Game 76: Mariners at Yankees

Tonight the Yankees begin a 3 game series against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners send Brandon Morrow to the hill to take on the Yankees. You may or may not remember Brandon Morrow, but he pitched a no-hitter against the Yankees with 2 outs in the 8th inning last year. Guess who broke it up, Wilson Betemit. The Yankees hope that doesn’t happen again and I’m Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again tonight, and I’m sure the Yankees are confident it won’t as they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Morrow:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

 C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Nice to have a full lineup with a DH, right?

Yankees acquire Hinske

You may or may not know that the Yankees acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates today. I wrote a post on the trade earlier today. Check it out. According to PeteAbe, Hinske’s plane was delayed from Pittsburg so he is not here yet, and no roster move has been made yet.

Ivan Nova flirts with a no-hitter

Last night Ivan Nova had a no-hitter through 5.2 innings in his AAA debut last night for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Pretty cool.

Mike Lowell goes on the DL

The Red Sox placed Lowell on the 15 day DL today. Now I usually don’t post about other teams, but I plan on relating this to a Yankee situation. The reason Mike Lowell is on the DL is because his hip is still bothering him coming hip surgery, the same surgery that ARod had. This should be a warning to the Yankees that ARod has to be regulary rested if they don’t want him to reinjure his hip.

Yankees acquire Hinske

You gotta cut that goatee, Eric.

You gotta cut that goatee, Eric.

The Yankees have just acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates. The Yankees sent Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson to the Bucs in exchange for Hinske and cash. Erickson and Fryer will not be missed, although Fryer did come over in the deal that sent Chase Wright to the Brewers. Still, both Fryer and Erickson were not considered real prospects. For the Pirates this move was really just a salary dump. Hinske’s 2009 contract is worth a total of 1.5 million, he supposedly has already earned 700,000$ and the remaining 800,000$ will be split between the Yankees and the Pirates.

Hinske will add depth to the Yankees. He can play left and right field, and he can play third and first base. Now with Hinske on the bench, the Yankees can give ARod, Teixeira, Swisher, and Damon a day off when needed. This doesn’t mean much, but Hinske was on both the 2007 World Series Champions, the Red Sox, and the 2008 AL Champions, the Rays. I really like this move because Hinske will provide some needed pop off the bench, and he allow some other guys to get regular days off.

Hinske will be in uniform tonight as the Yankees take on the Mariners, I wonder if he will get a start? Ramiro Pena will be optioned down to Scranton. The Yankees want Ramiro to get regular playing time to continue to develop. The other thing that is interesting is that according to Joel Sherman, Ramiro Pena will play some outfield down in the minors because the Yankees want to turn him into a super utility guy. Hmm…well we will just have to see, but I really do like the move to acquire Hinske.

Off Day Musings (3rd Edition)

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Right now everything is going well in Yankee Universe, winning seems to do that. After losing series to both the Nationals and the Marlins, things weren’t looking so good, and many were calling for Girardi’s head. However, since then things got back on track and the Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Braves, and swept the lowly Mets. Today the Yankees are off, and they are gearing up for 7 game home stand, in which they play the Mariners 3 times and the Blue Jays 4 times. After that the Yankees set out for a road trip to Minnesota then Anaheim before the All Star Break begins. Let’s not get to ahead of ourselves though, because for now we should just be enjoying an off day, but I know there are many people out there (myself included) who don’t like off days because they want to see Yankee baseball every day. While, I can’t do anything about the Yankees not playing, I can hopefully quench your thirst for baseball with a few stories, links, and rumors.

Mo 500th save

Rivera the great reaches his 500th save

Last night Mariano recorded his 500th Major League save, 2nd on the all time list to Trevor Hoffman who has 571 saves. Despite how great Hoffman is, we all know that Mariano is the greatest reliever of all time. What makes Mo great is that his only goal is to help his team win, he is not trying to set records or anything. After last night’s game, things got emotional as every member of the Yankees gave Mo a hug. All of his teammates were so happy for him, some people got some memorabilia. Cody Ransom got to take home the bat that Mo used in the at bat in which he got his first Major League RBI. Chien-Ming Wang asked Mo to sign a ball to give to his son, JJ Wang, so that JJ would always know that his father played with the great Mariano Rivera. He truly is unbelievable. Recently, ESPN sat down with Mariano for an interview, it was a few days before he actually got his 500th save. It definitely is worth a watch, it was just amazing to see how humble Mariano really is. Check it out.

Should I stay or should I go?

According to PeteAbe, Jose Molina is set to return to the big league roster very soon. He was with the team yesterday, and he did some base-running drills. Now he will begin a rehab assignment that should last for about a week before he rejoins the Yankees. The big question though is, “What to do with Fransisco Cervelli?” There are only a few options:

  • Carry 3 catchers – One option is to carry Jose Molina and Fransisco Cervelli, along with Jorge Posada. In this option, somebody obviously has to be either sent down or DFA. Ramiro Pena sent down? Brett Tomko DFA? I’m not crazy about this option.
  • Send the kid to AAA – Another option is to carry just Jose Molina and Jorge Posada, and to send Fransisco Cervelli to AAA. This would be a tough call, Cervelli calls a great game, the pitchers love him, and he brings a spark to the team. I really don’t know if this is the right option, I’m 50-50 on this.
  • Trade Jose Molina – The final option is to trade Jose Molina and carry Jorge Posada and Fransisco Cervelli. To me this seems kind of harsh to Molina, plus what do you do if Jorge or Cervelli gets hurt, Kevin Cash? Maybe? Jose Molina has done nothing to deserve being traded, the pitchers love throwing to him just like Cervelli. If they were to trade Molina, I doubt they would get much in return, but there should be some teams out there that would like to have him. I really am unsure on what to do with this whole situation, but that’s why I’m not the general manager. However, feel free to pretend that you are Brian Cashman, and comment on the move you would make.

Huston Street?

The rumors keep on burning that Huston Street will be a Yankee. I still feel the same way on him, I’d absolutely love to have him in the bullpen as he would provide an 8th inning fix, and possibly even a future closer since he has already been closing ballgames, but the thing is that I don’t think he is worth the price that the Rockies are going to want for him. He only becomes more expensive now that the Rockies are winning ballgames left and right. How to you feel about the Huston Street comments? Feel free to comment.

How to get your baseball fix?

Well as you know the Yankees are not playing today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch baseball today. Here are some notable games set to take place tonight:

Boston @ Baltimore (NESN, MASN) 7:05

Lester goes for Boston

Berker goes for Baltimore

Tampa Bay @ Toronto (SUN, TSN) 7:07

Niemann goes for Tampa Bay

Halladay goes for Toronto

NY Mets @ Milwaukee (ESPN, FSWI) 7:08

Nieve goes for New York

Looper goes for Milwaukee


Update: I just realized this was my 100th post. Pretty cool.

Game 75: Yankees at Mets

Tonight the Yankees look to defeat the Mets for a sweep of the series. The Yankees won the previous two games in the series with great pitching and timely hitting. It also doesn’t hurt that the Mets can not hit, can not field, and their pitching is mediocre. When your second best pitcher is Livan Hernandez you know youre in trouble. Livan has been surprisingly good for the Mets this year, sporting a 4.05 ERA. However, in his one start against the Bombers this year, he went 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs. I’m sure the Yankees are willing to take that again, and here is the lineup via PeteAbe they send out in hopes of doing just that:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

I'm going to keep using this picture because I'm really feeling it.

I'm going to keep using this picture because I'm really feeling it.

Call a doctor

You know the story, a flu has been spreading through the Yankees clubhouse. The newest victim is Phil Hughes, and Mark Teixeira isn’t feeling 100% either. Anyway, I’m trying to keep track of all the players who have or had this flu (several coaches reportedly also have the flu): So far I have Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, and Phil Hughes down as players who have or had the flu.

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Phillies interested in Chien-Ming Wang

Frequent commentator Steven Cheung pointed out that ESPN Rumor Central says that the Phillies like Chien-Ming Wang. You can read the story here, but the full story requires insider access, which I don’t have. My take on it: Now would be the worst time to trade Wang because his trade value is down from his horrific start of the the 2009 campaign. Even when his value goes back up, I see no reason to trade Wang unless the Phillies overwhelm Brian Cashman with an offer too good to refuse. You can never have enough starting pitching. If Wang was to be traded, I would assume Hughes goes back into the rotation. If that’s the case, what do you if Hughes or Wang or any other rotation member struggles for that matter? What do you do when Joba and Hughes both reach their innings limit (Joba’s is about 150-160, Hughes is more unknown but is believed to be around 180)? Chien-Ming Wang should not be traded unless the Yankees get an amazing return, which I see as 99.9% not happening.

Just won’t die

The rumors of Huston Street to the Yankees are still well and alive. I still feel the same way, I would love to have Street in the Yankees pen, but I think the Rockies asking price will not be worth it. Maybe Brian Cashman has a trick up is sleeve. We will just have to wait and see.

Game 74: Yankees at Mets

Last night the Yankees defeated the Mets by the score of 9-1, with the help of the Mets terrible defense. Their entire infield each made an error, well except for Luis Castillo (ironic right?) who I feel has already done his share. CC pitched well and showed no signs of the muscle soreness that bothered him in his last start. Brett Gardner had the night of his life, he was a double short of the cycle and if you think about it he should have gotten it because on one of his singles CC was on first base and any other runner would have advanced to third and Brett would have easily made it to second. Oh well. Anyway, tonight the Yankees look to secure a series win as they face Tim Redding and the Mets. You may remember Redding in his short 1 inning stint with the Yankees in which he gave up 6 runs, that was the end of him. Anyhow, here’s the starting lineup via PeteAbe :

CF Brett Gardner

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

SS Ramiro Pena

RHP A.J. Burnett

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Paging Doctor Robert (Beatles reference)

Johnny Damon joins the list of Yankees who are/were under the weather. Other members of that list inlcude Matsui, Melky Cabrera, and Derek Jeter. What’s going on here, you would think the Yankees could control this better.

Pat Venditte finally climbs the ladder

Pat Venditte (the Yankees ambidextrous pitcher who nobody really feels is a prospect, but continues to get hitters out) was promoted to Tampa (Class A Advanced). This is good for him because he is not that young (24) for his level and he can’t continue to just dominate 20 year olds, he needs to either prove he can get more experienced hitters out or prove that he can’t.

Nady needs Tommy John Surgery

Just in case you missed it, Nady needs TJ surgery. He really wanted to come back, that’s why he tried alternative methods but they failed. He is a free agent after the season and it is unlikely the Yankees will re-sign him, especially because his agent is named Scott Boras. I still feel the way I felt last night when I heard the news, very disappointed. Will Brian Cashman make a trade now that Nady isn’t coming back, who knows.

Musings on Huston Street

Marc Craig wonders whether Huston will be fitting on Yankee pinstripes in the near future. I like the idea very much, but I don’t think the Rockies want to trade anyone right now, they have been on a hot streak and probably don’t want to mess it up. Maybe once they cool down, they will be more open to trading Street. However, I still don’t think he’ll come cheap. According to Marc Craig the Yankees have been interested in Street since May. While I like the idea, to me it has to be for the right price.

Game 73: Yankees at Mets

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The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

Round 2 of the 2009 Subway Series begins tonight as the Yankees and CC Sabathia take on the Mets and Mike Pelfrey. The Yankees took round 1 of the Subway Series taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets, but the Yankees really only earned one win in that series with the other win coming as a result of a dropped pop up by Luis Castillo, and I thank him for that. This time around the Yankees hope to earn their wins against the cross town rivals. The pitching matchups look pretty good for the Yankees during this series with CC vs Pelfrey tonight, A.J. vs Redding tomorrow, and Wang vs. Livan on Sunday. Okay maybe the Sunday doesn’t favor the Yankees tremendously but I feel confident with Wang. Anyway, let’s just worry about tonight as the Yankees send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face Mike Pelfrey and the Mets:

SS Derek Sanderson Jeter CF Brett M. Gardner

LF Johnny David Damon

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

3B Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez

2B Robinson Jose Cano

RF Melky Astacio Cabrera

CF Brett M. Gardner C Francisco Cervelli

C Francisco Cervelli SS Derek Jeter

LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia

The bottom of that lineup looks a little weak with both Swisher and Posada not playing, no big deal though.

Nady suffers a setback

Xavier Nady was playing for Scranton last night and he left the game in the 5th inning after making a throw from right field. At the moment the Yankees haven’t said much about it but it doesn’t look good to me. “We don’t know what he did yet but it could be the worst-case scenario,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “He felt something and that is what we were concerned about.” “I want to talk to X and see how he feels,” Cashman said. “But it didn’t sound good.” According to PeteAbe Nady is heading to California to see Dr. Yocum. It doesn’t sound good but let’s just hope for the best because not getting Nady back for the rest of the year would really hurt.

Happy Birthday Derek!

Derek Jeter turns 35 today, man he is getting old, but he is still productive and is having a surprisingly decent maybe even good year defensively.

Andy Phillips signs with Japan

Do you remember Andy Phillips? He played for t.ps said on the team’s official Web site. “I’ll do every thing I can to help the team win a championship.” Good for him and I wish him the best of luck, Japan has to be better than AAA and now he has a chance to really prove himself and have fun on a competitive team.

Update 6:30

Jeter scratched because he is feeling under the weather. Same illness that Melky and Hideki have/had. I made the corresponding changes to the lineup above. By the way it’s raining in New York again. It looks like we could be in for a long delay. I feel like we live in Seatle.

Update 6:55
Xavier Nady is done for the season. He needs Tommy John surgery. This is really dissapointing but I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. I have yet to really digest the news, right nowim just really dissapointed and even sad. I really like Nady but it looks like his Yankee days are over, he is a free agent after the season and I doubt the Yankees would want to resign him considering his 2010 is partly is doubt since TJ surgery recovering takes about a year. I’m really disappointed.

Update 7:30

First pitch scheduled for 8:00.

Game 72: Yankees at Braves

Let’s start off the post with tonight’s starting lineup for the New York Yankees via PeteAbe:

SS Derek Sanderson Jeter

LF Johhny David Damon

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

3B Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez

C Jorge Rafael Posada

RF Nick Thompson Swisher

CF Brett M. Gardner

2B Bryan Cody Ransom

LHP Andrew Eugene Pettitte

Do you like the full names? I’m not a fan of “Eugene.”

Cano a late a scratch

Robinson was in the lineup but right around 4:00 he was scratched from the lineup. No word on why. I will have updates as the come along

Melky sitting for the 2nd consecutive day?

This seems kind of strange to me, and if I read or see anything about it I will post updates.

The price of Jose Veras

Yesterday, the Yankees sent Jose Veras packing to Cleveland. Today via Tyler Kepner we find out that the Yankees received over 20,000 in return. Doesn’t seem like much to me, but hey it’s not as bad as what the Yankees paid the White Sox this off season to acquire Chris Stewart, Brian Cashman sent the White Sox 1$. I love Cashman’s quote: “Some people get cute and send 100 pennies, I don’t have time for cute.” Yeah I guess he was too busy signing CC, Mark, and A.J.

Hughes gets a tattoo

Yesterday was Phil Hughes’ birthday. His birthday present to himself was a tattoo of the Bible verse Philippians 4:13, according to Tyler Kepner. He got the tattoo from Nick Swisher’s tattoo artist in Atlanta, oh and Nick also got a tattoo. I don’t really recommend tattoos because almost everybody seems to regret them, but at least both Phil and Nick got the tattoos on the inside of their upper left arms where they shouldn’t be seen.

Update 4:36
Cano’s left wrist is wrapped up in tape. He should play tomorrow.

Update 6:00
Melky and Matsui have the flu. That’s why Melky hasn’t been playing.

Game 71: Yankees 8, Braves 4

Tonight the Yankees defeated the Braves by the score of 8 to 4. While it may look like an ordinary win, it was not quite. Through 5 innings the Yankees did not have a single base runner, and it looked like another night of losing to Cy Young. However, the story changed in the 6th inning. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a walk (the Yankees first base runner), then he got called out on a pick off on first. Joe Girardi immediately came out to argue. Gardner was clearly safe as seen on the replays, but from Girardi’s view he probably couldn’t really tell. Still, Girardi gave the first base umpire his money’s worth and was ejected. Seeing the manager ejected always seems to get a team fired up. Anyway, the next batter was Francisco Cervelli who hit a solo home run to tie the game at one (his first career home run). From there on almost everything went the Yankee’s way. They went on to score two more runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, two in the 8th, and then 2 in the 9th.

Girardi Argue

On the pitching side things also went well for the Yanks. Joba Chamberlain went 6.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. Phil Coke came in to finish the 7th after Joba got in a bit of trouble. Then Bruney came into the 8th inning and right from the get go he didn’t look right, to me his fastball wasn’t there. Bruney allowed a run and could not finish the 8th after getting 2 outs. Enter sandman who stroke out the first batter he faced to end the 8th. Mo actually batted in the top of the ninth, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs and he actually hit a hard liner to center. In the bottom of the 9th Mo was smoking. He faced three batters, and struck out all three. So for the night Mo faced a total of 4 batters and stuck them all out. Vintage Mariano. So the Yankees won the game 8 to 4.

Side Notes

  • The Yankees held a closed door meeting after last night’s game. Supposedly it was basically a pep talk. Jeter and Teixeira were the two guys to step up and talk during the meeting.
  • Brian Cashman unexpectedly was in Atlanta tonight. He also had a little closed door meeting in Girardi’s office with Nick Swisher and Girardi himself. The original lineup posted tonight had Swisher on the bench and Melky in right field. After that little meeting with Cashman, Swisher was in the lineup and Melky was on the bench. The Yankees did not really comment on the situation, so we’re just left to speculate. All I could think off would be that Cashman and Girardi wanted to let Swisher know what the situation would be once Xavier Nady returns (which should be soon, he actually played right field tonight for Scranton). Maybe they told Swisher that he would become a bench player once Nady comes back. I really don’t know, but I would think there was more to Brian Cashman being with the Yankees on the road than just to tell Swisher something. But you know the Yankees, they are quite secretive.
  • Cody Ransom is back with the team, Angel Berroa was DFA’d.
  • Jose Veras was traded to the Indians for “cash considerations.”

What’s Wrong With The Yankees?

Since being swept by Boston in a series taking place on June 9-11, the Yankees have played 10 games. Out of those 10 games they have only won 4 games, and 1 of them was a freebie in which Luis Castillo dropped a pop up to blow the game for the Mets. 4 out of 10 might be good as far as batting average goes but it is not a good rate for a ball club to win games at. So basically the Yankees have earned 3 wins (the win in the game where Luis Castillo dropped the ball was not earned in my opinion) in their last 13 games, including the Boston series.  So, what is actually wrong with the Yankees?

The Pitching

Nope. The Yankees problem is not their pitching. Over the course of the 13 aforementioned games, the Yankees pitchers hold a 3.89 ERA. So pitching is not to blame.

Defense

Maybe. Over those 13 games the Yankees have made 7 errors. During the Boston series, the Yankees had an error in every game. However since then they have improved, in the Nationals and Marlins series combined the Yankees only made 1 error. So I think the defense hurt the Yankees in the Boston series, but hasn’t been as costly since.

Offense

Bingo, we have found the problem. Over those 13 games the Yankees are averaging 4 runs a game, but those numbers are a little skewed considering the 15 run outburst against Johan Santana and the Mets, so the real average should be even lower. Over those 13 games the Yankees are hitting .240 with a .326 OBP, and they are hitting .238 with runners in scoring position (.194 if you don’t count the 15 run game.) Previous to these 13 games the Yankees were averaging 5.7 runs a game, and they were hitting .277 with a .356 OBP. With runners in scoring position the Yankees were hitting .266. So we have found the problem with the Yankees, and although this problem was fairly obvious, at least we have some numbers to back it up.

The Solution

Unfortunately, I have no solution. The only thing I can think of is to shake up the lineup. Here’s my suggestion:

CF Brett Gardner

LF Johnny Damon

RF Nick Swisher

3B Alex Rodriguez

1B Mark Teixeira

SS Derek Jeter

2B Robinson Cano

C Francisco Cervelli/Jorge Posada

Pitcher (Insert name here) Joba is pitching tonight

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I know the lineup is a bit strange and will probably never happen considering I put Jeter in the 6 hole. I mean no offense to any player that I may have moved down in the order, I just feel that this lineup would really mix things up and could actually be effective. While I don’t see that lineup ever happening, I do hope to see some shakeups. Please Joe Girardi, shake up the lineup. By the way, feel free to comment on your suggestions which could mean lineup suggestions if you wish.

Also, I would like to wish Phil Hughes a happy 23rd birthday! They grow up so fast, okay maybe they don’t considering he is only 23. You have a bright future young kid, we still see you as a number 1-3 starter.

Game 70: Yankees at Braves

The Yankees have played their last two series against the Nationals, and the Marlins. They have lost both series, going 2-4. The Yankees have not looked very good lately, and surprisingly it’s more their hitting than their pitching that has looked bad. For the most part the Yankees pitching has been pretty good, minus some bullpen appearances (cough…Brett Tomko…cough) and CC Sabathia who had to leave Sunday’s game in the second inning. The good thing about baseball is that there are many games left in the season, and the Yankees still have time to get back on track. Tonight, they look to do just that as they send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Tommy Hanson, the highly touted Braves prospect who has looked good in his first 3 major league games (4.08 ERA):

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Damon still day-today

Johnny is on the bench today still nursing that pain in his calf. He is day-to-day and can pinch hit tonight if necessary.

CC still in question

After being removed from Sunday’s game in the 2nd inning, CC took yesterday off, today he received treatment, and tomorrow he will throw a bullpen session. At first he was said to have “left biceps tendinitis” now it’s being called a sore arm. When asked whether or not he thought this was a result of throwing 253 innings last year, CC said, “No, that’s not it, It could be the 120 pitches this year.” To me that is code for, “Yeah Joe has been using me a bit too much this year, and I feel that is the reason why I have this issue right now.” Take it as you want, but if the extra pitches towards the end of his pitched games this season is the reason CC has this “sore arm”, then Joe Girardi has seemingly made two mistakes in handling prized players (Alex not getting days off, and now CC). However, it is not right for me to point fingers, because nobody except for the Yankees themselves know why CC has a “sore arm.”

Give us a break

On Sunday, the Marlins had a mistake with their lineup and defensive positioning. The Yankees played the rest of the game in protest. If the protest was won the Yankees would have been able to replay the game from the point where the Marlins made the mistake. However, as expected MLB denied the Yankees protest.

Scott Proctor, a recovering alcoholic

Tyler Kepner has an interesting article about Scott Proctor. The article contains many things, that we as Yanke fans had no idea were going on. Make sure you read the article, it is very interesting.

Flip Flop Fly Ball

Thanks to River Ave Blues, I just discovered a great baseball website. The name of the site is Flip Flop Fly Ball, and it is run by Craig Robinson. What he basically does is create infographs relating to interesting baseball information. It is a great site, and a must read for all baseball fans.

Cody Ransom will be back

Cody will be back with the big club tomorrow according to PeteAbe. Either Berroa will be DFA or Pena optioned down. I really hope Berroa gets the axe, I feel like I have something against him that I was born with. It’s weird.

Batting Stances Guy

Whether you have heard of him or not, the batting stances guy is a dude who mimics hundreds of ballplayers’ batting stances. In my opinion, he is funny to watch, but he kind of over-exaggerates players’ stances, which I guess he means to do. Anyway, the other day I saw a video of him doing the 2009 Yankees batting stances, and I thought I’d share it with you.

By the way, 161st Street is on Twitter

However, I will not be posting excessively like some people do. I just plan on having automatic “tweets” whenever I create a new blog post. So, the real reason 161st Street is on Twitter is to make the blog more accessible to people who are on Twitter very often. Here’s the link, in case you are a “Twitter” or whatever a user of Twitter is called.

Sorry for not posting a new edition of “Off Day Musings”. I did not have computer access yesterday.