June 29, 2012

Phelps called up, Igarashi sent down

It was one and done in New York for Ryota Igarashi. One day, that is.

Without facing a batter in his 24-hour assignment with the Yankees, Igarashi is probably on his way to Rochester to meet up with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. And with that move, the Yankees have recalled right-hander David Phelps.

June 28, 2012

Meet the new guys: Adam Warren, Ryota Igarashi

It wasn't just CC Sabathia who hit the DL yesterday. The other lefty in the rotation, Andy Pettitte, went down during the middle of the game when a ball hit by Casey Kotchman broke Pettitte's left fibula. Pettitte is out for at least eight weeks, and Sabathia won't be back until after the All-Star break.

Adam Warren and Ryota Igarashi were called up to take their roster spots. You might have seen Igarashi before, either for the Mets the last two seasons, or in his one appearance with the Yankees June 8. But you haven't seen Warren unless you've scouted the minors.

June 27, 2012

CC Sabathia headed to DL with strained groin

So much for being in "great shape," as I said Sunday.

Word just got out from Yankee Stadium that CC Sabathia is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of the adductor muscle near his left leg. He's expected to miss two starts and return after the All-Star break. Freddy Garcia will start in his place Friday.

Must-see: Dewayne Wise's hidden ball trick

When a player tries to catch a ball that lands in the stands, it should be the nearest police officer's job to make the call. It's his turf, and umpires clearly don't have the better angle.

Dewayne Wise dove into the stands last night in an attempt to catch a fly ball. When he came out, he simply showed the umpire the ball his glove and the batter was called out. Watch it here.

Umpires didn't care to pay attention to a man in a red shirt holding up a baseball, and another guy pointing to him, perhaps giggling at him.

June 26, 2012

Robinson Cano is in a league of his own

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said last night that Robinson Cano is the best player in baseball... Or that he spoke to an American League scout who spoke to his kid's pet tortoise and that's what it said. Or something like that. Either way, that is wrong.

That argument is between Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto. They have to be considered the first half MVP's in their respective leagues.

But when it comes to second basemen, Cano is second to none. He's in a league of his own, actually.

June 25, 2012

Will Jeter, Rivera or Pettitte leave Yankees?

When you're with one organization for 11 years and make such a great impact on and off the field, it's hard for fans to let go.

The Yankees might have a few of those moments in the next few years, and it could be even harder for Yankees fans because I'm talking about future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and borderline HoF'er Andy Pettitte (again).

One part of the linked article above by former LoHud Yankees blogger Peter Abraham stood out to me, and I think it's something all Yankees fans should read.
Nomar went. Manny went. Pedro went, Johnny went. They all go eventually.
All four Sox greats left Boston in the 21st century. In the 20th century, Gehrig never went. Neither did DiMaggio, nor did Mantle and nor did Williams. Back in the 21st century, Posada never went. It makes you wonder: What will happen to the rest of the Core Four?

June 24, 2012

Mixed reports on state of the Yankees [Poll]

I woke up this morning and saw a positive article about the Yankees from Red Sox world, here in Boston, and a negative Yankees article from Yankeeland. Huh.

The Boston Globe published an article titled "Yankees in a position to build healthy lead," while the New Jersey Star-Ledger published an article saying the Yankees aren't equipped to win it without Brett Gardner.

So, which is it? The Yankees have succeeded, securing a division lead after a mediocre start, with dominant starting pitching and the longball. But they sure could use that spark at the end of the lineup, who hit .412 in last year's ALDS against the Tigers.

Check out my analysis below and then vote in the poll (left) on the state of the Yankees.

June 12, 2012

Kenyan students reenact Buckner play [Globe]

Finally, I have a second to post here, and it's a good one, too. As posted on Boston.com, I present Kenyan students reenacting Bill Buckner's infamous play nearly 16 years after it happened.

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