Record Last Week: 3-4 (30 RS, 24 RA)
Season Record: 24-13 (208 RS, 135 RA, 26-11 Pythag. record), 2.0 games back
Schedule This Week: vs. Red Sox (two games, Mon. & Tues.), vs. Rays (two games, Weds. & Thurs.), @ Mets (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- Following their series win over Boston, the Yankees headed to Detroit for a four game set but couldn’t complete the comeback on Monday. After a Tuesday rain out, Javy Vazquez pitched well in a loss during game on of Wednesday’s doubleheader, but Phil Hughes dominated again for a win in the nightcap. They were unable to split the series, falling again on Thursday.
- With their bats slumping, the Yanks returned home to face a familiar foe, the Minnesota Twins. Alex Rodriguez did his part to wake up the offense, coming up with a huge late inning grand slam to lead the team to a win in the first game of the series. Andy Pettitte returned from his inflamed elbow to pick up the win on Saturday, but the bullpen gave it up late and the Yanks couldn’t complete the sweep yesterday.
- Injury Zone: Al Aceves hit the disabled list with a bulging disc in his back. Derek Jeter was day-to-day after getting by a pitch in the hand, as was Nick Swisher after leaving a game with a sore biceps. Chan Ho Park is ready to be activated off the DL, but Nick Johnson might need surgery on his wrist. Curtis Granderson was able to run pain free, thankfully.
- Because of all those injuries, this week’s round of call ups included Juan Miranda, Greg Golson, and Ivan Nova. Miranda might stick around for a while given Johnson’s injury.
- Despite his strong effort against the Tigers, Vazquez is having his start skipped again. Top prospect Jesus Montero was benched in Triple-A for not running out a ground ball.
- The Yankees also completed some minor moves, releasing minor leaguer Chris Garcia and claiming reliever Shane Lindsay off waivers from the Rockies. They also signed Tim Redding to a minor league deal, as well as 17-year-old Venezuelan catcher Rainiero Coa.
- Yankee Stadium will host it’s first concert this September. It’s kind of a big deal.
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