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TORONTO -- Yankees manager Joe Torre announced before tonight's game against the Blue Jays that Roger Clemens will make his debut Monday night in Chicago -- and will not pitch this weekend in Fenway Park against the Red Sox. "It's not going to be in Boston because I can't see who I'd dump out [of the rotation] we have now with [Chien-Ming] Wang, Moose [Mike Mussina} …

There's no timetable yet for Bisons pitcher Adam Miller to return to the mound and the Cleveland Indians are getting increasingly concerned about their prized prospect. We should find out Tuesday if Miller simply has a lingering finger problem -- or a major injury that could derail his season. Miller is leaving the Bisons and heading to Baltimore for a Tuesday appointment…

It looks like Roger Clemens is going to take one more turn in the minor leagues before returning to New York. (Judging by the way he pitched Wednesday at Double-A Trenton, one more start might not even be enough). So that means he's expected to throw Monday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo and will not appear during the Yankees' three-game set against the Blue Jays…

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has some pretty pointed comments about his lousy performance in Wednesday's loss at New York on the the latest entry of his personal blog, 38pitches.com. Sox fans should make a habit of checking this out the day after Schilling pitches. Usually pretty interesting. Schilling shorthand from this entry: Andy is Andy Pettitte, Tek is Jason Vari…

The Yankees radio team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman is definitely an acquired taste. They can be entertaining and downright maddening in the same inning but there's certainly an excitement level and a presentation that's all New York.  For those that hate them, they're not going anywhere. Both signed new contracts before this season that run through 2011. Waldm…

The Red Sox are trying to downplay it but they can just about put the Yankees out of their misery before Memorial Day in a three-game series that begins tonight (YES, 7 p.m.) in Yankee Stadium. Boston enters the series with a 10 1/2-game lead in the AL East.  There will be no rookies up from Scranton pitching for the Yankees in this set. It will be Chien-Ming Wang v…

The Bisons' nine-run ninth April 23 against Pawtucket has been surpassed as the most bizarre event of the season thus far in the minor leagues. Check out what happened over the weekend in a Class A California League series between the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego) and Lancaster JetHawks (Boston) and click the links to look at some unbelievable box scores. Friday: Lake E…

Is it too early to call the American League East race over? Check out the standings and tell me if you think anybody has a chance to catch the Red Sox (yes, I do realize there are roughly 120 games to play). The Yankees obviously have the most talent but they've dropped the first two games of the Subway Series against the Mets and Saturday's 10-7 loss cost them another pi…

When you watch the Subway Series this weekend from Shea, you'll notice a lot of new scenery behind the center-field fence. It's the construction of Citi Field, the Mets' new ballpark slated to open in 2009. The Mets-Yankees rivalry will take on new meaning the next couple years as the teams celebrate the closings of their longtime homes in '08 and the opening of their new…

Sounds like Roger Clemens is in better physical shape than people thought because his timetable to return to the big leagues is getting accelerated. Believed to be preparing for a season debut June 4-8 at Chicago, it now looks like the Rocket is aiming for May 28 or 29 in Toronto against the Blue Jays. There's almost no chance he'll still be in Triple-A when Scranton/Wilke…

Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in history on April 29 for the Rockies against Atlanta but the whereabouts of the ball have been in question ever since first baseman Todd Helton had a braincramp and flipped it in the stands running off the field. (When you click here to watch the video, notice how Tulowitzki gets confused at the end…

Lost in the shuffle of the Bisons' chaotic nine-run ninth inning Saturday night was the fact it came against Pawtucket relievers Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen, two of Boston's prized pitching prospects who have already spent quality time with the Red Sox. Hansen, in fact, is a former No. 1 pick who quickly graduated all the way from St. John's University to Boston durin…

The Bisons' fast start has largely centered around their terrific starting pitching and a new aggressive approach on the bases pushed by manager Torey Lovullo, whose team enters Wednesday's play 37 for 47 on stolen base attempts. But Lovullo is also getting production from an unorthodox batting order. Two power prospects who graduated to Buffalo from Double-A Akron have gi…

You can stop e-mailing, Yankees fans. Brian Cashman doesn't respond to the Buffalo News, even though I raked the Yankees general manager over the coals Sunday morning. Signing Roger Clemens and parading him out Billy Martin-style in a big Christmas surprise certainly smacks of the desperation the Yankees are dealing with in their pitching staff. The talk is that Clemens is…

How ridiculous was the Buffalo Bisons' nine-run ninth-inning comeback Saturday night? Early arrivals in the team's clubhouse Sunday morning were stunned to hear the team's miraculous 15-14 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox being talked about on "SportsCenter." There's no clear record if it was the biggest comeback in International League history and I can't find mu…