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Thursday notes and links: Cano has a big day in Taiwan

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the latest from the Associated Press about the second game of Major League Baseball’s exhibition tour of Taiwan. Curtis Granderson had the big home run in the first game. Robinson Cano had the big hit in the second game. 

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Robinson Cano doubled in a run in the seventh inning to help an MLB All-Star team beat Taiwan’s national team 5-3 Thursday in the second game of a five-game series.

The New York Yankees’ second baseman also singled and scored in the sixth inning in the game in Taichung.

“They got a great team,” Cano said. “They played a pretty good game.”

The Taiwanese went ahead 3-2 in the fifth, scoring twice on three hits and a walk. The MLB squad tied it in the sixth and added two more runs in the seventh.

Relievers Rich Thompson of the Los Angeles Angels, Ramon Ramirez of the San Francisco Giants and Bill Bray of the Cincinnati Reds kept the Taiwanese scoreless from the sixth inning on.

In the series opener Tuesday, the MLB team won 7-0 in a game halted in the sixth inning because of rain. The teams play in Taichung on Friday before closing the series with two weekend games in Kaohsiung.

• Chien-Ming Wang is heading back to the Nationals. The Washington Post reports that Wang got a one-year deal worth $4 million to return to the Nats’ rotation.

• Don’t count on the Yankees keeping scouting director Damon Oppenheimer just yet. The Orioles still haven’t picked a GM, and the Baltimore Sun reports that Oppenheimer is among those who could still interview for the job. We learned earlier that Yankees pro scouting director Billy Eppler was apparently the runner-up for the Angels GM job.

• Yankees prospects Mason Williams and Dante Bichette Jr. were named the Topps Player of the Year in the New York-Penn League and Gulf Coast League.

• Former Yankees outfielder Juan Rivera was one of the first significant free agents to sign with a new team, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Dodgers. 

• Outfielder Jordan Parraz, who had a terrific season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year, has signed a minor league deal with the Braves. It includes separate language if he makes the big league club.

• After his one-year stint in the Yankees front office, it took Kevin Towers just one year to land an extension as the GM in Arizona. 

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7 Responses to “Thursday notes and links: Cano has a big day in Taiwan”

  1. kd November 3rd, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    repost:

    blake,

    interesting. in all honestly, it’s probably an issue. like alfonso soriano.

    if i were the yankees, i’d offer 4/130 with three team options.

    if he wants arod money, give him more in money ,less in years.

    then watch the sox panic

  2. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Looks like the AAA farm team is going to have a larger than normal player turnover. Not sure Mesa is going to get the promotion. He usually gets a year and a half at each level. I’d think that Daniel Brewer will get right field with Ray Kruml getting the other corner or maybe center field. I haven’t seen anything on Justin Maxwell’s recovery and rehab on the shoulder.

  3. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    kd,

    yea Albert is one of the best hitters ever…..but a very real case can be made that his best years are already behind him…….the Cardinals will have to consider what he’s done in the past when they make an offer to him…..but other teams shouldn’t have to. He looks heavier than he has in the past and there are some signs that injuries may begin to pop up.

    When Alex was 31 he was coming off a season much better than Albert just did…..and we know how quickly the injuries mounted for him…….point is that things can change quickly for players in their 30′s.

  4. Chase November 3rd, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I love it!

    Ca-No! Ca-No!

  5. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Reports that Oppenheimer is one of four finalists for Orioles GM job.

    In other less important news, NASA satellite has located a huge crack in Antarctic glacier. Move away from the coast.

  6. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    GB7,
    I’m up about 700′. You can come here, if you want. Or is the tsunami going to be bigger than that?

  7. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Tom, I would guess with that much ice melting whrn the glacier slides into the ocean, it’s going to raise the level a few feet. On the good side, the interior of Australia will become decent farm land.

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