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In stunning news, Sir Sidney Ponson was named a starter on Friday by Joe Girardi. The manager has no concerns about Ponson’s character issues. This notebook also has news on Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and the Yankees doing a nice thing for a sick kid.
Chad Jennings reports that blog favorite Alfredo Aceves will start for Scranton on Saturday against those pesky Buffalo Bison.
Buffalo is a Cleveland affiliate and features a lineup that includes Asdrubal Cabrera, Morgan Ensberg (5 for 24, seven Ks in the minors) and Jason Tyner. Why did Mark Feinsand name his new baby Zack, by the way? Asdrubal Feinsand would have been so much better.
The Roanoke Times broke the news that the Yankees have signed RHP Mike O’Brien, their ninth-round pick. He passed on a full ride to Winthrop.
The story calls him “Mikey.” I suspect he will not want to be known as “Mikey” once he starts getting paid to play baseball.
The NBA Draft is today. Back when such things were my business to know, I once predicted nine of the first 11 picks correctly in a mock draft that was in the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin. This was before newspapers believed in the internet or I would provide a link.
All I will say is this. The team that takes Kevin Love of UCLA will not regret it. The team that takes O.J. Mayo will have its heart broken. He’s Sebastian Telfair, Volume II. Love me some D.J. Augustin and the Knicks are flat crazy if they take a 6-9 Italian kid over a playmaker.
Do not take Roy Hibbert. He will be a brutal pro. Take a chance on Bill Walker of K-State.