Peter Abraham notes that the Yankees’ Opening Day starter is likely to be none other than … Carl Pavano.
Mike Mussina pitched today and will start again on Thursday. Joe Torre just said they would not start him on April 2 on three days’ rest.
Andy Pettitte (sore back) needs another bullpen and a start before he’s ready. There is little chance he will be ready for April 2.
That leaves Pavano, who is scheduled to make his final start of the spring on Tuesday. That would line him up to face Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.
Some could call it ironic that Peter Abraham, who twice this spring has called the Sox’ offense a "house of cards," is now reporting on the fact that the Yanks’ pitching staff is, well, doing a pretty good impersonation of a house of cards.
Chien-Ming Wang has a grade 1 hamstring pull, and will be out until late April. That leaves Jeff Karstens and Darryl Rasner fighting for the open spot.
Meanwhile, the beat goes on. The Yanks take on Toronto today, and for the first time put out there presumptive opening day lineup: Damon, Jeter, Abreu, Alex, Giambi, Matsui, Posada, Cano, Minky. Moose throws. Comment here on all the action….
In my 20 years of baseball, I’ve been misquoted three or four times, and for someone who talks as much as I do, that’s incredible. But I’ve been misinterpreted a billion times. I’m not saying that the blog is going to allow me to be interpreted better, but you know what? If I’m going to take s*** for something I said, it’s going to be something I said.
Along with our interview from Monday with Peter Abraham, this piece illustrates how blogs are reshaping the relationship between fans, reporters, and players. And there’s no one more expert on this subject than Alex, founder of Bronx Banter, which you should be reading today for Cliff Corcoran’s skinny on the status of the Yankees as they move through the ST season.
Rumors are circulating throughout City of Palms Park that the Red Sox are ready to make Jonathan Papelbon the closer and put Julian Tavarez in the starting rotation. We should know definitively after today’s game, but until then we will continue to seek out confirmation one way or another.
It was exactly a year ago tomorrow that the Red Sox made their big bullpen move by telling Papelbon he was heading into the bullpen after spending most of the spring as a starter.
It is our great pleasure to report that Spalding’s World Tour has been selected as a finalist for the Seymour Medal, SABR’s award for the best baseball book of the year. It’s not the book’s first honor: SI.com also called it one of the top baseball books of 2006, it was a finalist for the Casey Award (another baseball book trophy), and en editor’s choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. Hardcover copies of the book are still available; a paperback edition (that’s the cover above) comes out in June—pre-order yours today.
I should add that it’s especially satisfying to be nominated for an award named for the historian Harold Seymour. A couple of years ago I wrote a piece for the New York Times Book Review (on David Block’s “Baseball Before We Knew It”). Two weeks later, the paper ran a snide letter from some bozo named Albert Kirsch who suggested—moronically—that the review neglected Seymour. Well. How do you like me now, Albert!
About 45 minutes after Matsuzaka walked off the mound at quaint little McKechnie Field, to a standing ovation, in a frigging spring-training game, Pirates center fielder Chris Duffy and shortstop Don Kelly huddled around a laptop computer.
Over and over, they watched replays of themselves facing Matsuzaka in the first inning — with one almost hilarious purpose:
To try to figure out what the heck they’d just seen.
The legend grows. More players are eyewitnesses to pitches they have never seen before (Jayson Stark, ESPN Insider req’d). Who knows if these UFOs will miss bats, but the testimony is getting close to the point of unimpeachability. Scouts, experienced journos, players (yes, ML-quality players!) are seeing things. Things they’ve never seen before.
We SFs are lucky to have this guy on board, if only for that thrilling sense of anticipation, of what might happen next.
InDemand claims they matched DirecTV’s offer, but Bob DuPuy says they’re not even close. Who to believe? Bud Selig and his greed-driven lackeys? Or a company with absolutely nothing to gain by misrepresenting their offer and/or making MLB look bad?
Daisuke gets rave reviews from several sources, including a remarkable take from Karim Garcia, who says, “He’s going to be like Pedro.” (?!?!) Who is Kar.. um, never mind. Larry Lucchino says, “We’re trying to take a more Japanese-like philosophy [while looking] at the long-term perspective.” One can only wonder if concessionaires at Fenway will offer expensive square fruit.
Mike Timlin will begin the season on the disabled list. This seems to solve the Sox’ 12th-man question (though the much larger closer question remains unsolved). There are now 13 probable candidates for inclusion in the Sox’ 12-man Opening Day pitching staff:
The bottom three are on the bubble, and until Timlin’s exclusion, the choice seemed pretty tough — Snyder cannot be sent down without clearing waivers (unlikely), while Delcarmen seems to be ready for Major League action. As mentioned, a trip to AAA would be a pretty significant setback. Now, both can be included and Hansack, who was called up from AA last year to pitch his five-inning, season-ending no-hitter, can begin the year in Pawtucket.
Snyder, despite giving up a run today, has been fantastic this spring. For whatever the stats are worth, he’s walked four and struck out 10 in just more than nine innings. He’s struck out more batters per nine than every other Sox pitcher except Jonathan Papelbon. As a former starter who can ramp up his velocity (and posted a 1.69 ERA last year on his first time through an opponent’s lineup, better than Joel Zumaya, Akinori Otsuka or J.J. Putz, to name some electric/coveted releivers) and appears to have good control of four pitches, Snyder could be the closer the Sox are looking for. I think he can be — and should be — the answer to both of the Sox’ bullpen questions.
The SI scribe says the Yanks ain’t gonna win it all in ’07. Why? Talent diffusion across the league, the postseason is a crap-shoot, the best team doesn’t always win, franchises turn around quickly, and youth reigns supreme. So he likes the…Angels! Feh. No soup for you, Verducci!
Hi, this is Manny Ramirez. I bought this AMAZING grill for about $4,000 and I used it once…But I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road. I would love to sell it and you will get an autographed ball signed by me =} Enjoy it, Manny Ramirez
The current bid as of 10:34 Eastern time is $7,266.00. Red Sox Nation can do better than that! I predict the final highest bid will exceed $20,000.
Update (11:05 pm EST): I apparently greatly underestimated RSN. The bid is now $21,400 and rising!
Update (11:12 pm EST): The highest bid is now at a little over $35,000. There is a rumor that Manny is perfectly happy with his grill; that he never wanted to give it away (his agent accidentally put it up for auction) and he is furiously bidding to get it back.
Update (11:17 pm EST): Okay, I’m thinking there is something fishy going on. The highest bid seems to have stabilized at a little over $42,000. "Bidder 38" is the current leader. Again, "38". Hmm. Is Schilling getting in on the action.
Update (11:19 pm EST): God, I should be asleep! I should be watching the Daily Show. What is wrong with me! Okay, last update for the night (only I seem to care anyway) but the bid is now over $50,000. And #38 has been replaced by #50. Good night.
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