This update is powered by the outtakes from a DirecTV commercial shoot featuring Girardi and Posada:
- Buster Olney picks the Yanks to win the AL East:
For most of the spring, I thought I’d pick the Rays to win the East. The Red Sox also have made tremendous additions. Eventually there will be a year in which the Yankees’ age will manifest itself; maybe that will be this year. But the Yankees have so much talent, and Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson and Javier Vazquez are all excellent additions. If holes emerge, we know that the Yankees and Red Sox will have the resources to fill them. For the Rays, that is not the case.
- The recently-released Chad Gaudin gets picked up by the A’s.
- The hitting coach sustains an injury, during a paintball game:
The morning after a night game is rough on most people. Saturday, Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, had a worse time than anyone else. At 6:15 a.m., he was in the trainers’ room getting treatment for the pulled left hamstring he sustained playing paintball on Friday. Long was embarrassed enough about being hurt, and he wanted to be in and done before any players arrived.
Long incurred the only significant injury among the 18-person contingent of Yankee coaches, staffers and beat writers who attended the outing in suburban Tampa. He felt the hamstring grab in the fourth of the five games played, while sprinting down the right side trying to penetrate enemy territory.
[My take: Does it strike anyone else as odd in a conflict of interest way to have beat writers join the people they cover for a living in a "bonding" event.]
- Just one final reminder that the draft for Banter Battle 2010 is tomorrow beginning at 9:30 PM Eastern. You can pre-rank your selections if you can’t make the live draft.
Back on Thursday.