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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 4, 2011 at 09:12:10 PM

There’s something about a summer series between the Red Sox and Yankees that is more appealing, more intense than ones in the spring. Sure it’s nice to see the rivalry right out of the gate, but there’s a difference now. This year it seems that way because both teams have found themselves the way we expected them to be and most players have found themselves performance-wise than earlier this year.

There’s also something fun about facts about the players who will play such key roles in these games and their connections to each other that make it so interesting.

For example, besides being one of the AL’s best outfielders in average, slugging and home runs Jacoby Ellsbury is the first Native American Navajo to reach the major leagues. Only three Native Americans

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 2, 2011 at 01:21:11 AM

Other than a relief appearance April 19 in Toronto, various circumstances gave Ivan Nova 11 days between starts. That meant between April 15 and 26, Nova had nearly two weeks to receive coaching, guidance and encouragement from pitching coach Larry Rothchild.

Based on the results and the amount of curveballs successfully thrown in those two starts, you have to wonder if Rothchild channeled his Christopher Walken and at some point said "I could have used a little more curveball or I got a fever and the only prescription is more curveball."

Rothchild probably encouraged it, but possibly not to that extent. Whatever extent he encouraged it, using the pitch obviously worked in these last two starts and is a significant reason for Nova pitching 6 1/3 innings in the last two starts against

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:17:25 AM

Bartolo Colon has made 327 regular-season starts since becoming a major leaguer with the 1997 Indians. On two previous occasions, I had seen him person (7/23/02 with the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium and 7/6/07 with the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

At those junctures of his career, Colon was at different points.

In 2002, he was the man traded for Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips on a team trying to go for it as best they can, which was evident when he pitched a 134-pitch complete game five days earlier. Colon was not awful, but was not good that rainy night as he surrendered home runs to Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza.

Five years later, Colon left Montreal via trade to the White Sox and then cashed in, joining Vladimir Guerrero with the Angels. He won 39 games and a CY Young in

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 4, 2011 at 05:20:37 PM

Today is April 4 and a year ago Ivan Nova was preparing to spend most of the season in the International League. Tonight he takes the mound for his eighth career start and will be facing a lineup featuring four lefties and two switch-hitters, meaning there will be at least six at-bats to left-handed hitters when he faces the following lineup:


1 - Denard Span CF

2 - Tsuyoshi Nishioka - 2B

3 - Joe Mauer - C

4 - Justin Morneau - 1B

5 - Delmon Young - LF

6 - Jim Thome - DH

7 - Jason Kubel - RF

8 - Danny Valencia - 3B

9 - Alexei Casilla - SS

In his brief time as a major league (42 innings), Nova has allowed three home runs and 10 walks to left-handed hitters.

Nova's season debut is certainly not based on a brief track record against left-handed hitters, but more upon the 20

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:51:11 PM

Mark Prior has made 106 major league appearances. None have occurred since August 10, 2006 in Milwaukee and none have occurred as a relief pitcher.

If first impressions mean anything and many times they do not, perhaps Prior could finally suit up for the Yankees. If you're reached this point, you might be wondering suit up, what do you mean?

In 1998, the Yankees actually drafted Prior out of high school with the 43rd pick at the end of the first round and then he turned a significant bonus to pitch at Vanderbilt. Eventually Prior switched to USC and was part of the 2001 draft, the same first round that produced Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, David Wright and Jeremy Bonderman.

A year later, Prior was in the majors and a year after that he was wowing the North Side of Chicago, going 18-6. One

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:55:25 PM

Much has been written on Andy Pettitte, things such as memories of the first time people heard the name associated with possibly being a major leaguer. Jack O'Connell, the baseball writer has a nice recollection, one that's much better than mine since I was 16 at the time.

Even if your memory isn't the greatest, one thing you can do is look up a career and see various milestones, such as major league debut, first win and so on. So below will be a list of Andy Pettitte's firsts.

First major league appearance: April 29, 1995, seventh inning in Kansas City in relief of Melido Perez

First batter faced: Wally Joyner flied out to center

First strikeout: Joe Vitiello pinch hitting for Bob Hamelin (also Vitiello's major league debut)

First hit allowed: Gary Gaetti single

First earned run

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:55:37 PM

The year was 1995 and spring training began late because the strike did not end until April. The same stoppage had spoiled a 70-43 season for the Yankees, who were in their second year of recovery following the wayward years of 1989-1992.

During spring training, a young left-handed pitcher was competing with Sterling Hitchcock for the fifth spot in a rotation that included Jack McDowell and Jimmy Key. Up to that point, Pettitte had compiled an outstanding minor league career and projections were high, especially from Nardi Contreras, who was his triple-A pitching coach and said the following to the Times.

"He's going to be a great major league player one day. It'll be soon."

Pettitte was the opening day 28-man roster as a relief pitcher with no clue that he would soon be a regular starting

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:16:41 PM

You get tied down at work and you spend most of the day away from the internet you tend to miss things. Watching tonight's Giants-Vikings game and with the computer turned off, I missed the online chatter that was abuzz among baseball media and fans.

Earlier in updates, it had been mentioned a mystery team had thrown itself into the Cliff Lee bidding. Over the weekend, the Red Sox were mentioned as a ploy for oneupsmanship. It had been speculated that the Angels were the mystery suitor especially after losing Carl Crawford.

At some point tonight, the cat was out of the bag and that cat would be the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies saw firsthand what a dominant rotation can do when they lost to the Giants and signing Lee to join forces with Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels is

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:18:31 AM

When Derek Jeter walks up to the plate at Yankee Stadium, his music selection is a fairly well-known hip-hop selection. Recently, he has used “Juicy” by Biggie Smalls, “You Gots to Chill” by EPMD and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The way this "drama"over Jeter’s first free agency negotiations are going, perhaps his song of choice with the Yankees next season will be “Take it Personal” by Gang Starr

Below are the opening lyrics to this early-1990s song and of course since these talks are dealing with absurd amounts of money, this should be taken in context.

"I never thought that you would crab me
Undermine me and backstab me
But I can see clearly now the rain is gone
The pain is gone but what you did was