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Wednesday July, 26 2006.
Yankees Sign Catcher Sal Fasano
By mvyb, 10:36

According to the New_York_Times, the Yanks have gone out and acquired a new back-up catcher, Sal Fasano:
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"July 26, 2006 -- ARLINGTON - Looking to upgrade their backup catching situation the Yankees acquired Sal Fasano from the Phillies last night for an undisclosed minor leaguer, The Post has learned.Fasano had been designated for assignment by the Phillies last weekend and immediately caught the Yankees' attention because he was with them in spring training in 2004 and spent the season with Columbus (Triple-A). Fasano, 34, is expected to replace Kelly Stinnett."
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Fasano will be a sure offensive upgrade, last year (while he was with Baltimore) he put up these numbers:
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.250 BA, 11HR, .310 OBP, .475 SLG
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This year:
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.243 BA, 4 HR, .284 OBP, .386 SLG
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These numbers are all progressively higher then Stinnett's. Fasano might be able to drive in a couple of runs, every now and then...
Fasano also brings a .990 fielding percentage (365 innings) which is a bit better then Stinnett's .989 ( 222 innings). Fasano has been an everyday catcher for the past couple of years, so he will be available for many innings of work ( in case of an injury to Posada). 

Back in March, Philidelphia pitcher, Ryan Franklin told MLB.com, "Every guy [pitcher] loves to have someone back there who knows what he's doing and has total confidence in his game-calling. That's what we have with Sal. There's a reason he's stuck around so long."

Thumbs up to this signing.

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Thursday July, 20 2006.
Despite Johnson's Solid Start, Yankees Fall to the Mariners in Series Finale
By mvyb, 10:03

Mariners- 3, Yankees- 2
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W- Lowe (1-0)
L- Johnson (10-8)
S- Putz (18)
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Notable Yankee Batters:
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3B- Rodriguez, 2-4 ( 1B, 2B, R)
P- Johnson: 8IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 11K
 
 
Randy Johnson gives up 5+ runs to the Red Sox in only 5 innings of work (several months back) and picked up the win, but today, after his quality performance, he gets the loss. Johnson gave the length ( 8 innings) the Yankees needed, he held the Mariners down ( 3 runs), lowered his ERA ( from 5.06 to 4.88), and struck out a season high 11 batters. He also walked only one batter. Even though Johnson has struggled on and off this year, throwing strikes is something he has always seemed able to do. Today's start was Johnson's fourth consecutive strong performance- he is definitely heating up.
 
Gil Meche absolutely dominated the Yankees today, until A-Rod's double in the fifth, he was pitching a perfect game. The Yanks only scored two runs off of him on only 5 hits.
 
 Yankee Player of the Game: Randy Johnson

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Thursday July, 13 2006.
Tell Me It Ain't So
By mvyb, 20:24

I wish I could tell you that the Yankees have signed Barry Zito.
 
Or Livan Hernandez.
 
I'd even take Jason Vargas.
 
Anyone...
 
....but Sidney Ponson.
 
An hour ago, the Associated Press reported that the Yankees will sign Ponson to a $150,000 deal for the remainder of the season. Earlier this year, Ponson signed with the Cardinals, but after several bad starts he was sent to the bullpen and eventually released. His record was 4-4 with a 5.24 ERA for St. Louis.
 
Ponson made his major league debut in 1998 for Baltimore, going 8-9 with a 5.27 ERA ( hasn't really changed since). He played for over five years with the Orioles, and was then traded to San Fransisco for 10 games. He soon returned to Baltimore for another two years. Ponson was convicted of driving while impaired last year, and sentenced to 5 days in jail ( he also spent 11 days after a fight at a beach).
 
Ponson, now 29, has struggled all through his career. I don't know why Cashman thinks this signing could possibly help New York. Randy Johnson and Carl Pavano are bad enough! But why should Cashman bring another, disappointing, erratic, moody pitcher to the Bronx???? How will he help?

"It's hard to upgrade your pitching, it really is," Cashman said (AP). "Hopefully, this is something that will work out for us. It's low risk and hopefully we'll get some upside out of this."

Well, yeah it's gonna be tough to upgrade the pitching as it is, but how is adding Ponson supposed to help?!?!

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