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Yankees postgame: Sabathia feeling on the upswing

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CC SabathiaCC Sabathia came away with his 36th career complete game and 28th career complete-game win, allowing seven hits and one walk while fanning nine. He was perfect the first 4 2/3, then gave up two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh before finishing strong in this 6-4 victory over Cleveland that completed the Yankees’ fifth series sweep of the season.

He came away feeling encouraged after his second straight decent start that followed a three-start stretch in which he gave up a combined 29 hits. He said throwing strikes has been the difference. Indeed he threw 84 of his 116 pitches for strikes against his old team. He has also had a little better velocity the last two starts, hitting 93 mph in each of the final four innings this time, including five times in the seventh.

“I feel a lot better,” Sabathia said. “Just throwing on the side, playing catch, I feel more consistent. I’m being able to throw the ball where I want. So hopefully I can just keep building and be better.”

When Mike Aviles dumped a single into left with two outs in the fifth, the perfect game was gone. Sabathia wasn’t down.

“I hadn’t even realized until after he got the hit,” Sabathia said. “Everybody started clapping. I figured there were not Indians fans here.”

Travis Hafner backed him with a two-run homer, his second long ball of the series against his old team. Seven of his 10 homers have come at Yankee Stadium.

Brett Gardner backed Sabathia with a three-run homer. That’s six homers already for Gardner. Seven is his career high.

“Maybe just being a little better hitter, a little more mature approach at the plate,” Gardner said.

The Yankees finished the season series at 6-1. Interesting stat: They averaged seven runs per game against Cleveland. They are averaging 3.67 runs in 52 games against other teams.

So after the 1-4 start, they finished the homestand at 4-4 to move to 34-25. Now come 10 games on the road, four in Seattle, three in Oakland and three in Anaheim.

Photo by The Associated Press.

 
 

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125 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Sabathia feeling on the upswing”

  1. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    cc da man!

  2. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    For those interested in another baseball fix.

    The Sux and Rangers are on ESPN.

    ;)

  3. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Repost

    Pat

    I bit my tongue the other day when you were going on about Crisp. Don’t do that often.

    I thought you would have noticed the change as it seemed so obvious to me.

    Gardner is no longer passive at the plate, well maybe let’s try, less passive. You don’t do a major overhaul overnight. But I’ve been excited about his approach this year, to where I’m making sure to watch his at bats. There are a lot less defensive swings in his repertoire. This is the type of thing I enjoy – players developing at the Majors level.

  4. Jerkface June 5th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Real good blog by Dirk Hayhirst about lying to a scout to get drafted:

    http://dirkhayhurst.com/2013/06/5308/

  5. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    For example

    I’m almost positive that Gardner’s first five HRs were up and in. Torque from the shoulders.

    Today’s was down and in. That’s a new development, you have to generate power with the lower body to do that. Vintage ’12 Gardner couldn’t do that.

  6. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Bo Knows…..S

  7. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Bo Knows, continue……What I’ve noticed about Gardner ( especially since you pointed this out ) is how he’ll try to yank and drive the inside pitch up in the letters…..We’ll see and as for the CoCo Crisp comment, we’ll see

  8. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    My point is that Gardner is doing a weight shift. For a little guy he is surprisingly strong. There are also a few screamers to LF. His swing at point of impact is more centered. (Power comes from the belly button). Love that one.

  9. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Today’s HR swing. It’s certainly not flat footed.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....mode=video

  10. theREALkevin June 5th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    “Real good blog by Dirk Hayhirst about lying to a scout to get drafted:

    http://dirkhayhurst.com/2013/06/5308/

    Good read.

  11. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    .We’ll see and as for the CoCo Crisp comment, we’ll see
    ———-
    On the field, that’s funny, something about jockstrap comes to mind.

    I’m rather partial to routine plays, not hi light reels. Normally the latter are misplays.

  12. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Bo Knows…..You make a very good point and it just seems that Brett is thinking yard more than ever before if the pitch is in the right location…….Today’s dinger was a serious jack… I was talking to Donnie Hill the other day who like yourself and several other eyeball guys here see more upside than I do did say that if Gardner would not worry about getting caught stealing he’d be much better and far more consistent…..Basically he thinks too much

  13. mick June 5th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Gardner is cut and strong. I predicted 15-20 dingers pre season and was laughed at.

  14. BD (Boston Dave) June 5th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    “Vintage ’12 Gardner couldn’t do that.”

    ———-

    yeah, because vintage ’12 Gardner spent the season on the DL :)

  15. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Today’s was down and in. That’s a new development, you have to generate power with the lower body to do that. Vintage ’12 Gardner couldn’t do that.
    ==============
    are you insinuating something. i would believe it…

  16. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    i think everybody is using….catch us if you can.

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny June 5th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Cano is a nice 2 for 20 batting .279 now .. he has a scary .200 this year against lefties.

  18. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    down 4-0 against the mets adam laroche busted the shift by bunting to vacant third base.

    love to see that!

  19. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Basically he thinks too much
    ——-
    Yep, that is both a strength and a curse. Unfortunately people are wired a certain way.

    I was always thinking along with the catcher. Senior ball used to be great, if they made you look foolish, you’d hear about it forever.

  20. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Does anyone know why Wells started today against the righty?
    I think Ichiro catches the ball that broke up the perfect no-no..

  21. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    sorry down 4 runs not 4-0.

  22. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    i also would have squeezed with ichiro on 3rd 1 out and nix up.
    both he and stewie were overpowered for strike 3 bottom 8th.

  23. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Bo Knows….When I was at The Stadium a few weeks ago and as I watched Ichiro taking BP he too drives pitches in that location……Makes me wonder if Ichiro has spoken to Gardner about taking this power approach on balls in certain locations ???? Johnny Damon like

  24. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    yeah, because vintage ’12 Gardner spent the season on the DL
    ———
    Yep, ya got me. No edit button.

  25. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    the stadium was electric today, lots of little league and kids off from school as groups

  26. mick June 5th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    did anyone hear kay on the post game radio show insisting he wasn’t muzzled by Yes re: the steroid mess.
    his rationale was he’s voicing his honest opinions on the radio now and was told not to during last nights game so he didn’t.

    how is that not being muzzled?

  27. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Makes me wonder if Ichiro has spoken to Gardner about taking this power approach on balls in certain locations ???? Johnny Damon like
    ———
    As you say, there is a certain similarity to Damon on those swings.

    That’s what I hate about watching games on a computer. You miss a lot of things that go on. As I said, I enjoy players trying to improve even at the Majors level. That shift is too abrupt, I like the glide but hey, it’s showing results.

  28. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Cubbie catcher Castillo has a cannon for an arm…

  29. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Unreal game going on in Seattle. 14th inning and Seager just tied it again with a Grand Slam. Wear that pen out.

  30. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    omg, the chisox and m’s went scoreless into the 14th and the pale hose put up a 5 spot.

    kyle seager just hit a slam to tie it up 5-5!

  31. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    the stadium was electric today, lots of little league and kids off from school as groups
    ———

    Mick that made the stadium electric?

  32. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Bo Knows…..I’ll be hitting the road next week to catch the Yanks in Seattle, Oakland and of course the house of horrors in Anaheim ……I’m going to pay close attention on Brett on what he hits and on the pitch location……All tough places to hit at night due to the marine layer so it’ll be a test ……

  33. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    All tough places to hit at night due to the marine layer so it’ll be a test …
    ——
    I’d appreciate a few posts on what you see.

    We come from totally different worlds. My claim to fame was that I was playing seniors tournaments at sixteen. If I done good, they might sneak me a beer later.

    My mentors were guys that had played for mining company teams in Ontario and Quebec. So where you had professional coaching, I got “Drop your back shoulder to level your swing”, both work.

  34. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This will be a nice test for NY out west. Terrible stretch followed by a really nice sweep of Cleveland. I think you have to look at winning 6 of 10 as a minimum out west. Take 3 from the M’s and go .500 against the A’s and Angels. 7 out of 10 would actually be ideal. We’ll see.

    If the offense does anything at all it shouldn’t be a problem. The pitching will be there.

  35. yankeefeminista June 5th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Donnie Collins?@RailRidersTT 15m
    Final line on Nova: 6 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 6 k. Fastball sat 94-95 and hit 96. Great curve. Looked awesome.

  36. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    wow, ogando had a shutout going in the 6th till pedroia hit a popup homer onto the wall to tie the game. washington pulled ogando.

  37. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks YF

    Maybe the kid will clear his mind of all the conflicting instructions and suggestions. You’ve got the toolkit, use it. I’m still upset they tried to improve on a mid nineties sinker for fad stat SOs.

  38. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    YF – Sounds like Hughes better deal tomorrow or the vultures will be out even more than normal. That’s a scary thought. Pitch for your life Phil.

  39. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    phil might be pitching for his rotation spot pretty soon.

  40. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Yay, Heathcott at 250, seems like just the other day he was out of the Mendoza county. Two hits, tonight. A drag bunt and a triple.

  41. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hawk is amazing. He freaks out that the ChiSox finally closed out the M’s with at least 4 big YEEES’s. And then he tells Steve Stone to give him five. :lol: What a beauty he is.

  42. UnKnown June 5th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Antlers and Claws for everyone. TX 3 Bos 1

  43. blake June 5th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Bo knows says:
    June 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    Yay, Heathcott at 250, seems like just the other day he was out of the Mendoza county. Two hits, tonight. A drag bunt and a triple.

    He’s slowly been coming around…..it hasn’t been like a sudden change so much as a slow progression but it’s progress.

    Good comments on Gardner…..when he swings the bag and doesn’t do that weird slappy slapperson stuff then he can actually drive the ball a little bit…..he’s been playing really solid ball for a couple of weeks now quietly

  44. Tar June 5th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Just got home and for the first time I watched the condensed version on MLB…not bad.

    CC looked determined. Say what you will but there is no denying the man is a fierce competitor.

    Gardner looked today just like I drew it up in ST. Slap line drive to the 5.5 hole ala Gwynn, and jerk the inside pitch for the power numbers. He started a little slow this year , but I am really encouraged by what i saw the last couple of weeks. As his confidence increase so will all his numbers.

    Wells look like he got a couple of bad jumps on balls hit to LF today.

    What else did I miss?

  45. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    It’ll be of interest what happens come mid-July on the Cliff Lee front……With the departure of Pettite and Kuroda, will the Yankee Front Office take on the final 4 years of Cliff Lee and move some of their younger pitchers ?? Lee following Sabathia is a compelling concept for the win now mentality…….Dodgers will be all over Lee as will the Angels and a few other clubs pushing for October success. If the Yanks were to do so 3/5 of their current rotation could be gone next February

  46. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Albert Puljois is hitting a buck seventy six vs. Lefties this season

  47. blake June 5th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Pat M. says:
    June 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    Albert Puljois is hitting a buck seventy six vs. Lefties this season

    That contract may end up worse than Alexs

  48. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    blake…….Albert’s contract is already worse than Alex’s and then big dough hasn’t kicked in yet I think…..Word is that this was an Artie Moreno deal as he’s so bent on capturing the Latino market in Southern Cal. from the Dodgers and that’s a moot point….. Trumbo dinger came down wet

  49. blake June 5th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I thought albert would age slower than this given how great his swing is…..really makes me wonder if he’s older than his baseball card says

  50. Against All Odds June 5th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    blake June 5th, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    ———————–

    A number of ppl that follow the game always believed he was older than he claims to be.

  51. Jesus Bustero June 5th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    The toilet bowl on top of his head tells you everything to know about Albert’s real age.

  52. DocTodd June 5th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Jackie Bradley Jr. Future HOF……157 BA

  53. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Albert was more seasoned than what was passed about…..

  54. jlyanks85 June 5th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Amazing how the angels with that lineup you see on paper can be struggling this much. Yet when they had the small ball hit and run team with figgins they were a 95 win team. Just odd

  55. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Once the Angels get on a roll it might be for the remainder of the season…..They’re looking for another starter though

  56. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I wouldn’t go near to Lee. Even if Pettitte is gone with Hughes, there is a pretty nice backup situation in place. Phelps, Nova, Nuno – with Pineda the wild card. Unless the suits panic, the progression is in place.

    The crux is the offense. The two young guns in AA are off to slow starts and there is lot of doubt that they would be ready for AAA next year and thereby within hailing distance of NY. Headley has come down to earth and might be had at a lower cost. Unfortunately Adams is struggling and Nunez is hurt still. I still believe that Adams just needs patience. Too good a history going back. A good indicator of pressing is that he hasn’t drawn a base on balls yet.

  57. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    “Headley has come down to earth and might be had at a lower cost.”

    Who would you offer ?

  58. Jesus Bustero June 5th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I wouldn’t touch Lee either but I understand opportunities arise if he could be obtained without sacrificing talent in return, kind of like the deal for Vernon Wells. That move could cost money alone and would allow the Yankees to flip a couple starting pitchers.

  59. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Lee’s wife doesn’t like NY fans or the shopping.

  60. Pat M. June 5th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Bo Knows……Yanks need to trade for a long term shortstop I feel……The Cliff Lee will come into play just as you put in, brass panic in the boardroom……If Pineda comes back strong and every indication is he will, then I can see either Hughes and or Nova being shipped out of town for some type of stick. As for 2014 and beyond, well that’s a jigsaw puzzle…..

  61. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    The White Sox softened up the M’s for us.

    The M’s lost in 16 innings.

    They should be worn down and demoralized for tomorrow’s game.

    Easy pickin’s.

    :)

  62. tucker June 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Anybody else excited about the draft? Yanks actually have some picks this year — should be interesting.

  63. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Who would you offer ?
    ———
    A pitcher, likely Nova and a reliever, probably Kelly plus a kid or two as filler lower down. Personally I’d sooner scour 3B that are blocked, such as Castellanos in Detroit. But that’s me.

  64. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Tucker-

    Can’t hurt to have 3 in the 1st round.

    :)

  65. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    The White Sox softened up the M’s for us.

    The M’s lost in 16 innings.

    They should be worn down and demoralized for tomorrow’s game.

    Easy pickin’s.

    :)
    ==

    I’ll take any help we can get. Those west coast trips can be brutal on the Yanks. And this one comes at a very pivotal time for them.

  66. ron June 5th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Nova,joba,nunez for headley.

  67. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Bo-

    I’d like to substitue Hughes for Nova.

    Other than that I’m fine with your deal.

  68. tucker June 5th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    MTU — no doubt about that … Am hoping the Yanks get some up-the-middle talent …

    I’d still trade all three of this picks for a talent like Puig. Just nobody in the Yanks’ system with that kind of excitement/potential … The Stadium would be packed if the Yanks had young talent like that …

  69. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Ghost-

    That’s about as much help as you could ever expect.

    And we don’t face the King till the last game.

    ;)

  70. ron June 5th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Nova is never taking hughes job.
    He couldn’t before,and he still can’t.

  71. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Hughes is likely gone next season.

    Nova isn’t.

    ;)

  72. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been on the Nunez bandwagon for a while and was very encouraged by his play in the field. The injury is unfortunate.

    I feel he was playing injured due to getting hit and finally had to go on the DL due to recurring injury. His swing didn’t look as smooth as before, he was laboring. The kid has been jerked around so much that he would suffer agonies before admitting to being injured. The Yankees could disappear him for a couple of years as they did before.

  73. jlyanks85 June 5th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Hughes will have his starts where he pitches 8 scoreless and everybody will be high on him again. That’s just who he is. Then when people are high on him, he’ll throw a stinker.

  74. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Tucker-

    We have talent in our system.

    Just at a slightly lower levels.

    It’s coming along.

  75. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    ron June 5th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Nova is never taking hughes job.
    He couldn’t before,and he still can’t.
    ==

    Nova is bit erratic, but the trend is clearly upwards. On the other hand, Hughes is erratic, but doesn’t seem to make any significant progress–at least not like Nova.

  76. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Hughes is likely gone next season.

    Nova isn’t.

    ;)

    If it was up to me, I would bring Hughes back on a four year deal, but I suspect that he likely may be gone.

  77. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Ghost-

    Then if he is likely gone and you have a replacement you move him in the right deal.

    That way you wind up w more than just a draft pick.

    ;)

  78. blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    “Nova is bit erratic, but the trend is clearly upwards. On the other hand, Hughes is erratic, but doesn’t seem to make any significant progress–at least not like Nova.”

    How do you figure Nova has made progress? He’s been pretty terrible as a starter for over a year

  79. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I’d like to substitue Hughes for Nova.

    Other than that I’m fine with your deal.
    ———-
    Wouldn’t be enough. Half a season is no where enough.

    I’m listening to the dulcet tones of Scully and half watching the LA game. Puig just fired a rocket to 3B where the ball actually popped mid carry, totally amazing.

  80. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    “Nova is bit erratic, but the trend is clearly upwards. On the other hand, Hughes is erratic, but doesn’t seem to make any significant progress–at least not like Nova.”

    How do you figure Nova has made progress? He’s been pretty terrible as a starter for over a year
    ==

    He’s throwing harder with movement.

  81. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    “Hughes will have his starts where he pitches 8 scoreless and everybody will be high on him again. That’s just who he is. Then when people are high on him, he’ll throw a stinker.”

    Until and unless he comes up with a reliable secondary plus pitch, yes, especially with his unforgiving home park.

    They probably aren’t going to re-sign him, so they should look to trade him off a good stretch.

  82. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Blake-

    Did you move to another place in your area or move to completely different city ?

    Bigger house ?

    Just curious.

  83. ron June 5th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Expert: Suspending A-Rod for 100 games could lead to more PED use in baseball

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/e.....39349.html

  84. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Bo-

    Can’t blame a guy for trying.

    ;)

  85. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Ghost-

    Then if he is likely gone and you have a replacement you move him in the right deal.

    That way you wind up w more than just a draft pick.

    ;)

    I wouldn’t object to a trade for a good position player this year. I wouldn’t bother with Lee.

  86. blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    “He’s throwing harder with movement.”

    Hasn’t really translated to results as of yet….he’s thrown hard for awhile….

  87. blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    MTU,

    Same area….not necessarily bigger house just one better laid out for the kidos

  88. ron June 5th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    We don’t know hughes is gone,and i’m talking this year.
    Everybody jumped on the nova wagon,and he has been bad for a while now.
    Nova simply gets lit up,consistantly.

  89. blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Night guys

  90. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Hughes probably will be here all year. Unless they got a pretty significant piece, it would almost be an admission of failure to move him.

  91. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Blake-

    Sounds good. Your area has appeal. Why stray from a good place.

    Time for dreamland.

    Not as easy hiking around in the Mountains as it used to be.

    I must be getting old.

    :)

  92. Ghostwriter June 5th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    blake June 5th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    “He’s throwing harder with movement.”

    Hasn’t really translated to results as of yet….he’s thrown hard for awhile….

    Well, not yet I guess. He seemed to be throwing significantly harder than I thought he could the last time I saw him.

  93. Bo knows June 5th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    How do you figure Nova has made progress? He’s been pretty terrible as a starter for over a year
    ————-
    I feel the coaching staff messed with him. Forcing him for SOs. Started a whole cascade of problems. More SOs, hide the ball, shorten the stride. The slider worked and Rothschild was trying to live up to his rep. You have a mid nineties sinkerballer with great CB and wipeout slider, leave him the hell alone.

    Forcing the four seamer on him to gain SOs just elevated pitch count, mostly confused him and wrecked his control.

  94. pat June 5th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    “What what I have read AROD is only takes ground balls directly at him and taking dry swings. That sounds like, to me, far more than five weeks to be ready.”

    According to the News and Post writers assigned to the sidewalk outside the minor league complex in Tampa today and these photos from Newsday, Alex’s 3 hour workout today included running sprints, agility drills, tee and toss in the cage, BP on the field, fielding ground balls and playing catch.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/......5416267#1

  95. MTU June 5th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Good night to all.

    And to all a good night.

    ;)

  96. pat June 5th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    The owner of the South Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s latest doping scandal asked embattled Yankee star Alex Rodriguez for financial help after Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit that alleged he had sold performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players.

    When Rodriguez rebuffed Anthony Bosch’s request for money, believed to be in the hundreds of thousands, the self-styled “biochemist” turned to a strange bedfellow — MLB.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2VP3bsEB5

  97. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I heard a small part of Kay’s show today. He said that Bosch is reportedly deciding between MLB’s money, player’s money, and money from some media outlet.

    It sounds like someone who reps him is playing a game of chicken.

    Anyway, I don’t much much about MLB’s hearings and arbitration process, but in a courtroom, Bosch could probably not withstand an effective cross-examination with his credibility intact.

  98. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 5th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Good. The sooner Arod is suspended the better. I’m still hoping that something was written into his contract that will void his contract entirely.

    Anyone who continues to say nothing will happen this season apparently hasn’t been keeping up with the reported schedule.

    And good for Bosch. Just like when the prosecution needs a criminal to testify about something he heard another criminal say, you don’t necessarily get to pick your witnesses. MLB cut a deal with Bosch and Bosch is going to give up the goods. I’m all for it.

    Smart money says that Bosch wouldn’t have sniffed Arod for a buck if he didn’t have something on Arod.

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, slugger.

    A matter of time.

  99. pat June 5th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    “And good for Bosch”

    A lawyer applauding extortion? Go figure.

  100. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 6th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Yeah – go figure.

    That’s baseball, Suzyn!

  101. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    “A lawyer applauding extortion? Go figure.”

    Takes all kinds.

  102. rm June 6th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    When Rodriguez rebuffed Anthony Bosch’s request for money, believed to be in the hundreds of thousands, the self-styled “biochemist” turned to a strange bedfellow — MLB
    ———————–
    Looks like Bosch could be facing criminal extortion charges if he isn’t careful about what he says and how he worded his “request for money” from A-Rod

  103. Rich in NJ June 6th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    We live in a crazy world where users are sometimes viewed as being worse than dealers, especially if the users are young multi-millionaires who date women most guys can only dream about. Resentment and jealousy run deep.

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 6th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    “Looks like Bosch could be facing criminal extortion charges if he isn’t careful about what he says and how he worded his “request for money” from A-Rod”

    Yeah – if it even happened. And if he does have a problem with extortion, it doesn’t nullify the list he’s turned over to MLB.

  105. theREALkevin June 6th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    “He’s throwing harder with movement.”

    Nova has always thrown hard with movement. But the results haven’t been there. his delivery is poor and his mechanics can suffer.

  106. Nick in SF June 6th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    MLB will go after Bosch hard if he screws them over.

    Which means they’ll probably just suspend Brennan Boesch and call it a day.

  107. pat June 6th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Brennan is already having a bad day and now a suspension! :wink:

    RailRidersTT
    Boesch heading for MRI on tight shoulder. http://blogs.thetimes-tribune......g-for-mri/

  108. Nick in SF June 6th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    When it rains, it pours.

    Except during a Yankee rain delay, where it might not even rain. Thanks, Hal! :mad:

  109. Yogi Mantle June 6th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    It is good that CC did a complete game, but he still gave up 4 runs. With the Yankees scoring woes that isn’t really all that great. An ace should be able to do better than that.

    Yes, he shut them down for a while, but CC should have done better than 4 runs allowed. Sorry, but color me unimpressed that our “ace” held them to 4 runs while the Yankee offense scored 6 runs in the first two innings and then crapped the bed from then on.

  110. Yogi Mantle June 6th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    If MLB suspends the players using Bosch’s testimony, the players will end up with a major law suit against MLB. The more that comes out about this turd, the worse it sounds.

    He is apparently willing to perjure himself for right cost, how exactly are you supposed to believe anything he says, documents or not?

    This is just another Mitchell report designed to slander players that stuck their fingers in the eye of this stupid POS commissioner. And to keep congress from opening any more hearings on this.

  111. UnKnown June 6th, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Wells’ last 25 games: .191/.226/.326
    ——
    MLB should look to prosecute this nasty crime!

    Hope everyone really savored and will remember the good times. All though they were few. :lol:

  112. CompassRosy June 6th, 2013 at 1:43 am

    MTU June 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    The White Sox softened up the M’s for us.

    The M’s lost in 16 innings.

    They should be worn down and demoralized for tomorrow’s game.

    Easy pickin’s.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Or, what doesn’t kill ‘em makes ‘em stronger ;-)

    of struggles, grand slams, heart and heartbreak . . .
    http://tinyurl.com/kgsq8s2

    then again, we are talking Aaron Harang and then Jeremy Bonderman *s i g h*

  113. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 6th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    “He is apparently willing to perjure himself for right cost,”

    And you get the information that he is going to perjure himself where?

    Apparently he’s willing to sing for the right price.

    And if guys weren’t cheating, he wouldn’t have anything to sing about.

    Any disgust should be aimed in the direction of the professionals screwing their sport.

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 6th, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Despite the fact that something looks, walks, and quacks like a duck. let’s add one more piece that might seal the deal. Here you have to apply common sense.

    How likely do you think it is that Bosch decided to lie about Arod? Is it because he knew Arod didn’t have enough money to sue him for defamation of character? Innocent men scream it from the roof tops and go on the offensive,

    It’s going to be a veddy interesting watch.

  115. NYYanksFan June 6th, 2013 at 4:22 am

    How likely is it Bosch would have said anything A-Rod wanted him to if he had paid him?

  116. theREALkevin June 6th, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Trisha, I agree with you. Maybe Bosch is a piece of ****. But it’s looking like in this case, he might be reputable. He headed this stuff. He doesn’t need to give names of people that weren’t associated with this. It seems like he has enough. No one will ever hail this guy as a hero. But if people were cheating, they need to be exposed. Baseball needs to move on from this garbage and if players need to be made an example of maybe this will finally be the end. If Braun and A-Rod get suspended 100 games, and some of these other guys all get suspensions as well, players will finally think twice about juicing. Maybe the fringe guys who think they need it to make the MLB, or to stay in the minors will still do it….. But if there are widespread suspensions handed down, I really believe that it will curb use among guys that are in the MLB already and know they don’t need this stuff to stick around.

    “Nova,joba,nunez for headley”

    Not enough I don’t think.

  117. RhapsodyInBlue June 6th, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I’m with you on this Trish.

  118. Doreen June 6th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Jerkface,

    I just got the opportunity to read Hayhurst’s blog entry. I love reading this guy’s stuff. If you haven’t read his books, do yourself a favor and at least read the first one, “The Bullpen Gospels”.

    It’s very enlightening, and it gave me enough of a picture of what goes on for the average minor league guy (the guy not in the top 100), and since he was in a different organization, some perspective.

    Also I just read Jeff Passan’s article about cheating and the human psyche, which said humans (all living creatures, actually) have a natural tendency to look for an edge and also how the mind works to “justify” the cheating. Not to condone PEDs, but to point out that the way MLB is handling things is not necessarily going to stop or even discourage PED use. About how maybe something within baseball itself HS to change, though he did not take it further to discuss what could be done, which is, of course, the more difficult thing to do than writing about it or issuing penalties).

    Anyway, great game by CC yesterday. Still waiting for Cano and Wells to come around. But frankly, as long as they can score enough to win on any given day, it’s a good day.

  119. Doreen June 6th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I don’t know.

    Melky cheated, was caught, suspended and embarrassed, and he Blue Jays gave him $16 million to play for them.

    Clearly, the crime is being caught, not using. And the owners do not have a problem having players who use or who have used. They only want to make money. It is a sham to vilify players on the one hand and pay them to help your team win on the other hand, in essence, looking away as long as it benefits them.

    If you want to rid baseball of this type of cheating, you have to not sign the Melky Cabreras. You need to not make Mark McGwire a hitting coach. You need to be able to fire and stop paying anyone aught cheating, even if it means your teams loses the player or players that are most important to it.

    That is not going to happen. The MLBPA is one reason, though if enough “clean” players prevailed to make changes, it could be addressed. Maybe. But greed is another reason.

    Also, no person is one-dimensional. In other words using PEDs does not take away from more positive things about a player, and I suspect that one rationale for teammates sticking by someone they know has used PEDs is because of a feeling that the guy in question is trying to help the team as well as himself. Trying to heal faster, stay on the field longer. Because human beings will rationalize.

  120. blake June 6th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    There are always going to be players that feel the risk to use is worth it…..if you’re an older player hanging on and want or need the money and PEDs can help you stay in the majors then I could see bein tempted…..or if you’re an almost big leaguer that’s gettin close to never making it etc……some of these guys have nothing to fall back on if they don’t make it…..they signed really young and baseball is all they know.

    What I don’t get is when big league natural talents use…..especially when they are stars already….those cases seem like the risk greatly outweighs the reward……you get caught and you’re finished reputation wise

  121. Doreen June 6th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Blake, I agree that’s the most difficult circumstance to understand.

    There’s a couple of things, though. One is whether the superstar player used before they became superstars and was never suspected or discovered. Another is the weight of the mega-contract, and the feeling of having to deliver on that contract. Another is fear of failure, incredibly low self-esteem, you name it. Or trying to overcome injury. Human beings are flawed, some more so than others.

    I don’t like that PEDs are in the picture. I don’t like especially when a favorite player is “outed”. I’m disappointed and would love a “clean” game (and whether that’s everreally existed is debatable), but I’m not the tar and feather type.

  122. MTU June 6th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Doreen-

    You mean you have a heart ?

    How strange.

    :)

  123. MTU June 6th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    “Human beings are flawed”

    Go further.

    It’s in their DNA.

    And they can hardly help themselves sometimes.

    Over 2,000 yrs. of proof.

    But they can be forgiven.

    ;)

  124. MTU June 6th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    New thread ——->

    Or maybe I should say repeat thread.

    Since it’s about L-Rod.

  125. gallagwar June 6th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    “Nova,joba,nunez for headley.”

    Funny joke.


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