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."
By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk
Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.
Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.
During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.
From the Area 21 Twitter page:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.