Bobby V questions Yankees moves

January, 14, 2012
1/14/12
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Bobby Valentine didn't say he hates the Yankees but in trademark "V" fashion, he did his best to dull the excitement. This is from the Providence Journal's Red Sox blog.
"They're probably an upgrade from [Bartolo] Colon and [Freddy] Garcia," Valentine said on Saturday morning. "Probably. I don't know. It seems it."

He did talk about the potential flaws for each pitcher.

"Pineda, when I saw him the first half, he looked unhittable. Second half, he looked OK," said Valentine. "[The Mariners] saw a lot of him and they traded him.

"Kuroda is a good pitcher -- a year older than he was last year, pitching in the American League and not the National League, pitching in not a great pitcher's ballpark from a great pitcher's ballpark."

It is classic Valentine, but, at least, he is tweaking his rival. I remember after the Mets traded for Roberto Alomar and everyone was praising Valentine's boss/enemy Steve Phillips, Valentine, during the post press conference, questioned why the Indians were eager to trade Alomar. The Yanks are hoping Valentine isn't as clairvoyant this time.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Hiroki Kuroda
WINS ERA SO IP
2 3.86 14 18
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .353
HRC. Beltran 4
RBIC. Beltran 9
RC. Beltran 8
OPSC. Beltran 1.041
ERAM. Pineda 1.00
SOM. Tanaka 28

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