYF
The last time he hit 2 HRs in one game, did that end the hot streak he was on? It seems he's really streaky at the plate. Not necessarily a bad thing, though, as long as he gets hot when it matters...

/me thinks of 2004 ALCS slump that ...

::shudder::

eep.

2006-08-03 11:43:17
169.   RIYank
167 It would be nice to actually score against their 'pen before Speier and Ryan.
2006-08-03 11:44:41
170.   pistolpete
Oh well, there goes the shutout.
2006-08-03 11:45:29
171.   RIYank
Crud. Ryan Roberts' first ML hit.
I guess that's what Lidle does. But now let's see if he settles down.
2006-08-03 11:45:51
172.   RIYank
Uh oh.
2006-08-03 11:46:07
173.   RIYank
Big batter for Lidle.
2006-08-03 11:46:52
174.   pistolpete
I can't imagine Lidle isn't wearing down in the heat - good thing Wang went 8 last night...
2006-08-03 11:47:33
175.   RIYank
Anybody up in the bullpen?
2006-08-03 11:48:39
176.   tommyl
What happened? He was cruising along and now he can't find the strikezone.
2006-08-03 11:49:08
177.   Sliced Bread
That was a strike. Who's the ump back there? Mad Dog?
2006-08-03 11:49:16
178.   SF Yanks
Whew!
2006-08-03 11:49:23
179.   RIYank
Whew.
Gotta go to a meeting. Hang in there.
2006-08-03 11:49:27
180.   pistolpete
Let him start the 6th, get up Proctor and Myers.
2006-08-03 11:49:42
181.   tommyl
Way to get out of it! Good job Cory. That's all we needed.
2006-08-03 11:49:59
182.   Sliced Bread
Ah, Lidle survives the 5th surrendering only the solo shot. Mad Dog skulks back into his cage.
2006-08-03 11:50:20
183.   pistolpete
176 Catalanotto didn't bite at a couple close ones - he didn't look like he wanted to swing at all. I still think Lidle's fine...
2006-08-03 11:50:54
184.   pistolpete
Is Mad Dog following the action on his show?
2006-08-03 11:51:51
185.   Schteeve
I'm liking the Cory Lidle era so far.
2006-08-03 11:52:01
186.   RichYF
Well, you have to expect a little trouble here and there. It's hot and he's probably pushing it a little bit being a new club. The recovery is more important than getting out of the inning. Hopefully he can continue to show that he doesn't let things bother him.
2006-08-03 11:53:15
187.   Sliced Bread
184 Not sure. Not listening to it.
2006-08-03 11:53:55
188.   Sliced Bread
Jeter. OBP. MVP.
2006-08-03 11:53:57
189.   Schteeve
I just watched the highlight of Jete's homer last night, I love the way he flings the bat after he hits it. What a fun player to watch.
2006-08-03 11:54:26
190.   yankz
Jeter's OPS: .927. Yes, nine twenty-seven.
2006-08-03 11:55:18
191.   yankz
189 I can't seem to find video of the HR, can you post the url?
2006-08-03 11:55:47
192.   rbj
Five innings, one run. Not bad from a number five starter who was basically a throw-in in a trade. Especially in this heat.
2006-08-03 11:57:31
193.   pistolpete
188 And Abreu's always right behind him!
2006-08-03 11:57:33
194.   yankz
Jeter's stealing bases at a 92% rate this year.
2006-08-03 11:57:43
195.   Sliced Bread
Abreu. Pfft. Advances the runner again and gets on base again. Redundant! Bring us the dingers!
2006-08-03 11:57:46
196.   tommyl
And Abreu continues to hit and get on base. C'mon Alex!
2006-08-03 11:57:50
197.   RichYF
That Bobby Abreu sure lacks hustle.
2006-08-03 11:59:58
198.   justin
151 ok, i am going to try to summarize this as best as i could remember. Coz he talked about a lot of stuff. First off, I think it's live, he was sitting in the booth with Philips and Sciambi. They basically asked him about the reasonings behind each new acquisition.

On Abreu, basically what you'd expect him to say. Nothing noteworthy that I could remember

On Lidle, he said that the Yankees' 5th stater role has been struggling since the beginning of the season, and Lidle's career era in the 2nd half is about 1.7something lower than in the 1st half.

On Wilson, he said that Wilson's a very versatile player, corner OF/1b/3rd catcher, very valuable to the lineup. He also mash lefties to something like 900+ops, and also righties to something like 720+ops. (He was dropping "ops" left and right).

On Sheffield, he said that Sheff's been handling the situation "like a pro". He understands that the mission is #27. Sheff even ordered a 1b glove before Torre approached him with the idea. Cash believes there's a good chance that Sheff can play a good 1b because he used to play the left side of the infield. Cash also brought up the "If [Giambi] can play there, so can I" quote.

On the booing of Arod, again, he said Arod has been very professional about it.. Then he kind of wandered off and talked about Steinbrenner and the whole "winning tradition" and the expectation that comes with it.

On the trading of Arod, Sciambi said "even one of our espn analysts suggested the idea." Philips went, "I wonder who that might be, hahaha." Cash said that after that whole episode, he received phone calls from a bunch of teams asking if Arod was available, but of course, they never thought about moving him anywhere.

Sorry if I sounded a bit incoherent, I just tried to type down as much as I could.

2006-08-03 12:00:26
199.   randym77
191 Try here:

http://tinyurl.com/gkjqs

2006-08-03 12:00:43
200.   tommyl
A-Rod!
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2006-08-03 12:00:48
201.   SF Yanks
Does AROD get an RBI on that even if it is an error?
2006-08-03 12:00:49
202.   pistolpete
A clutch ground-into-an-error by A-Rod!
2006-08-03 12:01:30
203.   rbj
198 Thanks.
2006-08-03 12:02:37
204.   tommyl
Not pretty but we'll take it.
2006-08-03 12:02:38
205.   RichYF
I love it when Giambi goes 1-1 with 3 BBs. Hopefully that day off was good for him.
2006-08-03 12:02:52
206.   rbj
201 I think so, unless the throw was to home, because the run would have scored anyway (?)

I may be way off base here, though.

2006-08-03 12:05:23
207.   RichYF
Who said

"I love it when it says, Pitch 1 - In play, run scoring play?"

Not sure what Melky did, but that's music to my ears, or eyes.

2006-08-03 12:05:23
208.   pistolpete
Wow, Fasano with the wheels!
2006-08-03 12:05:25
209.   rbj
And the Melkman delivers again.
2006-08-03 12:05:51
210.   yankz
199 Thanks
2006-08-03 12:06:27
211.   pistolpete
207 Melky's hit was a little looper over and off the glove of the shortstop and into left field.

One run scored, more if the ball had been hit harder.

2006-08-03 12:06:47
212.   Sliced Bread
Fasano, check swing dink to the pitcher, runner's out at home, throw to first...
Sal's safe! and he left a trail of pizza crumbs so he can find his way back.
2006-08-03 12:06:51
213.   SF Yanks
206 Gameday didn't give him one... so I don't think so.
2006-08-03 12:07:47
214.   randym77
Melky hit one that just got over Hill's glove. If he was an inch taller, he'd have caught it. He leaped, and did actually put leather on it, but couldn't catch it.
2006-08-03 12:12:34
215.   seamus
Lidle still looks pretty good, despite Glaus advancing on the K
2006-08-03 12:13:29
216.   Bama Yankee
Hey, SF Yanks that was not an aftershock you just felt, it was Big Sal rumbling down to first last inning...
2006-08-03 12:13:30
217.   RichYF
215 He did that on purpose. He plans on getting 4 Ks this inning. All part of the master plan.
2006-08-03 12:15:48
218.   pistolpete
DP! Someone get Russo on the horn...
2006-08-03 12:17:07
219.   rbj
Well done, Corey. (who'd probably well done himself). A quality start.
2006-08-03 12:17:11
220.   RichYF
By 4 Ks I meant 2 Ks and 1 GIDP. Clearly a typo. I'll leave the fortune telling to Kornheiser.
2006-08-03 12:18:09
221.   pistolpete
218 Heheheh- MD just went to break after screaming at a caller, and direct quote: "this is going to continue because I'm getting annoyed, bottom 6, 5-1 Yanks...back after this"
2006-08-03 12:19:18
222.   Schteeve
I don't understand these bullpen guys who all decide they have to look like each other, clearly Schoenweis is trying to look like Ryan. It's so goony.
2006-08-03 12:20:20
223.   seamus
cano went 2-5 today in a rehab start at DH!
2006-08-03 12:22:54
224.   SF Yanks
216 If that was him running, what happens when he falls down... better run for cover.
2006-08-03 12:22:59
225.   yankaholic
223 why was he DHing
2006-08-03 12:23:31
226.   Sliced Bread
Major Bloomberg and other city officials are holding a news conference at this moment urging NYers to conserve energy.

Pavano, who was listening in on his Walkman, almost fell out of his hammock in Monument Park he was laughing so hard.

Easy big fella. Conserve.

2006-08-03 12:23:48
227.   seamus
225 break him in gradually. couple of games at DH before playing in the field.
2006-08-03 12:24:15
228.   Schteeve
226 Pavano needs to get an iPod.
2006-08-03 12:24:19
229.   yankaholic
228 oh.. makes sense.. thx
2006-08-03 12:24:39
230.   SF Yanks
223 Excellent.
2006-08-03 12:25:13
231.   Schteeve
I like it when the Indians are winning because Stuart Scott gets to say, "Who got the vibe it's the Tribe ya'll."
2006-08-03 12:25:56
232.   yankaholic
229.. meant 227 not 228...
2006-08-03 12:26:05
233.   Schteeve
Abreu is what would happen if Jeter and Giambi produced offspring.
2006-08-03 12:26:31
234.   SF Yanks
On Fyea!
2006-08-03 12:27:08
235.   Sliced Bread
226 iClod

A-Rod getting the I-walk! seemingly for the first time since Sheff went down.

2006-08-03 12:28:21
236.   rbj
Giambi's already hit one three run homer today, you want to put him in position to do it again?
2006-08-03 12:28:23
237.   Schteeve
who are we going to make fun of if iPav finally comes back?
2006-08-03 12:28:35
238.   RichYF
233 Somehow I don't doubt that. He's got the color, the build, the hair, the lefty bat, it just goes on and on...
2006-08-03 12:28:54
239.   Sliced Bread
Giambi drives it to the warning track in dead center.. gr double
2006-08-03 12:28:56
240.   pistolpete
233 OMG, that's the comment of the day - he's got Giambi's upper body and Jeter's skin tone!
2006-08-03 12:29:04
241.   yankz
This is getting ridiculous. Patience doesn't slump much, and it pays off.
2006-08-03 12:29:07
242.   Schteeve
Jam-Bee!
2006-08-03 12:29:14
243.   RichYF
HOW MUCH DO I LOVE IT WHEN IT SAYS

Pitch 1 - In play, run scoring play

2006-08-03 12:29:43
244.   Bama Yankee
224 LOL
BTW, we had a magnitude 4.9 earthquake down here in Fort Payne, Alabama 3 years ago. It happened at 4am and scared me to death (all it did was shake pictures off the wall, but it was still scary nonetheless). I don't see how you guys live with that out there in Calif. We get tornados all the time, but at least you know they're coming.
2006-08-03 12:29:44
245.   randym77
Almost another homer for Giambi.

Man, Wilson is so pale he almost glows in the dark. Did they never let him play day games in Pittsburgh?

2006-08-03 12:29:51
246.   RichYF
Okay going home from work, hold down the fort for me guys.
2006-08-03 12:30:39
247.   pistolpete
7-1, Wilson does mash lefties - how about that.

Damn, Mo's going to get rusty if this keeps up.

2006-08-03 12:30:40
248.   yankaholic
237 we have Sturtze..
2006-08-03 12:30:45
249.   Schteeve
240 Plus his stats are similar to Jeter's in terms of OBP, HR and RBIs and he sees a million pitches per at bat like Giambi. He's like Mini-Jeteambi
2006-08-03 12:30:53
250.   pistolpete
Meant 8-1. D'oh.
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2006-08-03 12:30:56
251.   Simone
Wow! I had no idea that the game was on ESPN. Abreu, Lidle and Wilson making contributions. I love it!
2006-08-03 12:30:58
252.   rbj
Anyone think it is safe for Ponson to pitch the seventh inning?

Anyone?

Hello, is this thing on?

2006-08-03 12:31:02
253.   Sliced Bread
Wilson! Opposite field double. 8-1.
2006-08-03 12:31:14
254.   yankz
Yup, he mashes lefties.

Giambi scored from 2nd on a single? Hooray Speed!

2006-08-03 12:32:56
255.   Chofo
With the Jeter-Abreu-Arod-Giambi order that 6th man in the order will always hit with men on.
2006-08-03 12:33:26
256.   tommyl
Proctor?! Proctor? Does he need work?
2006-08-03 12:34:03
257.   rbj
245 Maybe Abreu could give him some color.

244 I got woken up one time in Portland Oregon by a 5.3 earthquake, it went on for about 15-20 seconds. As it was 5:30 in the morning, I turned over and went back to sleep. Unless it's real bad, you just get used to them.

2006-08-03 12:34:32
258.   Schteeve
Joe thought Proctor's right arm was starting to look a little too cocky.
2006-08-03 12:34:43
259.   yankaholic
Gameday showed Lidle at 80 pitches.. why take him out.. heat exhaustion?? or Joe loves Proc in at this time??
2006-08-03 12:35:03
260.   SF Yanks
244 A tornado would scare ME to death... a product of where you live I guess. Quakes rarely happen though.
2006-08-03 12:35:46
261.   seamus
mlbtv is so dense.
2006-08-03 12:36:28
262.   Schteeve
Actually according to ESPN.com Proctor has only pitched an inning and a third in the last 8 or 9 days. Is that for real?
2006-08-03 12:36:43
263.   seamus
mlb.tv went to commercial screen after proctor's 1st pitch. not sure if i'll ever get it back.
2006-08-03 12:36:46
264.   mehmattski
Um, up by 6 runs in the 7th inning, about to finish a sweep. If that's not a time to bring in the last guy in the bullpen (Ponson), I don't know what is. Poor Scott Proctor. He needs a hug. And not from Harold Reynolds.
2006-08-03 12:38:12
265.   mehmattski
263 That happens to me every so often. I just ctrl-R it and everything comes back okay. I cannot describe how mlb.tv is NOT worth $15/mo. I'm sharing it with a friend, so $7.50/mo makes a little sense. But still, what terrible service.
2006-08-03 12:38:25
266.   Schteeve
Yeah since he got knocked around on the 26th at Texas he's only made one appearance (Tuesday night.) I'm fine bringing him in here.
2006-08-03 12:38:35
267.   tommyl
Is Roberts a lowball hitter?
2006-08-03 12:39:34
268.   markp
No Ponson in a blow-out tells me he shouldn't be on the staff.
2006-08-03 12:40:09
269.   seamus
265 came back in time for that last pop up. only thing is, without mlb-tv, i cannot get yankees games.
2006-08-03 12:40:44
270.   Schteeve
268 Ponson will be reserved for a throw away game in which the starter gets shelled early. He's also a guy who Joe can start late in the season if we have the luxury of "setting the rotation."
2006-08-03 12:43:02
271.   mehmattski
269 Me either, other than the occasional game on TV, though I remember you said you don't have cable. What REALLY chaps my ass about it is that Durham, NC is somehow in the Orioles' "sphere of influence." So on top of the Fox blackouts, that's another 18 games a year I can't get, because only about a quarter of O's games are on here on FoxSouth. Plus I have a Mac and so I can't get mlb.tv to show bigger than their default size. Ugh.
2006-08-03 12:43:06
272.   Bama Yankee
260 Yeah, tornados are pretty scary. But they usually give you enough warning to take cover. I never thought I would ever have to experience an earthquake in Alabama (most people did not even know what it was when it happened).
257 Man there was no going back to sleep for me that morning... I thought the house was coming down (it lasted for about 30 seconds). I hope I never have to go throught that again.
2006-08-03 12:44:56
273.   Schteeve
Thow strikes Scotty.
2006-08-03 12:47:22
274.   Shaun P
Could Proctor possibly throw any more pitches there? Trying to get a few days' worth of work crammed into one inning, Scotty?
2006-08-03 12:47:28
275.   seamus
271 yeah, i'm also on Mac. the black out stuff is annoying.
2006-08-03 12:49:04
276.   randym77
Lidle was starting to struggle, so I'm all right with pulling in, especially in this heat.

Proctor's stuff was pretty good. He really is a different pitcher when he's not used every day.

2006-08-03 12:49:13
277.   pistolpete
Jeez, Catalonotto is punishing Scotty in the heat...
2006-08-03 12:50:15
278.   yankeemonkey
Throwing almost 30 pitches without giving up a run or even a hit? Not so good.
2006-08-03 12:50:20
279.   tommyl
That was a lot of pitches for ESP
2006-08-03 12:51:22
280.   tommyl
271 What browser are you using? Safari?
2006-08-03 12:53:19
281.   seamus
280 you didn't ask me but i'm using safari. i found it works better withmlb-tv for me than firefox or IE (even though safari isn't "supported").
2006-08-03 12:53:51
282.   tommyl
281 Just wondering if Firefox would let you change the size?
2006-08-03 12:54:21
283.   Javi Javi
271 you can get a full screen view, but you have to use safari and have windows media player installed and set to play as a stand-alone player, instead of embedded in the browser.
2006-08-03 12:55:52
284.   mehmattski
280 Yeah, though I've tried it with Firefox and a (very old) version of IE. None of them give me the buttons below the video like on Windows, where I can pause, change it into a spreadsheet, or expand the video to full screen. Since Microsoft doesn't make Windows Explorer for Mac anymore, I've been using a third party program (Flip4Mac) to deal with .wmv files and streams. It works pretty well except with mlb.tv. And it didn't work real well before I got the third party program. Last year, mlb.tv had the option of choosing WMP or RealPlayer, and I chose the latter, which worked much better. I don't know why its only WMP this year. Any suggestions?
2006-08-03 12:57:03
285.   mehmattski
284 By "windows explorer" i meant media player
2006-08-03 12:58:00
286.   randym77
Yeek. Ponson warming.
2006-08-03 12:58:16
287.   Javi Javi
271284 you can still download WMP from microsoft, althought they do not support it anymore. It works fine for full screen view. I would not say it works great (lots of buffering, freezing frames, but, better than gameday!)
2006-08-03 12:59:11
288.   mehmattski
283 Hmm, I'll try that. Flip4Mac, the WMP portal I've been using, has the option to open .wmv files in Quicktime, where I'd imagine they'd be resizable. The problem is it would have to do it for EVERY video, which gets kind of annoying.

Anyone else have the problem when you first load the video, it blinks too much to see, but if you click another window and then back its fine?

2006-08-03 13:00:35
289.   tommyl
Hey Kyle, strike zone, up a little.
2006-08-03 13:00:46
290.   Sliced Bread
This just in from ESPN: MLB officials urge the Cleveland Indians to surrender tonight's game versus the Boston Red Sox. The Indians are said to be "seriously considering" this proposal due to the team's inability to, you know, win a damn game.
2006-08-03 13:01:58
291.   ChrisS
Damn, the 8,9, & 1 slots are having a horrible day today.

They're just embarassing themselves out there.

2006-08-03 13:03:19
292.   tommyl
Wait, Farnsworth to Jeter to Green for one out. Huh?!
2006-08-03 13:03:27
293.   mehmattski
290 Yanks and Sox winning would lead to the third straight morning of Neil Everret and Scott Van Pelt saying "percentage points," followed by me stabbing my own eardrums.
2006-08-03 13:03:41
294.   tommyl
Oh no, who is hurt?!
2006-08-03 13:04:47
295.   randym77
Farnsy tried to field a ball with his bare hand, and hurt it. He's been pulled.

Ponson to the rescue?

2006-08-03 13:06:17
296.   tommyl
295 How bad? He bruised it and available tomorrow? or he broke it and out for the season?
2006-08-03 13:06:39
297.   seamus
288 I also have flip4mac installed and tried the quicktime option but it really screws up the feed. I guess because it adds another processing step of the feed, it gets even more blurry and full screen stinks far worse than it dead iwth Realplayer last year. I think this is all a result of microsoft trying to corner the market.
2006-08-03 13:09:46
298.   randym77
The ball deflected off Farnsy's hand. Jeter got it, and threw it to Green. No time to get the runner at 1B.

Sir Sidney is in.

Farnsy didn't seem seriously hurt. They could have pulled him just to be safe.

2006-08-03 13:10:45
299.   Paul in Boston
Owning both Macs and PCs, I find it annoying that I can't use mlb.com "gameday audio" on the mac. I can't get the flip4mac program to work on mhy intel mac, at least couldn't a few weeks ago.
2006-08-03 13:11:37
300.   sabernar
299 did the new flip come out this week or something?
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2006-08-03 13:13:16
301.   Schteeve
Seems like a good time to bring Ryan in. Huh?
2006-08-03 13:13:47
302.   Bama Yankee
Earthquakes and Macs, nothing like an 8 to 1 lead...
2006-08-03 13:14:15
303.   tommyl
301 Since they've lost 7 of 9 (about to be 8 of 10) I would imagine he's been pretty rested. Who cares the Jays are out of this race unless they go on a tremendous winning streak.
2006-08-03 13:14:43
304.   mehmattski
300 I just installed an update a couple days ago. At first I couldn't get it to work with mlb.tv, but then I realized I had to restart Safari. Now it works just as well as before (which is a shade above Womackian).
2006-08-03 13:17:08
305.   yankaholic
303 just hope that they put their usual dent on the boston f**way park..
2006-08-03 13:18:40
306.   tommyl
305 Hey they're due. Boston has to be quaking in their sux right now. We have exploded out of the gate since the all-star break and with these trades we're strong. Throw in that Cano, Sheffsui and Dotel will be coming up and we are looking to be very, very good.
2006-08-03 13:21:32
307.   Bama Yankee
Anyone who's watching the YES feed think that Ponson and Lidle will go out for ice cream after the game?
2006-08-03 13:22:21
308.   SF Yanks
307 What about Fasano?
2006-08-03 13:24:07
309.   Bama Yankee
308 Yeah, he'll be there too...
2006-08-03 13:24:26
310.   Sliced Bread
Yank-ees pitch-ing!

4 runs for the Jays this series.

2006-08-03 13:24:37
311.   randym77
Reed Johnson sure is pesky. He worked a walk after ten pitches against Proctor last time. Then he hits a double against Ponson.

All for naught, though. Yankees win.

2006-08-03 13:26:04
312.   tommyl
Any word on Farnsy?
2006-08-03 13:26:08
313.   Bama Yankee
Yankees Win, Ice Cream for everybody...
2006-08-03 13:27:43
314.   Javi Javi
309 Sal wants an Italian ice.
2006-08-03 13:32:27
315.   Alex Belth
Give Sal a canoli and he'll be straight.
2006-08-03 13:35:02
316.   randym77
Nice day for Lidle, Abreu and Wilson.

And Chacon got the win for Pittsburgh, so they can't complain, either.

2006-08-03 13:38:04
317.   Sliced Bread
Nice sweep. Taking the kids to Carvel to celebrate. Fudgie The Ponson's for everybody.
2006-08-03 13:39:53
318.   yankaholic
Appropriate game title.. as Chris Russo will be biting his tongue after the Lidle performance today
2006-08-03 13:40:42
319.   Simone
Good win! Lots of ice cream, but no beer for Sir Sidney.

Chacon will be solid in the NL.

2006-08-03 13:50:18
320.   randym77
They think Farnsy will be available tomorrow. Torre said he wanted to stay in, but given the score, they saw no reason to let him.
2006-08-03 13:57:34
321.   tommyl
320 Phew! Thanks. Great news. Fortunately, I predict we won't need him tomorrow as we'll be up by a ton of runs come the 8th.
2006-08-03 14:12:15
322.   Cliff Corcoran
Gotta share this from Peter Abraham in his comments:

"Scouts get fired and rehired someplace else all the time. Since Cashman got more juice last October there have been a number of changes in the organization.

If the Yankees go deep in the playoffs, you can bet there will be more firings because Cashman will have even more power.

As Steinbrenner concedes more duties to his son-in-law, you'll see a lot of the glad-handers in Tampa (or "boot-licking toadies" as the Post called them earlier this season) run out of the organization.

At this point, Cashman is Michael Corleone. You're either with him or you're Moe Green on the massage table."

Cash as Michael Corleone, Big Stein as the Godfadda, that works pretty darn well.

2006-08-03 14:41:29
323.   Schteeve
Cliff do I sense that your man crush on Andy Phillips is waning and being tranferred to the dreamy Mr. Cashman? ;)

I can't blame you if it is, the guy is the MVnP this year.

2006-08-03 15:15:37
324.   hensley
FWIW, They're saying in Boston that they got Javy Lopez for sure.

http://tinyurl.com/mq87e

2006-08-03 15:24:24
325.   pistolpete
Jeez, they have to go out and get Javy Lopez when 'Tek' goes on the 15-day DL...?

Pussies. ;-)

2006-08-03 15:30:10
326.   rbj
317 Fudgie the Ponson, LOL. Haven't had Carvel in years. I used to get one of their ice cream cakes every year for my birthday.

And I think Chris did not embarrass himself.

Now, off to Va. Beach for a week.

2006-08-03 15:40:40
327.   Simone
Unless I missed the bad news in any earlier post, Peter Abramham is reporting in his blog,

"Matsui was not cleared to start batting practice, which comes as a surprise given how confident he was last night. The Yankees still believe he could return by September but playing in August is now pretty much out of the question."

http://www.lohud.com/blogs/lohudyankees.html

Lucky thing Cash got Abreu.

2006-08-03 15:51:57
328.   standuptriple
325 All I'm sayin' is if you're gonna trade WITHIN THE DIVISION, you better be getting some nice piece(s) back. Unless they're just following the regular M.O. (screw the Yankees, whatever the cost). Plus, how desperate are the Sox for catching? Now, I'm no doctor, but I think there is no way Tek is back in 3 weeks. Try 5-6...if that. The short recovery time was BS to limit the jumpers in Beantown. BTW, is there any team is baseball that religiously hands out more misinformation than the Sox?
2006-08-03 16:31:00
329.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Sawx are most welcome to Lopez.

The dude has a .726 ops this season.

Oh wait, the Sawx actually want him to catch?!? Giggle snort.

BP Rate behind the plate this season -- 85! in only 21 games. (After last season's 92 RATE in 75 games looks the Orioles realized the guy was a dh and a poor one at that.)

The Orioles brass must be laughing their asses off. They just dumped what? 4 million in salary for the rest of the season on a below avg hitter who can't catch.

2006-08-03 17:48:12
330.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Home Run Josh Beckett up to his old trix. Two homers in one inning, one a granny.

That;s 31 on the season for ya'lkl counting at home.

Wonder how the idiot Indians will blow this one.

2006-08-03 17:52:20
331.   RIYank
Tribe drops six on Beckett in the sixth and he's lucky to get out that easy. With a man on first Aaron Boone just lined into an unassisted DP.
Probably nobody but you and me reading this, Y. F. in Chi.
2006-08-03 17:53:02
332.   Max
I'm loving Beckett continuing to give up the long balls, but it's sad when even a six run inning is no guarantee that the game is Carmona-proof.
2006-08-03 17:53:24
333.   Simone
You know that Cleveland would need a 12 run lead to win this game. LOL! So nobody get your hopes up.
2006-08-03 17:54:09
334.   Simone
On a more positive note, the Red Sox pitching is just dreadful.
2006-08-03 17:58:30
335.   seamus
Becket is definitely in the running for the cy young...
2006-08-03 18:02:02
336.   RIYank
Beckett is getting some competition from Westbrook, who loads the bases with nobody out. Huckaby gidp, then Youk singles, the Loretta out. Two run lead now.
2006-08-03 18:02:02
337.   Ron Burgundy
Nice to see ESPN's April pick for Cy Young getting clown-fucked into a 5.00 ERA. I wonder how the Baby Chiefs will blow this game. Oh my God, these idiots should be going for a 4-game sweep right now. We should be 4 games up by the end of this night! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!! I hate the Indians.
2006-08-03 18:03:25
338.   RIYank
Kyle Snyder replaces Josh Beckett. Last time Snyder was good for... three shutout innings? Four?
2006-08-03 18:14:28
339.   Ron Burgundy
He just loaded the bases for that other young Sawx "phenom" with an astronomical ERA. All these phenoms the Sawx have...while we have a dried up farm with loser scrubs (some of which have graduated to the ML) like Cano, Melky, Hughes, Gardner, Tabata, Duncan, and Clippard.
2006-08-03 18:23:28
340.   RIYank
So, naturally, Craig Hansen comes in and Casey Blake gidp to end the inning with no runs.

Can't believe they haven't blown the game open.

2006-08-03 18:27:31
341.   randym77
Newsday blog today says Wang is the Yanks' ace, and "if he continues, it won't be long before you start hearing his name in Cy Young talks."
2006-08-03 18:30:15
342.   Ron Burgundy
Anyone notice Jeter is leading MLB in VORP?
2006-08-03 18:36:08
343.   Stormer Sports
Here come the Sox...uhg!

Yea, remember the Sox couldn't make a trade and thwart their "long term plan" for all these youngsters. Theo Thero Theo, thank you for being a pussy, thank you so much.

2006-08-03 18:36:39
344.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Bah I don't see Rick Vaugh in their bullpen so I assume the Indians will be screwed again.
2006-08-03 18:37:47
345.   Stormer Sports
Looks like they will win it in the 8th tonight, not the 9th.
2006-08-03 18:38:28
346.   Stormer Sports
"strategical?"
2006-08-03 18:40:37
347.   RIYank
This would be funny if it weren't so infuriating.

But no problem, Jason Davis is warming up.

2006-08-03 18:41:02
348.   Ron Burgundy
344 Ricky Vaughn is on the 60-Day DL with a severely strained dorsal ego.
2006-08-03 18:42:15
349.   Ron Burgundy
Bah, they're within one...
Third time in 4 games Indians would've had a lead in the 8th inning and blown it.
2006-08-03 18:42:51
350.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
343 even as Theo the Great was feeding the minions that line he was floating Lester, Hansen, et al for any overpriced vet he could think of.

Dirty little secret is that anyone of any talent, possible exception of the 2b kid at Pawtucket, in the Sawx organization is already in the bigs. Who else do they have?

To have a youth movement, you actually have to have youth.

Meanwhile they traded most of their young talent last offseason for Josh "5.00 era, 31 homers" Beckett and Coco Crisp.

Think they'd rather have Hanley Ramirez, Sanchez, and Shoppach now then those 2?

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2006-08-03 18:42:53
351.   RIYank
Come on, folks, the Indians still have a one run lead. I'm pretty sure they can hold it.
2006-08-03 18:43:42
352.   Simone
What exactly does an Indian pitching coach do? Why do they bother even having one?

Eventually, the finger pointing for the Indians constant failures is going to be directed at Shapiro where it rightly belongs.

2006-08-03 18:44:57
353.   Stormer Sports
And he is going to walk Ortiz to the plate, Jesus Christ!

Wow, he got out of it. I feel for Westbrook.

2006-08-03 18:45:12
354.   RIYank
There, see?
The bottom of the ninth will be interesting.
2006-08-03 18:47:53
355.   RIYank
Interesting, Tito calls for Timlin. Yesterday he called on Papelbon in the same situation.
2006-08-03 18:47:53
356.   Max
So, do you walk Ortiz to lead off the ninth?

I have to say that this Sox series has been incredibly amusing...they've been outplayed and their pitching battered, but the Tribe relief turns everything upside down. Seeing Wedge pull an Al Leiter with Westbrook because he has no options is so sad it's funny.

2006-08-03 18:48:08
357.   Stormer Sports
Boone still gets booed, that's too funny.
2006-08-03 18:48:49
358.   RIYank
356 No, you can't do that. Not really. God, it's tempting.
2006-08-03 18:52:43
359.   ric
what color toenail polish are you ladies using tonight?
2006-08-03 18:53:08
360.   Stormer Sports
Ortiz doesn't even lead the sox in Avg WRISP. Objects in Fenway are less "clutch" than they appear on ESPN.
2006-08-03 18:53:50
361.   Stormer Sports
359

Your Mom's.

2006-08-03 18:55:55
362.   3rd gen yankee fan
356 I'd walk him. Set up the DP. Better than him exercising his clutchness with a tie HR.
2006-08-03 18:56:36
363.   David
Randy Johnson is now the Yanks' #5 starter.
2006-08-03 18:58:55
364.   Simone
Davis has a 4.82 ERA. Incredible.
2006-08-03 18:59:01
365.   RIYank
Jason Davis, 1.5 WHIP, zero saves (as we know, nobody on staff has any saves).
2006-08-03 18:59:14
366.   Bama Yankee
359 Hey ric, your team is in another dogfight with the mighty Tribe and you are checking out a Yankees blog???
2006-08-03 19:03:25
367.   pistolpete
Boy that's annoying as sh!t the way Ortiz walks off the field appearing as if he thinks he deserved a HR, regardless of where the ball was hit...
2006-08-03 19:04:28
368.   Ron Burgundy
Too close for comfort there...
2006-08-03 19:05:04
369.   ric
i actually have the unique ability to watch tv and a laptop at the same time. besides the tribe is a run scoring machine..... im just busting your balls anyway.
2006-08-03 19:05:28
370.   3rd gen yankee fan
368 I'll take it.
2006-08-03 19:05:46
371.   randym77
361 Red Sox trolls don't have mothers. They reproduce by fission, like bacteria.

I'd never walk Ortiz. Plunk him maybe, but not walk him. ;)

2006-08-03 19:06:27
372.   pistolpete
YES. Sole possession, baby!
2006-08-03 19:06:37
373.   randym77
Cleveland holds. It's a miracle...
2006-08-03 19:06:50
374.   Bama Yankee
Doug Mirabelli, the Anti-Papi
2006-08-03 19:06:57
375.   seamus
Ortiz deserved that HR because it left the infield and the pitcher stinks!
2006-08-03 19:07:25
376.   Eirias
No Phillips!
2006-08-03 19:07:32
377.   3rd gen yankee fan
Holy sh*t. They won.
2006-08-03 19:08:08
378.   3rd gen yankee fan
Oh happy day!!!!!!
2006-08-03 19:08:30
379.   ric
enjoy the lead while it lasts.... but don't stay up too late chatting ladies, remember, you have school tomorrow morning.
2006-08-03 19:08:57
380.   Bama Yankee
372 Two game lead in the loss column
2006-08-03 19:08:58
381.   Simone
Damn. What were the odds that the Indians would win? I'm shocked.
2006-08-03 19:09:43
382.   mikeplugh
369 I think the point was not whether you can do two things at once, but rather why you are checking in on Yankee fans during a Red Sox game. Obsessed? Jealous?

I posted a little thought on Chris Russo and Bobby Abreu over at Canyon of Heroes just now. I didn't know that Cliffy had also taken on Russo at BB. Seems like the world hates the Mad Dog these days. He deserves the abuse, unlike his job. Actually, he's done WFAN a favor by spouting off his idiotic mouth to get attention for the program. Yankee fans are up in arms, and he's the talk of the town. Whatever.

I'd rather be a small fish with integrity...

2006-08-03 19:10:08
383.   Ron Burgundy
Hey look ESPN, we take 1st place. I guess it's time for the funeral march music, eh assholes?
2006-08-03 19:10:08
384.   marc
most phenomenal bottom of the 9th I 've ever seen. Nothing happened
2006-08-03 19:12:46
385.   Ron Burgundy
Why is the guy "ric" not somehow blocked? What is this? This is (was) one of the few places where I could go and not have trolls masturbate all over a discussion.
2006-08-03 19:12:52
386.   randym77
374 I guess that's why they're trading for Javy Lopez. Though I'm not sure he's much better, these days.
2006-08-03 19:14:04
387.   randym77
385 We get plenty of Red Sox trolls here. Though usually after the Sox win, not after they lose.
2006-08-03 19:15:33
388.   Eirias
I realize Beckett is probably nowhere near it, but does anyone know the single-season record for home-runs allowed?
2006-08-03 19:16:40
389.   Bama Yankee
I guess ric has moved on to a Mets blog to see what they are saying about Pedro and he'll probably cry himself to sleep tonight between his Nomar sheets...
2006-08-03 19:16:57
390.   mikeplugh
Burt Blyleven - 50 in 1986
2006-08-03 19:17:19
391.   Ron Burgundy
386 He has a .726 OPS, with a .314 OBP and .412 SLG to be exact. That's pathetc. But at least they go back to the "performance" level they had with Varitek.
2006-08-03 19:18:16
392.   mikeplugh
Blyleven also allowed 46 in 1987 for 3rd place. 2nd place is Jose Lima at 48 HR allowed in 2000.
2006-08-03 19:18:44
393.   Eirias
Ahh, Lima Time!
2006-08-03 19:19:39
394.   rabid stan
385 It's up to our gracious host Ken Arneson to lock anybody out, as I understand it.

Ric isn't so bad as trolls go. I can't believe he's killing your buzz tonight.

Buck up. Yanks win, Sox lose.

2006-08-03 19:20:40
395.   Bama Yankee
388 I think Bert Blyleven gave up 50 in 1986
2006-08-03 19:21:27
396.   pistolpete
379 Thanks for keeping first place warm for us, fellas - but have your things out by tomorrow & don't come back.
2006-08-03 19:22:27
397.   Bama Yankee
390 You beat me to it Mike. But, hey, aren't you in the future??? You have an advantage.
2006-08-03 19:22:42
398.   randym77
A few weeks ago, the Boston Globe had an article saying Beckett was on pace to break all records for homers given up. He was on pace to give up 69, or some such ridiculous number. Dunno if that's still true.
2006-08-03 19:24:20
399.   mikeplugh
395 Yes, and in the future Josh Beckett gives up 51 HR this year! ;)

Oops. Sorry to spoil the ending for you.

2006-08-03 19:27:32
400.   Bama Yankee
399 Don't tell ric, he might just fall off the Red Sox bandwagon...
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2006-08-03 19:27:44
401.   randym77
398 Here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/zayn9

>>Barring injury, Beckett is on pace to shatter Tim Wakefield's club record of 38 in 1996. The major league record is 50, yielded by Minnesota righty Bert Blyleven in 1986. Blyleven needed 271 2/3 innings to give up the 50 bombs. Beckett's projection over 271 2/3 innings comes to a whopping 64 homers.<<

2006-08-03 19:30:42
402.   seamus
271 2/3 innings? Was he in Torre's bullpen?
2006-08-03 19:30:46
403.   Bama Yankee
Blyleven had a nasty curveball, but when he would hang it...ouch!
2006-08-03 19:31:13
404.   Ron Burgundy
402 When in Rome...
2006-08-03 19:32:12
405.   Bama Yankee
402 Good one, seamus
2006-08-03 19:33:39
406.   bobtaco
Andrew Jones has been put on waivers... he gets 10 and 5 rights on Aug 15th.

significant?

2006-08-03 19:38:01
407.   Ron Burgundy
406 I don't like Jones. He's an enormous fat-ass. To think he once was an incredibly atheltic CF. He still is, but would've been so much more if he had just stayed off the buritos.
2006-08-03 19:42:53
408.   Max
The NESN guys (Eck and Caron) were pretty funny in talking about Westbrook being hung out to dry in the eighth and somehow surviving. Guess it's the first time in 18 years that someone has given up 15 hits in a game and won.
2006-08-03 19:45:05
409.   mikeplugh
I have to think that someone will take a chance on Jones. The Sox probably should at this point. They did nothing at the deadline and their season is starting to slip away.

He's still better than Coco Crisp.

I would have to think that someone below the Sox will take a chance on him though.

2006-08-03 19:46:37
410.   randym77
Just because he's on waivers doesn't mean he'll be traded. I bet he stays with the Braves.
2006-08-03 19:48:23
411.   mikeplugh
410 True, but he'd have an impact if someone tried. Unlikely to be dealt though. You're right. Manny was in a similar situation a few years back. Bet the Sox are glad no one wanted that huge contract.
2006-08-03 19:59:18
412.   Yu-Hsing Chen
The White Sox/ Red Sox might be interested, though they are around last in the waiver order for him...
2006-08-03 20:02:24
413.   RIYank
I don't believe the Braves will actually let him be claimed, so it's irrelevant who's where in the order. It would be insane to let Andruw Jones go for nothing. He's the best outfielder in baseball, and they have him under contract next year.
They want him to clear, then they'll trade him to the highest bidder, I figure.
2006-08-03 20:17:15
414.   Yu-Hsing Chen
411 Mike, but I would think a player of his caliber and the timing of this trade (And the relative urgency for the two parties) will mean that whoever does try to get Jones will need to throw up a hell of a package.
2006-08-03 21:37:16
415.   Stormer Sports
He would pe perfect for Anaheim or Oakland, although Oakland would never pay those dollars. Anaheim should overpay and take the West.
2006-08-04 01:01:57
416.   yankz
Derek Jeter, VORP Leader. http://tinyurl.com/h8lat

Courtesy nomaas.

WOW. What a year for the captain.

2006-08-04 01:05:43
417.   yankz
Also, all people old enough should check out the Torre video on nomaas (rated NC-17 for profanity). Quite different from the calm Torre we see today (or is it?)
2006-08-04 04:04:07
418.   GoingDeep
That Torre video Nomaas is absolute Gold.
2006-08-04 05:01:25
419.   Sliced Bread
418 That has to be a Major League record for the most "That's Fu@kin' Bullsh*t!s" in a single tirade. Vintage Joe.

416 VORP = Value Over Red Papi. Derek Jeter, 2006 AL MVP, nothing more to discuss here.

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