Yankees' Granderson excited about Kuroda, Pineda additions

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Yankees' Granderson excited about Kuroda, Pineda additions

The New York Yankees have added two starting pitchers -- Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda -- and center fielder Curtis Granderson couldn't be happier.

"It seems like (the rotation) was the big question as the season ended," said Granderson, in Boston Monday night to attend a Hot Stove, Cool Music event at Fenway Park. "The front office with the Yankees addressed those issues. Now we're in a situation where we might have too many, which is always a good thing to have. There's definitely going to be some great competition. Guys are going to be excited coming in. I'm looking forward to it. I'll be excited to see them in spring training."

Granderson said Pineda, obtained from Seattle in exchange for Jesus Montero, "is a big presence. This will only be his second (full) season and he's got a lot to build off -- his strength, his size. His numbers speak for themselves. He's definitely a power pitcher. That was the report on him. He came out and came right at you.

"He was confident. He wasn't intimidated by the Yankee lineup. That's gonna fare well for him coming to the American League East."

Granderson also spoke about how competitive the American League has become, with as many as six teams in the running for the pennant.

"It definitely seems like that now," he said. "If everybody stays healthy, it's going to be a very interesting battle. There's definitely not going to be many days that you can take off.

"No matter what, whenever we step onto the field, everyone is always looking to go after us and now, teams are going to be in the same situation, where we're going to be going after them as well."

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

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Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while feeling like Felicity Jones could have been a little better on SNL last weekend. It didn’t feel like it was the right platform for her and she was just straight reading the cue cards in her monologue.  

*Congrats to the Hershey Bears, who raised over $42,000 for charity with their Empire-inspired Star Wars jerseys from last weekend.

*When Bruins winger Brad Marchand begins to score his value goes way, way up, according to TSN stat maven Scott Cullen.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington wants the Buffalo Sabres to get into “attack mode” rather than the passive mode they’ve been in for some time.

*A discussion about the NHL trade deadline and which players are likely to get moved still weeks and weeks away from that deadline.

*The Winnipeg Jets are searching for answers after another loss, and have called upon Ondrej Pavelec in a move of desperation.

*Funny commercial with Brent Burns and Joe Thornton, who have to be the ultimate bosom, bearded buddies in the NHL.

*For something completely different: as the next Lando, Donald Glover understands why the character is vital to the Star Wars universe.