For all those who believe the Yankees would never let oft-injured starter Carl Pavano pitch for them this season, Yanks' GM Brian Cashman has a message:
"That's ridiculous. We're paying him money to pitch. If he can pitch and help us, he'll pitch."
Pavano's Yankee tenure has been filled with injuries - he has made just 19 starts for the Yankees since signing a four-year deal worth nearly $40 million before the 2005 season - but he is healthy enough now to be one of the candidates to step into the rotation Saturday in Baltimore when the team next needs a fifth starter. He hasn't pitched in the majors since April 9, 2007.
"He's not the villain he's cast as," Cashman, who signed Pavano to the contract, said Monday. "Carl Pavano has worked his butt off. He's always tried. He just hasn't stayed healthy. No one is trying to avoid him. When he's healthy, he can pitch. He's one of the hardest workers we've got. People don't want to realize it or look at it, but that's true. (Full Story)
We know one person who is excited to see Matsui back with the Yanks.
Many questions will come into play for the Yankees once Hideki Matsui comes back, such as "Who's going to sit?" The Yankees probably will prefer to see those questions as options for a lineup that was staggering before a 15-6 rout of the Royals on Sunday.
Either way, two things are unquestionable: The Yankees will be happy to welcome Matsui, who had appeared lost for the year after he injured his left knee in June; and the club will be in huge trouble if it has an awful three-game series in Toronto starting tonight. (Full Story/Source)
Gardner's two-out single to left off Jeff Fulchino scored Robinson Cano from second with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th, lifting the Yankees to a 3-2 win and ending a nearly five-hour agonizing affair with the AL Central's basement residents Saturday.
"This is a big win for us today because we've been scuffling," manager Joe Girardi said. "We've been scuffling to score runs and maybe this is the game that we needed that get us back on track and we can run a bunch off in a row."
Yankees win 3-2
Hoping to tweak their roster for a final push for the postseason, the Yankees made significant alterations on Friday, demoting outfielder Melky Cabrera and cutting ties with veteran Richie Sexson.
The move installs rookie Brett Gardner, promoted from Triple-A, as the Yankees' primary starting center fielder during a crucial stretch in which they will play 28 of their final 41 games against clubs with winning records. New York also added utilityman Cody Ransom to provide versatility off the bench in Sexson's place.
Cabrera took the move with some surprise, embracing teammates in the clubhouse before packing his belongings. The 23-year-old was New York's Opening Day center fielder, but manager Joe Girardi did not start Cabrera four times over the team's recently completed 10-game road trip to Texas, Anaheim and Minnesota.
"That's their decision, and I'm going to do whatever they say, go down there and work hard and try to come back," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I started good, but my average went down, and I've just got to go to Triple-A." (Full Story/ Source)
When the Yankees drafted pitcher Gerrit Cole in the first round of the June draft, they believed that Cole would sign with them and forego a college scholarship. It turns out that Cole has changed his mind and will go to U.C.L.A. instead.
According to a person involved in the negotiations, the Yankees have learned that Cole intends to go to college, no matter what they offer. The person was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly before Friday’s deadline for teams to sign drafted players.
Cole is represented by the agent Scott Boras, who is known for asking for lucrative bonuses. But the Yankees have reached deals with first-round Boras clients the last two seasons, and the person said the failure to sign Cole had nothing to do with him. (Source / Full Story)
Yankees right-hander Dan Giese left his relief appearance after 15 pitches on Wednesday with a stiff right shoulder.
Pitching in relief of starter Darrell Rasner, Giese opened the sixth inning by allowing a leadoff single to Joe Mauer before walking both Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel. He then left the field with assistant trainer Steve Donohue.
"The shoulder just stiffened up on me while I was trying to face Mauer," Giese said. "I was trying to overthrow. It just got progressively worse and worse, the more pitches I threw." (Source)
KAN: Meche (10-9, 4.24 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (12-9, 4.32 ERA)
KAN: Greinke (9-8, 4.09 ERA)
NYY: Ponson (7-3, 4.27 ERA)
KAN: Bannister (7-11, 5.36 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (15-7, 3.30 ERA)
Hello Melky, um... this is the Dominican Republic.. um we need you to come home and never play baseball again. ThanksSubmitted by mike on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 12:41.
The Yankees are starting to look unwatchable again.
Yankees lose 4-2.
Melky is awful. We would prefer Damon's girl arm over Cabrera's girly like hitting.
Yankees managed to get Hanky a win finally, but it seems as if Hank has written off this season.
Yankees win 9-6
"I'm not writing off this season," the team's co-chairman said Tuesday. "They're trying hard to win. There's only so much you can do. They're not supermen."
"I think it's very simple, we've been devastated by injuries. No team I've ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team," Steinbrenner said. "Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can't lose two guys like that."
"It's not making excuses. It's reality. That's part of the game. That's clearly our problem," Steinbrenner said.
"We're going to win it next year," he said. "If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we'll do that. We'll do whatever we need to do. Next year we'll be extremely dangerous."
Yanks lose 4 in a row. Terrible.