Geovany Soto hitting a stand up inside-the-park homer is more impressive than Jon Lester pitching a no-hitter

Peter Gammons just wet himself
Hank speaks: Girardi safe; Cashman not as much

Yes, I’m kidding.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Pawtucket)
Bernie Castro: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Justin Christian: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3 SB
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – RBI machine
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Cody Ransom: 0 for 3, 1 K – ejected for throwing his bat after taking a called third strike
Eric Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Heath Phillips: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-2 GB/FB – CJ says Karstens’ start was pushed back to tomorrow because the weather sucked
Scott Strickland: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Steven Jackson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 Er, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-5 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton had a schedule off day.

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Vero Beach)
Damon Sublett & James Cooper: both 3 for 4, 1 R – Sublett walked … Copper hit a homer & drove in 2
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for , 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Kyle Anson, Seth Fortenberry & Kevin Smith: all 0 for 4, 1 K – Anson allowed a passed ball
Josue Calzado & Tim Battle: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Calzado doubled, hit a solo jack, committed a throwing error & threw a runner out at second from RF … Battle K’ed (of course)
Ryan Pope: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – faced off against one of the Rays’ prized young arms
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-4 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (9-3 loss to Asheville)
Austin Krum, Justin Snyder & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 4 – Krum doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Snyder drove a run in
Braedyn Pruitt, Chase Odenreider & David Williams: all 0 for 4 – Odenreider K’ed thrice, Williams once
Jesus Montero: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Brian Baisley: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Jason Stephens: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 11-5 GB/FB
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 1 E (throwing), 4-2 GB/FB – he’s seen better nights
Casey Erickson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 Rr, 0 BB, 0 K

Peter Gammons just wet himself
Hank speaks: Girardi safe; Cashman not as much
  • daneptizl

    Hellickson’s K:BB ratio is disgusting…..61:3……..

    • Joey

      damn………………………… thats just not fair to the hitters………………………..

    • Jamal G.

      Yeah, I still can’t believe I just saw that stat either.

    • billybob

      Yeah, that is sick. .52 BB/9 is unreal.

    • Kelvin

      woah…That IS video game-like stat.. Heck, it is even better than my Hughes’ K:BB ratio, in The Show:08, of 97:8. Just plain unfair.

  • A.D.

    Gardner is ripping in the 3 hole…and already has 14 SB.

    Nice to see Laird healthy again

    • TurnTwo

      seems like Gardner’s starting to come out of his funk after his hot start to the season at the right time. if he can keep this up for the next week, and melky and/or damon continue to sputter, and you might have yourself a new LF/CF come Memorial Day.

  • Manimal

    a part of me thinks gardner is a valuable piece to a new yankee offense.

    • whozat

      I think it’s early to say that. Interesting that his splits are backward. Only 50 ABs against lefties, but he’s hitting very well against them, and all his homers are off lefties.

      I dunno. If he was righty, I feel like he’d be here right now, splitting time with Abreu and/or Damon.

      If you bring him up, do you depose Melky? He’s been slumping all month. Damon? He’s had a terrible month, but who leads off if you sit him? I think it’d be a bit much to debut Gardner as a leadoff guy. Not that Damon’s been doing a good job lately anyhow. But I wouldn’t lead Melky off at this point either. The plate discipline he had in April is gone.

      • Travis G.

        who leads off in place of Damon? two guys would be better than him: Abreu and Jeter. Move Arod to the #3 spot, perhaps Matsui #4, after that it doesn’t make much difference.

        • Manimal

          Leave arod 4th and put matsui second. We dont pay him a lot so he can bat third.

          • Jon


  • McCaff

    Steinbrenner should by the Rays, then put Yankee jerseys on all of them.

    • yankeemonkey

      No, the Yankees should just tank for the next 10 years or so – then they can have a #1 draft pick every year and build their own good young team.

      /kidding. i think.

      • Jamal G.

        You do know that this draft will be the first time ever a team has held the #1 pick in back-to-back seasons in baseball right?

        • Steve

          The Rays have been drafting in the top 5 forever. Hell, they drafted Josh Hamilton #1 all the way back in 1999.

          • yankeemonkey

            I was about to say the same thing. They may not have had the #1 pick every year, but they’ve been up there. Of course you still have to know what you’re doing even with the high draft picks (cf: Pirates), but it’s nice to have that opportunity every…freakin’…year.

    • Joey

      I like your idea, let all those big contracts expire at the end of this year and then just buy the Rays. Except I say put all the best players combined in NY, and have Tampa as like our AAAA team. Starting rotation: Wang, Kazmir, Shields, Chamberlain, and one of the following: Hughes, Pettite, Jackson. I like :-D

      • McCaff

        Yeah im talking, buy the Rays, then trade Carmen Angelini and Justin Snyder for Scott Kazmir and BJ Upton, and throw in Crawford as a little compensation for us taking the bigger contracts, since we dont like doing that.

      • RollingWave

        the ole Onions aritcle on the Yankees buying the entire sport was actually comically close to the truth, as in that pictuer (back in 2003) they had Bernie with… A-rod (wasn’t a Yankee then) RJ (wasn’t a Yankee then) and Bonds… ouch :P

  • Brandon

    Calzado showing life it can’t be can it ?

  • dan

    Mike, I think you made a mistake on the Eric Duncan line. Re-check that one.

    • Ben K.

      Looks right to me. What do you see that’s wrong?

      • dan

        Since when does he get hits?

      • Jamal G.

        It was a joke on his recent slump. :P

        • Ben K.

          Hah. That went right over my head.

          • Brandon

            said the catcher to Kei Igawa

            • Jamal G.

              Haha, nice.

  • Chip

    So Gardner in center and Melky in right next season? That’s not a lot of power but that would be a fast lineup with A-rod, Gardner, Melky, Jeter, Damon and Cano in there

  • Lanny

    Just what the Yanks need. Two OF’s with OPS’s of under 750

    • Ben K.

      They’re perilously close to already having that. Take a look at Damon’s OPS.

  • mustang

    Can someone tell me where is McCutchen ?
    He has not pitched since the 13th.

    • Ben K.

      Ask George King. I hear he has the inside scoop.

    • Ben K.

      Ok. Sarcasm aside: McCutchen started the Trenton game on Sunday that got rained out. He had K’d six in just over three innings when the game was halted due to the weather.

    • Jamal G.

      He was slated to pitch on Sunday afternoon but the game was rained out. Obviously no-go today due to the off-day, he will pitch tomorrow.

      • mustang

        Who needs George King ?

        Thank you

        • Ben K.

          My George King comment was a dig at King for writing that McCutchen was AAA-bound when he fact he was not. My info above is correct. McCutchen threw on Sunday; he’s not pitching tomorrow.

          • Jamal G.

            Yea my bad, totally slipped that the game was suspended and not postponed before it started. Thanks.

            BTW, 6 Ks in three innings after his sub-par outing last time out is a great sign.

  • Bo

    Gardner is a 4th Outfielder. He just doesn’t have enough power to be a starting CF on a championship team.