Chuck James tossed five innings of one-run ball to beat the Dodgers in his spot start Saturday.
An Andruw Jones homer was the only damage. James figures to get one more start next week before Tom Glavine comes off the DL, and if he also pitches well then, it's likely that he'll stay in the rotation until Mike Hampton returns, which could happen in early May or sometime in the year 3,000. He's not yet a safe play in NL-only leagues.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates aren't prepared to move either Jason Bay or Xavier Nady until management rules out contending in 2008.
We ruled out the Pirates contending in 2008 at least two years ago, but apparently that's not good enough. If they'd like to contend in 2010 or 2011, moving one or both outfielders this year would be the way to go. Steve Pearce will likely get an opportunity once an outfielder is dealt.
There are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That's pride, tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world. -Derek Jeter, 9/21/08 -- last words from old Yankee Stadium
Impact: After Monday's game, Joe Torre said that Jones would be out until at least Friday due to the injury. Jones painted a more dire picture: "I'm going to give it two days, and if it doesn't get better... we'll go ahead and scope it," said Jones. Arthroscopic surgery would keep Jones out of the lineup until July, making "arthroscopic surgery" a potential MVP candidate for the Dodgers. "Hopefully, I can just get treatment on it, and then probably get (the surgery) done during the offseason," Jones said.
Rich Hill was placed on the DL at Triple-A Iowa due to back spasms. "I don’t think it’s serious," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Probably more of a mental break than anything, I’d assume. That’s just my assumption. [The break] may not be bad. It might be the best tonic of all. But I haven’t heard anything wrong of a serious nature, anything fundamentally wrong with his back." Except the knife buried in it, of course.
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