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Okajima needs to NOT pitch against the O's.

Big Papi became a US citizen today :)

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Edit: And Timlin needs to retire!

Yeah, I saw that too.

I think thats pretty neat that he went through the trouble of becoming a US citizen. It shows his dedication to being here.

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Yeah, I saw that too.

I think thats pretty neat that he went through the trouble of becoming a US citizen. It shows his dedication to being here.

Dedication....and better tax breaks for US citizens ;) .

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Billy Wagner is now officially the new Eric Gagne :angry:

It really drains the life out of your team losing like that.

We Red Sox fans feel your pain, its an ugly way to lose.

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Seriously, could the Phillies be on any bigger a tear right now?

My goodness, a 20 spot against the Cards? You've gotta be kidding me. I know a lot of people are jumping onto the Cubs bandwagon this year, but as of right now, the Phillies are for all intents and purposes the best team in baseball. 20 runs against a team thats playin .580 baseball... my word.

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I met Trot when he came down to Raleigh after the '04 series. He was one of the coolest, most personable guys I've ever met who played professional sports. He took questions for a long time from the local media, he signed me and my family a few autographs and we even got into a little conversation for a little bit. He was such a good player for the Sox for so long, injuries really hurt him, I hope this is another shot for him to shine at the ML level.

Trot Nixon, The Original Dirtdog.

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I met Trot when he came down to Raleigh after the '04 series. He was one of the coolest, most personable guys I've ever met who played professional sports. He took questions for a long time from the local media, he signed me and my family a few autographs and we even got into a little conversation for a little bit. He was such a good player for the Sox for so long, injuries really hurt him, I hope this is another shot for him to shine at the ML level.

Trot Nixon, The Original Dirtdog.

Yeah the injuries really did hurt him. He is one of my alltime favorite Red Sox.

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I think the Sox are doing fine without him. <_<

at least NY is looking better.

My favorite team is a mess right now :(

at least the Sox are doing well, so I am happy with that

and boy had JD Drew been a huge suprise this year. He has finally looking more

like the player from the LA Dodgers and not the underachiever until the playoffs last year.

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Yay. <_<

My condolences C23:

Foot injury expected to sideline Wang until at least September-Associated Press

Chien-Ming Wang Out At Least 6 WeeksNEW YORK -- Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang is expected to be sidelined until at least September after injuring his foot running the bases, prompting club co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner to chastise the National League for playing without a designated hitter.

An examination in New York on Monday showed Wang partially tore a tendon and sprained his right foot Sunday during the Yankees' 13-0 interleague win at Houston. He will be on crutches and wear a protective boot for a minimum of six weeks, the latest blow to the team's banged-up pitching staff.

"My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century," Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. "They need to grow up and join the 21st century.

"Am I [mad] about it? Yes," Steinbrenner added. "I've got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He's going to be out. I don't like that, and it's about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s."

Making a rare appearance on the bases at an NL park, Wang pulled up rounding third and hobbled home on Derek Jeter's single. Wang doubled over after scoring, pointed toward his right foot and was helped off the field.

"This is always a concern of American League teams when their pitchers have to run the bases and they're not used to doing it," Steinbrenner said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. It probably should be a concern for National League owners, general managers and managers when their pitchers run the bases. Pitchers have enough to do without having to do that."

Wang is 8-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 starts after winning 19 games each of the last two seasons. The right-hander will join injured Yankees starters Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy on the disabled list.

New York reliever Brian Bruney has a similar injury to Wang's and it is uncertain when he will return.

Steinbrenner said for now, the Yankees probably will have to look within the organization to find a replacement in the rotation for Wang. Right-hander Dan Giese is one possibility.

Several attractive pitchers, including Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia, could become available as the July 31 trade deadlines approaches.

The Yankees were off Monday and start a series Tuesday night at home against San Diego. Their win in Houston kept them six games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

The sinkerballing Wang has been the most consistent Yankees starter over the last couple of years.

Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte remain in the rotation, and Joba Chamberlain recently was converted from relieving to starting. Right-hander Darrell Rasner has been in a slump lately.

Wang was well on his way to helping the Yankees finish a three-game sweep in Houston when he was hurt. He'd pitched five strong innings, and scored during an eight-run burst in the sixth that put New York ahead 11-0.

Wang is 5-0 in seven road starts this season.

"It's a manager's worst nightmare when a pitcher's on a basepath," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Sunday's victory. "It's unfortunate."

After the game, Mussina summed up the problem that AL pitchers sometimes face at NL parks.

"We don't hit, we don't run the bases," Mussina said. "You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know. We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don't do that."

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Didnt see you posted that....

Yeah.. we'll definitely trade for some pitching now... great.

Maybe someone will take Cano off your hands for some pitching? I know, wishfull thinking.

So do think Hank and his mouth has really pissed off the baseball gods? :o

BTW, have I already suggested that Timlin needs to retire and become a bullpen coach? NOW!!!!!

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Dear Terry Francona, please make Bartolo Colon your cleanup hitter so I could feel better about my baseball skills.

:lol: highlight reel worthy.

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Dear Terry Francona, please make Bartolo Colon your cleanup hitter so I could feel better :lol: highlight reel worthy.

Mets Fire Willie Randolph

http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10868317

Not surprising but kinda strange how it all happened. Firing was done at 3:15 Am, Jerry Manuel takes over as interim skipper. Also pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto got fired too.

What a mess, poor Trot.

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Minaya didn't want a full blown cover story... so he did it this morning at 3 so it was too late to put into the papers. He expects the Celtics to win tonight, get more publicity than the Mets.

Thats what I'm "guessing" anyway. Maybe Willie wants to come back to the Yanks org and try his hand at the starting rotation. I hear they're accepting applications right now.

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Minaya didn't want a full blown cover story... so he did it this morning at 3 so it was too late to put into the papers. He expects the Celtics to win tonight, get more publicity than the Mets.

me too ;)

Thats what I'm "guessing" anyway. Maybe Willie wants to come back to the Yanks org and try his hand at the starting rotation. I hear they're accepting applications right now.

Good to see you're keeping your sense of humor. What else can we do?

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