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Yankees Rookie Hazing Pictures »

As the Yankees left Seattle after a 7-1 loss, their rookies donned 1960’s Batman costumes as part of their annual rookie hazing. Mark Melancon was dressed as Batman, Michael Dunn was dressed as the Riddler, and Ramiro Pena was Catwoman. Joining them was radar gun operator Brett Weber as the Joker, video coordinator Anthony Flynn as Robin, [...]

New York Yankees Call Up Ian Kennedy »

After throwing three perfect innings in his last outing in Triple-A, Ian Kennedy has been called up to finish the remainder of the season with the Yankees. “This is crazy,” Kennedy said. “I didn’t dream of this happening. After not pitching all year, this seemed crazy. When he called me and told me it was going [...]

Yankees-Mariners: Tex Leads Bombers In Blowout »

Behind Mark Teixeira’s huge night and CC Sabathia’s dominant pitching, the Yankees (95-54) cruised past the Mariners (77-72) to a 10-1 win last night.   Quick ‘Cap: Teixeira’s three-run homer in the fifth inning broke the game open, and gave Sabathia a 6-0 lead. Sabathia and the Yankees experienced a near-miss [...]

Something Strange Happened in the Yankee Loss Last »

Last night, the Yankees lost the first game of a brief six game West Coast road trip. Mariano Rivera blew just his second save all season. He had converted 36 straight save opportunities and given up one run in his previous 33 innings. That wasn't the strange thing, however. It was only the fourth time Rivera has ever given up a walk-off home run [...]

Oh No! It’s Ichiro! Mariners Walk Off vs. Mo »

Mariano Rivera had struck out the first two batters of the ninth with ease, but then long-time Royal Mike Sweeney pinch hit for Josh Wilson. Sweeney doubled, and Ichiro homered to give the Mariners (77-71) a walk-off, 3-2 victory over the Yankees (94-54).   Quick ‘Cap The Yanks used a pair of sac flies from Alex Rodriguez [...]

Can Ian Kennedy Make the Playoff Roster? »

According to Tyler Kepner of the NY Times, Yankees right handed pitcher Ian Kennedy could be joining the Yankees after making two successful minor league starts including three perfect innings for the Scranton Yankees while recovering from aneurysm surgery. "Juan Miranda on roster, sounds kik(sp)," Kepner tweeted. "Sounds like Ian Kennedy to [...]

Yankees-Mariners Series Preview »

The Yankees (94-53) begin a three-game set with the all-but-eliminated Seattle Mariners (76-71) tonight.   Head-to-Head The Yanks have already taken three out of four in Seattle this season, and have won five out of seven overall.   Series Preview Date: Yankees starters Mariners starters Fri., 10:10 p.m. A.J. Burnett (11-9, [...]

Melky Cabrera Has Not Been As Clutch As You Might »

My most recent article suggested that Brett Gardner should be starting over Melky for the rest of the season, and in the postseason. I even suggested that Melky's postseason roster spot may be more aptly used on Freddy Guzman. I received a lot of negative feedback on that, with a lot of people telling me that I wasn't valuing Melky's clutch [...]

What’s At Stake: Andy Pettitte and Contract »

After a long drawn out contract dispute with the Yankees last offseason, Andy Pettitte finally settled on a one-year deal that only guaranteed him $5.5 million, but gave him an opportunity to earn as much as $12 million if he reached certain incentives. Then there is this bit from SI’s Jon Heyman: “Andy Pettitte begged the Yankees to [...]

What I’ve learned from 9/11 »

Ever since two planes trainwrecked my American dream September 11 has always struck me. I don’t know what to say, what to do, or what to write. So why am I bringing things up a week and eight years after the tragedy? At the moment I’m reading a book called “102 Minutes” about the moments around the attacks on the Twin [...]

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