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Getting ready for baseball again

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That’s a picture of Yankee Stadium being converted back into a baseball field after spending some time ready for football. Thanks to the Yankee PR staff for the photo. [3] As usual, here are a few links from the day.

• Scott Boras says Rafael Soriano is willing to pitch the eighth inning for the Yankees. [4] “I don’t think there is a team in baseball where he could be asked to be a setup guy other than the Yankees,” Boras told ESPNNewYork. Question is, does being willing to setup mean Soriano considers that job equal to a ninth-inning job elsewhere?

• Speaking of the ninth inning, Brian Fuentes is apparently still looking for a team that needs a closer. [5]

• Not that he was ever a legitimate possibility for the Yankees, but it seems Carl Pavano is off the market. Ken Rosenthal says Pavano is closing in on a two-year deal with the Twins. [6]

• If Edgar Renteria had experience at third base, I wonder if the Yankees might have become interested. Renteria seems to be on his way to Cincinnati on a one-year deal. [7]

• The Indians made room on their roster for short-term Yankees outfielder Austin Kearns by designating Jordan Brown for assignment. [8]Brown’s been a pretty good hitter in the minor leagues, but he doesn’t have much pop for a guy whose primary position is first base.

Interesting story in the Times about publicly funded stadiums [9](or the lack of publicly funded stadiums).

• Nothing good coming out of this Alfredo Simon shooting case. It seems he might have tried to cover his tracks by changing the barrel of the gun [10] he turned over to police. Not a good situation.