Photo of the Day: Paul Simon, Jack White and Eddie Vedder walk into a ballpark . . .

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Seattle: cooler than wherever you are since, well, probably only since the early 90s. Before that it wasn’t really thought of as all that special, right? I mean, they set the movie “Stakeout” there, and that was a pretty underrated flick. But you can probably trace most of Seattle’s current cultural significance to the early 90s, I imagine.

Oh, the point of this is this:

Glad to see Jack being happy. That’s not always the case when he’s at the ballpark. Also: if no one told me that was Paul Simon I probably would’ve thought he was an aging advance scout or something. But such is age.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.