Sunday, June 15, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 15, 2008

Last Night: NY Yankees 8, Houston 4

Mussina Wins 10th, Propels Yankees to 8-4 WinMike Mussina's strong start carried New York to an 8-4 win over the hosting Astros. Mussia (10-4, 3.87) was 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA after four starts - having been been knocked around twice by Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. He is one win from matching his total from a year ago.

"I am much better than last year,"' Mussina told the NY Post. "I go about it differently than in the past but I am not different. I am not taller and I don't throw left-handed. I am making good pitches and mixing it up."

The Yankees (36-33) have won wight of their last 11. It's the first time they are three games over .500 this season.

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Joel Sherman touches on all sorts of trade possibilities.

He says New York will monitor the C.C. Sabathia situation but would hesitate to give up top prospects in any deal for the soon-to-be free agent.

He speculates that both the Yankees and Mets would have interest in Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder:

Yankees Intersted in Prince Fielder?"Milwaukee is blessed with a lot of offensive-centric players who could switch to first (Ryan Braun in the majors, Matt LaPorta or Mat Gamel nearly ready at Double-A). Mainly, Fielder is a Scott Boras client who almost certainly will not sign a long-term contract and the Brewers could decide his greatest value is in dealing him sooner than later while his value is highest and cost to them lowest. The Dodgers, Twins and Royals also could have interest."

Cashman is working hardest to find a left handed specialist for the bullpen. Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte is the top choice.

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The NY Daily News has a pair of touching features: Wayne Coffey writes about the Posadas fight against craniosynostosis, Anthony McCarron about Joba Chamberlain nearly losing his father.

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Kevin Kernan has a report on RHP David Robertson - who I wrote about yesterday. He writes:

"There are two young relievers on the fast track to Yankee Stadium, one you've heard about - Mark Melancon. The other has been quietly streaking up the ranks. His name is David Robertson.

Remember the name. When you see him pitch, you'll certainly remember the curve ball. That's his out pitch, a pitch that is a lost art to this baseball generation."

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Robinson Cano started yesterday's game on the bench in favor of recently recalled utility man Alberto Gonzalez. Cano did pinch hit and broke a 0-for-17 slump with an RBI single.

Don Mattingly theorized that the weight of a $30 million contract might be at the root of Cano's recent struggles.

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The NY Post's Tim Bontemps writes that first-round draft pick Gerrit Cole's $7 million price tag scared other teams off. The Yankees think they got a steal.

David Baumbach of Newsday writes about switch-pitcher Pat Venditte.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

It was an excellent day for Yankees coverage... great information all over the place. You got to love Sundays.