I hate inning/pitch counts

Tomorrow kicks off the international player signing period, so get ready for the next wave of unbelievably overpaid and overhyped prospects!

Triple-A Scranton (12-1 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 4 for 6, 3 R, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 1 SB – 12 for 38 with 11 runs scored since being promoted
Juan Franica: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kevin Reese: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 11 RBI in his last 9 games
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR & 13 RBI in his last 11 games
Angel Chavez: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 3B
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Omir Santos: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Raul Chavez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 K – played 1B today after manning 3B in 3 of his last 4 games
Steven White: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1 E (missed catch) – 19 baserunners in last 20.1 IP

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Edwar Ramirez promoted, but it’s the wrong move

From the Post:

The Yankees have promoted 26-year-old right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will report today to provide support for a bullpen that has been wretched.

To make room for Ramirez, the Yankees are expected to send infielder Chris Basak down to Scranton.

Between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, Edwar’s thrown 43.1 innings, allowing only 19 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 80. Yes, 80 strikeouts in 43.1 IP. He’s been beyond stellar this year, and the call-up is well deserved, but here’s the problem: it’s thw wrong move.

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The Yanks have a lot of good young pitchers…like a whole lot

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Juan Francia: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4 – in other news, Andy Phillips went hitless…again
Eric Duncan & Bronson Sardinha: both 0 for 4
Raul Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 2B – played third…no really!
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12-6 GB/FB
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – in other news, the Yanks bullpen gave up 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 2.2 IP…

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Jeff Marquez: consistently just okay

Mitch Hilligoss was put on the DL with a “lower body injury.” David Robertson has been promoted to Tampa, and it’s about damn time.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Buffalo in 11 innings)
Justin Christian: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB – in other news, Andy Phillips went 0 for 3 with 2 K and was taken out of the game for Miguel freakin’ Cairo…
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing)Â – 3 doubles in his last 5 games
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 2 K
Run-Elvis: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7-4 GB/FB
Edwar: 3 IP, a whole bunch of zeroes, 6 K, 3-0 GB/FB – in other news, Kyle Farnsworth allowed 2 more baserunners tonight (Kper9 up to 16.62)
Jim Brower: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – first run allowed since June 8th

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Someone call 911! Tyler Clippard’s been kidnapped! (wait, maybe that’s just the real him)

Some tidbits from LoHud:

Spoke to Brian Cashman this afternoon. He is interested in acquiring a first baseman but offered no comment on Shea Hillenbrand. He did say, however, that he will not be trading Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy.

Hughes has started his throwing program and a few days ago threw off the half mound in Tampa.

Update by Joe: Better news on Hughes: he’ll throw off a full mound this weekend. According to Pete Abraham, “The hope is that he will return by the end of July.” The article also mentions that they’ve signed third-round pick Ryan Pope (the pitcher from Savannah College of Art and Design) and are laying it on thick for Carmen Angelini. End of update.

Good news all around, although don’t think that just because Cash didn’t comment on Hillenbrand that means he isn’t interested; if he said he wanted him, it’d be tampering (I think).

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Buffalo) it’s not fair that Buffalo can roll this guy out of the ‘pen to protect a 4 run lead…
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Kevin Reese: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Shelley Duncan, Bronson Sardinha & Alberto Gonzalez: all 0 for 4, 2 K – Sardinha threw a guy out at third
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2, 2 BB – 6 for his last 44 with 13 K
Tyler Clippard: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1-7 GB/FB – 38 H, 26 ER, 22 BB, 15 K in 28.1 IP since he beat the Mets in his MLB debut…
Sean Henn: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K in 7.2 innings since moving to the ‘pen

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Forget the iPhone

You need an iPig:

“This is the most anticipated pig since Porky,” [St. Paul] Saints general manager/executive vice president Derek Sharrer said in statement. “Taking on a major player like Apple is daunting, but our sense is that Apple has exposed a niche that these pigs fill. Our critics will say there’s no market for trying to reinvent the pig. We’ll see.”

Now if only the Yankees could get an iWin.

(hat tip to TPA)