Umm what?

At least that was my response to an ESPN report that the Boston Red Sox have claimed former OF Johnny Damon off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.  It’s unclear why Damon was on the waivers to begin with, although from my understanding, teams regularly put almost every player on waivers in August, however most aren’t claimed.

It’s also unclear at this time what the Red Sox true intentions are – whether it was to keep a competing club, like the Tampa Bay Rays or Chicago White Sox who need outfield help, from claiming him.  Boston itself does need help in their injury-plagued outfield.

Damon was a member of the Red Sox championship team in 2004 which broke Boston’s 86 year championship drought.  He left the Red Sox after the 2005 season, spending 4 seasons as a fan-favorite Yankee.  He declined contract offers from the Yankees this off-season and instead signed with the Detroit Tigers for less money.  Damon is hitting .270 with 7 homers and 40 RBI, well below his numbers while with the Yankees.

This was not reported by the club's Human Resource department, perhaps they need a new HCM or HR software system.

There are a few things that need to happen for Damon to join the Sox again.  First, he needs to waive his no trade clause.  Then, the Red Sox and Tigers have 48 hours to negotiate a trade.  If that can’t be done, then the Tigers have the option of letting Damon go for nothing, or they could pull him off waivers and keep him for the remainder of the season.

One of Commissioner Bud Selig’s objections to the use of Instant Replay in Major League Baseball is that it slows down the game.  I’ve always found that one a somewhat soft argument.  Case in point: I turned on the TV this afternoon and caught a small part of the Little League World Series Ohio vs. New Jersey game.  In the bottom of the third inning, the 3B for Ohio made a great play on a grounder and threw out the runner at first.  However, the first base umpire called him safe.

The Ohio manager came out, asked the umpires to get together and see if anyone got a better view of the play.  When no umpire said he had a better view, the manager asked for a replay.  Obviously the replay showed the runner was out.  After about 1 total minute, the play was reversed.

How did this slow the game down?  If the awesome Derek Jeter can step out the batter’s box after every pitch and readjust both gloves, his helmet and tap almost every part of the plate with his bat, how is that any different?

Under the LLWS rules, the manager can pretty much request a replay of almost all plays as long as the calls continue to go in his favor.

Although I support the use of replay in baseball, I do agree with Selig on one point – replay should never, ever be used to challenge balls and strikes.  The fact that every umpire has a slightly different strike zone is one of the little intricacies of baseball that should never be altered.

Last night was all about the team. No individuals here. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Moseley, Lance Berkman.

Dustin Moseley filled in for an injured A.J. Burnett and helped lead the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Mark Teixeira hit his 25th homer, becoming the fourth player to hit at least 25 in each of his first eight big league seasons, and Lance Berkman won over Yankees fans with two doubles.

Jeter broke a tie with The Babe for 39th place on the career hits list with an RBI single in the second inning, his 2,874th hit. Jeter waved his helmet to an standing ovation. Jeter doubled in two runs in the fifth to give New York a 7-1 lead and end Josh Beckett’s night with a Bronx cheer.

(AP photo)

Even A-Rod contributed, becoming just the second (by my count) member of the 600-300 club with his steal.

Beckett allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and there were some discussions on Twitter whether Beckett is now the Yankees’ Daddy (good bye, Pedro).

In the rotation because Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list with a strained groin, Moseley moved up a day when Burnett tweaked his back throwing on flat ground. In his third start, the right-hander worked the corners with a fastball that rarely exceeded 90 mph and gave up six hits and two runs, including a homer to Hall.

In the second inning, Berkman sent a ball down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit with the Yankees in 23 at-bats. He scored when Hall made a diving stop on Brett Gardner’s groundball but his throw sailed past first base for an error.

Gardner scored on Jeter’s hit to make it 2-0.

Teixeira homered leading off the fifth against Beckett and Berkman followed a walk and hit batter with a one-out RBI doubled down the third-base line to make it 4-1.

Cano was hit twice in the fifth, once by Beckett and again by catcher Kevin Cash, whose throw to third hit him in the helmet as he was diving back to the bag. Cano jumped up and raced home. Jeter added a two-run double to right-center.

Phil Hughes goes for the series win today against Jon Lester at 2:05 p.m.
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I’ve driven past PNC Park, home of the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate three times in the past week and I’ll be driving past it again this Friday. Too bad I’m out of town on Saturday, July 31, when fans will meet their favorite Triple-A Yankees players and bid on sports memorabilia at the annual Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Autograph Party & Auction.

According to information shared with Generation Third from the SWB Yankees marketing office, gates will open at 1:30 p.m. as fans will be able to browse the wide variety of silent auction items displayed throughout the stadium concourse. 
 
More than 100 auction items will be on the block including signed items from Stephen Strasburg, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Reggie Jackson and Curtis Granderson plus numerous game used bats, jerseys, gift certificates from local merchants and much more.
 
Your favorite Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees players and coaches will be signing autographs beginning at 2:00 p.m. at six autograph tables located throughout the facility.
 
Admission to the event is only $5 which includes one randomly assigned autograph table featuring 3-4 players/staff. Additional tables may be purchased for $5 once inside the facility.
 
The silent auction will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
For the first time ever, there will also be a silent auction taking place during the 7:05 game that evening vs. Syracuse.
 
One nice thing coming from this event is that all proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric programs at Allied Rehab and John Heinz Rehab.

Hope you decide to support this worthy cause!

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