In about 2 and a half weeks. (sorry for the tease)Â

Joba was named to the USA squad for the 2007 Futures Game, which takes place Sunday July 8th at 2pm, and will be telecast on ESPN (or ESPN2, one of those damn channels). Both Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata made the game last year (you can watch watch Tabata almost talk off Hughes’ head here), but this year the Yanks only have one representative. You can check out the World Team roster here.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Oakland A’s have designated Milton Bradley for assignment. The team now has 10 days to either trade him or grant him his outright release.

There is a common misconception that a DFAd player must pass through waivers. This is untrue. While it is common for a DFAd player to be placed on waivers, the intention is to outright him to the minor leagues. Because Bradley has five years of MLB service time, he cannot be outrighted to the minors. So it’s either trade him, or he’s a free agent in 10 days.

With Jason Giambi out and Johnny Damon near a DL stay, we think Milton, attitude problem or not, can help this team.

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I wasn’t planning on putting together a midseason list, but once I saw that everyone else doing it, I figured I might as well join the party. You can catch Fabian’s Top 30 List here and EJ’s here. I’m not going to go into too much detail because not all that much has changed as far as individual scouting reports and stuff like that. You can find my Preseason Top 30 list here, for comparisons sake. List after the jump.

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  • The amazing disappearing Yankee offense

    Coors Field is a hitters’ haven. So what have the Yanks done in two games there? They are 12 for 65 with 6 doubles, no home runs and two runs scored. That’s a .185 average for those keeping score at home. But today, in a few hours, long-time Yankee punching bag Rodrigo Lopez takes the mound. I’m predicting, knock on wood, an offensive explosion from a Bombers’ offense waiting to burst out in Colorado. · (1) ·

There exists a tendency after a loss to assign blame to the manager. Some people go so far as to blame the manager exclusively for the loss (we’re looking at you, NoMaas). Yes, sometimes it is the manager’s fault. Most times, though, it’s everyone’s fault — and the manager just doesn’t help things.

Yes, I’m referring to Torre’s decision to bring out Pettitte for the seventh. Now, let’s be clear: I’m not saying “Joe’s an idiot” or anything of that nature. I’m just pointing out that sending him out for the seventh, after a 21-pitch, two-run sixth, was a questionable move.

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Down on the Farm

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Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Durham)
Jamal Strong: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - just when you’re ready to give up on him…BAM!
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 18th jack puts him on pace for 36..
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 3 – plummeting to new lows…0 for his last 20, hitting .233
Steven White: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HB
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 7 ER in last 8.2 IP
Edwar: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – en fuego…

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  • Wooooooooooooooooo!

    Here’s a video of my favorite bleacher creature. You may recognize him if you sit on the right field side often. Tip o’ the hat to reader Mg. · (1) ·

  • Good news for the Yanks

    It turns out that there’s no underlying injury in Schilling’s shoulder. That means he really does just suck this bad! (9.1 IP, 19 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 5 K in his last 2 starts) Update by Joe: Schilling has been placed on the 15-day DL. He thinks he has a “touch of tendinitis.” Anyway, another starter is not needed until Tuesday which, as Nick Cafardo notes, would be Jon Lester’s turn to pitch. · (7) ·