Sunday, April 29, 2007
Red Sox v Yankees in the Bronx this weekend and it was almost all SOX all the time. Despite a bump in the road (3-1 loss on Saturday), the Beantown Bombers and their pitching staff ruled the House that Ruth Built. Sox won 5 of 6 in two weekend series against what have become the Wanks of NYC.
Julian Tavarez, Hideki Okajima, Mike Tinlin & THE CLOSAH did the job on the hill for the Sox. Big Pappi, Alex Cora & Manny supplied the power to put the Sox at the top of major League baseball with a record of 16-8. They are 4 up on Toronto (12-12) and lead the last place Yanks by 6.5 games. Not a BAD April BOYZ!!!
Rumors abound about the dumping of Yankee great manager Joe Torre - but that is a story for another day.
Let's "Celebrate and have good times.....come on!" The Sox have won another Series vs Yanks in this young season.
Cardinals mourn loss of pitcher Josh Hancock
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals were informed this morning by the St. Louis Police Department of the tragic death of pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, who was killed in an auto accident on westbound Highway 64/40 within the city limits.
Cardinals' Manager Tony La Russa informed Josh's father of this tragic event. Major League Baseball representatives have also been notified and tonight's 7:05 p.m. game with the Chicago Cubs has been postponed.
The Cardinals and the St. Louis Police Department will make a brief statement to the news media at 3 p.m. CDT in the Busch Stadium interview room.
Hancock, who is single, has been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals since February of 2006 and helped the team to its 10th World Series title last Fall.
The Cardinals ask that all fans join the team in offering their prayers and condolences to Josh Hancock's family on this very sad day for the Cardinals and Major League Baseball.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
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Photos taken By: Dave Bonnell (Savin Hill Hornets, YBL)
YBLIntroducing the Yawkey League!
This Blog will have regular updates - player profiles and other good stuff about the Yawkey Baseball League of Boston.
Prospective players should registration the web-page. If you have any questions contact the league office thru the web page as well.
Danny Ciocca - McKay Club All Star '06 has taken the UMASS Boston Beacons by storm in 'o7. Danny has been a leading hitter:
.283Ave; 46AB; 14R; 13H 10RBI; .355SLUG; .375OBP.
Dan pitched in 3 games and has roamed the outfield for the Beacons this spring posting a perfect 1.000 fielding average.
The Newton native has become a Dot Rat, taking up residence in the Harbor Point Area close by the UMass Campus. Ciocca is a bull-dog player, who loves every aspect of the Game and plays it very well. he is a tremendous team-mate, who looks out for "his own" and will never make a mental error. Danny is a student of the game - PURE and SWEET at the stick & afield.
Much is expected from this 21yo by his team in the Yawkey League!
UMASS - BOSTON BEACON BASEBALL HISTORY
The Beacons are a member of the Little East Conference, which has established itself as the most challenging Division III leagues in the nation since its inception. Little East teams won the NCAA championship in each of the conference's first two years as a baseball-playing league, and from top to bottom, the conference fares exceptionally well against teams from other alignments.
Under the guidance of head coach Brendan Eygabroat, UMass Boston offers a full fall season and an annual spring trip to Florida to prepare the baseball team for the rigorous spring.
The Beacon program has produced a number of outstanding individual careers in its comparatively brief history, including Steve Coffey, who amassed a then-NCAA record 34-game hitting streak from 1988-89. Dan Duggan - Yawkey League Hall of Fame played for Brighton Sox owns nearly every batting record at UMass Boston, while pitchers Steve Howard and Tim Byrne both received professional tryouts following their UMB careers.
DICE - K's Yanks in Bronx
JOE IN JEOPARDY AS YANKS BOMB
BOSOX HAND TORRE'S TEAM 7TH STRAIGHT LOSS
By GEORGE KING
Taken from April 28, 2007 - NEW YORK POST
April 28, 2007 -- A seven-game losing streak has George Steinbrenner so concerned he is wondering if replacing Joe Torre is the answer.
Last October, The Boss came very close to boxing Torre after the second straight first-round elimination in the postseason. This past Monday, Steinbrenner expressed to Torre how disappointed he was that the Yankees were swept by the Red Sox last weekend in Boston.
Yesterday, the word out of Tampa was that Steinbrenner "was very displeased" about the way his high-priced stable of talent is underachieving and was thinking about a change.
And that was before the Red Sox punished the last-place Yankees, 11-4, in front of 55,005 at Yankee Stadium last night.
Could Torre, who is in the final year of his contract, really be fired before April is finished? Is Torre the reason the starting rotation has melted in the first month and put an alarming workload on the bullpen? Is it Torre's fault the lineup, so potent through 19 games, has gone 20 innings without an extra-base hit?
If Steinbrenner and the voices he is listening to believe the answers are "yes," and if the Yankees get swept this weekend by the Red Sox, it's not out of the realm of the possibility that The Boss could make a change.
Bench coach Don Mattingly and former Yankees catcher Joe Girardi are the names you hear when potential replacements for Torre are mentioned. Working in Girardi's favor is that he has a year of managing experience. Mattingly was moved from hitting coach to bench coach to be groomed as Torre's successor.
Lugo Comes Up Big in Sox' 11-4 RoutBronx Bums Now 6½ Games Behind SoxDice-K Fuzzy for an Inning, But Bounces Back
"It's as frustrating as you can get. It's embarrassing is what it is. It's a joke that I can't go out there and get through six or seven innings right there when the team needs me to do that as bad as they do." -- 4.27.07, Andy Pettitte
Big Dave's View
Colby's Kyle McKay, left, and University of Maine at Farmington's Matt Judkins rise out of the dust after McKay took second base Thursday in Waterville. Colby won the game 21-6.
Colby Baseball team has 26 hits in win over UMF
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Corey Martin (Winslow, Maine) and Brian Liberty (Hollis, N.H.) both had four hits as the Colby College baseball team exploded for 26 hits in a 21-6 win over University of Maine at Farmington on Thursday at Coombs Field.
Martin had a pair of doubles among his four hits, scored three times and had one RBI. Liberty added four runs and a double.
The Mules (7-16) led 4-2 after two innings, but then scored six runs in the third, five in the fourth and another five in the fifth.
Tom Salemy (Odessa, Fla.), the NESCAC Player of the Week for last week, remained hot at the plate with three hits, four RBI and a pair of runs. Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, Conn.) added two doubles among his three hits and also had two runs and four RBI.
Colby had the rare game of having all nine starters with two hits or more. John Murphy (Hingham, Mass.) went 3-for-3 and Kyle McKay (Bedford, N.H.) had two hits, three runs and two RBI. The Mules also received two hits from Robert Tourek (Wexform, Pa.), Craig Cooper (Trumbull, Conn.) and Nick Spillane (Darien, Conn.).
Colby starting pitcher Robert Rosenbaum was the benefactor of all the offense. He earned the victory in striking out four and walking one over five innings. Rosenbaum had just one earned run.
Maine-Farmington (4-14) did have 14 hits in the game. Andrew Bellmore (Monmouth, Mainee) had four hits and Peter McLaughlin (Benton, Maine) went 3-for-3 for the Beavers. Brian Morrison (Saco, Maine), Tyler Hanson (Sanford, Maine) and Phineas Peake (Penobscot, Maine) all had two hits.
Colby plays host to Tufts University at 3:30 p.m. Friday, while the Beavers play a doubleheader at home against Becker College on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Colby 21, Maine-Farmington 6
UMF 110 001 102-----6 14 3
Colby 316 550 01x-----21 25 3
Greg Melanson (L), Bill Ridge (3), Kyle Feltis (5), Scott Hastings (7), Brian Morrison (8) and Tyler Hanson; Robert Rosenbaum (W), Bob Brady (6), Zach Helm (8), Steve Sandak (9) and Kyle McKay, Michael Cuqua (5). 2B: Corey Martin (C) 2, Ryan Conlon (C) 2, Tom Salemy (C), Brian Liberty (C), Robert Tourek (C).
Friday, April 27, 2007
Josh Beckett joins Babe Ruth (1917) and Pedro Martinez (2000) as the only Red Sox pitchers to win five games in the month of April. In team history, 11 pitchers have won at least their first five starts in a year:
8 Babe Ruth 1917
8 Roger Moret 1973
7 George Winter 1901
7 Mickey Harris 1946
6 Ike Delock 1958
6 Roger Clemens 1991
5 Lefty Grove 1936
5 Don Schwall 1961
5 Roger Clemens 1986
5 Pedro Martinez 2000
5 Josh Beckett 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Dave McKay embarked on a 4 week visit to many Major League Spring Training locations in Central & Gulf Coastal areas of Florida. This blissful vacation included his viewing 22 major league training games. Dave also had an opportunity to visit the Red Sox Development center for two days and meet and greet with some players/coaches and Red Sox Stars. You will have an opportunity to see some pics he took there and hear some stories about that wonderful visit to paradise.
Segment Four - A Tribute to Joe Driscoll