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.
NYY: Ponson (7-3, 4.27 ERA)
MIN: Perkins (9-3, 4.07 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (15-7, 3.27 ERA)
MIN: Blackburn (9-6, 3.60 ERA)
NYY: Rasner (5-8, 5.28 ERA)
MIN: Slowey (8-8, 4.07 ERA)
Yankees lose 10-5 (Box Score)
Kennedy comments about his 2 inning performance.
"I'm just not real upset about it," Kennedy said. "I'm just going to move on. I've already done that."
“It’s the first bad outing I’ve had in a long time, since the All-Star break,” Kennedy said. “I’m not going to look much into it. I felt like I made some good pitches. I’m just not too upset about it.”
What? Are you kidding me?
Not only is he a jackass, but he is a jackass that can't pitch. In his short stint, it looks as if he can't pitch and can't handle the NY media. Not a good combination.
I Kennedy (L, 0-4) IP-2.0 Hits-9 Runs-5
IPK is sporting an ERA of 8.17
NYY: Kennedy (0-3, 7.41 ERA)
LAA: Weaver (9-9, 4.37 ERA)
NYY: Giese (1-3, 2.51 ERA)
LAA: Lackey (9-2, 3.10 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (12-9, 4.34 ERA)
LAA: Saunders (14-5, 3.03 ERA)
Yankees win 3-0
Mussina's Line: 99 PC, 7 INN, 8 HA, BBI, 6 K, 1.286 WHIP, W, QS
Mussina (15-7) threw seven scoreless innings to shut down the highest-scoring offense in the majors. He matched Cleveland's Cliff Lee for most wins in the American League and got his fifth victory in seven starts.
"I didn't have my best stuff today," Mussina said.
Then how did he help the Yankees become just the second team this season to shut out the Rangers?
"I don't know. I just kept going with what I had."