Friday, April 30, 2010

Jeter Leads Yankees In Comeback Over Chi Sox

Yankees 6
White Sox 4

Another night, another Jeterian moment.

Derek Jeter went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a homer, as the Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit from the first inning.

Andy Pettitte, was not at his best. In the first inning, Pettitte gave up singles to Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham, before giving up a three-run homer to Paul Kornerko, as the White Sox took a 3-0 lead.

But, the Yankees came back.

Alex Rodriguez's single brought home Jeter with the Yankees first run. Robinson Cano followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one run, 3-2.

With Brett Gardner on in the fifth the Yankee tied it, when Jeter blasted a two run shot to left. The homer was Jeter's fourth of the year.

Pettitte settled down after the first to give up only one run in his next five innings of work. Pettitte struck out three and got a no-decision. His ERA rose to 2.12.

In the seventh with Francisco Cervelli and Gardner on base, Jeter legged out a two run triple to right. The Yankees led 6-4.

Mariano Rivera came into the ninth, and did what he does best - shut down the White Sox for his seventh save of the year.

Resurgent New York Mets Pound Phillies


The Mets express keeps on rolling.

Winners of eight in a row, the Mets have completely turned their season around after a dreadful 3-7 start to April that saw the Mets languish in last place in the NL East.

After a 9-1 home-stand last week, and a victory in Philadelphia tonight, the Mets are now a game and a half ahead of the Phillies and Nationals for first place in the NL East. That's right the Mets are in first place!!!

Jon Niese was spectaular for the Mets, striking out seven Phillies, and surrendering only four hits. Niese's curveball dazzled all night, buckling the Phillies hitters at the knees; it was Niese's best performance of his young career.

Offensively the Mets brought out the thunder.

In the second inning after a Jason Bay double, David Wright blasted a two run shot to left center to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Jeff Francoeur lifted a pitche to deep left for a solo shot to make it 3-0 Metroplitans.

Fast forward to the fifth, and Rod Barajas went yard for the fourth time this year. Barajas cracked a pitch to left center to extend the Mets lead to 4-1. In the seventh, Francoeur took a pitch off his forearm - X-rays were negative, Francoeur is day-to-day. Barajas added to his big night, ripping a double to right to score Francoeur. Angel Pagan followed with a two RBI triple to center to blow it open 7-1.

Barajas would add another solo homer off the left field foul pole, off Brad Lidge.

After one month, the Mets are 14-9 and extended their hold on first in the NL East.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Roethlisberger Likely Done With Steelers After Suspension

Ben Roethlisberger's days with the Pittsburgh Steelers may be numbered.

After the huge black eye that has become a sexual abuse case that Roethlisberger was presumably involved in over a month ago, the quarterback has been suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the 2010 regular season.

That puts a huge crimp in the Steelers season plans. Even though Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowl titles in Pittsburgh, the Steelers are more than willing to trade him. According to the NFL Network, the Steelers were rejected by the Rams, but, are instead in negotiations with the Raiders. What else is new? The Raiders are synonymous with acquiring guys with bad reputations.

The Steelers want to move up in the draft where they would look to take either Jimmy Clausen or Tim Tebow. Tebow is more of the patron Saint that Pittsburgh needs. Tebow is very religious, and the distinction as a good kid. Rumors have swirled that Clausen's personality is not so great, and has rubbed people the wrong way.

Can the Steelers do this and live to tell about it? Of course; they are the Steelers - the best run franchise in the NFL with six Super Bowl titles.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Giants & Jets Schedules Announced

Get the BBQ ready because football is coming to the new Meadowlands Stadium this fall. The schedules for the Giants and Jets have been announced.

The Giants will officially open the new ball park in week 1 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday September 12 at 1:00 on FOX. The Giants will visit the Colts in week 2 on a Sunday night, marking the second ever match-up between Eli and Peyton Manning.

The Jets will also open the new building in week 1, on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens September 13 at 7:00 on ESPN. The Jets play five prime time games, including a Sunday night game at Miami in week three, and Monday night games against Minnesota in week 5 and at New England in December. The Jets will host the Bengals on Thanksgiving night.

GIANTS Schedule
CAROLINA........1:00 FOX
@ Indianapolis...8:30 NBC
CHICAGO.........8:30 NBC
@ Houston......1:00 FOX
DETROIT.........1:00 FOX
DALLAS..........8:35 ESPN
Bye Week
@ Seattle.......4:05 FOX
DALLAS..........4:15 FOX
@ Philadelphia..8:30 NBC
@ Minnesota....1:00 FOX
@ Green Bay....4:15 FOX
@ Washington..1:00 FOX

JETS Schedule
@ Miami..........8:30 NBC
@ Buffalo........1:00 CBS
@ Denver.........4:05 CBS
Bye Week
GREEN BAY.......1:00 FOX
@ Detroit........1:00 CBS
@ Cleveland.....1:00 CBS
HOUSTON........1:00 CBS
@ New England.8:30 ESPN
MIAMI............4:10 CBS
@ Pittsburgh....4:15 CBS
@ Chicago.......1:00 CBS
BUFFALO.........1:00 CBS

Jason Taylor Joins New York Jets

The most vilified Miami Dolphin since Dan Marino, in the eyes of Jets fans, is now a member of Gang Green. Jason Taylor has singed a two-year $13 million deal with the Jets according to WFAN.

Taylor had seven sacks last year with the Dolphins. Taylor has made a career of hating the Jets and their fans, stating that the Jet fans take the "CL" out of class, and promising to never play for the Jets. Well, now he is a Jet.

Taylor is 36 years old, so there is reasonable questions as to how he will perform this year. In 2008, with the Redskins he had only 3.5 sacks. Rex Ryan, as usual, guarenteed that Taylor would rack up 12 sacks in his vaunted 46 defense. We shall see.

Now Taylor has to make nice with Jets nation, which is not exactly crazy about the ex-Fish joining their squad.

Vikings Vs. Saints In Week 1

The NFL schedules will be announced in less than four hours, and already the league has let out news as to one game for the upcoming season.

The Minnesota Vikings will head back to New Orleans to play the world champion Saints on the Thursday night opener at 8:30 in September.

The Saints beat the Vikings in the NFC title game in January 31-28, a game that the Vikings clearly outplayed the Saints in.

Will Brett Favre be there? Favre was beaten up by the Saints in the last meeting, and has yet to announce either his third retirement or his third reinstatement into the league. This game will be about Favre, until he decides what to do. In the meantime the Saints will begin their quest for a repeat title.

The Jets and Giants will release their schedules before 7pm.

Mets Like Ike; Davis Helps Lead Mets to Victory


Meet the new Met. Ike Davis that is. Davis, the highly touted first base prospect in the Mets minor league system, finally made his major league debut, Monday, when the Mets beat the Cubs 6-1 at Citi Field.

The Mets have struggled to find a replacement for Carlos Delgado since last season. They tried Dan Murphy who was underwhelming at the position. Murphy was scheduled to be the Mets opening day first baseman this season, until he injured his knee late in spring training. Murphy has yet to rehab the knee.

In his stead, were equally underwhelming Mike Jacobs, who the team released Sunday night, and Fernando Tatis. Neither player grabbed a hold at first, so the Mets had little choice but to call up the 23-year-old Davis, who was tearing the cover off the ball in triple-A.

Davis went 2-for-4 with a RBI single in the seventh inning to propel the Mets to victory. If he keeps it up, Murphy will have to look for work elsewhere.

Angel Pagan hit a two run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Slumping Jason Bay doubled home David Wright to make it 4-1, before Davis delivered his first major league RBI.

The Mets are now 5-8, and look to build off last nights victory and try to get back to .500.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mickelson Captures 3rd Green Jacket

Tiger Woods who?

After months and months of specualtion about how Tiger Woods would play at the Masters, amid his controversial personal crisis, it was instead a good family man who captured the Green Jacket this weekend.

Phil Mickelson, America's favorite golfer, who has stood by both his wife and mother as they struggle with breast cancer, won the Masters by three shots over Lee Westwood.

To win this tournament, it’s the most amazing feeling,” Mickelson said from Butler Cabin. “This has been a special day. I’ll look back on this day as very memorable, something I’ll always cherish.”

Determined to win one for his family, Mickelson made two remarkable par saves from the trees, then made a gutsy play off the pine straw and over Rae’s Creek on the par-5 13th hole. It was the kind of shot that has brought Mickelson so much criticism for taking too many risks. This time, nothing was going to stop him. Yahoo Sports.

Mickelson now owns four major titles. He won the 2006 U.S. Open to go along with his three Master's championships.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jets Acquire Santonio Holmes From Steelers

What a steel!

The New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for (gasp) a fifth round pick! That's right the Jets didn't have to give up anything for a guy who caught the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII.

The reason Pittsburgh was willing to part with Holmes relates to an incident with a woman, in which he accused of throwing a drink in March. There are legal matters involved here, so this is no light matter.

If Holmes gets through his legal trouble, the Jets will have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. With the combination of Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Holmes Mark Sanchez will have a lot of options to go to this year.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Yankees Outduel Sox to Win Opening Series


Back in October, one of the few pitchers to beat the Yankees was John Lackey, when he beat the Yankees 7-6 in crucial game five of the ALCS, as the Angels forced the Yankees to go back home to the Bronx to clinch the AL title. It was Lackey's performance against the Yankees, that made him a big ticket free agent this winter.

Low and behold, Lackey got $85 million to pitch for Boston. Lackey went up against Andy Petttitte, the man who won three series clinching game for New York in October. Clearly, a terrific battle for early in the season, and it was.

Pettitte went six brilliant innings, giving up only a run on six hits, while Lackey went six shut out innings, allowing three hits.

However, for the second straight day, the Red Sox pen imploded. Former Met, Scott Schoenweis, surrenderd a RBI single to Nick Swisher to tie the game at one.

Chan Ho Park, who was lit up Sunday, was great Wednesday. Park gave the Yankees three shut out innings, to force extra innings. Park earned the win tonight.

In the tenth, the Bombers got to nemisis Jonathan Papelbon, knocking him around two runs and two walks for the loss. First, Curtis Granderson hit his second homer of the year to right to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Then Mark Teixeria grounded into an RBI with the bases loaded to bring in Brett Gardner.

The Yankees completed their first series of 2010 at 2-1.

Jason Taylor A Jet? Really?

The Jets continue their pursuit of washed up super stars, so they can have as many pretty faces and smiles for their HBO appearance later this summer.

Jason Taylor, who is one of the most dispised opponents in Jets history, have spent most of his career eating up Jets quarterbacks, as a Miami Dolphin, could be ready to join Gang Green as the teams new defensive end/outside linebacker.

"Taylor, an unrestricted free agent, is due to arrive Wednesday for a visit, multiple sources confirmed. His visit will include a helicopter ride to the new Meadowlands Stadium, where he will receive a tour. The Jets are rolling out the red carpet because Rex Ryan desperately wants to improve his pass rush and he has targeted Taylor since Day 1 of free agency." (Daily News).

Taylor, who will be 36 this season, won Dancing With The Stars a couple of years back, nd his star power might be an attraction to the Jets, who seem to love having stars on their team, i.e. Brett Favre and LaDainlian Tomlinson. Taylor had a mediocre year with the Fish in 2009, his only highlight was a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Jets at the Meadowlands on November 1.

Yankees Outlast Red Sox for 1st Win of 2010


After a heartbreaking loss in the season opener, the Yankees responded with a tug of war victory over Boston on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at one, Boston's Victor Martinez lifted a two run homer to right to give the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. That lead would be short-lived.

In the top of the fifth, Alex Rodriguez doubled into the left field corner to drive in Derek Jeter to cut the deficit to 3-2. Finally, Robinson Cano's sac. fly was deep enough to bring in Mark Teixeria with the tying run.

Boston would not be detered, Martinez's double brought home Dustin Pedroia with the fourth Red Sox run. A.J. Burnett had an uneven performance for New York; he scattered seven hits, and gave up four runs. Even though he got the no decision, he had little command.

The Yankees got to the Boston bullpen in the eighth. They loaded the bases up for Nick Johnson, who took the walk to drive in Jorge Posada with the go-ahead run, then in the ninth, Robinson Cano's blasted his first homer of the year to make it 6-4.

Mariano Rivera closed the door for his first save of the season.

Santana and Wright Get Mets Off On Right Foot


Before the Mets faced the Marlins in their season opener, Met fans booed just about everybody during introductions. The Mets training staff, Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel all got loud ovations of boos; while, David Wright, Jason Bay and Johan Santana were the only Mets to receive resounding applause.

The Mets in turn, turned those jeers to cheers with a 7-1 victory over the Marlins on Monday.

Johan Santana was solid, pitching six innings of four hit ball, giving up only a run, two walks, while striking out five.

Offensivley, the Mets jumped on Marlins ace Josh Johnson, when Wright blasted a two run shot to the right field corner to make it 2-0 Mets. Johnson was 7-0 lifetime against the Mets.

The Mets tacked on in the sixth, when new catcher Rod Barajas doubled to drive in Gary Matthews Jr. Later, Alex Cora's single drove in Barajas to make it 4-1 Mets.

The Mets are now 32-17 lifetime on opening day.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Yankees Fall To Red Sox In Opener


Maybe 2010 won't be so easy after all.

After building a 5-1 lead on the Red Sox, Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia and the Yankee pen imploded from the fifth inning on, as Boston stormed back to seat game one of the 2010 season, 9-7.

Sabathia was on cruise control for most of the evening, giving up a run through the games first four innings. It looked like he was picking up where he left off in October. Sabathia was also helped by the Yankees powerful offense. Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson both went deep in the second inning to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, Brett Gardner's single to center brought home Robinson Cano with the game's third run. Derek Jeter followed with an RBI single to center, and Gardner stole home plate on a miscommunication between Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez and short stop Marco Scutaro.

Then it fell apart.

Kevin Youklis' triple to right brought home Dustin Pedroia and Martinez to make it 5-4 Yankees. The Red Sox tied it on Adrian Beltre's RBI single to plate Youklis.

The Yankees captured the lead back, when Robinson Cano's ground out brought home Mark Teixiera, and Posada's single to center drove in A-Rod to make it 7-5 Yanks.

The lead was brief.

The Red Sox tied the game on Pedroia's two run shot off of Chan Ho Park. Boston took the lead when Park threw a wild pitch passed Posada, allowing Youklis to score the go-ahead run.

Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the Yankees in the ninth to close it out for Boston. Box Score.

Eagles Trade McNabb to Redskins

For weeks rumors have swirled around Philadelphia that the Eagles were ready to trade Donavan McNabb. Rumor had it that the Eagles were looking to send the six time Pro Bowler to either Oakland or Buffalo.

Logic for trading the best quarterback in Eagles history has been very fuzzy. Perhaps it was McNabb's contract, his age, 34, or the fact that the Eagle management has been pushing for Kevin Kolb to become the teams starter since 2008.

Whatever it is, the move the Eagles made Sunday will haunt them for years to come.

It's one thing to trade a quarterback, it's another when you trade a quarterback within the division.

That is why the Packers were so reluctant to trade Brett Favre to Minnesota two years ago, instead sending him out of the NFC North to the Jets. Favre eventually landed in Minnesota to seek revenge on Green Bay, sweeping them this past season.

Now McNabb can enact similar vengance on the Eagles, when he leads the Washington Redskins on the gridiron this fall. That's right the Redskins.

The Eagles sent McNabb to their division rival for the 37th pick in this months draft, as well as third and fourth round picks in 2011.

From the Eagles point of view; I hope Philly fans are happy! For a decade they have clamored and demanded that the Eagles rid themselves of McNabb, and now they get their wish. They didn't seem to care that he took them to five NFC title games and a Super Bowl. Now that he is out of town, no Eagle fan should complain when he is beating the Eagles to a pulp this year.

This is a terrible move for the Eagles. To trade your best player within the division is asking for big trouble - if Kolb fails to meet expectations, it could ultimately cost Andy Reid his job.

As for Washington, they have been here before. Every year the Redskins add big name players, Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth come to mind, and in the end it always blows up in Dan Snyder's face. The Redskins on paper look like a juggernout with McNabb under center and Mike Shanahan as the head coach.

We shall see who will look dumber when the games begin in the fall.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yankees Set to Begin Defense of Title Tonight

The World Champion New York Yankees will kick off the 2010 season tonight in Boston against the hated Red Sox.

It is kind of suprising that this game was scheduled to be played in Boston, one would think that the MLB would have put this in Yankee Stadium to honor the champs from the previous season, kind of the same thing the NFL does when it opens its season on Thursday nights, but, with the Super Bowl champ as the host team. Just another example of why the NFL gets it, and why baseball still doesn't.

Oh well, it should be one heck of a opener regardless.

C.C. Sabathia who won 19 games in the regular season, including three playoffs wins will look to add to his Yankee resume when he squares off against Boston ace Josh Beckett. Beckett is looking to rebound from a mediocre 2009, where he still won 17 games, but had an ERA of 3.86. He even struggled against the Yankees, pitching to a 5.03 ERA. Beckett used to own New York.

This should be a very interesting season for the Yankees. Even though they are the champs, there are still lingering questions as to how this lineup will perform without Johnny Damon, Melkey Cabrera, and World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui. Matsui was a wonderful bat to have behind A-Rod, thanks in part to Matsui ability to take advantage of the short porch in left, where he blasted 28 homers last season; his presence will clearly be missed.

Right now Robinson Cano, who is not exactly Mr. Consistency will bat behind A-Rod. Cano, will be asked to pick it up again for the second straight year.

Also, how long the Nick Johnson batting second experiment will be something to watch as well. Johnson is a player who tends to get injured frequently. Curtis Granderson is probably best fit for the two hole, because of his ability to hit with power and steal bases. Right now Granderson is batting seventh in the Yankees lineup.

Derek Jeter - SS
Nick Johnson - DH
Mark Teixeria-1B
Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Robinson Cano - 2B
Jorge Posada - C
Curtis Granderson - CF
Nick Swisher - RF
Brett Gardner - LF

Jacoby Ellsbur - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Victor Martinez - C
Kevin Youklis - 1B
David Ortiz - DH
Adrian Beltre - 3B
J.D. Drew - RF
Mike Cameron - CF
Marco Scutaro - SS

Let the games begin!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Reyes & Murphy to Start Season on DL

Call them Club Meds.

The injuries continue to stack up for the Mets like reeking garbage in the corner of someones house.

The latest: Jose Reyes, who is trying to return from a hyperactive thyroid gland, will begin the season on the DL as a precautionary measure since he has missed the last three weeks of camp. Reyes is playing baseball, and went 1-for-5 in a minor league game on Wednesday.

As for Murphy, the Mets starting first baseman underwent an MRI on his knee, revealing a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. He will sit out 2-6 weeks to rest the knee and rehabilitate.

Murphy was struggling this spring hitting .196.

Mike Jacobs, whom the Mets picked up late this winter will take over for Murphy. Jacobs, who was the Mets first baseman late in 2005, before being dealt to Florida for Carlos Delgado, is a homerun machine. He hit 11 homers in his first 100 at bats with the Mets in 2005, and hit 32 homers in 2008 with the Marlins.

Jacobs is a streaky hitter, so if he has any plans of holding onto the first base job, he better start swinging when the season opens Monday.

Jets and Giants Preseason Schedules Set

It is time for both the Jets and Giants to stop complaining about who will get to open the new football stadium later this year, because both teams will now square off against each other in the pre-season opener set for August 16.

The annual clash of New York City teams, is usually reserved for the third week of preseason, but this year they will open together in the $1.6 billion facility.

The Jets will be the home team for the game.

Giants Preseason
@ New York Jets
@ Baltimore

Jets Preseason
@ Carolina
@ Philadelphia