Mood Music - What's Beef by Notorious B.I.G.
Nick Swisher, master of double negatives. While there was no lasting damage from Monday night's collision, Swisher claimed that the tete-a-tete was a product of the volume at the stadium (this link also comes with a video, for those of you who like video) and said that he couldn't hear Curtis Granderson all night. The blame always goes to the corner outfielder on those plays, but in this particular instance, it looked like it could have been an easier play for Swisher. Yell louder, everyone. Except for you, Angels fans.
Not to be outdone, the Yankees claimed reliever Ryota Igarashi. Igarashi posted a 1.29 ERA and 0.96 FIP in 21 innings for the Blue Jays AAA affiliate, so maybe he'll turn into Cory Wade. Or maybe he'll keep being Ryota Igarashi but he will pitch like Cory Wade. Unfortunately, every time he has been called up to the majors, he's been pretty terrible. Will his excellent minor league numbers be enough to challenge the roster security of an established stalwart like Cody Eppley? Only time will tell.
Hideki Matsui hit a home run in his first game back. He destroys cities.