American League East
Danny Salazar pitched neatly into the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians dropped the New York Yankees out of first place in the AL East with a 2-1 win.
The 2010 All-Star had a brutal season for the Bronx Bombers in 2013. He went an abysmal 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, surrendering 24 home runs in 145 2/3 innings.
Darth Vader is dying. The Evil Empire is collapsing on itself, on its sins and hubris and the assumption that the logo alone was enough. The Yankees don’t scare anyone anymore. They’re just scary.
“I’ve got my own feelings on particular people in MLB, you know, how they approached my situation,” Roger Clemens said. “I don’t know about it, and I don’t care about it, to tell you the truth.”
After four days off for the All-Star break, the Yankees kick off an important three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday night in Boston.
Welcome back, Tex and Youk, but pay close attention to Sabathia. His season will give a much better indication of where the Yankees are heading.
In the wake of the unspeakable Boston Marathon bombings, the Yankees paid tribute to the city of Boston when they hosted the Diamondbacks in the Bronx Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter is taking part in long toss and undergoing therapy in Tampa, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, so he doesn’t exactly appear to be on the fast track back to the Bronx.
The Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract on Tuesday. He was released hours earlier by the American League East-rival Red Sox.
“We are committed as a family to be in this long-term,” Steinbrenner said. “We enjoy this, this is why we’re all involved — all of my siblings. And we’re going to continue, every year, to field a championship-caliber team.”
The Yankees and Mets are among teams that are interested in outfielder Brennan Boesch, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN insider Jon Heyman.
“Let me say what I’ve been saying: $189 (million) is the goal,” Steinbrenner said. …”That is the goal, but in no way, shape or form will we sacrifice our commitment to field a championship-caliber team. That’s not going to happen.”
Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University. The university in Fairfield, Conn., said Friday that Valentine’s appointment will be formally announced next Tuesday.
You just hope it isn’t so. These days, there is no way of knowing who is using performance-enhancing drugs and who is not. But the idea that Robinson Cano has used PEDs is enough to sicken any baseball fan or official.
The Yankees are a good baseball team, just not a special one. For a fan base used to sitting atop a perch and starting down at the competition, it will likely take some getting used to over the next few years.