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A few mid-day notes and links

Posted By Chad Jennings On December 12, 2012 @ 2:51 pm In Misc | 126 Comments

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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. [2]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. [3]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. [4] 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. [5] 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. [6]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.

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[2] Johnny Damon gives the Kevin Youkilis signing a thumbs up. : http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/yanks_hope_youkilis_signing_fills_zm8DYNq9kcWguBCEmWMTmL

[3] takes a look at Youkilis’ recent numbers. : http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/47775/stats-you-need-to-know-kevin-youkilis

[4] Bryan Hoch tackles a handful of questions in a mailbag.: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121210&content_id=40593574&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy

[5] the Red Sox are reportedly in on starting pitcher Ryan Dempster.: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/278917624140808192

[6] the Rays are close to signing Roberto Hernandez. : https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/278913653812625409