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Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature. The Yankees and Dodgers were rained out on Tuesday and will instead play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda will start the first game at 1pm ET while Phil Hughes gets the ball at 7pm ET. Because the doubleheader was not announced 48 hours in advance, the two teams will not be able to add a 26th man to the roster. Yeah, it’s a dumb rule, but that’s the rule. They will need to dig up a starter for Sunday, but Ivan Nova lines up nicely.
Use this thread as an open thread for the night. Zack Wheeler is making his debut for the Mets against the Braves, plus you’ve got a game on MLB Network and the College World Series on ESPN2. Game Six of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about any of that stuff and more. Have at it.
Most off-days stink, but I think I will enjoy this one just as much as the players. The Yankees have been brutal for a few weeks now, but especially the last week in particular. Even yesterday’s win was exhausting. This is a good night to relax and forget all about baseball for a few hours.
Here is your open thread for the night. The Mets are playing the Braves (Gee vs. Hudson), the Cubs and Cardinals will be on ESPN (Wood vs. Miller), plus Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals will be on as well. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope you enjoyed the day with family and a much-needed/unecessarily stressful Yankees win. If you haven’t talked to your dad yet today, make sure you get on that. There are lots of us you can’t but wish we could.
Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Giants at the Braves (Lincecum vs. Teheran), plus you’ve got Game Five of the NBA Finals as well. Talk about either of those games or anything else here. Have at it.
The Yankees announced their plans for Old Timers’ Day yesterday afternoon — Chad Jennings has the details — and one name stuck out from the roster: Orlando Hernandez. El Duque will make his Old Timers’ debut next weekend, and I haven’t been this excited since Mike Mussina made his debut a few years ago. Hernandez was the best and I can’t wait to see the leg kick one more time.
Here is your open thread for the night, or at least until the regular game thread comes along in a few hours. The Mets are playing the Cubs (Jackson vs. Marcum), plus MLB Network will air the Giants and Braves (Bumgarner vs. Medlen). No NHL or NBA action tonight, unfortunately. Talk about either of those games or anything else here. Have at it.
Can you believe that happened four years ago already? It feels like it was last week. I remember watching the ball get popped up and getting up off my couch assuming the game was over. I didn’t see the drop live, my eyes were off the television until I heard Michael Kay screaming “He dropped the ball! He dropped the ball!” What a crazy, crazy game. Happy birthday Luis Castillo’s drop, you turn four today.
Anyway, here is your open thread for the night, at least until the regular game thread comes along in a few hours. The Yankees don’t start until 10pm ET again. The Mets are playing the Cardinals (Gee vs. Miller), the Indians and Rangers will be on ESPN (Ubaldo vs. Tepesch), plus you’ve got Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Talk about any of those games here. Enjoy.
The Yankees don’t open their three-game series in Oakland until later tonight, so here’s an open thread to hold you over until the regular game thread comes along. The Mets are playing the Cardinals (Hefner vs. Wacha) and for those of you in the Tri-State Area, MLB Network will show the Giants vs. Pirates. Former Yankees first rounder Gerrit Cole will be making his big league debut for Pittsburgh. You could also tune into the MLB.tv Free Game of the Day to watch Chien-Ming Wang to return to the big leagues with the Blue Jays. Game Three of the NBA Finals is on as well, so talk about those games or anything else here. Go nuts.
These mid-West Coast trip off-days are always weird. It seems like the off-days should bookend the road trip and not come in the middle, but I guess you can’t please everyone with the schedule. The Athletics, who the Yankees will play these next three days, are traveling home from Chicago after losing two of three from the White Sox. So, instead of playing tonight, the Yankee wait. Such is life.
Here is your open thread for the night. The Red Sox and Rays (Lackey vs. Cobb) are on ESPN, and a win by Tampa would move the Yankees into a tie with Boston atop the AL East in the loss column. There are no NBA or NHL playoff games tonight, so Sox-Rays is your only nationally televised option. Talk about that game or anything else here. Have at it.
Here is your open thread for this lovely evening. The ESPN Sunday Night game is the Cardinals at the Reds (Lynn vs. Arroyo), plus Game Two of the NBA Finals is on. Talk about either game or anything else on your mind right here. Have at it.
Here is your open thread for this fine evening. The Mets and Marlins are still playing, believe it or not. They’re in the 18th inning (!) as I write this. The Red Sox and Angels are the FOX game in the Tri-State Area (Buchholz vs. Wilson), though those of you scattered elsewhere will see a different game depending on where you live. There’s also some NHL playoff action. You folks know how this stuff works, so have at it.
Welcome to Day Three, the last gasp of the 2013 draft. Rounds 11-40 will be chosen today, and none of those picks are directly tied to the draft pool. No pool money will be lost if these guys do not sign. Expect to see some/all of the last remaining high-end high school players chosen at some point this afternoon as super deep backup plans. None are expected to sign but it’s worth a shot.
The Yankees landed three true first round talents with their free first round picks on Day One, and Day Two brought a mix of interesting prospects and draft pool-saving selections. Day Three will be a smorgasbord — interesting prospects, nepotism picks, organization filler, pretty much the works. Here are some quick links before we proceed:
- Our 2013 Draft Order Tracker is now up and running. It’s available at all times under the Resources tab, right under the street sign in the banner. We’ll keep track of the Yankees’ draft pool situation between now and signing deadline there, so check back often.
- In other draft pool news, scouting director Damon Oppenheimer told K. Levine-Flandrup he does not expect to have any trouble signing the team’s Day One selections. Sandwich rounder LHP Ian Clarkin told reporters he wants “life-changing money” to turn pro, and I’m guessing he’ll find something a bit over the $1.65M slot value to be pretty damn life-changing.
- “The Yankees nailed their first three picks,” wrote Keith Law in his AL breakdown (subs. req’d). He also notes they took some interesting bullpen options on Day Two and Clarkin “was inconsistent this spring in command, but his velocity was strong at year end and he would have gone in the teens had he performed better.”
- Here are the best remaining players heading into Day Three, according to Baseball America. The first seven are essentially unsignable high schoolers.
The draft resumes this afternoon at 1pm ET with a rapid fire conference call that will be broadcast on MLB.com. You can also follow all the picks live with the Draft Tracker. There won’t be a liveblog today, so use this thread to talk about any and all picks.