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Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

Game 80. Teix rests.

The Yanks still have a six-game lead over the Orioles as they take on the Rays tonight. Teix gets a rest. Jack Curry of the YES network reports that Teix is 6 for 48 vs. Shields, while Granderson is 5 for 52. You don’t want to sit both.

Yanks 48-31, +6 in AL East. 1 1/2 games behind Texas for best record in baseball. Two games better than the Pythagorean record. OPS+ 109, ERA+ 115 (100 is average, higher the better).

BA / HR/ RBI     SB/total att.     OPS+    (italics: team leader & notes)

Jeter SS  .298-7-25    6/8    101    3187 hits
Granderson CF  .244-23-47    6/9      124
Rodriguez 3B .266-13-35  6/6    112    642 HR
Cano 2B .313-20-47    1/2     153      
Swisher RF  .265-12-46   1/2   114
Ibanez DH .232-11-35  3/3  94
Chavez 1B  .273-6-15   0/0  115
Martin C  .186-8-21   1/1   79     Awful year on the interstate for Russell
Wise LF .244-2-5    6/6  94   11 for 45

Nova RHP   9-2, 4.03   ERA+ 105

Other baseball news from Twitter: 

From last night, SWB announcer Mike Vander Woude : Ryan Howard …  I realize what he is coming back from but he looks very slow running…

Cincy’ Billy Hamilton (High A level) reached SB #100… and it’s not July 4th yet!

The Pirates sent one-time Yankees prospect Jose Tabata back to the minors.

Boston releases Bobby Jenks. Meanwhile bad news for the defending champs as Chris Carpenter needs season-ending surgery. Oakland DFA’s Brian Fuentes.

The Minors Today.

AAA: SWB (Empire State) lost 5-3. Chris Schwinden, who the Yanks just claimed off waivers, went 4 innings, 4 R, 3 ER. LF Ronnier Mustelier (.306) with a 2-run HR.

AA: Trenton was supposed to have a DH. Game 2 was ppd.

In the game that was played, Trenton won 6-3 in 11 innings. Vidal Nuno 2 R in 5 1/3 IP (ERA 1.18). Ryan Flannery 2 1/3 scoreless for the win (3-2, 3.49). CF Melky Mesa 3 run HR in the top of the 11th. 3 hits (.264-11-38).  2B David Adams with 3 h, 2 RBI (.281, 24 RBI).

High A: Tampa won 2-1 in 10. 3B Zach Wilson the GW single, 3 hits, .231.

Low A: 5-1 win for Charleston. William Oliver 1 R in 6 IP (3-3, 4.43). LF Ben Gamel 2 rbi (.295). DH Kelvin De Leon 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi (.270). 2B Ali Castillo 2 h, double, rbi (.361).

An aside: Cincinnati has a SS in High A. Billy Hamilton is hitting in the .330s, is not 22 yet but get this. Sometime THIS WEEK he’ll get his 100th SB of the year. THIS WEEK! He had 103 SB in Low A last year. What a greyhound.

Tonight’s minor league action

AAA: SWB (Empire State) lost 8-7. Ramon Ortiz 6 R in 5 2/3. Our old buddy Lance Pendleton pitched for Durham. He gave up 2 R in 5 IP. Steve Pearce solo HR, 2 for 5, .362. Ronnier Mustelier continues to hit, hit, hit. 2 for 4, double, .333 for AAA after .353 at AA. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Cervelli. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI for Cole Garner. 3 hits, RBI for Yadil Mujica, who will lose his job to Nunez.

AA: 4-2 Loss for Trenton.  Jose Gil 2 run HR.

High A: 4-0 shutout win For Tampa. Mike O’Brien 6 IP, 0 R, 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 k.  4-1, 2.92. Tyson Blaser 2 for 4, double, 2 RBI.

Low A: 8-4 Charleston win in 10. Caleb Cotham 6 IP. 0 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 7 K. 2.18 ERA.

Caught some of MLB tonight. Josh Hamilton. Incredible. Hoping he is clean…. for many reasons. But it isn’t even Mother’s Day yet. 17 HR, 40 RBI and 7 HR in last 4 games. Can you say “beast”?

Game 29. Ibanez 2 HR leads Yanks, 5-3.

Raul Ibanez had 2 HR and 3 RBI, and Curtis Granderson added a solo shot as the Yanks held on to beat the Rays 5-3.

The Yanks got a taste of life without Mo as both Soriano and Robertson staggered in the 8th and 9th before closing it out.

Ivan Nova started and hopefully has started a new streak. The last time out, his loss snapped a 15-game regular season winning streak going back to last year. Nova, 4-1, 5.02 (ERA still ugly) went 7, 2 R both on HR, 6 h, 2 walks, 8 K.

In the 4th, Ibanez hit a 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 2-0. Granderson’s solo shot in the 5th (10) made it 3-0.

Nova gave up a HR to our old buddy Jose Molina in the 6th, then one to Luke Scott in the 7th. 3-2 and here things got hairy.

After the HR to Scott, Nova gave up a walk and a double. 3-2 Yanks, but the Rays had 2nd and 3rd, one out. A short fly couldn’t bring the runner home. Then Nova got the strikeout of the last batter he faced.

Ibanez’ 2nd HR of the game (5; 257 career) in the bottom of the 7th made it 4-2.

The Yanks would need that HR. Soriano came in and gave up a leadoff triple. He then struck out the next two hitters but then drove you nuts by letting in the run anyway on a wild pitch. 4-3. A walk, then another K.

Soriano 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. ERA 2.45.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the 8th when Alex singled, went to second on an e-8 by Upton and scored on Teix’s double. 5-3.

Jeter got hit #3137 in the game.

To the 9th. Life without Mo. Robertson in. GO, walk, single. K. Walk. Bases loaded, tying run on 2nd. Pena up. K. Nothing like making it interesting.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R (ERA 0.00), 1 hit, 2 walks and 2 K.

Yanks go to 16-13.

Congrats to Josh Hamilton. 5 for 5, double, a record-tying 4 HR, 8 RBI. I couldn’t even do that in wiffle ball.

2011 WS Game 4. Rangers even series behind Holland, Napoli.

Derek Holland pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Neftali Perez on a two-hit shutout as the Texas Rangers evened up the World Series at two wins apiece with a 4-0 victory.

One day after scoring 16 runs, the Cardinals attack was just about dead. Both St. Louis hits were by Lance Berkman.

The big blow for the Rangers was a 3-run HR in the sixth by Mike Napoli. Earlier, Josh Hamilton had a first-inning RBI double.

I’m watching some NFL and college football now, of course. Happy my Steelers are 5-2, but a big game awaits next week. They are home vs. New England. Meanwhile Penn St. is #21 (19 BCS) & 7-1, but they have Illinois (home), #13 Nebraska (home) @ Ohio St. and #12 Wisconsin (home) coming up.

WS Game 2: Late rally evens series for Rangers.

Better late than never.

Texas scored two in the top of the ninth to win Game 2 and even up the series.

Until they did, it appeared as if Allen Craig might be the “Dusty Rhodes” of this WS.

In 1954, key pinch-hits by Rhodes in the first two games sparked the N.Y. Giants to a sweep of Cleveland. Craig’s PH RBI single was the game winner in Game One, and in Game Two, Craig’s 7th inning PH RBI single broke a scoreless tie.

But Texas won it with two in the 9th. Remember how many times I say you’d kill for a SF? Texas got two of those to win the game. Down 1-0 and facing a two games to none deficit, the Rangers got singles by Kinsler, who stole second, and Andrus. While Kinsler was held at third on Andrus’ single,  Andrus took second on a missed catch error by Pujols. A SF by Hamilton moved up both runners and tied the game. Young’s SF game the Rangers the lead and the game.

NFL News: You may have seen that Bengals’ holdout QB Carson Palmer was dealt to the Raiders for a pair of high draft picks.

Game #10. Will they be postponed again?

Same lineup as it was supposed to be last night.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS  2933 hits; one jack in last 105 games.  
Mark Teixeira 1B  in 0 for 18 slump  
Alex Rodriguez 3B  616 HR
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF  still looking for #1
Jorge Posada DH  in 0 for 17 slump
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

A.J. Burnett P

There is no guarantee that they will play. The weather is awful here in the Northeast. If tonight’s game is rained out, it’ll be postponement #3 already.

At least I don’t have tickets for tonight. No long drive up there, waiting for an announcement that doesn’t come until 7 p.m. (like last night).

Boston’s game against Tampa is already postponed. I kind of like Francesa’s commentary, which was basically along the lines of “right now, they’ll do anything to avoid playing.” Can you say slump? There’s shock in New England. 2-9. Crawford is 7 for 46. They have big problems at catcher. Saltalamacchia is 4 for 26, 11 strikeouts. Varitek is 39 and ancient (1 for 10). Youkilis is off to a rough start (6 for 33, 10 strikeouts, but the “Greek God of Walks” does have 13 of those). Scutaro is 5 for 29. Cameron, like Varitek is ancient (38) and 1 fo 11. Darnell McDonald 1 for 8. Ellsbury 7 for 37. As a team, .230. Now the Yanks are only at .236 themselves. Boston’s ERA is 6.77 to the Yanks’ 4.84. Buchholz 0-2, 7.20; Lackey 1-1, 15.58; Dice-K 0-2, 12.86; Bard 0-2, 9.64. Wheeler 0-0, 18.90.

Of course, it’s early and the numbers are skewed. But I’m sure ESPN’s experts (who ALL picked Boston to win the A.L. East; not a one went against the tide) didn’t expect a 2-9 start from Boston.      

It’s early. Yankees fans know about slow starts. 1978. Heck, in 2005 the Yanks started 11-19. They were 21-29 in 2007. It’s much too early to panic, but (especially after 2005 and 2007) not too early for Yankees fans to enjoy it coming from Boston’s side for a change.    

After this weekend, the Yanks have Texas in Texas May 6-8. No Josh Hamilton then. They have Texas at home June 14-16—two months from the injury. So there is a good chance, barring a meeting against the Rangers in the playoffs, that the Yanks will not be playing against Hamilton at all this year. 

The minors tonight, and some injury news.

Before I get to the minors, some news. Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton will be out 6-8 weeks with a broken arm. He tried to tag from third on a foul pop that the third baseman and catcher converged on. When the pitcher wasn’t covering home, Hamilton tried to score. The catcher got back to make the tag on Hamilton, who slid head first. Hamilton got the broken arm out of it.

Texas faces the Yanks this weekend. Hopefully the Yanks take advantage of a) no Hamilton and b) Garcia may not have to face Texas but be pushed back.

Meanwhile other star is out with a side issue. Ryan Zimmerman of the Nats goes on the DL.

Lastly, I’m reminded of a quote by the great Joe McCarthy in which he said never to fall below .500 if you could help it.

Well, as of now, Boston needs a seven-game win streak to get to .500. They fall, now 2-9. 

AAA: SWB wins 5-3. Brackman went 5, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 2 K. No-Decision. Lance Pendleton, a rule-5 returned to the Yanks, got the win with three innings of scoreless relief. Kevin Whelan an inning for the save. The RED-HOT Jesus Montero was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. He’s now at .480 (12 for 25). There were 2 SB off Brackman/Montero tonight, but you can’t tell who is at fault just from the boxscore. Jorge Vazquez was 4 for 5 with 2 RBI.        

AA: Trenton only got two hits in a 7-0 loss. Although the Yanks DL’d Ayala, and only have one lefty (Logan) in the bullpen, I can’t see them bringing up Garrison for Garrison pitched tonight. He started and took the loss, 5 R in 3 1/3. A scoreless IP for ambidextrous Pat Venditte. Brad Suttle had both of Trenton’s hits. Austin Romine had the night off.

High A: A 4-2 loss for Tampa. Brett Marshall gave up 3 R in 5 IP. HR for CF Neil Medchill. 3B Rob Lyerly (.385) with 2 hits and an RBI.  

Low A: Charleston got absolutely hammered, 15-0. Not much to report on this one. Gary Sanchez had the night off. JR Murphy caught and went 0 for 3. The Riverdogs committed 5 errors. Shane Greene started, gave up 7 R in 3 IP. The eight runs that followed were all unearned. Downright poor.   


AL MVP to Hamilton, Cano is 3rd.

Interesting columns in the Post regarding Jeter. I wonder if they feel the same way regarding Mo’s demands? Click both links.

The AL MVP goes to Josh Hamilton of the Rangers. The Yanks’ Robbie Cano finished third. The runnerup was Miguel Cabrera. Hamilton got 22 of the 28 first place votes, Cabrera got 5, and the other went to 4th-place finisher Jose Bautista.

The only Yankee 2B to win the MVP? Joe Gordon in 1942 (despite Ted Williams’ Triple Crown!)  

I’ll let you know the other Yankees to get consideration when the vote is posted. 

Update: CC finished 13th. A-Rod 15th, Teixeira tied for 19th.