Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 24, 2008

Carl Pavano, New York YankeesYesterday: Off Day

George King suggests that Carl Pavano could be ready to pitch for the New York Yankees before Phil Hughes.

"I haven't asked, but it's possible," GM Brian Cashman told the NY Post reporter. "Pavano should be ready by August and Hughes in August."

Pavano, who is in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract, is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Hughes a fractured rib. Pavano is throwing curveballs. Phil Hughes will start his throwing program Wednesday in Tampa.

Carl Pavano, New York YankeesYankees fans would be ill-advised to count on Pavano. Injuries have limited the right-hander to just 19 games. He appeared in two games at the start of last year and hasn’t pitched since.

Within the same piece, King says that if Kyle Farnsworth injured right hand keeps him from itching, the Yankees will likely add right-hander RHP David Robertson to the roster.

Mark Feinsand details Derek Jeter’s off year. The captain has a .279 batting average (37 points below his career mark). His 10 doubles and 39 runs scored put him well below his usual pace. Fourteen shortstops in the majors have more extra-base hits than Jeter’s 17.

The NY Post’s Mike Vaccaro relives Bill Mazerowski’s 1960 World Series ending homer:

Bill Mazeroski Beats the YankeesIn the first six games, the Yankees won three games by a total score of 38-3; but the Pirates also won three, those by a maddening score of 14-8. It was just another way that 1960 mirrored 2001; 41 years later, entering Game 7, it was the Yankees who had eked by in their wins by a grand total of 9 runs to 6, while getting shellacked 27-3 in their losses).

Then, of course, came the one word that continues to haunt just about every Yankee fan over the age of 55 or so: Mazeroski.

Actually, Bill Mazeroski's ninth-inning blast capped what may well have been the greatest World Series game of all time, a 10-9 epic in which the Yankees trailed 4-0 after two innings, led 7-4 after seven innings, trailed 9-7 heading into the ninth and ultimately tied, 9-9, after a Yogi Berra RBI groundout that nearly trapped Mickey Mantle off first for the series-ending out.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are one step closer to being teammates on the American League All-Star team. The latest round of voting results shows the Yankee infielders holding commanding leads at their respective positions. Jeter leads all AL players with 1,988,251 votes, giving him a lead of more than 800,000 votes over Texas' Michael Young. A-Rod has 1,940,827 votes, nearly a million more than Boston's Mike Lowell.

Hideki Matsui is a distant second to Boston's David Ortiz for the DH spot, but Ortiz's wrist injury is expected to keep him out of the game. If Matsui is elected by the players as the backup DH, he would likely start.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone really believe Pavano will contribute anything positive?

Mazeroski's homerun is one of the most memorable moments of my childhood......

Emily said...

Mine too!