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Pettitte’s Shoulder Feels Good in Return

Last season, Andy Pettitte struggled with shoulder pain and put up a rather poor 5-9 record with a 5.16 ERA after July thanks to shoulder pain. It made the Yankees question whether they should even bring him back this season, as they put off signing him until he nearly took a $11 million pay cut. They ended up bringing him back and it paid off, but just last week his shoulder issues sprung up again. It might have been memories of last season or thoughts of this year’s playoffs, but ...

Joba Chamberlain May Have Pitched His Way Out of the Playoffs

Despite what you think of Joba Chamberlain, the way the Yankees have handled him, and his future, it would be hard to argue that he has pitched well of late. With a 1-4 record and an 8.25 ERA over his past nine starts, his spot on the Yankees playoff roster may be in jeopardy. “He needs to declare himself,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “He’s no different than anyone else.’’ Chamberlain likely has two more starts during the remainder of the regular season. He hasn’t made it past the fourth inning in ...

Peter Abraham’s Move from Yankees to Red Sox Media Has Unintended Consequences

The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is one of the biggest in sports, and as the two teams are getting closer to a possible 2004 rematch, it is hard to imagine the showdown becoming more intense. It seems that the rivalry may have spilled over into the writers thanks to beat reporter Peter Abraham of the Journal News. Abraham, who is originally from the Massachusetts area, recently took a job with the Boston Globe and will cover and blog the Red Sox next season. The other beat writers mostly understand the move. Abraham went ...

Looking Ahead: New York Yankees 2010 Starting Rotation

A good portion of the success of the 2009 Yankees comes from the team’s starting rotation. A weak point last year, the rotation was bolstered by the additions of C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Along with returning starters Andy Pettitte, Chien Ming Wang, and Joba Chamberlain, C.C. and A.J. have returned the Yankees to a state of strong pitching. For next year, I’d say three fifths of the rotation is an absolute lock. Those three? Sabathia, Burnett, and Chamberlain. The questions marks are Andy Pettitte and, unfortunately, Phil Hughes. I say that Hughes ...

Joba Chamberlain’s Lack of Results Directly Tied to Lack of Emotion

This is my first post for Bronx Baseball Daily, and what better topic to lead off with than Joba Chamberlain, who must own the record for most words written about a pitcher with a 94 ERA+. I think everyone knows the story by now: Joba was the hottest pitcher after the All-Star Break, and there was a time you could make a serious case for him being the Yankees’ No. 2 starter. A few mediocre starts later, followed by the implementation of two sets of new “Joba Rules,” and now Joba ...

New York Yankees-Los Angeles Angels Series Preview

The Yankees (95-55) begin a three-game set with the playoff-contending Angels (89-60) tonight. Head-to-Head: The Yanks have already won four out of six against the Halos this season, and have won all three in Los Angeles. This is a pivotal series because of the potential rematch in the ALCS this postseason. Series Preview: Date: Yankees starters Angels starters Mon., 10:05 p.m. Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.14) J. Saunders (13-7, 4.75) Tues., 10:05 p.m. Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.81) Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.43) Wed., 3:35 p.m. A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.22) Scott Kazmir (9-8, 5.08) My Outlook:A single win this series ensures a season series victory with the Angels, which is pretty ...

Today’s Magic Number: Roger Maris

Former Deadspin editor Will Leitch has come up with an admirable way to pay tribute to the former players of his favorite franchise while avoiding a jinx on their chance at a division crown. The St. Louis Cardinals hold a 9.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central. With 18 games remaining in the season, that puts their magic number at 11. Rather than stating his team's daily number, Leitch substitutes the name of a former Cards player who wore that day's magic number on his uniform. ...

Robertson Returning Soon; Guadin in Rotation

A couple of notes via Peter Abraham of the Journal News: Right handed pitcher David Robertson threw for the third time in the past week and seems ready to take the next step in his rehab from elbow pain. He could be pitching by this weekend. “I really liked what I saw when he was throwing. He was letting it go,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Robertson will pitch from a mound either Tuesday or Wednesday and could be in a game after just two or three more sessions. With the Yankees playing the ...

Aroldis Chapman Nearly Ready for Free Agency

According to Melissa Segura of SI.com, Cuban defector and left handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been granted residency by the small European country Andorra, which clears the biggest hurdle in the process of becoming a free agent pitcher. Chapman’s Andorran residency clears the first and most difficult of the three major hurdles to becoming a major league free agent. Because Chapman had his passport — an almost unheard of occurrence for a Cuban defector — establishing residency took a fraction of the time needed for most defectors and may make ...

Why This Week Could Decide How the New York Yankees’ Next Month Will Play Out

The Yankees' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is just one, but what they do once they reach the postseason may be decided this week. New York (95-55) opens with a three-game series at its recent nemesis and AL West leaders, the Los Angeles Angels (89-60), and then returns home for a final three-game set against the arch rival and Wild Card-leading Boston Red Sox (89-59). The Bombers lead the Sox by only four in the loss column and hold a five-game advantage  in the loss column over the Angels. The Yankees ...
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