— A-Rod and Teixeira ganging up on Sutcliffe?
A couple of weeks ago, the Yanks’ Mark Teixeira hit a homer against the Rangers and Rick Sutcliffe was broadcasting from the ESPN booth. The 1984 Cy Young award winner suggested that it was possible that Teixeira had gotten signals from Alex Rodriguez to let him know where the catcher was setting up. Well, Tex and A-Rod apparently did not like that very much, especially after an off-season in which Rodriguez was accused of tipping off opponents to pitches when the game was a blowout. The pair supposedly confronted Sutcliffe on Tuesday night. No fisticuffs occurred. (New York Daily News)
White Sox getting ready to unload players?
Things aren’t going well for the Chicago White Sox. The South Siders have lost seven of the last nine and are more than five games out of first place. Lot of season left, you say. Well, manager Ozzie Guillen isn’t expecting Carlos Quinton back before the All-Star break, which would likely help stem the tide. GM Kenny Williams is still holding off but he’s already saying he’s “going to have do some things that maybe aren't going to be the most popular but in the best interests of the club." Ouch. (Chicago Tribune)
Ibanez outraged by PED rumor
A guy can’t just have an incredible year anymore. Raul Ibanez, who the Phillies added in the off-season to replace Pat Burrell in left field, is having an incredible season so far: Before last night’s game, he already had 20 homers, 47 runs, and 55 RBI with a .327 average. So the Midwest Sports Fans blog is saying that he must have taken some kind of performance enhancer. And Ibanez is not happy about it; he’s going right ahead and saying he’ll “go after people” who say such things. So be careful what you say around Ibanez because this guy is clearly good with a bat in his hands. (MLB.com)