ESPN's latest Power Rankings have the Yanks at number 6
despite a less than stellar record:
Derek Jeter is batting a whopping .408, and has more three-hit games (four) than no-hit games (two).The first player was suspended under MLB's new steroid policy
, and he's a Met (ha!):
Mets minor-league pitcher Yusaku Iriki was suspended for 50 games Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, making him the first player to be penalized under Major League Baseball's toughened steroid rules.
The 33-year-old Iriki agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Mets in January after spending his entire career in Japan. He was playing at Triple-A Norfolk this season and was on the Mets' 40-man roster.
I gave myself a good 24+ hours to mull over this whole Delmon Young bat throwing incident, and I've got to say that not for nothing, Young had a reason to be angry cause Lester's pitch was about a foot off the plate. In the spirit of Chris Rock: I'm not saying he shoulda threw the bat at the umpire, but I understand.Down on the Farm
:Triple-A Columbus (3-2 loss to Indianapolis)
Felix Escalona: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 2 K - back at first
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jeff Karstens: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - only 53 of 104 pitches were strikes (51%), has issued 17 BB in 24.2 IP this seasonDouble-A Trenton (6-0 win over New Britain)
Justin Christian: 0 for 4
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 SB
Omir Santos: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Vincent Faison: 1 for 3, 3 RBI, 1 K
Steven White: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K - pulled due to high pitch count
Charlie Manning: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
TJ Beam: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 KHigh-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Dunedin)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - extends hit streak to 13 games
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 3, 2 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 2 K - it may be time to send him back to Charleston
Phil Hughes: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB - went 20 IP between walks, at his current pace, if he tosses 150 innings this year (about right for a minor leaguers) he'll issue only 10 free passesLow-A Charleston (8-0 win over Kannapolis)
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - I'm just going to start copy and pasting the whole 2 for 4 with a double thing, tied for league RBI lead
Kyle Larson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Jon Poterson: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Abel Gomez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
Phil Coke: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K - geez Phil, only 2 perfect innings this time? (3-0 GB/FB ratio)
Erick Wordekemper: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - 4-0 GB/FB ratio
Needless to say I'm pretty pleased with the D'Brickashaw pick, but I've got to say that Matt Leinart fell into a pretty sweet gig. He's got 2 very good young receivers to throw to, the Edge behind him and Kurt Warner mentoring him. If that's not enough, he's a 45 minute flight from home. Some guys just have all the luck...
I received my first degree at Penn State, so I'm glad to see fellow Nittany Lion Tamba Hali taken in the first round and join another great Penn State alum (Larry Johnson) in KC. We are...PENN STATE!!!
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