They were called the California
The Yankees won, 8-5. Rookie shortstop
The winning pitcher was
On Sunday, the Yankees will celebrate. Pettitte will make his final Yankee Stadium start, after a pregame ceremony to honor Rivera. Pettitte and Rivera will retire after the season. Catcher Jorge Posada retired two years ago.
That leaves the injured Jeter as the last active member of the so-called "Core Four." Jeter insists he can return as the Yankees' shortstop next year, but the list of 40-year-olds to play there regularly is ominously short: Luke Appling, Barry Larkin,
Wide world of ball
The three most intriguing free agents this off-season might be international players — first baseman Jose Abreu and second baseman Alexander Guerrero, both Cuban defectors, and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The domestic crop of free agents is underwhelming, and the success of
The Dodgers thought they had Guerrero wrapped up for a reported $32 million, but agent Scott Boras persuaded Guerrero a better deal was out there. So Guerrero signed with Boras, who lost second baseman
It would be quite the dramatic twist if Boras took Guerrero to the Yankees, leaving Cano without pinstriped leverage, but the retirements of Pettitte and Rivera, and the uncertainty surrounding Jeter, should provide the Yankees with the money and the urgency to keep Cano.
The Dodgers and Angels are among the teams interested in Tanaka, who is 22-0 with a 1.23 earned-run average for the Rakuten Eagles. Those statistics became more impressive last week, when Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato resigned over the secret introduction of a juiced ball this year.
Kato said he had no idea the ball had been changed. Wladimir Balentien, who hit 15 home runs in 511 major league at-bats with the
Balentien has 58, with games still to play.
Get off our lawn
Willie Bloomquist was far from the only
This quote was particularly interesting: "I would expect them to act with a little more class than they did. I doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that."
In 2003, when the