Who said Derek Jeter could have the day off?
I didn’t see the PTO request!
Actually, he has a sore right oblique and needed a day to recuperate…
Thanks to a scoop by Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog, here is a photo of Nick Swisher’s new haircut:
I liked Abraham’s comment that it looked like Swish head-butted a lawnmower! Hopefully, this will snap Swish out of his current slump. On the bright side, it can’t hurt!
Roger Clemens was on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show this morning, and denied use of any performance-enhancing drugs. Right, and I also believe that Brett Favre doesn’t enjoy waffling about retirement every off-season…
Former Yankees reliever Scott Proctor (currently with the Florida Marlins) had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and is out for the year. Meanwhile, Yankees minor league pitcher Ian Kennedy had surgery for an aneurysm in his right shoulder, and will be out for 6-8 weeks. Good luck to both pitchers, and may they each have a speedy recovery!
Oh yeah, there was a game tonight. The Yankees lost, 5-1. Of course, that was a given as soon as I saw that Roy Halladay was the scheduled starter. He is a true Yankee killer (even if his name is really Harry), and the marquee match-up between him and A.J. Burnett was tilted in the Jays’ favor from the start.
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I was glad to see Alex Rodriguez get an RBI, but once the Jays scored early, I knew that the Jays would be able to tack on more runs once they got A.J. into the later innings (when he seems to tire easily).
Without Jeter in the lineup, the offense looked very punchless. With A-Rod still trying to work his way back and Tex still coming up short in key situations, there really wasn’t anything else in the lineup (Damon can’t do it all by himself). It was appropriate that Teixeira ended the game with a groundout to first, leaving a runner in scoring position. So much for a clutch hit to start a rally…
I know that the Yankees have to keep infielders Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa around because of uncertainty regarding Alex Rodriguez, but there’s nothing on the bench. The cupboards are bare. When a DJ takes the day off, there is a huge drop-off in talent, and the Yankees cannot afford to let these games get away. I know that now is a difficult time to make any acquisitions without paying a high price, but Brian Cashman needs to figure it out.
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Time to regroup, and return tomorrow night to show the world that they really do deserve to be called contenders (because right now they don’t look like it)…