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It's A Wrap For Team USA - Eliminated From WBC

It was a good run but ultimately it was wasn't meant to be for Team USA. They lost in their semi-final game against Team Japan thus eliminating them from the WBC.

Team Japan advances to the Finals of the WBC for the second straight time. Team USA will break up and everyone will go to their respective camps to complete Spring Training and get ready for the season.

"To put on that Team USA jersey, to be a part of this, it's such a blessing," Brian Roberts said. "It was so awesome."

It was a tough time for Team USA this year in the tournamet as they battled through injuries to key players such as Chipper Jones, Kevin Youkillis, and Ryan Braun. Many people have questioned the moves by manager Davey Johnson for leaving pitchers in longer than they should've been in but the name of the game is to win. Team USA didn't.

They were 3 outs away on Monday night from being eliminated by Puerto Rico and they fought back to win and advance. There should be no shame in this team, they played as hard as they could but their weaknesses were exposed at the hands of Team Japan.

"You want to win," Mark DeRosa said. "It's frustrating. We just didn't go out there and perform tonight."

Tonight is the Championship Game for the WBC between Korea and Japan, Team USA will be watching from afar, maybe next time Team USA can go all the way.


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A-Rod In The Headlines Again!

Here we go again...another Alex Rodriguez story! In Sunday's Daily News, it is reported that Alex dated a former Manhattan madam. The madam is Kristin Davis. She claims to have provide A-Rod with hookers, something she also did for former NY Governor Elliot Spitzer.

Alex has been the talk of the town in 2009. He was outed last month for using steroids back in Texas Rangers days, thus prompting several questionable public interviews. Then came his mysterious hip injury which required surgery a few weeks ago, then had a questionable photoshoot recently, now this.

Alex is know to be a playboy so this comes as no surprise. It's funny how he's out and on thew injured list yet he's still able to create headlines with off the field stuff. He's been linked to gambling,strippers, steroids, and everything else you can think of. Alex must be living one grand ol' life.
"Throughout the years, there were a number of clients that I befriended and it was not uncommon for them to want the women they can't have whether it be the phone bookers or the madam," Davis said.

"In regard to Alex, all I can say is our paths have definitely crossed personally and professionally."


The two met in June of 2006 in Philly at a gym, one of Alex's favorite places to hang.
"He gave his real name," Davis said. "The next day (I) found out who Alex Rodriguez was. The girl we (the agency) sent freaked out. Her father (works for) another Major League Baseball team."

Does this explain his inability to hit in the clutch? Possibly lol. It seems like he has no problem performing in other pressure spots.

Here's some more info about this latest A-Rod revelation:
In an e-mail exchange provided to The News by a former booker for Davis' Wicked Models, Rodriguez purportedly told Davis on Nov. 17, 2006: "Thanks for setting me up with Samantha. She was gorgeous. But she is not you. When can I see you you are gorgeous . . ."

The exchange goes on:

Davis: "Hi Alex. You don't want to see me. I'm no fun. lol. Just because your (sic) so sweet, here are some pics of me and I appreciate the compliments. Your (sic) a doll. Thanks, Kristin"

Rodriguez: "You have been playing hard to get for a year now, your (sic) killing me."

Davis: "It's not playing I am hard to get. Maybe you should try harder."

Rodriguez: "Kristin, I definitely will and I love the pics. I put the one on my cell so I can look at you all the time. Alex."

Davis: "You are too sweet. I'll let you know when I get someone you like."

Two former agency workers said A-Rod hired prostitutes more than a half-dozen times, often meeting them at the Four Seasons hotel on W. 57th St.

"Alex was a very nice client to talk to," the booker said. "He didn't like one girl we sent over there. He sent her away. He kept calling the agency.

"He kept trying to reach Kristin. Kristin wouldn't talk to most of the clients, but she said she'd call him back. She told me, 'Don't worry about sending him another girl. I'm going to go over there and have drinks with him, hold his hand. He spends a lot of money.' "

Rodriguez' persistence is said to have paid off with the buxom, 32-year-old Davis. Though Davis' agencies typically charged clients more than $1,000 an hour, Davis told a friend: "Alex didn't pay me . . . I went out with him just because he was so flattering. I couldn't not give in."

On Feb. 9, 2007, Rodriguez purportedly e-mailed Davis: "My sexy blonde girl. When can I see you again? I am addicted to you. Did you get the flowers I sent?"

That e-mail brought this reply: "I received your flowers. You outdid yourself, I feel very adored. Thank you. And I received your other gift today. You really spoiled me."

A source said A-Rod confided the pressures he felt as a player.

"He told her that he'd used steroids," the source claimed. "He said a lot of players did. He just wanted to be a good ballplayer."

This stuff is amazing, you can't make it up. It looks as the money Alex is making is getting put to good use (depending on who you ask).

Once again our guy Alex is front and center with another controversy. I wonder what the reaction will be to this.



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C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: 2B

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Second Base.

Second Base
Much like Shortstop, this position is not up for grabs, it belongs to Robinson Cano. Cano is coming off his worst Major League season. He hit .271 14 HR 72 RBI in 2008, all were down from .307 19 97 in '07. Cano was hitting better in September last season after hitting coach Kevin Long made some adjustments to his stance. At 26, Cano is still maturing at the Major League level and is continuing to improve his game. Last season we saw some lackluster defense from Cano. One in particular came in a game last summer in which manager Joe Girardi had to bench his second baseman. It was a move that many believed was overdue. Hopefully Cano learned from that experience last year. He's got a sweet swing and his defense seems so effortless at times. We know he has tremendous talent, his head just has to be in it.

Chasing800 Prediction:
I expect a 2007-like performance from Cano, somewhere along the lines of .313 17 89. A little below what he did in 2007 but I'll take that from Robbie this year. I still see him making a few mental mistakes on the field but they will be few and far between. He can make the All-Star team this year if he gets off to a good start, something he didn't do last year. The Yankees expect a bounce back year from Cano, so do I.

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Wright Rallys USA Past PR and Into Semi-Finals

What a game! Team USA down 5-3 in the ninth and manages three runs in their last at-bat to avoid elimination from the WBC and sends Puerto Rico home.

David Wright got a two-run single off of Puerto Rico closer Fernando Cabrera to win the game and send Team USA in the semi-finals. If you watched this game you saw Home Runs from Carlos Delgado, Alex Rios and Kevin Youkilis. But with the Semi-Finals on the line Puerto Rico couldn't close the door and blew a two run lead in the final inning.

Puerto Rico beat Team USA on Saturday night but lost to Venezula last night, which forced tonight's do-or-die match-up. Puerto Rico looked strong throughout the tournament but within a 24 hour span, they lost twice and find themselves going home.

Team USA now faces Venezula in the Semi-Finals in Los Angeles.



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C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: SS

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Shortstop.

Shortstop
This position needs no debate, it belongs to Derek Jeter. The Captain is entering his 14th season as the starting shortstop. Many have argued that Jeter's defense is the worst of all shortstops in baseball. There was a study done last year that backs up Jeter's incapabilities. I don't care about that stuff. His all around numbers have been in the decline over the last 3 seasons but he is getting older, he will be 34 in June. He is still the guy I want on the field and in the batter's box with the game on the line. His leadership is a driving force both on and off the field. He is one guy on the Yankees I never worry about, neither should you. Last year the Yanks missed the first time in Jeter's career and I expect that to moviate him this year. He will also be helped by the addition of Mark Teixeria and his gold glove caliber defense at first base.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Jeter has another Jeter-like season. While his numbers won't resemble an 18 million a year player, he will bring the intangables that he always brings to the table. I expect a better season from Derek this year than 2008. Look for .308 12HR 84 RBI. He will play above average defense but not enough to secure another gold glove.




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Can We Start The Season Already?

Is it me or is anyone really paying attention to Spring Training this year? I, for one am not. I wish I could say I'm following the WBC more closely as a result but that isn't true either. In here lies a problem.

The WBC is a great idea and I'm all for it but how the hell do you know when the games are on? They have been on at the most random times. If I want to follow Team USA, how would I go about that? Some would say "easy, just watch SportsCenter" or "look online" which are fair statements but what if I'm unable to? Is there a set schedule to this thing or are they moving games to the most convinent times? I have seen games at 5:30am and seen games at 10:00pm. While I realize this is an international tournament, there has to be some way of organizing this tournament better. Team USA played Saturday,Sunday and Wednesday. Where's the consistency there? That's hard to follow. I'm a working man, sometimes SportsCenter and the internet aren't accessible to me 24/7. Maybe I'm in the minority but it should be better organized. I know during the Yankee season I know to look for a game at 1,4,7,10 depending on the opponent. That's easy to follow. I have the same problem with basketball, if I wanna follow the Knicks and Nets I need a pocket schedule on me at all times, their games are all over the place. It's an inconvience for me, the fan, the customer, the one you WANT to lure to buy your product.

Now that I vented about that here's another. Spring Training games usually have some watchable factor to them. Not this year. ST is overshadowed by the WBC because in essence the ST games mean nothing. Sure, we tune in to see the stars but after about the 5th inning the regulars start to exit the game. Now, some people like to see the young guys in action, I do too but if the game means nothing, then what am I watching for? For the love of baseball usually, but when the WBC is session I can't be bothered with ST games. The WBC brings you fierce competition and that's what I wanna see, not no.94 taking a grounder at shortstop.

I think I'm ready for the season to start and that's where all this bickering is coming from. I mean we've talked and talked and talked about the Yankees and the upcoming season for so long that it's time to get things started. No more talking, let's play already!

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Bernie's Seen Better Days

The Bernie Williams Comeback isn't exactly going according to plan. In his return to baseball Williams is 0-4 with 2 walks. Not only has his on the field game taken a hit, so has his off the field reputation.

Bernie has a complaint filed against him from a woman who says the former Yankee star hit her. According to a police report that was filed, Williams took the camera from the woman damaged it and hit her in the face. Here is a statement released from Williams' manager:
“Yesterday evening we learned of the filing of a complaint against Mr. Bernie Williams. The news has taken us all by surprise. On the night in question, Mr. Williams had gone out after accepting an invitation to be a guest performer with a local music act. Mr. Williams denies any wrongdoing and we feel that some published media reports today are inaccurate. At this time, Mr. Williams has been advised by his legal counsel, José M. Marxuach, to not make any further comments, inasmuch as we do not want to interfere with the ongoing investigation. We want to assure everyone that Mr. Williams will fully cooperate with the local authorities to have this matter clarified as soon as possible.”


I find this a little hard to believe, but then again nothing surprises me anymore. Hopefully Bernie is able to clear up this mess and move forward.


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Team USA Advances in WBC

Team USA is having a blast with the WBC. Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer, Adam Dunn and Ryan Braun added solo shots. For Dunn and Youkilis, it was the second straight day with a HR. Team USA went on to beat Venezula 15-6, thus advancing to the 2nd round of the WBC.

Team USA's lineup is stacked with All-Stars and it showed last night. They scored 8 runs in the 6th inning to break open the game.

"With that lineup, I don't see why we shouldn't have a few of those innings a night," Dunn said. "It was a lot of fun, but I don't think it was very unexpected on our side."

The only downfall from last night's win was Chipper Jones leaving the game in the 6th because of a mild strain on his side. It looks that he will be out for the time being. That means David Wright would be the starting 3rd Baseman now.

"I told David Wright, 'This is probably the last time you're going to DH,'" Team USA manager Davey Johnson said. "Anytime somebody has a little strain in the spring, you have to be real cautious."

Jones said after the game that the injury isn't serious but it will still be treated with caution.

I'm so glad that we have meaningful games this spring. I hate Spring Training games but I watch them because it's baseball but I like the WBC. The games mean alot to the guys that are playing and there's alot of emotion that goes into it. I like watching competitive games and this tournament I think is a great idea. I like seeing our Yankee players playing in different uniforms and playing agains one another, I find that cool, it's not everyday that you see that. I saw a groundball hit to Derek Jeter at short and then he handed it to Dustin Pedoria for the final out of the 8th inning last night. I thought that was cool, who would've thought you'd ever say that? It's things like that, that makes the WBC a good idea.



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A-Rod Will Have Surgery Monday

The decision was announced a few minutes ago that Alex Rodriguez will indeed have arthroscopic hip surgery on Monday and is expected to miss six to nine weeks. Rodriguez has a torn labrum and a cyst in his right hip. The cyst was drained on Wednesday.

The Yankees are looking for fill-in at third base during Alex's absence. The leading candidate is Cody Ransom but of course the Yankees will try and get someone via trade. Names like Mark Teahan of the Royals and Bobby Crosby of the A's have been mentioned. The likely move here will be the Yankees signing free agent Mark Grudzielanek. Life without A-Rod offically begins.

As I alluded to in yesterday's post, the surgery should be done ASAP. With the Yanks in Spring Training for the rest of the month, this time can be used to get Alex rest and rehab. It won't hurt the Yankees because they won't start the season until April 6th. Hopefully Alex is ready to go by late May and things won't be so bad in the Bronx.


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USA Edges Canada in WBC Opener

The World Baseball Classic got underway for the United States yesterday and went well. Team USA was able to escape with a 6-5 victory over Team Canada yesterday in Toronto.

Jake Peavy started for Team USA and went three innings, allowing two runs and two hits. He walked three and struck out four.
“This is a playoff atmosphere,” Peavy said. “Everything is on the line, you’re doing everything you can to win and advance in this tournament, and playing for your country just takes that through the roof. It’s as good an atmosphere as it gets, I believe.”

Kevin Youkillis of the Boston Red Sox added a homerun for America in the 4th inning. Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann added a two-run shot a couple batters later.

The Yankees' Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 in yesterday's opening game.

There were numerous spots in the game in which both teams had chances with runners in scoring positions but couldn't deliver. Team USA had the bases loaded twice and couldn't score.

In the ninth inning, the Mets' JJ Putz closed out the game for Team USA but in typical Mets bullpen fashion, he made it interesting. Putz gave up an RBI double to the Reds' Joey Votto that brought Canada within 6-5. Then Putz got the Twins' Justin Moreanu to ground out for the win.
“I just tried to get ahead of him and we were able to,” Putz said. “We tried to get him to chase some sliders and he laid off a couple of good ones. With (Matt) Stairs sitting on deck, he’s a guy that I’ve had some trouble with in the past, so I really wanted to focus in and try to get Bay to end the game.”

If you watched this game you could feel the emotion going into the game. This was surely not your average exhibition game.
“It was one of those situations where you’re on the edge of your seat,” Jeter said. “It’s a lot more nerve-racking watching, I think, than it is playing.


As the tournament continues, so will the intensity. Team USA is off to a good start, lets see how far they can go from here.



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C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: RF

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Right Field.

Right Field
This position belongs to Xavier Nady. He is the power threat of the three outfielders. After being acquired in July Nady provided some much needed pop the Yankee line-up. He hit .268 12 HR and 40 RBI in 59 games while in the Bronx. He has an above average arm and plays pretty good defense. His value to the team will be on offense. He combined for 25 HR and 97 RBI last year between the Yanks and Pirates so expect similar production this season. This is also his walk year, as he becomes a free agent at year's end. He's a hard nose player who likes to get dirty and is a player the Yankees need around. In a game last season at the Stadium he went off and recorded 6 RBIs in a game against the Angels, a show of his capabilities.

Nick Swisher will also see time behind Nady as he's the utility outfielder for the Yanks this season. Expect a spot start from him every now and then.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Nady has another solid season. He will almost certainly leave the Yanks when he becomes a free agent because he's a Scott Boras client and will command more money than the Yankees are willing to pay. I see a .278 23 HR 95 RBI from the X-Man this year with solid defense. His arm is not Bobby Abreu's but his hard nose effort and grind-it-0ut mentality will win us over in a full season...maybe just enough to bring him back for '10?? Let's see about that.

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Yanks Should Opt For Surgery With A-Rod

As of right now there is no decision made on what is going to happen with Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees are trying to explore every possible option before making a decision. That's only logical considering the magnitude of the situation. Alex is a player you can't replace no matter how hard you try and if the Yanks can keep him in the lineup then that's what they're going to do. But how smart is that move?

If Alex needs surgery then he should get it ASAP. Some sources have claimed that the surgery for A-Rod's hip can happen as early as Monday. If that is the case then he will be out for around four months and he won't be back until the All-Star Break in July. This is really a tough situation the Yankees are put in again with Alex. It really is amazing how much has gone on with Alex over the last month or so, it seems surreal.

The reality of this situation is that the Yankees are handcuffed either way so they should just opt for the surgery. You would get a free month (this month) of rest and rehab and then just hope that Mark Teixeria can handle the new found pressure on his shoulders. The rotation WILL have to live up to their billing and deliver in the absence of Rodriguez. A lot is expected from the Yankees this year, with or without Alex so you have to do what's best for the team and have him get the surgery and get healthy. There is no sense in having him play the year hurt, especially if it could jeopardize his remaining years in pinstripes.

It's a no win situation for the Yanks. They are going to have to hope from bounce back years from Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, and Jorge Posada. If those guys along with Derek Jeter play up to expectations then the Yanks will be fine, but if they don't, Boston and Tampa Bay will be right there every step of the way ready to return to October.



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Cody Ransom Got Some Ups

The Yankees are waiting to see what they're going to do with Alex Rodriguez and his hip injury. He could be lost for about 4 months if surgery is required. If that were to happen, the best option to fill Alex's shoes at this point is Cody Ransom. Ransom is no A-Rod by any stretch of the imagination but Johnny Damon says he's a great athlete. The proof is in a video floating around on YouTube showing Ransom's vertical leap of 60 inches, with no running start. That's impressive. Thanks to the age of the internet, you can find anything you want within minutes. With that being said, here's the video of Ransom's awesome leaping ability.




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Question Of The Day- A-Rod's Hip Injury






Hello ‘Chasing Records’ Sports Fans!


Question of the Day – NY Baseball: Yankees

** Alex Rodriguez – Hip Surgery – Out for 10 Weeks **

** How should the Yankees handle the A-Rod injury? **




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Question Of The Day- March 4






Hello ‘Chasing Records’ Sports Fans!


Question of the Day – NY Baseball: Yankees

** The World Baseball Classic – WBC Debate **

** Are you a Fan of the WBC? Will you tune in and watch? **




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Question Of The Day- March 4






Hello ‘Chasing Records’ Sports Fans!


Question of the Day – NY Baseball: Yankees

** The World Baseball Classic – WBC Debate **

** Are you a Fan of the WBC? Will you tune in and watch? **




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Question Of The Day: March 3






Hello ‘Chasing Records’ Sports Fans!


Question of the Day – NY Baseball: Yankees

** Player Spotlight: Melky Cabrera – CF **

** What do you expect from Melky Cabrera in 2009? **




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C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: CF

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at the CenterField.

Center Field
The current CF situation is unclear at the moment. As we roll along in Spring Training, we will find out who will be the Opening Day CF. It will either be Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner.

I've discussed this in the past and I went to bat for Melky. My stance hasn't changed since, even with Melky's atrocious 2008. The reason is because he showed last April his potential. He hit 6 HR's in the first month and did as much as anyone to carry the offense. I also like his range in center. But what I like the most is his arm, he has a cannon of an arm that on many occasions have saved the Yanks a few runs. His presence in CF makes runners think twice about taking that extra base, which is important these days. He still has some time to show the Yanks what he can do but his time is running out.

Gardner is a different player in his own right. Think of a scrappy, line drive, speedster. That's how I see Gardner. His downfalls are his arm and the fact he can't get on base often enough to create runs. So far this Spring, he's shown his ability to get on base and cause the opposition some frustration. If he's able to maintain his success over the course of a season then the Yanks have a great weapon in Gardner. Batting 9th would provide the Yanks with their second lead-off hitter and give the guys behind him in the line-up, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter some at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Nick Swisher could see some time in CF but that would be an unlikely scenario due to the fact he hated playing there in Chicago and he's the 3rd CF on the team.

Chasing800 Prediction:

Melky gets the Opening Day nod because of his prior experience. Although if Gardner has an impressive spring, then Gardner gets the nod, but I'm still sticking with Melky on this one. If Melky doesn't produce right off the bat, look for the Yanks to turn to Gardner and give him a longer leash to work with.

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