On night before his return to Yankee Stadium, Robinson Cano will be a guest on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I’m not all that interested in what he has to say — can’t imagine he’s going to say anything shocking or new — I just want him to do something with The Roots. I have no idea whether Robbie has any sort of musical ability, but The Roots make anything sound cool.
A few random links and notes as we finish up this off day…
• Nice story by Jorge Castillo on the unlikely inspiration for Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter. I guess you never know what a guy can learn from a baseball magazine and a random American journeyman pitcher. Of course, Tanaka and that splitter remain one of the biggest stories in baseball this first month of the season. Just as good as advertised and perhaps even better than really expected.
• Not every Yankees starter is off to a Tanaka-like start. Over at River Ave. Blues, Mike Axisa looks at the Hiroki Kuroda’s decreased use of his slider early in the season. Kuroda has spoken more than once about his slider not being as sharp as usual, and it seems he’s staying away from it a little bit because of that.
• I assume Robinson Cano will be booed at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Ken Davidoff writes why he shouldn’t be. Speaking of Cano and trips to Yankee Stadium, his agent, Jay Z, announced a co-headlining tour with Beyonce. Safeco Field is on the list, but Yankee Stadium is not.
• He’s no longer with the Yankees, but reliever Tommy Kahnle came up in the organization before breaking camp this spring as a Rule 5 pick with the Rockies. Writing for MLB.com, Thomas Harding outlines the unusual path that Kahnle took from college through the minors and finally to Colorado. He has 13 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA through 13 innings this season.
• Not sure it will come into play with Alex Rodriguez eligible to play next season — and the Yankees theoretically ready and willing to activate him — but it’s probably worth noting that Korean third baseman Jeong Choi is likely coming to the Major Leagues next season. Jon Heyman notes that the upcoming free agent market is generally light on hitters, but it could actually be deep at third base.
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