The Yankees lost…again…
Derek, you had the chance to be the hero, and to show the city of Miami why you are so beloved in New York City. But, unfortunately, and unlike the shortstop in Boston, you failed to deliver the key hit with that grounder in the 9th inning and two outs against the Florida Marlins. Alas, the Yankees’ comeback was stalled at 2 runs and the Yanks lost the game, 6-5. For a moment, I thought that I was going to get a special Father’s Day treat but it was not meant to be.
Somewhere in Boston, I can assure you that there’s a woman who couldn’t be happier…
Not so quick, Julia! There is an outside chance that Derek Jeter may get a second chance. After Alejando de Aza hit for Renyel Pinto in the 7th inning, Marlins manager Freddie Gonzalez did a double-switch and inserted relief pitcher Leo Nunez into left fielder Chris Coghlan’s lead off spot. In the 8th, Coghlan took the field with Nunez going to the mound. So, technically, two players listed as first in the batting order were on the field at the same time. De Aza should have been in left instead of Coghlan. After Nunez threw one pitch, a strike, to Derek Jeter, manager Joe Girardi protested. Coghlan left the game, but De Aza couldn’t return because of the no re-entry rule. Jeremy Hermedia took over left, and was placed 9th in the batting order. Nunez was allowed to continue pitching. Girardi felt that Nunez should have been disallowed to continue, but Gonzalez disagreed. Nevertheless, Girardi filed a protest. If upheld, the teams would have to resume the 8th inning with the Marlins ahead, 6-3. I doubt anything comes out of the protest, but, hey, you never know. Jeter might get the chance to be a hero in Miami after all…
Right fielder Xavier Nady is getting closer! He will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Wednesday. Soon…very soon, the X-Man returns!
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Despite being pulled after 1 1/3 innings on Sunday for left biceps tendonitis, CC Sabathia believes that he’ll be able to make his next start. Time will tell, but hopefully he’s right. Now that Phil Hughes is starting to establish himself as a presence in the bullpen, I’d hate to see him yanked (no pun intended) back and forth between the pen and the starting rotation.
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A.J. Burnett’s suspension was decreased by one game to 5 games by Major League Baseball (for throwing near the head of the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz). He began serving the suspension on Sunday, so he’ll be able to start next Saturday. With Sabathia’s uncertainty, Burnett’s return is critical.
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Alex Rodriguez feels better after some rest. That’s nice…
A two game losing streak, and the next game will feature Chien-Ming Wang on the mound? Yikes! Hopefully, the law of averages will kick in sooner rather than later and allow Wang to record his first win of the year. Of course, he’ll be facing the Braves pitching phenom Tommy Hanson. They might be a bit agitated after the walk-off homer by Boston’s Nick Green on Sunday…
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More off-topic stuff…
It is really starting to sound like Brett Favre will be playing for the Minnesota Vikings this year. One website reported that he had already agreed to a contract, but that was quickly dismissed as a false rumor. Plus, there are rules that require prompt reporting of player contracts to the league so the Vikings would potentially be in violation of league rules if they failed to disclose a formal contract in a timely manner. Nevertheless, there is speculation that a post-dated contract for, say, July 3rd, is a possibility. Much of the media will be off on Friday, July 3rd for the holiday weekend, so the news wouldn’t be as magnified as it would be on a normal work day. By the following Monday, much of the hoopla would start to die down. So, the timing seems right. It would also allow some time of the news to settle before training camp begins at the end of July. I am hopeful that this doesn’t mean the loss of a roster spot for John David Booty, who has looked so much better this year. I would prefer to see Tavaris Jackson shipped elsewhere, but he was hand-picked by Head Coach Brad Childress, so it may be tough for Childress to let go of T-Jack.
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I have never heard of today’s winner of the U.S Open in Golf, Lucas Glover, but he’s a Yankees fan, so I’ll say CONGRATS to an absolutely great guy! 😉
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