The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News

A few quick updates

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

* The Yankees will decide tomorrow whether to put Johnny Damon on the DL. Every indication is that they will. Damon said it could be 10 days before he can throw again.

* Mike Mussina felt light-headed in the sixth inning, which is why he didn’t come out for the seventh.

* The seven HBPs matched a modern-day record. It has happened four previous times, the last coming on June 7, 2001 in a game between Oakland and Anaheim. All concerned believed none of the seven were intentional.

* Jose Molina has thrown out the last 10 runners to try and steal on him.





56 Responses to “A few quick updates”

  1. JoeT 28 in 09!! July 5th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Jose Molina!! 10 in a row in incredible!! that has to be a record.

  2. stephen July 5th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    true story – by some miracle i was able to sit with my relatives in a box seat today. we moved down to the fourth row, third base side, for the 7th, 8th and 9th inning. after the game was over, we were going crazy, and youkilis was walking from second (?) to home. i was yelling at him, all pumped up b/c we won.

    then as he’s going into the dugout, he looks me right in the eyes and flashes 4 fingers at me – fourth place. then he went down into the dugout.

  3. stephen July 5th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    second to home = second base to the dugout.

  4. DOC July 5th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Pete, any indication as to if Moose is headed for the All-Star game? Don’t the writers know by now?

  5. S.A.- I still believe in this team, but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 5th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    You should have flashed him a certain finger stephen. :P

    Hope Moose is feeling alright. Sucks about Damon. :(

  6. stephen July 5th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    SA – he did it so fast, there wasn’t even a chance to respond. he watched me taunt him the whole way from second, and only said something right as he went into the dugout.

  7. 86w183 July 5th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Molina has been superb behind the plate this year. Best defensive player on the team. Damon needs time… a sprained AC joint in the shoulder means two weeks no throwing and we all know how much he can afford to be below his best throwing the ball.

    I suppose they’ll activate Chrstian but with MAtsui and Damon both on the slef it’s time to go get a RH bat…

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 5th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Jose Molina for the WIN!

  9. Larry July 5th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I kmew Molina had been good, but not that good.

  10. gayle July 5th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I was actually surpise today how few Red Sox fans there were near me and in the STadium as a whole. Usually they somehow always get the tickets. The person in front of me said they were out in force on Thursday night.

    Shame about Damon but they need to put him on the DL they have no becnh and 15 days will give him through the all star game which will be nice we need anotehr bench plyer, If Cano had to leave the game today after being hit our options were scary, Moller or Jporge at First, Betemit to second OR lose the DH and move Giambi to 1st.

    Also if Matsui needs surgery I say get it done now why let it linger

  11. Phil July 5th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Matt Carson should get a chance if they can find room on the 40.

  12. Big Joe July 5th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    “Damon said it could be 10 days before he can throw again.”

    Pretty funny. I mean like he could throw before?

  13. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming!!!!) July 5th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    With Jose Molina’s arm behind the plate, pitchers barely have to worry about holding runners on. Great performance from Moose today, every time it looks like he is done, he comes back with a great season. He was up and down in ’04 and ’05 with inconsistency and elbow trouble, came back to have a great ’06, and had a bad year last year, and has come back to pitch some outstanding baseball so far this year. He looks rejuvenated.

    mel- To answer your question from the last thread, I am rooting for Federer tomorrow. If he serves well, it’s in the bag. I think that he wins in four sets to earn his sixth straight Wimbledon title. Tennis is also my first love!

  14. 27 this year July 5th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Can you believe today, the only guy they had on the bench was Moeller. would have sucked if one of those HBP were worse.

  15. 27 this year July 5th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I want see Nadal win it. It sucks for him because he is there in the same era as Federer. Kinda like swimmers having to deal with Micheal Phelps. If Nadal wins it, he will be extremely close to getting #1 world rank.

  16. ERâ„¢ (The Last Yankee Fanâ„¢) July 5th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Lightheaded ?

    So is Mussina done for the season as well, Pete ?

  17. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! July 5th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how many injuries the Yankees have and yet still within striking distance-of the wild card, anyway…

    If they put together any kind of winning streak, who knows, maybthe they can still set their sights on 1st…


  18. mel July 5th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I’m with 27 and SA.

    Cheering for Rafi and his pantalones to beat Federer and his smug pug and keep him from Pete’s record. (Roger’s great, but so many Americans have suffered because of his greatness.)

    Always feel secure when Molina’s puts on the gear.

  19. Jeff NJ July 5th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    ER, considering most of us would consider you “light-headed” because you have no brains in your skull and yet you still continue to post here, rest assured Moose will be fine.

  20. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming!!!!) July 5th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    27 this year- I’m really looking forward to the final and I will admit that Rafa is really closing the gap against Roger on grass, especially after how tight last year’s final was. I think that Rafa will eventually win Wimbledon someday. He moves pretty well on grass and I think that his serve has improved enough to make him a threat for years to come at Wimbledon.

  21. Raggety Arm July 5th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Johnny can’t throw for 10 days? What about the last 10 years?

  22. pat July 5th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I’m watching Jamie Moyer pitch against the Mets and he’s doing pretty well but let me tell you, he’s no Mike Mussina!

  23. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 5th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    mel: Nadal. Easy. He’s hotter. =D

  24. sw July 5th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    The Phillies have one hit today but they’re tied 3-3 with the Mets. Funny looking linescore.

  25. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming!!!!) July 5th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    pat- Moyer can be considered Mussina lite. :) The Nationals-Reds game is on one of my stations down here and the Reds are rocking some horrible looking camouflage unis. :)

  26. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 5th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    sw: I still think the angels no hitting the dodgers and losing is funnier

  27. Hank July 5th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    *HIT* Manny early and hit Manny often!

  28. mel July 5th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Looks like my post was eaten.

    I want Rafi and his pantalones to beat Roger because he’s caused Americans so much grief over the years. And I’d love for Sampras’ record to stand a little longer.

    I know grass is Roger’s surface, but man that was a butt-whoopin’ in Paris.

  29. Patrick Bateman July 5th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    2009 will be just like 2008.

    People here don’t realize that since Cashman has procrastinated for so long to fix the problems that the 80M coming off payroll this season isn’t going to mean anything when there isn’t enough players in free agency to fix the problems.

    We need at least 2 starting pitching who have more than a month of experience in the majors.

    We need a #1 shut down starter. Please don’t tell me we have Wang. I know Peter wrote a romance novel with Wang as the main character, but he’s not a #1. There is too many variables which cause him to have a bad game. Turf, not being in his home park, too much rest causing the ball not to sink, not enough rest causing his lack of control. Enough already. Get an ace. Santana would have been nice, but get Sabathia he’s a year younger, a lefty, and durable.

    We need right handed bats, preferably in the outfield, since as presently constructed we have an old, weak hitting, left handed outfield. Need replacements for all 3 positions in the outfield coming up. Damon will hobble his way through 2009, but Melky and Abreu will probably need to go at some point.

    Bullpen arms. Yes we have Cox, Melancon, Robertson but who knows how successful Cox and Melancon will be at the major league level. Need to sign a reliable bullpen arm in the off season, not a guy like Latroy Hawkins just because he’s cheap and doesn’t cost a draft pick.

    In a nutshell, if we go into next season with Wang, Joba, Pettitte, Hughes, Kennedy again, just wake me up in 2015.

  30. pat July 5th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Speaking of tennis, Chris Evert married Greg Norman this week. Now that’s a power couple at a country club.

  31. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} July 5th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    So I’m assuming Patrick Bateman isn’t your real name?

  32. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, (Santana's not here, he's not coming!!!!) July 5th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    mel- It sure doesn’t look like Pete’s record will stand much longer. He has fourteen Grand Slam titles, Roger needs three to break it, I’ll say that he breaks the record at next year’s Aussie Open.

    Today’s victory for the Yankees was their 11th victory this year when scoring three runs or less. Great pitching and anemic offense can form a deadly combo, every now and then!

  33. mel July 5th, 2008 at 9:19 pm


    Yes, there’s enough wattage to power a small town. Blinding blondness and white teeth.

    And to all the guys who want to rain on the parade today, nice try!

    We are very aware of the flaws of this team. We know there are no easy solutions. But that was definitely a feel-good win.

  34. S.A.- I still believe in this team, but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 5th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Chris Evert married Greg Norman this week.

    Really? I didn’t even know they were together..
    I thought he was married to someone else….well…I guess not anymore. lol

  35. Yankee Trader July 5th, 2008 at 9:28 pm


    I would not sign Sabathia for 6 years and 130M. Look what long contracts did to Mike Hampton and Barry Zito, and I can think of a host of pitchers in the NL having a better year than Santana: Haren,Webb,Volquez,Sheets,Hamels,Peavy, Lincecum.

    I’d also be concerned about his weight as he’s close to 300 lbs. He is 6’7″. Maybe he could play guard for the Giants or Jets!!

  36. mel July 5th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I can’t believe we’re talking about this, but do you guys think Moose has enough in the tank for another year? Do you think he does a 1-yr. deal with us?

    You’re looking at:


  37. mel July 5th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    And if you get C.C., Hughes hones his craft in Scranton.

  38. Yankee Trader July 5th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Patrick- Other than Sabathia and Oliver Perez,there are no FA pitchers out there under 30. Ben Sheets is 30, would also command a long deal and has been injury prone, but has had an outstanding season this year for the Brewers, leading them in innings pitched, ERA, BA against.

    AJ Burnett can opt out, but he too is injury prone.

    We,ve been there before with Pavano and his worthless 4 year contract, and he too was injury prone before that good year with the Marlins.

    Either we get lucky and pick up the next Cliff Lee, who couldn’t be given away last year, or we find another stud like Joba in the minors, or we sign an older pitcher like Pettitte for one year.

  39. Bo knows July 5th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Do you know Bo Diddly, well I don’t know Diddly

  40. Jorge Tabata July 5th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    McCutchen – 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K tonight for Scranton

  41. Patrick Bateman July 5th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I don’t really understand why 1 free agent pitcher is compared to the failures of others. I’m surprised you didn’t bring up Carl Pavano since everyone compares the risk of free agent pitchers to Pavano.

    Sabathia is the picture of durability. Since 2001 he’s pitched between 180-240 innings every single year and he’s never had a losing season even with Cleveland’s terrible offense.

    Everyone keeps bringing up his weight, yet he’s been a big guy his whole life.

    Everyone keeps bringing up how he failed in the playoffs last year, but never mentions that he pitched 40+ innings more than Wang and Beckett and that the Indians refused to rest him down the stretch in September.

    Sabathia is going to get a 6 year deal. If the Yankees don’t give it to him, someone will and we’ll be stuck in another season with an inexperienced and overwhelmed pitching staff.

    You can say what you want about Santana. If the Yankees had him they’d be ahead of the Red Sox right now and in position for 1st place or at least competitive with the Rays even with Wang’s injury.

  42. Bo knows July 5th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    And in more immediate news, McCutchen just went 9 innings w/ 5 hits, no ER, no BB and 10 SOs. Hallelujah, the Yanks have an option to Fats besides Karstens after the All Star break.

  43. ERâ„¢ (The Last Yankee Fanâ„¢) July 5th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    More bad news:

    Tampa Bay 3-0

  44. pat July 5th, 2008 at 9:46 pm


    I would do a 1 year contract with lots of incentives for Moose. He’s such a creature of habit that I think he might go for it because of his comfort level in NY.

    Your buddy Victorino is giving the Mets fits this weekend. The boy can fly.

  45. RalphieD July 5th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    “2009 will be just like 2008″

    can we get through 2008 first???

  46. Bo knows July 5th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    And bring up Carson, he’s at .317, OPS of 856, can play all three OF positions well, has a strong arm.

  47. Fran July 5th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Saw this on Rotoworld re the All-Star game starters:

    “The New York Post is reporting that Cliff Lee will start the All-Star Game for the AL squad.
    According to George King, the AL starters are C Joe Mauer, 1B Kevin Youkilis, 2B Dustin Pedroia, 3B Alex Rodriguez, SS Derek Jeter, OF Manny Ramirez, OF Josh Hamilton, OF Ichiro Suzuki and DH David Ortiz. Milton Bradley is expected to be the replacement for Ortiz in the lineup. The Post also says the plan is for Mariano Rivera to pitch the last inning of the game.” Jul. 5 – 6:04 pm et
    Source: New York Post

  48. mel July 5th, 2008 at 9:51 pm


    I think he might do it. He basically gave us a break on the last contract, so it might cost us.

    I can picture Moose finishing up in the NL to get a few more wins. If Moyer can do it, Moose can!

    Can you imagine Victorino in the Bronx?

  49. Dembore July 5th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I hope Mo doesn’t flame out in the all-star game like he did today !

  50. Patrick Bateman July 5th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Why are you comparing Sabathia to Sheets and Pavano who are two pitchers that are made of glass and don’t have a quarter of the career that Sabathia has?

    Sheets has three 200 inning seasons, Pavano had two. Terrible comparisons.

    “Or we find another stud like Joba in the minors”

    This is the problem with this blog. Just because we found one Joba, its easy to find another and all our prospects are going to be gold. It doesn’t work that way. There isn’t some “Joba Store” where you just pick up another. Stars were in perfect alignment for the Joba selection. He had injury worries, teams wanted him but were being told “no” by their medical teams. In fact he was everything that you’re saying is wrong with Sabathia. A heavier pitcher. We got lucky. And if Hughes and Kennedy become nothing, then we beat the odds with Joba because its like a 1 out of 10 chance that a prospect becomes anything.

    If you sign another pitcher like Pettitte you still haven’t solved anything. Its the same old rotation you keep going to war with. For 7 years now since the Arizona World Series we’ve known that our pitching is inferior and we don’t have #1 quality pitchers. Arizona dismantled us with 2 ace pitchers. You’d think in 7 years that Cashman would be able to fix this problem. Instead we keep going with the same broken down formula. Below average starters, average bullpen, above average closer, above average offense.

    It doesn’t work.

  51. Nick in SF July 5th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    This is the problem with this blog?

  52. Bo knows July 5th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Above average offense that has scored 2 runs or less in 29 games. Can’t drive in RISP to save their souls.

  53. gayle July 5th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Photos from today have now been added to the final season photo album for those interested

  54. Bo knows July 5th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Melancon at Trenton – 2 innings pitched, 0 ER, 1 H, 1BB, 5 SO. 62 innings pitched this year.

  55. Jim July 6th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    It’s amazing how many people are concerned with CC’s build. He’s an inning eater and a good one at that and has been healthy his whole career (not that that guarantees anything in the future). Yet I don’t ever remember people concerned about David Well’s weight. And he did pretty well (No pun intended)in a Yankee uniform!!

  56. 86w183 July 6th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Give me Sabathia! It’s high time more of the players looked like us fans! Seriously CC is as safe a bet as you can find right now… and his salary will be less than Mussina + Pavano so its doable. I say yes to Pettite, no to Mussina in ’09 mostly because of the need to make a change and Pettite is younger and left handed.

    McCutchen and Karstens are more encouraging to me than Rasner and Ponson… should the moves be made now? The depth of pitching prospects is going to allow the Yanks to deal for a RH hitter and lefty reliever from a position of strength… incredible strength if Kennedy and Horne get back on track.

    the future is bright… the present a bit hazy if we don’t start hitting soon.

    I’m rooting for McEnroe today… Lendl bores me!

Leave a comment below

Sponsored by:





    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.


Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581