Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Soporific Saturday Slaughter
2006-04-30 07:07
by Alex Belth

A beautiful day did not make for a beautiful game. Actually, Saturday's ballgame was often tedious, though there was some upper deck excitement provided by Johnny "Double Dutch" Damon, Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada. The slumping Alex Rodriguez made a great backhanded catch (it's funny, Rodriguez is clearly in a funk at the plate and yet his numbers are still respectable--he was 0-4 yesterday but scored three runs and had an RBI) as the offense crushed Toronto pitching.

Final score: Yanks 17, Jays 6.

The most alarming moment of the game came when Gary Sheffield collided with first baseman Shea Hillenbrand. Both went down hard, with Sheff staying down longer. At first I thought, "Oh, God, his right shoulder." But according to the early reports, Sheff has a bruised right knee and banged up both of his wrists. It was a scary moment though. Oh yeah, and Randy Johnson got beat about the face and neck again by the Jays. This time, he was bailed out, but it was another underwhelming outing for the Big Unit against Toronto.

Otherwise, the game was a snoozer, perfect time for Yankee fans to take a mid-afternoon nap without fear of waking up suddenly in a panic. The Blue Jays could simply not throw strikes, almost every count went deep and the Bombers scored runs in all eight innings they came to bat, only the second time in team history that they've accomplished that feat (the first was back in 1939).

They played deep enough into the afternoon for the shadows to become a factor in the last couple of innings. The intense spring light against the grass is just different enough from the more mellow, autumn light--and the shadows they create--to really give you a sense of time and place.

Mr. Chacin goes against Mr. Moose this afternoon, another drop-dead gorgeous day here in the Bronx. Our man, Cliff Cocoran will be on hand, drinking it all in.

Go get 'em Moose.

Comments (163)
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2006-04-30 07:27:38
1.   mikeplugh
Great laugher yesterday. I had time to scan around other games while the Yanks were demolishing the Jays, and found a funny piece on Boston Dirt Dogs that I tacked on the end of the last post. It's worth reposting here:

"Boston Dirt Dogs posted about Jonathon Papelbon playing a remote game of X-Box baseball against Kyle Farnsworth. The entire game is highlighted in the post, including the curious choice of Farnsworth to forgoe putting himself in the game with a 2-2 tie late. He opted for Tanyon Sturtze who promptly gave up back to back home runs to lose the game 4-2. Papelbon went 1-2-3 for the save.


2006-04-30 07:28:31
2.   mikeplugh
Sorry...the last quotation mark on the url will mess things up. Here it is clean:

2006-04-30 08:00:13
3.   Rob Gee
More good stuff from Schwartz this morning:

"Not all walks are created equal — they're batter-dependent," Neft said. "Any manager is less upset when his pitcher walks the cleanup hitter than when he walks the No. 9 hitter. They aren't crazy. They intuitively understand this concept."

2006-04-30 08:28:09
4.   randym77
1 That is pretty funny. Why Sturtze? (The scary thing is, I could see it happening just that way.)

Dunno if I buy Giambi diving into the stands after a foul ball, though...

And Boston Dirt Dogs has Posada on their fantasy team. Guess they won't be completely bummed if he hits a few over the Green Monster, then... ;-)

2006-04-30 09:51:51
5.   tocho
Sheff is out for today, BUT, GIAMBI IS BATTING 3RD.

its exciting just to write it down. I don't know what will happen when sheff comes back, but it would be great if he stays there and sheff moved to th 5th spot and break up that stupid lefty-lefty 5-6 spot.

Damon, Jeter, Giambi, A-Rod, Sheff, Mats, Posada, Cano, Phillips.

L, R, L, R, R, L, S, L, R.

and the OBP makes a lot of sense too. The only slightly bad thing would be that Giambi can't run and with A-Rod and Sheff behind he can slow them down.

lets see how it turns out today.

2006-04-30 09:53:10
6.   randym77
I heard Cano's resting today. Cairo will be playing 2nd.
2006-04-30 09:59:45
7.   randym77
Here's the lineup YES is reporting:

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada C
Bernie Williams RF
Andy Phillips 1B
Miguel Cairo 2B

2006-04-30 10:02:29
8.   Nick from Washington Heights
Prediction of the day:

The afternoon will belong to Andy Phillips.

I just feel it.

2006-04-30 10:02:43
9.   rilkefan
6 - Cano's a young guy, you don't want to put too many innings on his arm early in his career.

The guy's going to be our 2b for a long time, I can't see the wisdom of sitting him against lefties.

2006-04-30 10:08:34
10.   randym77
Well, Robby was quite the party animal the last time they went to Boston. Maybe they figure he needs to rest up now. ;-)
2006-04-30 10:11:17
11.   BklynBmr
Sounds like a boisterious and lively crowd at the Big Ballpark today. Let's go Yanks!
2006-04-30 10:18:35
12.   randym77
Was that a bunt????
2006-04-30 10:18:46
13.   BklynBmr
That was the longest bunt I've ever seen!
2006-04-30 10:21:28
14.   randym77
A very high bunt as well. Popped up over the pitcher to land about halfway between the mound and 2nd.

Heeere's Johnny...with a leadoff bunt??

2006-04-30 10:31:51
15.   atc
As good a story as the Mussina/Posada, Changeup/Finger story is, what's the over-under on how many times Michael Kay will tell it this year?
2006-04-30 10:35:53
16.   rilkefan
Was about to comment on Moose getting ahead of a lot of hitters when he decided to try to walk Zaun...

Was about to make the above comment when Moose decided to K Zaun...

Ah, whatever.

2006-04-30 10:35:54
17.   randym77
Bubba would have caught that.
2006-04-30 10:36:40
18.   BklynBmr
15 How many more starts are projected for Moose?
2006-04-30 10:38:18
19.   BklynBmr
Bubba would have had that one, too ;-)
2006-04-30 10:38:54
20.   JeremyM
I wish there was a way Bubba could play Designated Fielder or something, since Torre won't play him any other way and he'd be a huge help out there.
2006-04-30 10:40:46
21.   rilkefan
17 - you mean, if he was playing RF?
2006-04-30 10:42:47
22.   BklynBmr
21 Absolutely ;-)
2006-04-30 10:47:06
23.   JeremyM
On the gamecast between innings they play commercials. After Bernie's at bat they just played an ad with the song "Slow Ride." Sounds about right.
2006-04-30 10:51:29
24.   BklynBmr
We just can't hide Bernie in the field anymore...
2006-04-30 10:52:02
25.   yankaholic
what would it take for Torre to realise Bernie should not be used for more than PH or DH..
2006-04-30 10:52:38
26.   JeremyM
So that was catcheable? I swear Mussina gets screwed by his defense more than any other pitcher.
2006-04-30 10:52:43
27.   randym77
This is just sad. We need someone with an arm on the outfield.
2006-04-30 10:53:54
28.   JeremyM
What just happened? A man on second and a flyout to right scores him? Is gamecenter confused?
2006-04-30 10:53:56
29.   yankaholic
A Q abt our defense?? Have we had any OF assists or OF assisted DPs this year?
2006-04-30 10:54:38
30.   yankaholic
Man on 2nd took 3rd on Bernie
2006-04-30 10:57:38
31.   BklynBmr
28 Looked like Bernie not only had a bad start on the ball, which hit the base of the wall, but he misplayed the carom — and looked bad doing it...
2006-04-30 10:59:01
32.   BklynBmr
31 My bad. That was the play before...
2006-04-30 11:00:47
33.   yankaholic
Torii hunter is a RFA next yr, with team option, but with Twins @ 9-14 and no way of winning Central he maybe on the market this July, should we go after him, even if it involves Hughes or Duncan the other way
2006-04-30 11:04:04
34.   Jeteupthemiddle
Hughes or Duncan for Torii Hunter? pass.
2006-04-30 11:05:59
35.   Bob Timmermann
This Dodgers fan watching the game on Extra Innings would really prefer it if Jim Kaat didn't have to remind about the Jody Reed debacle and its ensuing fallout.
2006-04-30 11:08:12
36.   randym77
31 Bernie really did look bad on that play. I was having Matt Lawton flashbacks.
2006-04-30 11:13:15
37.   BklynBmr
33 Hunter would be a clear upgrade defensively, but I'm with Jeteup 34 — not for Hughes or Duncan. I'd like to know who made the decision to pass on Randy Winn last year. SF Giants got him for an unproven pitcher and a shot catcher.
2006-04-30 11:26:27
38.   JeremyM
Why oh why did we not save any runs for today?

I'm getting really sick of A-Rod's slump...

2006-04-30 11:37:05
39.   rbj
Is it just me or is Moose getting squeezed today?
2006-04-30 11:37:38
40.   Jeteupthemiddle
Oh MAN is mussina getting squeezed today.
2006-04-30 11:40:10
41.   randym77

Man, that could have been bad.

2006-04-30 11:42:39
42.   randym77
40 I guess Torre agreed. He just got ejected for arguing with the ump.
2006-04-30 11:43:23
43.   BklynBmr
39 That was blatant. Great job by Moose overcoming a good hitter and a bush league ump in the same at bat...

Joe just got tossed by this putz, too...

2006-04-30 11:43:42
44.   Zack
Not that Joe is gone, can Lee put in Bubba? :)
2006-04-30 11:43:52
45.   Jeteupthemiddle
Andy Phillips!

game tying HR.

2006-04-30 11:43:55
46.   Zack
2006-04-30 11:43:57
47.   claybeez
Andy! Couldn'ta happened to a nicer guy!
2006-04-30 11:44:09
48.   yankaholic
2006-04-30 11:44:11
49.   BklynBmr
8 You called it, Nick!
2006-04-30 11:44:31
50.   Zack
8 Awesome
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2006-04-30 11:44:38
51.   tommyl
ANDY!!! Yes, opposite field HR of Chacin. How's them apples?
2006-04-30 11:44:41
52.   randym77

Maybe Nick 8 was right....

2006-04-30 11:45:12
53.   yankaholic
The umps are nuts.. we hv been fleeced so far this year... they are a shame
2006-04-30 11:45:37
54.   monkeypants
Hmmm. Torre gets tosed, THEN Phillips hits a HR. Coincidence?

Meanwhile Waldman just blurted out that "the Yankke organization really likes Andy Phillips and want him to succeed." Without irony.

2006-04-30 11:47:13
55.   jayd
I think Joe will remember to write Andy's name into the lineup card a little more often now. Inspirational.
2006-04-30 11:48:43
56.   tocho
Do you guys think Cliff will be happy about that? I have a small hunch that he will....
2006-04-30 11:49:24
57.   tocho
just realized, Joe did not see that homer. Damn!
2006-04-30 11:49:48
58.   BklynBmr
56 He's probably in a fistfight for that ball right now ;-)
2006-04-30 11:51:30
59.   tocho
I can just feel the Giambi HR
2006-04-30 11:52:13
60.   yankaholic
Looks like Arod removed his coolers... slump buster??
2006-04-30 11:52:18
61.   BklynBmr
Let's hope this ump continues to suck for our sake...
2006-04-30 11:54:27
62.   joejoejoe
How about this for a trade:

2B Robinson Cano (L)
1B Andy Phillips (R)
OF Bubba Crosby (L)


2B Luis Castillo (S)
OF Lew Ford (R)

I think Torii Hunter is going to be way overpriced for his offensive production. I'd rather pluck Lew Ford from the Twins and a speedier second baseman who walks more than once a week.

2006-04-30 11:55:19
63.   BklynBmr
Oh, this ump is incredible...
2006-04-30 11:55:56
64.   tocho
that was stike 3 guys. all of us know it.
2006-04-30 11:55:58
65.   yankaholic
I am not so sold on Cano... u cannot rely on hits alone fot OBP... his price is high now.. if its a cant miss deal... cano can(g)o
2006-04-30 11:58:14
66.   Jeteupthemiddle
this is a terrible umpire.
2006-04-30 11:58:16
67.   tocho
a-rod struck out twice in that at-bat and ended up walking and with an RBI.

I'll take it, but a-rod must know that he must have made a swing at those.

Sweet justice for the Matsui at-bat last weekend.

2006-04-30 11:58:40
68.   claybeez
I don't remember who it was the other night going on and on about all the going down lookings. I've finally got to agree with him at least in terms of A-Rod. It is now maddening to watch him with 2 strikes.
2006-04-30 11:59:05
69.   randym77
They said this umpire is a rookie.
2006-04-30 11:59:16
70.   claybeez
3-1...put a hurting on it Mats!
2006-04-30 11:59:18
71.   rabid stan
So the ump ejects both managers. At some point, doesn't he ask himself, "Hey, maybe it's me?"
2006-04-30 11:59:23
72.   yankaholic
It will be sweet justice if thats our game winning rbi...
2006-04-30 12:02:13
73.   BklynBmr
69 This guy has a lot to learn. Most of these youngbloods do. It's been discussed many times, but they keep thinking they are part of the show.
2006-04-30 12:04:39
74.   fgasparini
You know, as Cliff an others have pointed out, A-Rod's numbersare still pretty good. I haven't noticed Matsui coming up big in the clutch. And before you point out some time he did, that's my point--I just don't remember it or didn't notice it. Same with ARod, can't overlook the good he does because you're pissed that he didn't do something in a specific instance.

You know who got the go-ahead RBI in the fifth? Was it Jeter, or Giambi, or Matsui?

Gee, I just can't quite remember...

2006-04-30 12:11:01
75.   randym77
I'd rather have A-Rod take his walks than strike out trying to hit a homer every time. He said he realizes now they aren't going to pitch to him and he should just take the walk rather than swing at something out of the zone.

Matsui is definitely in a slump. But I think he may be coming out of it. He's now hitting long fly outs rather than striking or grounding out. :-/

2006-04-30 12:15:10
76.   Jeteupthemiddle
So with 95 pitches, does Mussina start the 7th?
2006-04-30 12:16:44
77.   claybeez
I'm not bashing A-Rod. It used to be frustrating to watch him chase strike 3's out of the zone. And it's frustrating to now watch him go down looking so often. Now one's saying he won't pick it back up - but right now it is maddening to watch.
2006-04-30 12:17:38
78.   claybeez
Remember Matsui doing this last year until he had a small injury, that forced him to stay back on the ball?
2006-04-30 12:18:06
79.   rabid stan
76 Depends on what's rattling around in the bullpen. Don't want him going 110+, but I'd give him at least one out.
2006-04-30 12:18:18
80.   Jeteupthemiddle
76 well Farnsworth is in.
2006-04-30 12:18:29
81.   RichYF
Who pitches the 8th of Farnsworth is in now?
2006-04-30 12:19:23
82.   rbj
Damn, I missed yesterday's game with my Aikido test, I've missed most of the wins the last couple of weekends with lawn chores. Today I missed the 2 runs with more outside stuff.
I still have to get the edger out and do some more.
If this keeps up I'll need a bigger lawn.
2006-04-30 12:19:45
83.   rabid stan
81 Please let it be Sturtze! Please let it be Sturtze! He's just as good, you know.
2006-04-30 12:19:56
84.   Jeteupthemiddle
I'm kind of hoping Farnsworth will pitch 2 innings. I really want this win. Would hate to waste an excellent outing by Mussina.
2006-04-30 12:20:41
85.   RichYF
2006-04-30 12:21:07
86.   yankaholic
Sturtze @ 8th????
2006-04-30 12:21:52
87.   RichYF
Well, let's get through the 7th first. I was just thinking out loud...
2006-04-30 12:22:28
88.   Jeteupthemiddle
I'll take it, but Rios was safe.
2006-04-30 12:22:34
89.   randym77
Just as well Farnsworth is in. Moose turns into a pumpkin at about 100 pitches.

Maybe they should hire someone to twist Matsui's ankle or something. ;-)

And someone give Jeter an academy award...

2006-04-30 12:22:48
90.   BklynBmr
Rios was safe! Derek sold that one, but ump was in a terrible position to see it.
2006-04-30 12:22:50
91.   Schteeve
Posada's a gunslinger out there.
2006-04-30 12:23:05
92.   fgasparini
I like this move. Hold the Jays down with an elite reliever. Maybe the Yanks will score a bunch of runs in their half and it won't matter so much who comes in. If it's still close, maybe try to get a couple more outs from Farns and 1+ from Mo.

Lee Mazzilli, baseball thinker?

2006-04-30 12:23:53
93.   yankaholic
Rios looked to be in.. but did he touch the base?? he was ahead... but did he touch the base
2006-04-30 12:24:19
94.   randym77
Yup, Rios was safe. Almost makes up for Bernie being called out yesterday.
2006-04-30 12:24:56
95.   yankaholic
Read an article quoting farnsworth as disliking more than 3 outs??
2006-04-30 12:25:37
96.   Zack
I would say split the 8th with Farnsworth and Myers, and leave MO for the 9th, don't want to push him for 1+
2006-04-30 12:25:38
97.   jayd
whoa! Mr. Farnsworth, welcome to Yankee Stadium.
2006-04-30 12:26:04
98.   fgasparini
95 Yes. I hope somebody, teammate, coach or manager, let him have it over that.
2006-04-30 12:27:45
99.   Marcus
Farnsworth has looked very dominant lately. If he keeps his walks down, he's going to be HUGE for the team.
2006-04-30 12:27:45
100.   claybeez
Seanez gives up a 2-run jack to Crawford! 5-2 TB.
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2006-04-30 12:27:47
101.   tommyl
Wait, did Mazzili just bring in an elite reliever to face the top of the order even though it wasn't the 8th or 9th? That's baseball heresy! (there needs to be a font for sarcasm)
2006-04-30 12:28:25
102.   RichYF
I'd love to see Sheff vs Farns. Any way we can arrange that?
2006-04-30 12:28:39
103.   tommyl
So lets see, Farnsworth pitches to Glaus, Myers for Overbay and then Mo for the last 4 outs?
2006-04-30 12:30:00
104.   fgasparini
101 Saint Joe is begging the Baseball Pope (Joe Morgan?) to perform an excommunication of Maz.
2006-04-30 12:30:09
105.   fgasparini
101 Saint Joe is begging the Baseball Pope (Joe Morgan?) to perform an excommunication of Maz.
2006-04-30 12:30:15
106.   rabid stan
101 See 83.
2006-04-30 12:30:22
107.   yankaholic
sheff v farnsworth... split squad ST wud do it
2006-04-30 12:31:35
108.   tommyl
106, thanks.
2006-04-30 12:33:57
109.   jayd
would be nice to get a 1 run game win while the sox lose another to the deerays...
2006-04-30 12:34:00
110.   jayd
would be nice to get a 1 run game win while the sox lose another to the deerays...
2006-04-30 12:34:52
111.   tommyl
And Ortiz flys out in the 8th. C'mon, where's that clutch HR we're always hearing about?
2006-04-30 12:35:08
112.   BklynBmr
Upper deck is calling. Jason, it's for you...
2006-04-30 12:36:19
113.   Jeteupthemiddle
111 It was in the 4th. ;)
2006-04-30 12:37:03
114.   Zack
112 Nice call!
2006-04-30 12:37:22
115.   randym77
Man, what a bomb.
2006-04-30 12:37:39
116.   singledd
Sox down by 3 after 8. Their 5-6-7 due up in the 9th. Looking good.

GI-AM-BINO !!!!!!

2006-04-30 12:37:40
117.   fgasparini
2006-04-30 12:38:00
118.   jayd
damn there goes our 1 run game winner
2006-04-30 12:38:01
119.   RichYF
Pretty sure Giambi needs to stay in the 3-hole.
2006-04-30 12:38:03
120.   tommyl
113, 4th, that's not clutch, why should a HR matter in the 4th?
2006-04-30 12:38:08
121.   wsporter
That's the way to answer up and in. Giambi!
2006-04-30 12:38:12
122.   Schteeve
109 what would really be nice is a 3 run win.
2006-04-30 12:39:20
123.   Jeteupthemiddle
119 And as a DH.
2006-04-30 12:40:15
124.   BklynBmr
Bubba is in RF! Whew!
2006-04-30 12:40:47
125.   Schteeve
Completely off topic, but I can't believe that ESPN is dedicating the entire weekend to covering the NFL draft. I mean hours and hours of watching people read names?
2006-04-30 12:42:37
126.   BklynBmr
125 Makes sense. NFL is the "national pastime", isn't it? Pfft!
2006-04-30 12:44:01
127.   Schteeve
But it's not even football, it's watching people talk about hypothetical careers, endlessly. I just can't believe people watch it. Anyway, I'll get over it.
2006-04-30 12:44:11
128.   Zack
So why didn't we bring in Myers there?

i love when Idiot Sterling is waxing poetic about something, like how amazing Farnsworth is, and then gets interupted by something like a smoked double...

2006-04-30 12:46:07
129.   Zack
So the day before a Boston series, we extend both Farnsworth and Mo. We shall see, in principle I am fine with it, gotta win now...
2006-04-30 12:46:58
130.   rbj
I leave at 2-1, now it's 4-1. I still have laundry to do, so it's not like I'm getting to watch the whole game.
2006-04-30 12:47:06
131.   fgasparini
127 Baseball fans talk about the draft and the minors too.

As a casual USC fan, I listend to some of the draft while driving around, to see where my guys would go. It was sort of interesting to hear about all the trades and jockeying that accompany the process. Made me realize there are smart and less-smart GMs in football too.

Of course baseball is a much better sport.

2006-04-30 12:49:53
132.   Zack
Lowell, whos been on a tear of late, homers in the 9th to make it 5-3 Rays...
2006-04-30 12:50:34
133.   singledd
SHIT. Sox go back-to-back. Down by ONE with 1 out in the 9th.
2006-04-30 12:50:47
134.   Jeteupthemiddle
132 and now Wily Mo Pena homered. 5-4
2006-04-30 12:51:27
135.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Damn Rays bullpen. They should've swept the Sawx, now they'll be lucky if they win the series.
2006-04-30 12:51:36
136.   Zack
Rays have NO bullpen/closer worth anything...
2006-04-30 12:53:03
137.   rabid stan
Just like they coughed up last night's game.
2006-04-30 12:54:13
138.   fgasparini
Maybe that'll get Gojiro untracked.
2006-04-30 12:57:13
139.   Zack
Ugh, gross...
2006-04-30 12:57:15
140.   fgasparini
We'll really see what kind of manager Maz is, if the Yanks run away with this one and he brings in say Matt Smith for the 9th. (I would like that move.)
2006-04-30 12:57:26
141.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
So the Rays bring in a dude who'se walked 9 batters in 7 innings. And he walks Trot. Feck.
2006-04-30 12:58:45
142.   fgasparini
Eh, Matsui's back on the schneid.
2006-04-30 13:01:37
143.   Zack
Looks like the Sox will at least tie it up, damn rays bullpen...
2006-04-30 13:03:48
144.   rbj
Double damn, now it's 8-1. I'm missing all the action.

Speaking of the draft, I'm mildly surprised that the Jets didn't take Leinert. It's not like Pennington is durable.

2006-04-30 13:05:07
145.   Zack
rbj, still 4-1, not sure where you got 8-1
2006-04-30 13:06:59
146.   yankaholic
yaaaaaannnnnkkkkeeeeeee win
2006-04-30 13:07:12
147.   singledd
Sox lose!
2006-04-30 13:07:17
148.   Zack
And just like that, the Sox manage to lose too!
2006-04-30 13:07:27
149.   BklynBmr
A blowout win.
A tight game win.
A series win.

We keep adding these up and we'll be OK...

2006-04-30 13:07:27
150.   rbj
Ah, I must have looked at the inning, not the Yakees runs. Oh well, still a nice win. Oh, and Tampa beat Boston.
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2006-04-30 13:08:32
151.   Jeteupthemiddle
Going into Fenway tomorrow playing for 1st.
2006-04-30 13:08:36
152.   singledd
We are now in 1st place (for what it's worth). Beats last year!
2006-04-30 13:12:33
153.   randym77
How weird that the Yankees are still undefeated in day games and terrible in night games.
2006-04-30 13:13:33
154.   Paul in Boston
Weather report iffy for the first two games, especially Tuesday night. As an aside, this is the time of year when Boston really has a different weather system than NYC temperature-wise. It's never really been out of the low 50s the past few days, only warm in the sun.
2006-04-30 14:36:18
155.   rabid stan
This is pretty funny:

A-rod's expression is priceless.

2006-04-30 14:58:05
156.   Schteeve
131 Really? I wasn't aware of that.
2006-04-30 14:58:50
157.   randym77
LOL! You know, I noticed that when I was watching the game live. IIRC, it was raining. Guess he wanted to keep his bat dry.
2006-04-30 16:24:48
158.   Zack
So if Sheff does have a broken bone in his hand, we are likely going to be seeing a lot of Bernie in RF. Rather than doing what they should do, which is call up one of the guys from AAA and giving them a shot, I can see us wallowing through a few weeks of GOB...
2006-04-30 19:21:08
159.   Rob Gee
159 Torre said on the post-game that all tests came back clean. He's just going to be sore and they're not going to rush him back for the next series.
2006-04-30 19:35:19
160.   Rob Gee
Hughes bumped to AA:

Recap from Tampa: 5 GS, .70 WHIP, 30.0 IP, 19 H, 2 BB, 30 SO, 1.80 ERA

Next up: Brett Gardner, CF, (74 AB's) .378 AVG, .500 OBP, .526 SLG, 9/12 SB

2006-04-30 19:58:27
161.   wsporter
159 Rob, thanks for the good news on Sheff, although I have a sense that we'll be getting a higher dosage of GOB than is strictly healthy at the Fens.

Gardner has been tearing it up down there. He and Christian should be a sight to behold running around in Trenton. I can't wait for that. The jump to AA can be tough on young pitchers but I have a feeling that Hughes is the goods. I guess we'll find out if he's ready, man is he young.

Smith was shipped out today to make room for Small. Glad Small is back, I just wish it was possible that Smith was given a better shot. Oh well maybe next time.

2006-04-30 22:10:16
162.   brockdc
Feel good about the win, but having Bernie and Sturtze on this roster - as opposed to, say, one of the Kevins and Matt Smith - is senseless. Maybe I'm too idealistic, but why wouldn't you want your best guys ON the big league roster?
2006-05-01 06:28:58
163.   Rob Gee
161 For the conservative Yanks, it would be something if we see Hughes in the Bronx this year. Hopefully AA is just as easy for him.

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