Thursday, June 19, 2008

Snaphot: Yankees News and Notes for June 19, 2008

Last Night: NY Yankees 8, San Diego Padres 5

A-Rod homers in 4th straight game, Yankees win 6th in a row
Alex Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game as the Yankees hammered San Diego ace Jake Peavy en route to an 8-5 win at the Stadium last night. New York has won a season-high six straight.

Right hander Darrell Rasner (4-4, 3.64) allowed two runs over five innings for his first win in five decisions. He walked a season-high five - one shy of his walk total for his first seven starts combined.

The Yankees (39-33) made Peavy, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, throw 93 pitches and took a 4-2 lead while knocking him out after four innings.

New York's bullpen made it interesting late. In the seventh Edwar Ramirez surrendered back-to-back homers to Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez. In the eighth, Chase Headley took Kyle Farnsworth deep but Mariano Rivera shut down the Padres for his 19th save in 19 chances.

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NY Daily News scribe John Harper:

"So it turns out that Hank Steinbrenner was smarter than everybody else all along ...

"But let's face it, it was Steinbrenner who was screaming about needing Joba Chamberlain in the starting rotation way back when most of us thought Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy would be just fine this season."

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Roger Rubin has more on the Yankees and free agent right hander Sidney Ponson agreeing to a minor-league deal.

Once a budding star for the Orioles, Ponson's (4-1, 3.88) conduct prompted his release from the pitching-starved Texas Rangers.

Said Rangers outfielder Milton Bradley: "Wow, that dude's got issues."

The Yankees have assigned Ponson to Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. He will throw a bullpen session today and could start Saturday. If Ponson does well, the start after that could be for the Yankees in the June 27 split doubleheader against the Mets.

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OF/DH Hideki Matsui missed last night's game with a sore knee. A trip to the DL is unlikely ... Fifth-round pick Chris Smith for slot money ($158,000).

1 comment:

David said...

I can't see Ponson making a lasting (favorable) impression on the yankees