Record Last Week: 6-1 (35 RS, 27 RA)
Season Record: 85-53 (754 RS, 549 RA, 90-48 pythag. record), 1.5 games up in AL East, 9.5 up for wildcard
Opponents This Week: vs. Orioles (three games, Mon. to Weds.), @ Orioles (one game, Thurs), @ Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The week started off with the conclusion of the Hurricane Irene series against the Orioles, and Freddy Garcia pitched the Yankees to a win in his return from the DL.
- It was off to Boston after that, and the Yankees took the series opener thanks to a grind-it-out performance from their ace. The pitching faltered in the second game, but Russell Martin‘s go-ahead double gave them a win in the finale on Thursday.
- After the intense series against the Red Sox, it was back home for a three-game weekend set against the Blue Jays. Brett Gardner homered and made some big defensive plays in Friday’s win, then Robinson Cano‘s big hit led to a comeback win the next day. Lots of late runs led to yesterday’s win and the series sweep.
- Injury News: Alex Rodriguez got a cortisone shot in his sprained left thumb and returned the lineup a few days later. Mark Teixeira missed two games with a bruised knee after getting hit by a pitch in Boston. David Robertson was unavailable Friday due to some stiffness. Both Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte suffered setbacks during their rehab work. Kei Igawa was placed on the minor league DL, effectively ending his time with the Yankees.
- The first few guys to get September call-ups were Jesus Montero, Brandon Laird, Scott Proctor, Chris Dickerson, Lance Pendleton, Raul Valdez, and Aaron Laffey. Ryan Pope was designated for assignment to make some 40-man roster room. Hector Noesi was send down to make room for Freddy Garcia, but he’ll be back soon.
- The Yankees continued to look for pitching, particularly left-handed, before the postseason roster trade deadline. They came up empty and are sticking with the six-man rotation for at least one more turn.
- MLB suspended 20-year-old Dominican right-hander Juan Carlos Paniagua and voided his contract with the Yankees for an unknown reason. The Yankees are sending four (so far) to the Arizona Fall League.
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