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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was a day of redemption for Mariano Rivera as the Yankees rallied to beat the Rays.

Alex Rodriguez is getting better every day. This notebook also has updates on Brian Bruney, Jose Molina, Phil Hughes and some celebrity fans.

The reader Q&A with CC Sabathia will be on the blog at 10 a.m., so keep an eye out for that.





35 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Fan Interference June 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    The Yankees handling of their pitching staff has been less than stellar this year. Leaving Hughes to rot in the pen for a week makes absolutely no snese at all. He’s a starter, always has been a starter, and needs to get his work in. They should have sent him to Scranton to get some starts in.

  2. Fan Interference June 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    My guess is that when Bruney gets back Veras is DFA’d. We can only hope.

  3. Giuseppe Franco June 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    jennifer June 8th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Question moron and the jock this morning said something about the Yankees/Mets game being moved to the espn game. Said “I think we got an email about it” they weren’t sure and of course they never had anyone check. I looked on the Yankees site and it still shows it as a 1pm game. I know espn already has a game listed. Can they change it?


    Boy, you’re not kidding about Carton being a moron. That guy is even worse than Francesa with his crazy theories and ideas.

    A couple of weeks back, he actually suggested that Girardi took Joba out of the game against the Orioles (the game Joba got hit with the liner) not becuase he was hurt but because he was mentally shot due to the hoopla over his anticipated rematch and “showdown” with Aubrey Huff.

    Yeah, sure. All managers are eager take their starting pitcher out of a scoreless game in the Top of the 1st with 2 outs because his pitcher cannot handle an overhyped story that the media created and fueled for several days.

    I’m sure Girardi wanted to burn his bullpen out that night before a weekend series with the Phillies and activate Wang the next day before he was ready to go so Joba can get a mental break.

    It was such an absurd notion that I haven’t bothered to listen to that show since.

  4. Giuseppe Franco June 8th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Fan Interference June 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    The Yankees handling of their pitching staff has been less than stellar this year. Leaving Hughes to rot in the pen for a week makes absolutely no snese at all. He’s a starter, always has been a starter, and needs to get his work in. They should have sent him to Scranton to get some starts in.


    It’s only temporary. Hughes is not going to be in the pen long enough to stop and smell the roses.

    They want him to stay stretched out as a starter and they also want him to throw 150 IP this season.

    Hughes will be sent down to Scranton and back in the rotation when Bruney returns in a week to ten days (barring any setbacks of course).

  5. 86w183 June 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Well the only way Hughes gets back in the rotation is if someone gets hurt or Wang crashes and burns.

    The only move I have a problem with was calling Wang up before his full rehab outing had built up his arm strength… still hard to figure that one.

    With Pettite and Wang no sure bet for 6+ innings at the moment I suspect Hughes stays where he is for another week. If Bruney comes back then Phil goes to Scranton. You can’t DFA Veras.. who would Berroa have to chat with?

  6. Patrick from CT June 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Good Win Yesterday!
    They need to start beeting the Rays and Sox…
    Hughes needs to pitch or be sent down; it’s as simple as that. I say give him an inning or two today and have him ready to back up Wang on Wednesday. Phil needs to pitch in the game today so he’s sharp when he takes over for Wang in Boston.
    Personally I’d be using him for 2-3 inning at a time 2 or 3 times a week; just like Ace was used yesterday. Ace is about the only guy out there other than Mo that can be trusted. Hughes needs to be another. All the other guys are for matchups and 1 inning or less.

  7. Mark in Tampa June 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    From the last thread:

    Here’s the Youtube video of the Alex Rios incident.

    Makes me wonder why the “stalker” guy in the background has such an interest in the kid getting the autograph – could it be that the two of them where working together? That’s a possibility isn’t it? I never had much respect for autograph seekers in general but also it seems to me that when an athlete signs for millions they are obliged to deal cordially with whatever MLB crawls out from under a rock, that’s the deal they sign with the devil.”

    I’m just glad that this Alex’ last name is Rios and not Rodriguez. Can you imagine if Arod did this to somebody? There would be demands for him to be banned for life! But, if Rios is wearing thin in Canada, we’ll gladly take him here if they don’t demand too much.

  8. jennifer June 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Giuseppe Franco

    I heard that “theory” of his. Yeah Joba was afraid of the ole’ mighty Aubrey Huff. Okay. And Joe wanted to use his pen for almost 9 innings. The guy is a complete and utter moron.

  9. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! June 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Sherman jinxed us. He said that the errors would return with Posada and they did. That guy is a loser.

  10. Dave Man June 8th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    About yesterday’s game: I guess you could say that the Yankees didn’t deserve to win, but the Rays definitely deserved to lose.

  11. SJ44 June 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Hughes is not being left to “rot” in the bullpen.

    There hasn’t been a game since he’s been moved out there for him to come into.

    He can’t warm up like a normal relief pitcher because he’s a starter and they want to keep him stretched out. If folks were thinking of him as the new “8th inning guy” that was never the plan.

    Its a temporary situation and its not hurting him or the Yankees.

    Find something else to complain about until the lineups get posted. That’s usually when the complaints and the, “they never will win another game” comments usually flow in here.

  12. Mark in Tampa June 8th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I figure Hughes will be in the pen through Wang’s next 2 or 3 starts as long relief if Wang can’t get it done. After that, I think they will make a decision as to whether Wang is on the right track. If he isn’t, or another starter goes down, Hughes stays; if everything is as it should be, Hughes would go back to Scranton until he is needed again.

  13. 86w183 June 8th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Nobody “deserves” anything, it is what it is.

    Ugly wins trump artistic losses every day and twice when it’s a team in your division.

    Another win today and the Devil Dogs will be a nice tidy seven games back in the loss column.

  14. Boogie Down Bob June 8th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Everyone needs to relax on the whole Phil Hughes situation. I truly believe his stint in the bullpen is nothing more than a short-term, stop gap solution until Bruney and Marte come back.

    Once those guys return, I think we will see Phil head back down to Scranton to continue to get his innings.

    This is really no different than how the Red Sox have used Justin Masterson this season.

  15. Jon Ringland June 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Weather not looking good in Boston this week…can you say double-headers in September?

  16. Boogie Down Bob June 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am


    Really hoping the games dont get rained out. I’m supposed to attend Wednesday and Thursday’s games, and I’d really hate to see any more games pushed back into August and September.

    With an older team, I think those off days would help us tremendously during the stretch run to stay fresh, so hopefully they get all 3 in this week.

  17. SJ44 June 8th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    How often have anybody been correct on weather predictions this year? I’d say about 1% of the time.

  18. Vince June 8th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I’m still laughing at the thought of Ortiz attempting to steal a base in yesterday’s game vs. Texas.
    What was he or Francona thinking, a surprise ?

  19. wow June 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    hmmm. turns out MO was sick on Saturday….great article via yahoo sports…He never mentioned it as an excuse…;type=lgns

  20. Boogie Down Bob June 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I think the Yankees are well positioned to take 2/3 from the Sox this week. A sweep wouldn’t suprise me either. I think we’re going to see a solid performance from Wang on Wednesday. I believe in the guy, and I think he’s going to continue to get better. A great outing against Boston would go a long way in restoring his confidence.

  21. SJ44 June 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Its highly unlikely they sweep the Red Sox at Fenway.

    If they take one, its not a bad result. Although the bridgejumpers on here won’t believe it.

    You just don’t like getting swept. That’s 3 games lost in the standings. You win one of three, there is only a game difference and its not a big deal.

    Its amazing to me the Yankees have to play 6 of their first 8 games against the Sox at Fenway. Another reason why the schedule makers make little sense these days.

    I do like the fact they are mid-week games. Those weekend starts, ending with an 8 pm game on ESPN, usually prior to a Monday night game halfway across the country, are killers on a team.

  22. jennifer June 8th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Joe and Evan are starting this garbage that some Yankees aren’t thrilled with Joe. Give me a break, cut the garbage,

    Because Mo didn’t want to walk Evan, means he isn’t thrilled with Joe.

  23. Trevor June 8th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Paplebon maybe better then Mo but I don’t fear him. He hasn’t been that lights out against the Yankees.

  24. jennifer June 8th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    But they ignore that.

  25. Doreen June 8th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    SJ44 -

    Agree with you on both counts – taking one of 3 in Boston would be a success in my mind, since Boston plays very well at home – though the Yankees have won some games there in the past – :) – also about the games being midweek – yay – lend them some mormalcy.

    It also doesn’t seem right about the scheduling, but, whatcha gonna do. You play the games when and where they show up on the schedule, as does everyone else. The thing that really has me scratching my head is that the Red Sox are DONE with the west coast already and that REALLY doesn’t seem right! :)

    Draft day today, right? May it be all it should be for your nephew!

  26. bob June 8th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Paplebon blows saves to.

    Mo is nearing the end,Paps hopes he can last as long as
    MO, and be as effective!!

  27. SJ44 June 8th, 2009 at 10:32 am


    What’s funny about that is, if Joe Torre was managing this team right now, with these results, everybody in the media would be throwing him tributes.

    “What a great job to have the best record in the AL without Arod for half the year, all the distractions, the injuries, a 39 year old Mo, etc”.

    That’s all we would be hearing.

    Instead, NOBODY in the media talks about the job Girardi has done so far this year. Its amazing and sad at the same time.

  28. Mark in Tampa June 8th, 2009 at 10:33 am


    Players used to talk about a mid to late summer West Coast trip as a nice break from the humidity and heat of the East Coast. So it might not be a bad thing. Also, the teams in the west division seem a little down this year, outside of the Rangers, and I think we are done with them.

  29. SJ44 June 8th, 2009 at 10:35 am


    Draft Day is tomorrow night. 6 pm, on the MLB Network.

    Hoping to hear some stuff today. So far, quiet on the front.

  30. Vince June 8th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    One good meltdown and a temper tantrum by Papelfool would be the same has having a great meal at the 21 Club for me.

  31. Glenn June 8th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Texas comes to the Bronx for one more series August 25-26-27.

  32. Jon Ringland June 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    “One good meltdown and a temper tantrum by Papelfool would be the same has having a great meal at the 21 Club for me.”

    Amen brother!

  33. henner June 8th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    thanks to pete and especially cc for doing this

  34. bob June 8th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    AS much as I like *Jorge,he broke the error less streak* , a game after his return,and *the wins seemed to be harder for* *the team* to get.

    *Mo is a class act* .He wasn’t feeling well when he blew the save. *We never heard an excuse* .I read yesterday,how sick he was on Yahoo sports.

  35. Maureen June 9th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Continuing to win will take care of so many of the complaints here,others will never be happy..

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