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ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.

Manny Ramirez, the controversial slugger for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit his 536 career home run Friday night, tying Mickey Mantle for 15th all time. 

Ramirez’s hit the 2-run homer in the top of the sixth, helping the Dodgers to a 12-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. 

“It feels good, but it’s just like another home run,” said Ramirez, . “It makes me proud, but like I said it’s just another home run that I hit. I didn’t even know I tied him.”

I’m not going to sat much about this except his comments irk me a little.  Either he is oblivious and doesn’t care about his career numbers, which is a little bit disrespectful to the Mick, one of the best ballplayers to ever live, or he’s simply trying to be modest. 

Obviously, I don’t know Manny personally, but I have a feeling its the former, not the latter.

ESPN announced during the 6pm Sportscenter that Manny Ramirez reportedly tested positve for HCG – a woman’s fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body’s natural testotsterone production.

Apparently Ramirez tested positive for high levels of testosterone in spring training and resulting tests indicated that not all of the testosterone was natural.  Baseball investigators then found documents indicting Ramirez used HCG.

Ramirez could have got a waiver from MLB to use the drug if it was really necessary for health reasons.  Thus when he explained that a doctor prescribed it for health reasons, MLB did not trust the explanation.

ESPN also reported that Ramirez found out about the suspension during Wednesday night’s game and after he left the field in the seventh inning he also left the clubhouse and was not seen after the game.

In shocking news announced Thursday morning, Major League Baseball has suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez 50 games for violating its drug policy.

In a statement that was released by MLB, Ramirez attributed the positive test result to a medication prescribed to him by his doctor.

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me,” Ramirez said. “Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.”

Apparently after consulting with the player’s union, Ramirez has chosen not to appeal the suspension and will begin serving it tonight.  As long as the Dodgers have no rain-out games, he will not be eligible to return to the lineup until July 3.  This will cause Ramirez to forfeit nearly a third of his $25 Million salary.

Ramirez is hitting .348 with 6 HR and 20 RBI and has lead the Dodgers to a league-best 21-8, including a record setting 13-0 record at home this season.  The Dodgers plan to call up Xavier Paul from Triple-A to replace Ramirez on the roster.

Maybe this will finally take some of the pressure off of Alex Rodriguez.

Here are some links to look at while you eat your breakfast this morning. That’s how I do my morning routine. I get up, let the dog out, get my breakfast ready, go to my office and eat while I catch up on news, blogs, and articles about the Yankees and then I shower and head to the high school where I teach.

Here are some good pieces to read this morning.

  • Ben K. at River Ave. Blues dissects this post by Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors about the worst contracts in MLB. Among the top 45, he names 3 Yankee ones — Posada, Matsui, and Igawa. Oddly, he doesn’t name A-Rod’s. I can agree with Igawa’s contract, but not Posada and Matsui. To read Dierkes’ post, click here.
  • The venerable scribe Peter Abraham did a quickie sit-down and chat with Phil Hughes about the outing he had yesterday against the U.S.A. team. Hughes pitched pretty well yesterday and featured some new whallop to his pitches. A tighter curve, a better change-up and a new cutter will make Hughes a more prized commodity. He’s only 22.
  • Jack Curry at the Times dissects A-Rod’s comment about Jose Reyes and tells readers to ignore it. It was just a comment, nothing more, Curry says.
  • Dodgers and Manny Ramirez may be close to a deal, the AP reports. Seems like the deal is for the same 2/$45 that was offered last week.
  • Plus, finally, the news everyone is talking about — A-Rod’s hip cyst. He’s going to Vail, Colorado to see a long-legged blonde in a ski suit orthopedic specialist.

By now, you should have finished your cereal. Have a good day!

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