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Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 09, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees were pounded by the Angels but showed some fight.

Robinson Cano says his contract is not to blame for his poor season.

My notebook didn’t make it on the web site for some reason. The main part was about Alfredo Aceves. Here is what I wrote:

Alfredo Aceves Sr. was a power-hitting first baseman in the Mexican League, a reliable player for Leones de Yucatán. He was known as El Paton, or Big Foot.

Jonathan Aceves, his eldest son, signed with the White Sox in 1997. A catcher and first baseman, he played 670 games in the minors before retiring after the 2006 season. He spent parts of five seasons in Triple-A but never made it to the majors.

“I actually quit playing baseball for a few years,” Yankees right-hander Alfredo Aceves Jr. said yesterday. “I was a basketball and volleyball player. But it was in my blood.”

Aceves followed his father into the Mexican League, signed with the Yankees in February and tonight will make his first start. His parents, brother and sister will be among the many family and friends in the stands at Angel Stadium.

“This is a big deal for my family,” the 25-year-old Aceves said. “And for me. This is the first time they will see me pitch in the States.”

Aceves was 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 25 minor-league games, 23 of them starts. After opening the season with Single-A Tampa, he was promoted quickly and made it to the majors on Aug. 28.

After two relief appearances, he was chosen to replace Darrell Rasner in the rotation.

“I’m not nervous, more excited,” said Aceves, who allowed one run over seven innings out of the bullpen. “I thought I could do this when they signed me.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Aceves does not have an overpowering fastball but throws four pitches for strikes and knows how to pitch, the product of 126 games in Mexico from 2002-07.

“My father taught me how to prepare and be strong physically and mentally,” Aceves said. “I owe a lot to him.”

Aceves has been watching video of the Los Angeles hitters for several days. Facing the best team in baseball, he said, is not a concern.

“Nobody knew who I was at the start of the season,” he said. “Now I’m in the majors. That was hard. Pitching? I’ve been doing that for a while now.”




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