Credit Baltimore’s advance scouts for some solid research work. Yesterday, the Orioles decided to simply pass on Kei Igawa’s curve. He threw the thing nearly 30 times, and didn’t receive a single swinging strike. Instead, they sat back and feasted on the not-that-fastballs he managed to throw over the plate. If Igawa cannot throw his secondary pitches for strikes, that’s going to be a serious problem. He’ll lose that rotation spot and we all know how much Joe loves a reliever who doesn’t throw strikes; that is to say, not at all. Worth noting that Moose was also clocked regularly in the 85-88 zone with his fastball on Friday; worrisome. Meanwhile, the Yanks have already been reduced to the walking wounded. Darrell Rasner gets the start today, and he will find a lineup behind him that runs: Cabrera, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, Giambi, Phelps, Cano, Cairo, Nieves. Seems like old times, with 2/3rds of the starting outfield out; neither Damon or Matsui has been DL’ed however, which is encouraging on the one hand, but leaves the team short on the other. If one or both ends up on the list, the Yanks will have spent a couple of days needlessly playing without one of their decent replacement possibilities from Scranton (the Kevins, Thompson and Reese, or Bronson Sardinha). The Yanks face the O’s Eric Bedard today. A tough challenge under any circumstances. Indeed, this Easter Sunday is a marquee day for pitchers around the majors: Santana, Schilling, Sabathia, Hernandez, Halladay, Kazmir, Bonderman, Peavy, Zito, and both a Duke and a Duque. Also, there’s a Tiger on the prowl in Georgia. Should be a fun day.
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