Speaking of the Yankees.  With a pitching staff beaten up by injuries -- the most recent being a base-running misadventure by Chien-Ming Wang -- New York has signed former Oriole Sidney Ponson, the occasionally benighted knight.

Ponson was last seen in the uniform of the Texas Rangers where, despite a 4-1 record and 3.88 ERA, he was released mainly because the honoree of the Dutch Royal House was a royal pain-in the-clubhouse

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Ponson goes to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to prepare to pitch in about a week against the Mets.

I particularly like Yankees GM Brian Cashman's quote on picking up Ponson: "Hopefully, whatever happened in Texas stays in Texas."

This is Ponson's eighth Major League stop with six teams.  He's been in Baltimore twice and this is his second tour-of-duty with the Yanks.

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