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Yankees 6, Tigers 5
2007-03-05 21:49
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Right fielder Bronson Sardinha, the only Yankee to play the entire game, smacked high fastball from ex-Yank Felix "The Run Fairy" Heredia over the wall in right for a a two-run game-winning homer to extend the Yankees' perfect spring record to 5-0.

Lineup:

L - Johnny Damon (CF)
R - Derek Jeter (SS)
L - Jason Giambi (DH)
R - Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L - Hideki Matsui (LF)
S - Jorge Posada (C)
L - Robinson Cano (2B)
L - Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
L - Bronson Sardinha (RF)

Pitchers: Kei Igawa, Jeff Kennard, Mariano Rivera, Steven Jackson, Chris Britton, Tyler Clippard, Scott Proctor, Ron Villone

Subs: Josh Phelps (1B), Chris Basak (2B), Alberto Gonzalez (PR/SS), Miguel Cairo (3B), Ben Davis (C), Kevin Thompson (CF), Kevin Reese (LF), Juan Miranda (DH), Melky Cabrera (PH), Brett Gardner (PR)

Opposition: All but two of the defending AL Champion's starters.

Big Hits: Sardinha's walk-off blast (his only hit in four at-bats), a two-run homer by Hideki Matsui (1 for 3) off Justin Verlanderm, and a two-out, full-count double by Kevin Thompson (2 for 2, the other hit a bunt single) off Joel Zumaya. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter both went 2 for 3.

Who Pitched Well: Mariano Rivera worked a perfect third inning in his spring debut, striking out the first two batters he faced and getting a weak hopper back to the mound from the third. Tyler Clippard, also making his spring debut, hit Brent Cleven in the back of the helmet with a two-out 3-2 pitch and was having trouble getting his curve to drop into the zone in the next at-bat, resulting in a couple of high inside pitches to Brandon Inge and some boos from the Tiger fans in attendance, but he otherwise looked powerful and in command, retiring Inge and the other five batters he faced with relative ease. Scott Proctor looked sharp while working a perfect eighth, getting two quick groundouts and a strikeout and working in his curveball.

Who Didn't: In his Yankee debut, Kei Igawa walked three and allowed two hits, using up his allotted 40 pitches one-batter into his second inning of work. Of course, he also struck out the side in the first amid all those walks, limiting the damage to just one run. Unlike Phil Hughes, Igawa didn't look nervous, he just looked rusty. After the game he said his performance was not unlike his early preseason performances in Japan. Joe Torre added that the balls used in the early part of the game were too slick and that the balls used later on had been rubbed up better. In to finish the second for Igawa, Kennard got two line-drive outs to left field then hit Gary Sheffield and walked two other batters to force in Igawa's baserunner. Steven Jackson didn't make it through his two innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks and getting pulled with two-outs in the fifth.

Battles: Josh Phelps only at-bat came with the Yankees down to their last out and trailing by one. His single off lefty specialist Heredia set up Sardinha's game-winning homer. Ben Davis flied out in his only at-bat. Chris Britton got the only batter he faced to fly out.

Ouchies: Wither Todd Pratt? He's been shut down due to an inflamed left heel. X-ray results are expected today. Bobby Abreu will start taking some practice swings with a broomstick.

Health Updates: Andy Phillips' mother has been taken off her ventilator, is breathing on her own, and will undergo surgery on her pelvic bones today, all of which are good signs. According to Andy Pettitte, who has been keeping in contact with his namesake, Phillips "sounds upbeat." Bobby Murcer will not join the YES team for spring training, but still plans to return to broadcasting during the regular season. You can listen to Murcer's conference call with reporters over on LoHud.

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2007-03-06 02:05:38
1.   nemecizer
Can anyone explain the Kei Igawa photoshop at NoMaas.org to me?
2007-03-06 04:52:00
2.   Jim Dean
Ah, good ole Felix. Who was obtained for Kenny Lofton. Who didn't play because Tea loved his GOB in CF. Which led to Bubba in CF in a deciding ALDS game. At least one example where you CAN have too much pitching (esp. if it's the run fairy variety).

Clippard looked very nice indeed. I have to imagine the Yanks are trying to keep him on the way DL while propping up the value of guys like Dorf and Jackson. Jackson didn't do his part. Nor has Sanchez for that matter. Hopefully teams don't come looking for Clippard first come mid-season.

Gotta love KT's performance too, esp the bunt single - it was perfectly placed.

2007-03-06 05:10:44
3.   monkeypants
Phelps continues to hit in limited PT, so we know he won't make the roster.
2007-03-06 06:01:25
4.   williamnyy23
1 Maybe it has something to do with Matsui's promise to find him an American girlfriend? Or, being that the Yankees play in Tampa, perhaps you could label any monitoring of a developing story as a "Bay Watch"?
2007-03-06 06:09:50
5.   Shaun P
2 Wrong Felix. Heredia was claimed by the Yanks in August '03 off waivers from the Reds. Lofton was dealt to the Phillies for Felix Rodriguez before the '05 season. Neither was that great in pinstripes. Felix R. allowed only 2 HR but had a 18:20 K:BB in 32.3 IP; Felix H. had a better K:BB, barely, at 29:25, but allowed 6 HR in 53.7 IP.
2007-03-06 06:11:00
6.   jayd
Hopefully that was not the "real" kei igawa; too many pitches up high and if it were not for the lack of plate discipline by the tigers' kid batters, Kei would have walked in another two or three. I really don't see him as an AL east pitcher; but desperately want to be proven wrong.

The baby arms all looked good -- even stephen jackson had his moments -- take those moments and string them together and a pitcher we may yet have.

Lots of bullpen arms, thank god. I'm still looking for our number one though. Wang needs another year as number one to convince. With everyone's job on the line, I still find it hard to believe Wang/ Moose/Andy/Kei/YoungArms is our starting rotation. Put you-know-who in there and we're gold.

2007-03-06 06:27:51
7.   Knuckles
Thoughts from spring training...

Went to Yanks at D-Rays (in St. Pete) on Friday, and Pirates at Yanks Saturday:

- Pettitte was throwing free and easy, curve had a nice break to it, freezing batters or throwing their timing off.

- Phelps is huge and slightly ungainly, befitting his number (31)- very similar in build to the Farns. He ripped a double off the top of the wall that got there so quick and bounced back, holding him to a single.

- He is also Tino-style slow. On Saturday he ripped a liner that hit 3rd base on the fly and skipped down the left field line. Jack Wilson made a nice sliding play to recover the ball and gun Phelps down at 2B by about 15 feet. Wilson seems like a fun player to watch, with a strong arm able to throw wrongfooted no problems (as I noticed in warmups, a few innings prior to throwing out Phelps.)

- Matsui's swing seems to be in midseason form. He is so calm and unruffled, no wasted motions; I'm expecting a big year from him.

- Chris Basak's homer was a moon shot, that just kept carrying. I read on the Banter that he was seen as the Mets' Cannizaro type, but I don't know how that could be. The guy is huge- looks way too big for a middle IF position.

- On Saturday, Henn either could not find the plate or was overthinking things, my bet is the latter. I don't know what he's done in the intervening time periods, but I hope his appearances in the majors, having been woefully unready, haven't messed his head up. DeSalve however, looked sharp.

- I've been to spring training before but not to actual games, and I was surprised as to how relaxed they were. Managers and pitching coaches wandering along the screen behind the plate...on Saturday, Jeter, A-Rod, Matsui, etc came out after a few innings and were doing their running in the OF while the game was going on. The second wave did the same thing a bit later on.

- Britton is a big boy.

- Watched some minor leaguers take BP on another diamond before the game, and came away impressed w/ Gardner. He's short, but fairly compact and muscled- maybe to the point where he can develop some power. Carries himself well- like he felt he belonged there, better body language than some of the other guys we saw.

- Goose Gossage still looks like a mean sumbitch. I'm growing a 'stache like his as soon as I retire from the business world, or maybe I should do so before, to intimidate people I'm dealing with.

- Hondo, at age 70, standing 6'7" and with wrecked knees, still wearing a uniform, and hitting grounders with a fungo bat to the kids while BP is going on, busting their balls all the while. As that BP session wound down, most guys signed autographs as they walked back towards the clubhouse, but Frank took out a folding chair and sat down near a fence, and signed for a line of probably 150+ people. Signing, joking, asking and answerinf questions. He's always been one of my favorite old timers, dating back to the days when we'd see him hitting fungoes to the Mel Hall and Jesse Barfield era Yanks, and seeing him again this weekend only solidified things.

- ST PA announcers doe a woeful job of announcing new pitchers, defensive and offensive subs, etc.

2007-03-06 06:47:35
8.   rbj
7 I'm jealous. 9 degrees here in Toledo this morning.

1 What reason is needed to show a couple of hot babes. (Could be that Igawa needed rescuing yesterday)

Good news on Murcer and Phillip's mom, plus a come from behind win. Nice day.

2007-03-06 06:54:38
9.   Jim Dean
5 Ah, yes, thanks. Felix must mean "Run Fairy" in Spanish.
2007-03-06 07:02:06
10.   wsporter
7 Thanks Knuckles, that's great stuff and as informative as anything I've read this spring. I think Hondo is one of the nicest, most approachable people involved in public life; he just seems to be a good guy. I'll bet he could go yard; hell he's still as big as a yard.

Sounds like you're having a blast. Keep the comix comming!

2007-03-06 07:04:20
11.   mehmattski
I was wondering where all that booing came from when Clippard was pitching; I assumed that the fans had turned on him already, A-Rod style.... But yeah that curveball was a scary pitch for the Tigers hitters the first few batters Clippard faced. But he did recover and threw a sharp curve that dipped out of the zone, and Inge bounced it helplessly back to the mound.

Steven Jackson looked pretty lost; he got a few lucky bounces and then Guillen's double unwound everything for him. He's still a couple years away. I can hear Jim Dean's head spinning from here...

As for the "battles" section, Ben Davis did fly out but I thought he made really good contact against Zumaya. I'm sure Pratt has the inside track but I hope Davis can pull it together.

Also, two things happened that have never happened before: A-Rod got a hit with a runner in scoring position. And then later A-Rod struck out with runners on second/third, and there weren't very many boos! Progress!

2007-03-06 07:11:45
12.   Raf
10,7 Hondo also had one of the coolest nicknames, in baseball IMO; 'Capital Punisher'
2007-03-06 07:13:13
13.   Schteeve
A frickin broomstick? Is he going to be swinging at bottlecaps against a stoop on 110th street?
2007-03-06 07:20:25
14.   Cliff Corcoran
7 Great stuff, Knuckles, thanks.

2 Heredia was traded to the Mets for Mike Stanton. Stanton was then released on July 1 after putting up a 7.07 ERA in 28 appearances, while Heredia blew out his arm after 2 2/3 IP with the Mets and hasn't pitched in the majors since. After yesterday's game it doesn't look like Heredia has much hope of making the Tigers (as if he ever did). Stanton, meanwhile, will split closing duties with ex-Yank David Weathers in Cincinnati this year.

If anything that series of events speaks to the fact that you can never have enough pitching. Otherwise you go dumpster diving for guys like Felix Heredia, or take desperate second chances on 38-year-old Mike Stantons.

This look into the recent past has made me feel a lot better about Mike Myers and Ron Villone.

2007-03-06 07:22:42
15.   Cliff Corcoran
1 Kei Watch?
2007-03-06 07:36:32
16.   Raf
14 Yanks burned through a lot of lefties, didn't they? Chris Hammond, Gabe White, Donovan Osborne, CJ Nitowski, Orosco, Groom, Franklin, etc, etc, etc.

Amazing how that team managed to pull off a division title in 2005 with 3/5 of their rotation battling injury or ineffectiveness (Pavano, Wright, Brown)

2007-03-06 07:51:26
17.   Jim Dean
14 Shaun was nice enough to correct me 5 - it was the other immortal Felix I was thinking of. That unfortunate series of events (F-Rod) shows, to me at least, you can have too much pitching if that pitching is of the RH relief variety, and instead of quality position players. Lofton was productive for at least two seasons beyond that trade.

Meanwhile, the Yanks have 63 RHRP's with Britton and Bruney likely to start the year in Scranton with Beam, Bean, Cox, Veras, and DeSalvo. Whelan will be in Trenton. If there's ever too much, it's that when they're carrying a Minky and a few Stinkies (Cairo, Pratt, Nieves). "Never have enough pitching" assumes you don't have those 63 relief pitchers. At some point, enough is enough and other needs need addressing.

My question: If Minky goes hitless for the Spring, does he still make the team? What about a nice .150 average?

7 Let me second all the good wishes for Knuckles. Good reading here and at your comix.

2007-03-06 07:57:49
18.   yankz
6 Lord Voldemort?
2007-03-06 08:10:06
19.   Cliff Corcoran
17 Sadly, I think Minky makes the team regardless.

And you're completely right about Lofton continuing to be useful, but, as you pointed out initially, the problem was that Torre refused to play him. Lofton wasn't traded because the Yankees needed pitching. Lofton was traded because Torre didn't want him around. Felix Rodriguez just happened to be all they could get for him.

2007-03-06 08:24:45
20.   Cliff Corcoran
Fun fact about Kenny Lofton:

Every team that has ever traded him has gotten shafted except the Indians, who shafted the Braves.

The Astros traded the 24-year-old Lofton for Willie Blair and Ed Taubensee.

The Braves got him and Alan Embree from the indians for Marquis Grissom and David Justice, only to have Lofton resign with Cleveland after one season in Atlanta.

The White Sox traded him to the Giants for Felix Diaz and Ryan Meaux then watched Lofton go to the World Series with San Francisco.

The Pirates traded him the the Cubs with Aramis Ramirez for Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill and Matt Bruback.

Finally, the Yankees traded him for Felix Rodriguez, a deal which almost looks good in the context of the above.

2007-03-06 08:42:57
21.   nemecizer
15 That's gotta be it. How could I have missed that?
2007-03-06 08:44:00
22.   Sliced Bread
Great work, Knuckles.

Good luck with the Goose 'stache.

2007-03-06 08:49:18
23.   ToyCannon
Don't mean to horn in on Bronx Banter from the Dodger Thoughts world but Hondo was my 1st favorite player. I was lucky enough to see him play in RFK at his peak when I was 10 and I've never seen a more intimidating player sweating like a pig in the on deck circle. In a time when pitching dominated he made going to RFK fun during the summer of 68. Seeing Hondo running in on a short fly and making Eddie Brinkman crap in his pants was almost as much fun as his moon shots.
2007-03-06 08:50:16
24.   tommyl
20 What's the story with that Pirates trade? that has to be one of the worst trades I've ever seen. You can blame a lot of small market teams shortcomings on money, but if you also make trades like that its sort of your own fault. Wow, that is a truly horrendous trade.
2007-03-06 08:58:36
25.   dianagramr
24

At some point you have to stop "rebuilding" and go for it .... the Pirates of 1993-2006 didn't understand that .... they traded away Brian Giles too.

2007-03-06 08:59:43
26.   Raf
24 Salary dump

http://tinyurl.com/2f8xwv

http://tinyurl.com/ypw3fc

http://tinyurl.com/27dwhh

2007-03-06 09:00:29
27.   tommyl
25 Well rebuilding is one thing, but then shouldn't you try and trade away for good prospects? Or perhaps those three were highly touted at the time?
2007-03-06 09:02:19
28.   Mike from Hoboken
Looks like Heredia is already in midseason form.
2007-03-06 09:08:04
29.   Cliff Corcoran
That trade was mid-2003. Ramirez had had a breakout season in 2001, but in 2002 he hit just .234/.279/.387. He rebounded to be merely league average in '03 was also getting into his arbitration years, so the Pirates dumped him. Thing is, it looked like a bad trade at the time, even before Ramirez turned into a perenial All-Star. And, yes, the Pirates really are run that badly. Amazing, ain't it?
2007-03-06 09:09:23
30.   Raf
25 In fairness, since winning the division in 1992, the ony time the Pirates had something of a shot was back in 1997, when they finished 5 games behind the Astros. Otherwise there have been a bunch of miserable seasons in Pittsburgh, where they're out of the race by Memorial Day.
2007-03-06 09:09:41
31.   mehmattski
27 Jose Hernandez was a 34-year old utility infielder hitting .188... though the Pirates could have had him confused with the Jose Hernandez they already had, who was a 21 year old catching prospect.

Matt Bruback was a 23 year old AA starter who went 9-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 2002. He was claimed on waivers by the Padres less than a month later.

Bobby Hill was the player to be named later, and was a 24 year old infielder who played mostly at AAA in 2002, hitting .280/.382/.429

Aramis Ramirez, meanwhile, had just come off a 112 RBI season. So, yeah, this was a terrible trade at the time, and in retrospect.

2007-03-06 09:12:01
32.   tommyl
29 Yes, I'm surprised some of these people keep their jobs especially in light of what a good GM/front office/scouting can do for a small market team like the Twins or Oakland. Of course, some people are like Murray Chass and don't like these newfangled stats like VORP or OBP and run their team that way. Lets just say I hope my broker doesn't run things that badly.
2007-03-06 09:12:30
33.   Raf
29 As badly as they're run, they got a shiny new stadium out of the deal... I guess that's gotta count for something in this day and age.
2007-03-06 09:13:36
34.   tommyl
31 Thanks Matt, wow I'm even more amazed. At least when we salary dump we get some well regarded prospects in return.
2007-03-06 09:17:15
35.   Cliff Corcoran
33 Not when you can't fill it.

31, per 29, Ramirez was two years removed from that 112 RBI campaign, though he was in the process of driving in 107 when he was traded.

30 I don't see the need to be fair when it's the fault of the folks running the team that they haven't been competitive.

2007-03-06 09:22:40
36.   dianagramr
Wow ... even when they were good, the Pirates didn't draw ...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/attend.shtml

2007-03-06 09:28:29
37.   tommyl
36 Because you mean in 1985 their average attendance was below that of Legends Field spring training games?
2007-03-06 09:29:38
38.   vockins
Speaking of stadiums, did anyone see this on BP?

"Counting special tax breaks, meanwhile, federal, state, and city subsidies for the two projects now total just about exactly $800 million--pretty impressive for [Yankee Stadium and CitiField] that were supposed to be 'privately financed.'"

Jesus!

2007-03-06 09:30:01
39.   dianagramr
I'm sure Willie Randolph was happy to be an ex-Pirate ...

June 6, 1972: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 1972 amateur draft.

December 11, 1975: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Ken Brett and Dock Ellis to the New York Yankees for Doc Medich.

2007-03-06 09:30:21
40.   still bevens
I followed ToyCannon over here from Dodger Thoughts with a question about Clippard. I was watching the game on Tivo last night and the kid looked outstanding (beanball to the dome aside). However, are there any issues with his size or delivery? Seems a bit on the violent side.
2007-03-06 09:31:34
41.   dianagramr
37

They haven't been in the top HALF of their league's average attendance since 1972!

Wow!

2007-03-06 09:39:55
42.   vockins
41 What's really insane about that stat is that the 73-79 Pirates were really good. Two division winners and a World Series win in '79.
2007-03-06 09:47:56
43.   Knuckles
Can I just say to David Wright, a big f'ing thanks for starting a whole new A-Rod brouhaha over nothing. I'm getting the feeling he wasn't thinking when he said it, but it brings to mind lobbing rocks at a hornet's nest in your neighbor's backyard while they're having a BBQ. Every hack in the country who'd been idly looking for their next BIG STORY is thanking him right about now.
It's ridiculous. After all, everyone knows Pinella is Alex's dad, and that he's opting out in order to go play for the Cubbies next year.
2007-03-06 10:08:43
44.   Shaun P
43 ESPN.com is a joke for carrying that garbage from the News about A-Rod and the Cubs. Not that they weren't a joke already. I'll give Wright some credit - he's certainly managed to deflect all attention away from the Mets. All I heard about them before he opened his mouth was their crappy starting pitching.

Is Hughes pitching again this afternoon, after Wang?

Oh, and Knuckles - 7 was an awesome post, as is BronxComix. Thanks for sharing with us.

2007-03-06 10:15:14
45.   OldYanksFan
Sheffield said that while his tenure in the Bronx may have ended on a sour note, he wouldn't trade his experience in New York for anything in the world. "It was wonderful, man. Just thinking about it, I get chill bumps," Sheffield said. "I'm going to miss 50,000 people screaming, the stadium about to come down. It's the best atmosphere, by far."

I know a lot of folk hate Sheff, and he has a lot of foot-in-mouth time, but the guy speaks candidly. I think he will have a great year this year. I hope he doesn't hurt us in the PS.

2007-03-06 10:18:20
46.   dianagramr
Sizemore takes Wang out of the park ....
2007-03-06 10:22:32
47.   vockins
45 I've said it before on this forum, and I think the trade to Detroit was a good move, but I'll miss Sheff. His mouth, the bat wag, the violent swing, the 520 foot bombs going foul in left field were all great.

That double off of a closing Schilling in 2005 after Schilling talked so much much crap before the series was so freaking cool. Stare - Wag - KABOOM. I bet it took three gallons of spackle to fill in the dent in the green monster.

2007-03-06 10:23:15
48.   Cliff Corcoran
44 Yes on Hughes.

Re: Pirates attendence, the team essay in Baseball Prospectus 2007 (shameless plug) addresses this issue in the context of the city's declining population.

40 I've not heard any concerns about Clippard's delivery. Most of the doubts about him are that he's a finesse righty that doesn't throw that hard. He's been doing a fine job of quieting those doubts thus far.

45 Sheff was in fat and bearded mode yesterday, but I still struggled with seeing him on another team, yanking foul home runs as always. He might have been my favorite player during the 2004-2005 seasons.

2007-03-06 10:39:53
49.   SF Yanks
If anyone is listening to the game, could you do minor updates or something? I have nothing to look at but a box score. If not, that's cool too. I'll just stare at a blank screen for three hours, ya know, being really sad and lonely :(
2007-03-06 10:56:13
50.   williamnyy23
For $14.95, you can subscribe to MLB's game day audio for the whole year. Since Thursday, I've pretty much had a game going as background noise at work. It's definitely worth the expense.
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2007-03-06 11:04:47
51.   SF Yanks
50 Yeah, I was thinking about that. I already got mlb.tv. I was going to subscribe to the MLB package on comcast, but now that that might be gone I might have to switch to direct tv. I guess another $15 isn't going to hurt.
2007-03-06 11:06:40
52.   SF Yanks
Nevermind, for some reason I get the radio feed. I guess the MLB.tv package covers it.
2007-03-06 11:14:33
53.   tommyl
Anyone know how Hughes is doing?
2007-03-06 11:16:33
54.   williamnyy23
52 It does...pretty much any subscription includes the audio.
2007-03-06 11:18:50
55.   dianagramr
Kevin Reese 2-run HR .... tie game
2007-03-06 11:46:42
56.   Javi Javi
53 sounds like he did pretty well in the last two innings. Gave up a leadoff walk, but sounds like the ump had a very tight zone. He gave up a single in his second inning of work. No runs.
2007-03-06 11:47:36
57.   Raf
35 That was more in response to 25's post about the Pirates "going for it." Since 1992, they had only one season where they were "competetive" and barely at that. There wasn't a time for them to "go for it" as there were no FA's they could've signed that would put them over the top, nor a bountiful farm system to give fans a hope of the future or even the present.

36 There were a lot of empty seats during game 7 of the 1991 NLCS. Same thing a year later. The Pirates have, for the most part, had a hard time attracting people to their games. I wish their organization was run better, so they'd be competetive again. Same goes for KC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and the rest of the "small markets." As much as I don't like Bud (I know he gave up his share), I hope the Brewers turn the corner and become (and remain) competetive. I wish baseball was back in Montreal, and MLB didn't kill it. If baseball could survive in Cleveland (and lets face it, the Expos where NOWHERE near as bad as the Indians), it could survive anywhere.

38 Shouldn't come as that much of a suprise, IIRC I think we're still paying the bill on Yankee Stadium's renovation...

2007-03-06 11:54:11
58.   tommyl
56 Excellent, now we just need Igawa to round into form. I've said it before but our AAA rotation is scary good right now. Hughes, Clippard, Ohlendorf, Rasner/Karstens and Sanchez (assuming he is healthy).
2007-03-06 12:16:30
59.   hoppystone
Hughes, P.
2IP, 1H, 0R 1BB, 1SO, 0HR, 2.70 ERA
now tied at 4, bottom 7
2007-03-06 12:18:18
60.   hoppystone
'Gameday Audio' rules! Even tho' it's Jim Hegan calling the game...
Uh-oh, 5-4 Tribe now.
2007-03-06 12:21:29
61.   SF Yanks
58 I wonder how good those 5/6 would do if they were the starting pitchers for the Yanks this season. Realisticly (if thats how you spell it), I wonder how many games the Yanks would win. Maybe 80-90?
2007-03-06 12:26:18
62.   tommyl
61 Its hard to say since some of them haven't pitched above AA yet. I think its fair to say that 80-90 wins would be possible and I still think its a better rotation than some MLB teams are sporting (Gil Meche notwithstanding).
2007-03-06 12:27:18
63.   tommyl
Anyone know what's happening? The box suddenly has Ohlendorf giving up 3 runs, all unearned?
2007-03-06 12:28:31
64.   yankeemonkey
So who got slapped around?
2007-03-06 13:15:48
65.   C2Coke
I've been busy today and didn't have a lot of time to read all the comments in detail like I usually do so I don't know if this was mentioned earlier on about Igawa:
It may be debatable whether he is really better than Wright but he is definitely a lot more fun to watch than Wright...for that I am grateful.

Anyway, I just wanted to get that off my chest. In other note, thanks, Knuckles, for the first hand observations in 7. That was great!

So Wang was a bit rough today?

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