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Around the Yankee Galaxy: Hoping for Frankie

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Frankie Cervelli was beaned in the head yesterday afternoon and suffered a concussion. He had a CT scan which fortunately came back negative. He won't play any earlier than Monday. This is his second concussion in five months - he was hit in the head with a bat in a Venezuelan Winter League game in November.

  • Yankee executives are 'peeved' about A-Rod failing to immediately inform them after the FBI questioned him about a Canadian doctor who allegedly imported illegal drugs -

They (Yankees brass) don't like being blindsided. If Rodriguez isn't protecting the organization paying him a fortune, why should the organization go out of its way to protect him?

Though Yankees president Randy Levine said 'nobody in this organization is mad at Alex.'

  • Former anthem singer for the Yankees, Ronan Tynan, is moving to Boston after being 'disowned' by the Yankees -

Mr. Tynan said he would dearly miss taking the field in the Bronx in the seventh inning and hearing that "chorus of patriotism" from New Yorkers singing along with him.

His decision to move to Boston was reported online this week by The Irish Echo in an article that envisioned Mr. Tynan singing for the Red Sox.

Asked if this might ever come to pass, Mr. Tynan would say only that he had had no contact with Red Sox officials. As for the possibility of developing feelings for the Red Sox, he said, "We'll see how it goes."

Q. Do you think Mariano Rivera is the best closer in baseball history?

A. I think that he is a tremendous relief pitcher. He's the best current-day, modern reliever. But it's just like you can't compare the 500-home-run club today to the old 500-home-run club. When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame, I was told that I had 53 saves with seven-plus outs. I was told that Mariano had one and Trevor Hoffman had two. So I think that says it in a nutshell.

I don't feel like I've had the success that I should have. I'm a .500 pitcher and there's a reason behind that.

I know I've battled injuries in the past, but over three-quarters of my career I'm a two-pitch pitcher, so there's got to be some theory behind it. Why not learn another pitch? It's only going to help.