Lance Berkman seems to be handling New York just fine

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When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting.  On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for his first 22 since coming over. And he was booed pretty heartily over the weekend.  But Berkman is a pro and he answered questions about it in the only way you can without drawing more criticism from the New York fans and press:

“I have no credibility here. I’ve done nothing. You
have to earn the respect of the fans and you’re not going to do it by
not hitting. The only thing you’re going to have to earn is their ire. This is a big boy’s game and place to play, and if you can’t handle a little bit of that then just go home and hang it up.”

And just like that he went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI last night.

No cause or effect here. It just is what it is.  I’m a pretty big Lance Berkman fan so I’m just happy to see that he’s (a) taking what has to be a pretty strange situation for him in stride; and (b) may just be breaking out of his funk at the plate.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.