Results tagged ‘ Yankees ’

9/30 3 million and counting

The Cubs topped 3 million fans at home for the sixth straight season on Wednesday. The announced crowd of 34,362 for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Pirates pushed them over the mark. The Cubs are one of five Major League franchises to top 3 million every year since 2004 (Angels, Cardinals, Dodgers, Yankees). Through 76 home games, the Cubs have played in front of 3,023,482 with five games remaining.

— Carrie Muskat

8/11 Pedro returns

When Alfonso Soriano played for the Yankees, he had to face Pedro Martinez a lot.

“He was something else,” Soriano said. “It was like no chance. Sometimes I got a hit, and I didn’t know how. I had maybe three, four against him. I was like thank God, I got one hit. I was usually 0-for-4, 0-for-3, two strikeouts. He was very tough. He was very young, smart and had power.”

Soriano was young, too.

“I’m different now and have more experience and he doesn’t have the same stuff, so we’ll see what happens,” Soriano said.

Martinez will make his first start of the season Wednesday in Game 2 of this three-game series between the Phillies and Cubs. Martinez has had the upper hand, striking Soriano out 15 times in 43 career at-bats. Soriano has seven hits, for a .163 average.

“What I saw when he was with the Mets was a totally different Pedro,” Soriano said. “He doesn’t have the fastball, 94, 95 [mph]. I think he has the change and the breaking ball. He doesn’t have the velocity that he had before.”

So, is he a smarter pitcher now?

“He is smarter now — he’s not a power pitcher and it’s more location,” Soriano said. “He knows he has to throw the pitch. Before he could throw any pitch, any count. Now it’s different because he doesn’t have the same power stuff that he had before.”

Looking forward to seeing him Wednesday?

“Let’s see what he’s got,” Soriano said.

— Carrie Muskat

7/27 Hall of Fame

Rickey Henderson played for Lou Piniella in 1987 and ’88 with the New York Yankees. In ’88, the speedy outfielder led the Yankees and the American League with 93 stolen bases. On Sunday, Henderson was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“He’s a great player, and the best leadoff guy, in my opinion, ever in baseball,” Piniella said. “This guy had the combination of speed and power that was unparalleled. At the same time, he really played left field exceedingly well. I thought he and Barry Bonds were the two best left fielders I’ve ever seen covering ground. He can beat you with his legs, he can beat you with his bat, he can beat you with his glove. He’s a sure fire Hall of Famer.”

— Carrie Muskat