Just a few items worth checking out…
• Having been on both sides of the rivalry, Johnny Damon gives the Kevin Youkilis signing a thumbs up. He told George King that Youkilis will be a good fit in the Yankees clubhouse. “He will be fine,” Damon said. “Especially since Boston traded him. Now he realizes it’s a business and you have to take care of yourself.”
• Speaking of Youkilis, the ESPN stats department takes a look at Youkilis’ recent numbers. This stat isn’t particularly encouraging: He had one RBI in his last 59 at-bats.
• Over at Yankees.com, Bryan Hoch tackles a handful of questions in a mailbag. Among the topics: What to do with Eduardo Nunez, whether Austin Romine could make the big league roster and the status of the coaching staff.
• In the American League East, the Red Sox are reportedly in on starting pitcher Ryan Dempster. Ken Rosenthal says there’s no deal in place, but the two sides are engaged in discussions.
• Also in the A.L. East, the Rays are close to signing Roberto Hernandez. That’s the guy formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Could help them make up for some of the pitching lost in the James Shields trade.