REPORT: Wheaton Alum Chris Denorfia Inks Minor League Contract With New York Yankees

Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)
Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

As confirmed by multiple sources, the New York Yankees have signed Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal and is expected to be in camp tomorrow.

According to NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk, if Denorfia does not make the opening day roster, he can opt-out of his contract.

Last season, Denorfia – an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs – hit .269 with three home runs.

The Yankees current outfield includes Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks – he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins this offseason. Denorifa will have his work cutout for him as he attempts to earn a spot on the opening day roster.

Daily Noontime – December 23, 2011

The Colts pulled out a dramatic win on Thursday after their owner stated that he expects Peyton to remain in Indianapolis! (Photo Credit: Flickr.com)

Happy Friday to everyone, and of course, Happy Holidays too! Here’s some headlines, news and other things! 

Headlines: 

* The Indianapolis Colts earned their second consecutive victory, as they rallied to defeat the Houston Texans, 19-16.

* According to the Colts owner Jim Isray, he believes and expects quarterback Peyton Manning to remain with Indianapolis for the upcoming season.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed that Kobe Bryant is expected to play in the team’s season opener on Sunday against Chicago Bulls.

* According to MLB.com — the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with Carlos Beltran.

* The New York Rangers picked up an important win on Thursday, as they defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With 2011 slowly coming to a close, here’s a video that recaps the past year of YouTube videos, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – July 28, 2011

The New England Patriots have officially acquired, Albert Haynesworth!

Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to yet another Daily Noontime. Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New England Patriots made a bold move, as they traded for Washington Redskins defensive end, Albert Haynesworth in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

* It’s been an exciting past few weeks for Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, who have been major contributors for the Boston Red Sox offense.

* Well, apparently Carlos Beltran is going to leave the New York Mets and heading west to join the defending World Series champions, San Francisco Giants.

* For the first time in his career, Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Yep, the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels were rather happy once the final out was recorded.

* According to reports, the Miami Dolphins will acquire former New Orleans Saints running back, Reggie Bush.

* Donovan McNabb must be  a happy man these days, as he was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Washington (MLB) – 12:35pm eastern 

* Los Angels of Anaheim Angels at Detroit (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern 

* Kansas City at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern 

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

I’m sure Tom Brady will be happy to have Albert on his side this time! 

Red Sox Recap 7/24/11

By Andy Lindberg

In the week and a half after the All-Star break and heading into the trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox racked up an impressive 7-2 record and extended their division lead to three games over the New York Yankees.  The Red Sox have been able to win consistently even with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz on the disabled list.  Lester is due back Monday and will try to continue to improve on Boston’s AL-best 62-37 record.

For the Carl Crawford haters out there, Crawford picked up where he left off since re-joining the Red Sox after the All-Star break.  In his first game back against Baltimore, Crawford had two hits and has picked up the steal rate over the week as well.  This has provided Boston a gigantic boost in the outfield with Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and the white-hot Josh Reddick patrolling right field.

Ellsbury seems to have found the power switch without sacrificing the rest of his game in the process.  Ellsbury hit two homers in the series finale against Baltimore and hit a mammoth 449-foot blast to Williamsburg off of Felix Hernandez and the Mariners at Fenway in game one of that series.

Josh Beckett continues to be nearly unhittable, allowing one hit in eight innings against Tampa Bay and beating Seattle after allowing only one run in seven innings.

More importantly, the Red Sox have pushed Tampa Bay back far enough to the point where it is now a two-horse race in the AL East once again.  With the trade deadline approaching at the end of this week, I am hard-pressed to see Boston making any significant moves.  They may acquire some starting pitching depth, but outside of that, a payer like Carlos Beltran isn’t worth the price when low-cost prospects from the farm system like Josh Reddick fill in quite well.  Boston is slowly getting some pieces back together from the DL, and with Alex Rodriguez of New York sidelined until late August, now is the time for the Red Sox to put some considerable distance between themselves and the Yankees.

Tim Wakefield pitched the final game of the series against Seattle and although he gave up seven runs, he earned career win number 199 and struck out his 2000th batter.  With Wakefield being only one win away from 200 for his career, many have be asking the question of whether or not Wakefield is a Hall of Famer.  So I leave it up to the reader to decide.  Look at the poll below and decide.