Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Matt Carson, Shelley Duncan & Chad Moeller: all 1 for 4 - Carson drove in a run & was hit by a pitch… Shelley drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed twice … Moeller K’ed twice
Eric Duncan & Juan Miranda: both 1 for 5, 2 K
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – nice return from spending just about a month on the DL
Ben Broussard: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Nick Green: 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) – days like this make you want to take a bat to the watercooler
Chris Basak: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8-9 GB/FB – 77 of 112 pitches were strikes (68.8%)
Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63.2%) … just didn’t have it today
It’s 5:15 as I type this. I’m headed to some place, where I might get a ticket for the game. I’m also four beers deep, so I don’t feel up to commenting on the game, except that we better damn well win, and Gardner damn well better get on base at least once.
If you don’t mind, could you all sing a verse of “Sha na na na” for Melky?
And on the mound, number forty-six, my favorite Yankee of the dynasty, Andy Pettitte.
Saw this on MLB Trade Rumors a minute ago. It comes from a source we don’t enjoy citing, but the news is too big to pass up. Apparently, the team has waived Richie Sexson, and has sent Melky Cabrera to Scranton. Brett Gardner and Cody Ransom take their places. This is quite the strange turn of events. While I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the source jumped the gun on this, it would be a welcome change if true. · (76) ·
For a few months, we had been hearing the rumors of an imminent sports radio divorce. On Thursday, the break-up finally materialized as Chris Russo — Mad Dog to most — announced his departure from the inexplicably popular WFAN radio show. Mike Francesa will stay on as the afternoon host and, presumably, the YES Network will simulcast “Francesa on the FAN” in place of Mike and the Mad Dog. Newsday’s Neil Best has a lot more on this hot story, and we can take solace in the fact that sports radio in New York just got slightly more tolerable. · (35) ·
Mark your calendars for April 16, 2009. According to the Associated Press, on that Thursday, the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees will play the first game at the new Yankee Stadium. The game will be long sold out before anyone really has a chance to grab tickets. According to reports, the Yanks’ preliminary schedule — subject to change — has the team opening on the road in Baltimore with stops in Kansas City and Tampa Bay before arriving in New York to open the new stadium. · (9) ·
So says an anonymous source of Tyler Kepner’s. I don’t buy it, both Mike Moustakas and Josh Vitters pulled the same stuff last year. If Cole does go to UCLA, the Yanks will get pick #28A in next year’s draft, which for all intents and purposes is pick #29. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. · (81) ·
- Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with a triple, providing just about all of Scranton’s offense. IPK allowed a run on 5 hits & a walk in 6 IP, with 5 K. JB Cox, Phil Coke & Scott Strickland provided 4 innings of shutout relief.
- Ajax uninspiringly went 2 for 4, while Kevin Russo chipped in an RBI double. Trenton’s offense was shut down by one of the best pitching prospects in the game (and yet another part of the haul the O’s got for Bedard). None of the pitchers did anything particularly noteworthy.
- Charleston’s game was called after the 6th inning because of rain, but both Austin Romine & Brandon Laird picked up hits. The rest of the lineup was pretty quiet, and Noel Castillo sucked on the mound.
- Staten Island’s offense pounded out 13 runs on 17 hits, led by Dan Brewer & Jack Rye, who each had a pair of doubles. Erik Lovett drove in 4 runs, and everyone in the lineup picked up at least one hit and scored a run. Casey Erickson allowed 1 unearned runs in 5 IP.
Just as a heads up, tomorrow at 2:00 EST I’ll be doing the first ever RAB Chat, so make sure you stop by.
Here’s some good news for fans of the ever-popular MLB.tv service: Bob DuPuy, MLB’s president and CEO, wants to drastically revise the blackout rules and regulations. The current territorial restrictions were put in place long before the advent of the Internet and DirecTV, and it’s high time for an update of these draconian regulations. · (15) ·
Mark Feinsand reports that Dan Giese is hitting the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis. As the Daily News scribe tells us, Giese will follow a similar rehab plan to that of Joba Chamberlain. More interest, however, is the news that neither Carl Pavano nor Phil Hughes — who Chad Moeller says looks great — will make Giese’s start on Tuesday. The Yanks want to see the two rehabbing hurlers hit 100 pitches in a Minor League game first. · (55) ·