Record Last Week: 5-2 (42 RS, 21 RA)
Season Record: 41-29 (372 RS, 276 RA, 45-25 pythag. record), one back in loss column
Opponents This Week: @ Reds (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, vs. Rockies (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- Last week started with the final game of a four-game series against the Indians, which the Yankees dropped because of an utter lack of offense.
- The Texas Rangers came to the Bronx next, and the Yankees dismantled Alexi Ogando in the opener. The C lineup won in a blowout the next day, and then Brett Gardner finished off the sweep with a walk-off win on Thursday.
- The first trip to an NL park of the year took the Yankees to Chicago, where they got shut down by Doug Davis in the series opener. A great play at the plate preserved the win on Saturday, then a big Nick Swisher homer gave them the series win yesterday.
- Injury News: Derek Jeter suffered a Grade I calf strain on Monday and had to be placed on the disabled list. Rafael Soriano is “not quite there” in the rehab from his elbow injury, but Phil Hughes made a rehab start after a simulated game went well. Alex Rodriguez has been playing with a bum left shoulder. Both Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte have started playing catch. Minor leaguer Tim Norton has a torn labrum and Austin Romine is still recovering from a concussion. A slew of prospects hit the disabled list in Low-A.
- With Bartolo Colon on the shelf, the Yankees turned to minor league journeyman Brian Gordon to be their fill-in fifth starter. They officially signed him on Thursday, making room on the 25-man roster by demoting Lance Pendleton and room on the 40-man roster by releasing Amaury Sanit. They also called up and added Cory Wade to the bullpen after signing him (and Greg Smith) to a minor league deal.
- The Yankees prefer left-handed starters and rentals, but are not interested in Carlos Zambrano after scouting him last weekend. They also tried to tamper with Andrew Miller (reportedly) and will kick the tires on Scott Kazmir.
- The Yankees signed top pick Dante Bichette Jr. to a slightly above slot $750,000 bonus. Jesus Montero is still in Triple-A because the team want him to play everyday.
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