• The season series between the Mets and Yankees may be over, but the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees are just getting started. The two Class A Short-Season affiliates of the Mets and Yankees open their seasons today at Keyspan Park in Coney Island. While both teams were in the New York-Penn League playoffs last year, the Yankees had the best regular season record and they won the league championship last.

    The two teams open with a home-at home-at home series (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Brooklyn) before getting the rest of their season started. Standing room tickets for tonight's game at Keyspan are still available. A cursory check for tickets at tomorrow's game at Richmond County Bank Ballpark showed that they were sold out.

  • While you can make a case against hating several Yankees, it's hard to dislike second baseman Robinson Cano. He's young, relatively underpaid (a paltry $490,800 this season) on a team of well-paid millionaires, and he wants to donate an ambulance to his hometown in the Dominican Republic. Why the generosity? A friend of Cano's died last year in motorcycle accident and the town lacked an ambulance to transport him to the hospital. Sounds like some of Cano's Yankees teammates need to chip in a little. We're looking at you, A-Rod, you she-male loving man.
  • Speaking of the Yankees, it looks like Jason Giambi is going to speak to MLB's investigators about steroids. The Daily News reports that Giambi, who is on the DL for a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, will talk to former Senator George Mitchell, baseball's steroid's investigator, about his involvement in the BALCO scandal. If he cooperates, Giambi would become the first current player to talk to Mitchell. The sources tell the News that questions would be limited to "Giambi's personal use and his grand jury testimony" in 2003 and if he wouldn't have to name the names of other players.

Photo of Keyspan Park by wallyg on flickr