Tag:Andy Pettitte
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 4:20 pm

Yanks trying to finish Lee deal, others involved

The Yankees, with baseball's best record, are deep in discussions with the Seattle Mariners to acquire ace left-hander Cliff Lee, the most sought-after starting pitcher on the market this month, according to CBSSports.com sources.

However, sources cautioned that the deal is not done and there were indications Friday afternoon that the Mariners were continuing to shop Lee. One major-league source told CBSSports.com that, among other teams, the Texas Rangers are continuing full throttle attempting to acquire Lee.

It is believed that Minnesota, which held a conference call involving it's top baseball people at midday Friday, is continuing to push hard as well.

Meanwhile, the Yankees and Mariners were discussing the framework of a deal that would send one of New York's top prospects, catcher Jesus Montero, minor-league infielder David Adams and a third prospect to the Mariners for Lee. The New York Post's Joel Sherman first reported the names early this morning.

The deal was not yet finished as of midday Friday, but sources say the Yankees were aggressively trying to move it toward the finish line. Among the pressure points: Lee is scheduled to start tonight's game in Seattle against the Yankees.

Lee's 2.34 ERA currently leads the American League. He also leads the league with five complete games. If they acquire him, the Yankees would add a tremendous insurance policy to a rotation that already ranks third in the AL with a 3.79 ERA.

Along with CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte, Lee would give the Yankees a fourth starter who has been named to Tuesday's All-Star Game. A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez would be the only odd men out, and that could go literally for Vazquez: The Yankees would need to clear room in their rotation and they appear moving along in talks to spin him off in a separate trade elsewhere.

The move also would add depth to a rotation that could need it down the stretch, even as dominating as its been so far: Hughes has worked 94 innings so far this season and, at 24 and as they work to ensure his long-term health, the Yankees really prefer he doesn't exceed much more than 170 innings pitched this season. That could become an issue in September and October.

Montero, just 20, was named as the top prospect in the Yankees' organization last winter by Baseball America. The Mariners are seeking good, young hitters, among other things, and catching is among the organizational areas they need to improve. If the Yankees can pull this off, they'll block Minnesota -- which could offer catching prospect Wilson Ramos -- among several other interested clubs.

Bottom line is, it appears as if the bewitching hour has arrived for anybody and everybody who was in -- or wanted to be in -- the Lee talks. Minnesota, Texas, the Mets, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay ... the list is lengthy.

If the Yankees can acquire Lee, it will reunite him and Sabathia, the pillars of Cleveland rotations that allowed the Indians to contend earlier this decade.

It also will give both he and they a test run together as Lee, owed about $4.5 million the rest of this season, heads toward free agency. Translation: The Daddy Rich Yankees likely will have an advantage in re-signing him, if and when the time comes.

Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:05 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 2:12 am

Joe Torre, Alex Rodriguez: The Sounds of Silence

LOS ANGELES -- The weekend's theme appears pretty well set after the Joe Torre-Alex Rodriguez Cold War continued on its icy path following the Yankees' 2-1 series-opening victory here Friday night.

Torre said he was "relieved" that the pre-game meet-and-greet with several of his Yankees friends was finished and that now he can move on to concentrating on baseball.

Except, he said before the game that he intended to shake A-Rod's hand as well during batting practice. And the two never got close enough to each other for that to happen.

And while he didn't seek A-Rod, the Yankees slugger was noticeably conspicuous in his failure to greet Torre as well.

"I don't look at that as disrespect," Torre said late Friday night. "I don't know what to say. I certainly don't want to dump on Alex that it was disrespect. He was over there stretching and I was talking to people. If we had come close enough. ..."

As far as Torre is concerned, he doesn't think there are any issues to solve with A-Rod.

"I'll say hello to him," Torre said. "I don't know what to iron out. I don't feel there's anything that keeps us from acknowledging each other.

"I'm comfortable with how my feelings are. If he chooses not to talk to me, it doesn't mean I'm not going to like him. I was around him a few years and I thought we got along well."

Down the hall and across the lobby, in the other clubhouse, Rodriguez downplayed what has had all the appearances of a tiff since Torre dropped him to eighth in the lineup in Game 4 of the 2006 playoffs against Detroit and then portrayed him in an unflattering light in Torre's 2009 book, The Yankee Years.

"I'm sure we'll get the opportunity to talk," Rodriguez said. "We're going to be here for three days. There's no rush.

"If he wants to talk, I'm more than willing."

Rodriguez pointed out that he wasn't around Torre as long as core players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, but noted he learned several things during his time with Torre nonetheless.

"He was a good teacher of hitting," Rodriguez said. "One thing I use to this day, anytime I was struggling he'd say, 'I'm telling you the same thing I told Dale Murphy: Hit the ball into the right-field seats,'" Rodriguez said. "To this day, I can still hear his voice."

Posted on: November 5, 2009 12:00 am

Yankees win 27th World Series

NEW YORK -- The World Series takes personal checks. Credit and debit cards, too.

Score one for the Yankees, and their bankers. Hideki Matsui as World Series MVP? Maybe. The three home runs were clutch, and the World Series record-tying six RBIs in Game 6 were smashing.

But the chief bean counter who sat behind the desk last winter and approved the expenditure of nearly $425 million to hoist CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett aboard the U.S.S. Yankee? Now there's a true Yankee.

In the end, Team Steinbrenner delivered a 7-3 gold-plated, Game 6 World Series clincher for the ages, knocking the stuffing out of these Phillies and Pedro Martinez at every turn. On a 48-degree evening Wednesday, they won their 27th World Series title and, finally, climbed out of the muck of their long and torturous drought.

"Pinstripes are bigger than baseball," Teixeira said while The Champs were in Philadelphia the other day.

Consider that a modern update of the old Joe DiMaggio line, "It's great to be young and a Yankee."

"When you play for an organization like this, you humble yourself," Tex continued.

Or you wear a lot of rings.

Andy Pettitte won the clincher on short rest, Joe Girardi proved he can fill (at least partially) Joe Torre's World Series-winning manager's office and Alex Rodriguez no longer is a postseason klutz.

The Yankees are kings of the baseball world. They are Pedro's daddies, and Sugar Daddies. The Bronx Bombers ride again.

The Commissioner's Trophy again will wake up in the city that never sleeps.

Posted on: November 1, 2009 5:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2009 5:37 pm

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

PHILADELPHIA -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Sunday what most people have expected all along: He will hand the ball to A.J. Burnett to start Game 5 on Monday.

The move means that Burnett, the winning pitcher in Game 2 (seven innings pitched, one earned run allowed), will pitch on short (three days) rest. It also means that the Yankees will skip Chad Gaudin.

It's also the right decision: Even though Burnett has not pitched all year on short rest, the odds of an effective performance from him still out-weights that of the same from Gaudin.

Besides, there's this: In four career starts on three-days' rest, Burnett is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA. That includes beating the Yankees 4-1 in July, 2008.

The Yankees still have not committed to a Game 6 starter, though they're expected to swing back to Andy Pettitte on short rest as well.

"We will continue to monitor our guys," Girardi said. "We'll see how Andy's doing on his side day and on the day off. Depending on what happens, we'll see how he's doing.

"But right now, as far as we'll go is Game 5."

Posted on: November 1, 2009 12:46 am

Yanks grab World Series lead with 8-5 Game 3 win

PHILADELPHIA -- Alex Rodriguez, who until now could only get himself into a World Series by opting out of his contract in the middle of a game in the 2007 Boston-Colorado series, blasted a two-run homer, the first Fall Classic hit of his career in just his third World Series game.

The rest of the Yankees took it from there in a 8-5 Halloween pummeling of Cole Hamels and the Phillies in Game 3, and now things get scary for the Phillies.

It was an important win for the Yankees, and an especially damaging blow for the Phillies, because the pitching matchup in Game 4 heavily favors the Yankees.

This isn't to say that CC Sabathia is invincible, but he's been rock solid, even on three days' rest. The Phillies will hand the ball to Joe Blanton who, as a World Series starter, makes a pretty good long reliever. In three postseason appearances this year (one start), his ERA is 4.66.

It also was a disheartening loss for the Phillies because they grabbed a 3-0 lead and were threatening to bludgeon a shaky Andy Pettitte further in the second inning. They sent eight men to the plate, Pettitte walked two and he fell behind nearly everyone. The lefty was able to locate his cutter only sporadically, throwing first-pitch strikes to only two of eight Phillies in the inning.

Philadelphia's problem was, Hamels, the Brotherly Love city's darling during last year's World Series run, completely fell apart after zipping through the first 11 Yankee hitters without allowing a hit.

After that run, he lasted only 10 more hitters before the Yankees chased him. During that ugly span, he allowed A-Rod's homer, two walks, two doubles and two singles. He was like a short-order cook taking orders.

The whole while, Rodriguez's penchant for plopping himself smack in the middle of whatever's going on was on full display. He homered off of a Fox television camera in the top of the fourth to cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2, historic because it became the first homer in World Series history to be reviewed by instant replay.

Initially, it was ruled a double. But replays clearly showed it was out, and the symmetry was especially nice, too: A-Rod was involved in the first ever instant replay scenario after baseball instituted it in 2008, when another of his fly balls was ruled a homer. That was in Tampa Bay.

In the Never a Dull Moment With A-Rod Dept., however, he turned right around and booted a ground ball to start the bottom of the eighth, giving the Phillies an opening which they could not take against Pettitte. The left-hander settled down and restored order, retiring 12 of the next 14 hitters he faced as the Yankees' offense thundered to life.

Nick Swisher?

He led off the fifth with a double and came around to score. He homered in the sixth, and talk about relishing it. His trip around the bases clocked in at just under the rain delay that pushed the start of Game 3 back an hour and 20 minutes.

Johnny Damon?

Two-run double in the fifth.

Jorge Posada?

RBI single in the seventh.

And with Sabathia on deck for Game 4, the Yankees are in terrific shape.

Posted on: October 31, 2009 5:05 pm

Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

It's official: Win or lose Game 3 tonight, the Yankees will hand the ball to ace CC Sabathia to start Game 4.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed it during his pre-game media session Saturday afternoon, adding that Chad Gaudin will be available in relief.

Sabathia will be pitching on short (three days') rest, something with which he has had great success in the past.

"This is the World Series," Girardi said. "There's no baseball after the World Series for four or five months, so there will be plenty of time to rest.

"I think the important thing on short rest is you have to know how your pitcher is feeling physically. We talked, and he threw pretty good game after short rest [in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Angels]."

Girardi also left open the possibility that A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte may come back on short rest and start Games 5 and 6.

Posted on: October 27, 2009 5:15 pm

Yanks go Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte and TBD

NEW YORK -- There seems to be little doubt that the Yankees will hand the ball to CC Sabathia for Games 1, 4 and 7 in the World Series against Philadelphia, with his latter two starts each coming on short (three days') rest.

After that is where the questions begin.

Namely, would the Yankees deem A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte each capable of starting on short rest (Burnett in Game 5, Pettitte in Game 6) and go with a three-man rotation?

Or will they decide that's a bad risk and take a different kind of chance, starting Chad Gaudin in Game 5 even though his last start came nearly a month ago, back on Sept. 28?

On a rainy and chilly Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, New York manager Joe Girardi only committed to the first three games of his first World Series as a skipper. Girardi says Burnett (Game 2) and Pettitte (Game 3) will follow Sabathia.

As for Game 4, Girardi said, "You look at the guys that you have. Chad is probably built up more than anyone. You look at where you're at and you make decisions as you go. You try to plan it out that it's going to work the way you want it to. But sometimes, as we saw in the last series, that doesn't always happen. So you have to be flexible, but you make plans."

Gaudin worked a simulated game following the Yankees workout on Tuesday. Dave Eiland, the Yankees' pitching coach, said the club intended to "stretch him out as best we can, weather permitting." The Yankees were hoping to extend Gaudin to the 70- to 80-pitch range.

Eiland said that if the Yankees do opt to start Gaudin, expecting him to throw somewhere between 85 and 90 pitches is reasonable.

"If we start him and say we want 120, 125 pitches, that's a stretch," Eiland said.

Gaudin, who went 6-10 with a 4.64 ERA in 2009 with the Padres and Yankees, has thrown as many as 100 pitches in a game just once since July 21, that coming on Sept. 16 against Toronto.

Neither Burnett nor Pettitte worked on fewer than four days' rest between starts this season. However, the Yankees did use September to give each of them, as well as Sabathia, extra days between some starts in an effort to keep them fresh during the postseason.

"We prepared for this," Eiland said. "We had the luxury of some off days in September because we clinched relatively early. Most of our starters got extra days off in September."

As for Sabathia, Girardi did not commit to giving him three starts in this series. Reading between the lines, it sounds as if the Yankees manager wants to see where his team stands in the series following the first couple of games before committing.

"CC is a guy that we asked to go on three days' once, and if you start asking guys too much, you worry about the quality of work," Girardi said. "It's something that we have to weigh over the next few days. We don't have to make a decision for awhile."

Posted on: October 21, 2009 5:44 pm

Angels on the brink

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Facing a stunningly swift termination of their season, the Angels worked out under sunny skies Wednesday afternoon still attempting to figure out what's hit them in this AL Championship Series.

"They've obviously said they didn't want to let me get on base," said leadoff man Chone Figgins, saddled with a .125 batting average and .263 on-base percentage in this ALCS. "They're doing their damndest to make that happen."

Doing a pretty darn fair job of it, too.

"All year, we've been good," outfielder Bobby Abreu said of the Angels' struggles with runners in scoring position. "We're doing too much, that's what it is. Sometimes we're swinging at bad pitches."

Yeah, but CC Sabathia didn't make them chase in Game 4. If the Angels weren't swinging, they were going to be behind 0 and 2 in each count before they knew what hit them.

"The Yankees ... have been able to dictate terms of how this game unfolds with getting some early runs and getting on the board early," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They were getting to their power arms in their pen in Games 1 and 2. And obviously, on the mound, they're doing a terrific job against us."

The Angels this season ranked second to the Yankees in runs scored and several other offensive categories in the AL.

But Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett and several relievers have taken that away from them.

The Angels are at their best when they run, but it's difficult to do that when few of them are reaching base. And of those who did, some complained that the cold, hard ground made it difficult to run in New York.

Back here in Anaheim, that's not the case. But lefties Pettitte and Sabathia have kept baserunners in check consistently. Pettitte threw to first base 17 times during his time on the mound in Game 3.

"Their pitching," Figgins said. "It's not a surprise, but they're keeping the big innings from happening. We need to make the pitches they're making. And their big guys are coming up with home runs. They're getting the huge hit and we haven't done that on our side."

Bottom line is, the Yankees have swarmed the Angels so thoroughly that the Angels not only have been off their game, but they haven't been able to get anywhere close to retrieving it.

"We've been waiting for that since the first game," Torii Hunter said. "We haven't quite gotten there yet, but it's getting late.

"The bell's about to ring."

The Yankees, meanwhile, mostly had their game-faces on Wednesday -- even though there was no game.

"We didn’t come out here to win three games in a series and be happy about it," outfielder Johnny Damon said. "That's why we're here for practice today.

"And we're going to go out and have a great practice. We're not going to go through the motions."

Likes: That last quote from Damon, delivered so earnestly, was a gem. ... What a bonanza for the Mariners, catcher Kenji Johjima opting out of the final two years of his contract to go play in Japan. Talk about a win-win proposition. And according to Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly, the Mariners owe him nothing. ... Manny Mota to receive the Ray Boone Family award at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's annual dinner/gala Jan. 16 in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. ... Bruce Springsteen bringing his mother onstage Tuesday night in Philadelphia to dance with him on Dancing in the Dark. Sure wish I could have been there for a three hour-plus show -- on an off night during the NL Championship Series, nonetheless. But I'm glad several baseball writer friends were able to attend. As well as Dodgers manager Joe Torre and GM Ned Colletti.

Dislikes: Balloon Boy.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well, I can't tell lies, 'cause they're listening to me
"And when I fall asleep, I bet they're spying on me tonight, tonight
"'Cause they're waiting for me
"They're looking for me
"Every single night they're driving me insane
"Those men inside my brain"

-- Cheap Trick, Dream Police


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