*Andy Pettitte started off a little shaky in The Bronx this afternoon. After allowing Kansas City to score 3 in the 1st and another run in the second, the crafty veteran settled down. He and the Yankees wouldn’t give up another run. And, oh yeah, some guy named Derek Jeter returned to the lineup. While his old buddy Pettitte started off slow, Jeter didn’t waste any time. Jeter had a hit in his first at bat that led to him scoring the Yankees first run. The Captain started his first game back at designated hitter. Eduardo Nunez played shortstop and had two hits. Youngsters Zoilo Almonte and Austin Romine each added a couple hits of their own. The Yankees would score 4 in the 5th after trailing for the first 4 innings. They would never look back. The Yankees won their 50th game of 2013 with an 8-4 triumph. The news is all about The Captain, however. Jeter would finish 1-4 with an RBI and run scored. However, what was originally thought to be precautionary, Jeter was removed from the game early by Joe Girardi. Breaking news tonight as of about 8:30pm EST, Jeter was pulled because of a quad injury. He is now scheduled for an MRI on that quad.
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*The New England Patriots blasted the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football 42-14. The loss was just the Texans second of the season. Now 11-2, Houston is still in line for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The question is, will it matter? Houston has looked dominant at times, but in their two losses they’ve been outscored 84-38. What may be more concerning for Texans fans is the fact that both games were in primetime against primetime competition. On October 14th, Houston was pummeled by Green Bay 42-24 at home.
By Justin McCahren
It was all in his name, Seau. Pronounced Say-ow, he made many offensive players utter just that, “ow.” Today the pain isn’t for a crunching tackle, it’s for a crushing loss. The 43 year old Seau has died from a gun wound. The investigation is ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that it may have been self inflicted.
What would an offseason in the NFL be without a Patriots splash? Brandon Lloyd at first glance, wasn’t the biggest name that was available. Yet his impact to the Patriots offense could pay huge dividends. He’s obviously familiar with Josh McDaniels system and he fits the mold of exactly what they thought they were getting from Ochocinco last year. The Patriots have the middle of the field locked down. They have two of the top tight ends in the game and the best slot receiver in the NFL. Lloyd will be the threat on the outside to take the pressure off of that trio. (as if an offense ran by Tom Brady ever truly feels pressure) That’s all obvious, but what fascinates me about Lloyd’s deal is how it compares to Pierre Garcon’s deal in Washington. The two deals indicate just how desperate the “have-nots” are and how layed back the “haves” are during free agency. Washington signed a 25 year old receiver who’s career stat line reads as follows: 188 rec, 2519 yds and 16 career touchdowns. They signed him on day one of Free Agency to a 5 year, 42.5 million dollar deal with 20.5 million guarunteed. Brandon Lloyd signed over one week later with the Patriots for 3 years, 12 million. Lloyd, while older, at 30 years of age, signed a contract for far less than the younger Garcon, But, it’s not because of production. Brandon Lloyd has 311 catches, 4784 yards and 31 touchdowns during his nine year NFL career. His best season coming with current Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels. Think about the two signings, one is by a team desperate to make a splash. Another is by a team who waited for the market and player to come to them. Garcon signed so quickly because he knew there was no chance of any team matching the insane money the Redskins were pushing his way. Money, for a player who was Indy’s primary target last season by default due to inconsistency at QB with Manning on the shelf. Is Garcon fast and able to take the top off of a defense? Absolutely, but he’s not a number one wide receiver worth 20.5 guarunteed. Just another desperate move in free agency by a desperate team. Take Vincent Jackson for instance, also older than Garcon at 29, but clearly superior as a receiver. Tampa Bay broke the bank for him, giving him 55 million over 5 years. That deal is worth only 12.5 million more than Garcon’s. Too close in money for two players who are on completely different levels. Furthermore, with a rookie QB in RG3 or (Giant Redskin fan gasp) back-up Rex Grossman throwing Garcon the ball, how many catches will 20.5 million guarunteed get? One last comparison. The Redskins also signed Josh Morgan. No comparison to Lloyd by the numbers, but even he got a better contract from Daniel Snyder’s checkbook than what Lloyd received from the Pats….2 years, 12 million. Desperation is a stinky cologne.