-Here’s the pitching match ups for the upcoming Yanks-Red Sox series:
Friday-Pettitte vs Penny
Saturday-Burnett vs Tazawa
Sunday-Sabathia vs Beckett
We really should take 2 of 3, even in Boston. Beckett got shelled his last time out, so maybe that shoulder is wearing down like it did last year.
-Here’s an ESPN360 piece on ambidextrous Yankee farmhand Pat Venditte. Check it out.
-As Tom reported yesterday, the Yanks announced yesterday that Joba will be getting 6 more starts. Figure he throws about 6 IP each, so that puts him at around 163 IP for the season. With 3 playoff starts (1 per round) he could go as high as 180+. More than I thought, but I’ll trust their judgment. The main thing is they’re keeping him strong at the end of the year. Pitchers tend to get hurt when they’re fatigued, and all this extra rest at the end of the year should avoid that pitfall. At those innings levels, his restrictions should be removed for next year. Though I’m sure they will still be careful with him.
-Bud Selig wants a worldwide draft and hard caps for signing bonuses.
“There’s no question in my mind, in 2011, certainly a [hard] slotting system and a worldwide draft are things we will be very aggressive in talking about,” Selig said
I’ll have a full length piece going up on this later today, but I have my doubts that it will have the intended effect. If they allow teams to trade picks, it will very likely backfire.
-Nice story about CC Sabathia giving back to his hometown school.
OAKLAND — Imagine walking through the doors of your elementary school for the first day of classes and being greeted by a Major League player, offering you a new backpack to begin the year.
That was the memorable experience for approximately 500 students on Wednesday at the Loma Vista Elementary School in Vallejo, Calif., as Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia returned to the hallways he once roamed and offered to pitch in for his hometown.
“It was fun going back,” Sabathia said. “There’s a few teachers who are still there from when I was there. It was fun to go there and talk to the kids, and hang out for a while and give them some school supplies. Everyone was a little antsy.”
Sabathia appeared with his “PitCCh In Foundation,” offering fully loaded black backpacks to students. Along with an autographed photo, each backpack also contained binders, lined paper, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners and crayons.
CC has been everything Yankee fans could have hoped for on and off the field, and in the clubhouse as well.
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