Saturday, May 18, 2013
Designated for assignment by the Rockies, Brignac can play shortstop, second and third base and consider him an upgrade over Alberto Gonzalez, who was DFA'd by the Yankees.
Brignac, who batted .250 with a homer and six RBIs for the Rox, will report to the Bronx on Sunday.
"He is a fly ball hitter so we will see if we can take advantage of the left-handed bat with Yankee Stadium here, a little bit," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "He is a very good fielder, more so than a bat."
But an early candidate? Absolutely.
Friday, May 17, 2013
"This is the safe play, thankfully it's minor," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "I would rather resolve this and give it the time."
Pettitte is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts in this his second season since coming out of retirement. He believes he'll be back in the rotation when the 15 days are up.
"I understand," Pettitte said. "They don't want to send me out there in Baltimore Tuesday and start warming up and have it lock up."
In Pettitte's place will be Vidal Nuno, who emerged as a pleasant surprise during spring training and pitched five scoreless innings of a spot start in the second game of a doubleheader Monday in Cleveland.
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Little did anyone realize, except maybe the New York Yankees themselves, that sooner or later there would be a case of too many quality players and too few positions. By the time the Yankees broke camp, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira were among those on the disabled list, and that necessitated the signings of Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco and Lyle Overbay, and the trade for Vernon Wells. On the surface, each move represented desperation for any warm body to hold the fort until the regular players return. Beneath the surface, general manager Brian Cashman was doing his homework and not necessarily throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks.
While Boesch is now in Triple-A and Francisco's days apparently numbered, the Yankees have received major production from those considered beyond their primes. Wells leads the team with 10 home runs, and is second in hitting (.295) and RBIs (23). Overbay's 24 RBIs are two behind Robinson Cano. Another veteran, Travis Hafner, is batting .260 with six homers and 18 RBIs as the left-handed DH.
"I've said it all along these guys have done an incredible job," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "You can talk about some of the additions that we made, the late additions that we made; I want to say Vernon played his first Spring Training game on a Tuesday, and Overbay on a Thursday - Overbay had a three-day tryout that turned into four days - but for the most part they've all played pretty well."
Sooner or later, however, Girardi will have to make some critical decisions on how to deploy his outfield. Granderson is back in action after recovering from a broken forearm and he's going to play every day. So should Wells, the team's only reliable right-handed hitting outfielder who has recaptured the form that made him a three-time All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays. That leaves Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Gardner is the Yankees' best defender, so when Hafner (sore shoulder) returns to the lineup, Ichiro, a future Hall of Famer, may be the one riding the pine more often than not.
Girardi's immediate plans were to rotate players between the outfield, DH and a day off, which he's done since Granderson returned. But once Hafner is back in the fold, not everyone can play. And that leaves Ichiro, who on Thursday night snapped an 0-for-22 streak (one shy of his career-high set last year) and is batting .239.
“He got up to about .275, .280 and he’s kind of going through what some of our other guys are going through,” Girardi said. “They’re struggling a little bit. At times we’re having a hard time scoring runs right now, but he’ll come out of it. I’m not concerned about that.”
Someone will be the odd man out, and the logical choice in the present time is Ichiro. At least his place on the 25-man roster is secure. That's more than what can be said about Francisco. Plucked off waivers during spring training, Francisco has five hits in 40 at-bats with one homer and an RBI. Chris Stewart's groin injury leaves the Yankees depleted at catcher and necessitates a move to add Bobby Wilson (.174, two homers, 13 RBIs) from Triple-A Scranton to the 40-man roster. That leaves Francisco, already on borrowed time, as the one most likely to receive his walking papers.
How would you manage the Yankees' outfield glut? It's certainly one of those nice problems to have.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sunday, April 18, 2010
CBS Strike Force Saturday Night Fights
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.57 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.55 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)
10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.52 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)
Among males 18-to-49 -- mixed martial arts' core demographic and the only reason networks have any interest in the sport at all -- CBS Saturday Night Fights at various times trailed Cops, The Biggest Loser, Shark Tale and re-runs of Law & Order SVU.
The early figures represent a 31% drop from Strikeforce's November show on CBS, which attracted 3.79 million viewers in the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. slot.CBS began promoting the event during the NCAA Tournament, albeit in 5-10 second spots. And beyond the standard promos and affiliate spots that were at most 30 seconds there was nothing to educate the casual viewer on a loaded event and get them excited about it. Why Showtime or CBS - even if they go viral - can't piece together a promotional package remains a mystery.
Spike re-aired UFC 110 opposite Strikeforce. I'm curious about its ratings.