Ivan Nova hit the disabled list, but it appears to be nothing more than a paper move and he’s expected to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.
Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS
Reegie Corona: 0 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K – 5 for his last 10
The Duncans & John Rodriguez: all 1 for 4 – Shelley drew a walk & drove in a run … J-Rod doubled, drew a walk & drove in a run … Eric hit a solo jack
Juan Miranda: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 0 for 5 – threw a runner out at the plate from CF
Bryan Peterson: 1 for 1, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB – stop gap catcher until Frankie Cervelli‘s healthy
Jason Hirsh: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-10 GB/FB – 51 of 76 pitches were strikes (67.1%)
Damaso Marte: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57.1%)
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 2-1 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – 12 of 15 pitches were strikes (80%)
Like I said, can’t complain about three out of four.
And what’s up with a spillover thread lasting only a half-inning? Dayum.
Oh well, can’t complain about three out of four.
Does Pettitte’s outing qualify as “gritty” or lucky?”
I have a headache. Morgan & Phillips induced, of course.
The Yankees have won the series. They will go to bed tonight no fewer than 4.5 games ahead in the AL East. They’ve shaken the silly notion that they can’t beat the Sox, or that the Sox are in their heads. Those are all big victories, especially at this point in the season. Yet the Yankees must maintain the level of intensity they showed this weekend. While a sweep wouldn’t bury the Sox, it would certainly put them in a tough position with just 51 games left in their season.
The Sox will trot out their No. 2 man, Jon Lester, with a mission to hold the Yankees in check and give the Sox offense, anemic in the series thus far, a chance. He’s definitely one of the guys they want out there. While Lester struggled early in the season, posting a 6.07 ERA on May 26, he’s been pretty lights out since then, striking out 96 and walking 25 in 80.2 innings, over which he has a 2.12 ERA. Also working in Lester’s favor: he’s never lost to the Yanks, and the Sox have lost just two while he’s been pitching. one was a 6.2 inning, 8 strikeout, one run performance, and the other was a 3.2 inning, seven-run performance during the Boston Massacre II.
Taking the bump for the Yanks will be Andy Pettitte, who has pitched very well since the All-Star Break after stumbling into it with two horrible starts in a row. Pettitte has been the consummate fifth starter all season, mixing gems with clunkers, battling out of serious trouble, and all in all delivering the Yanks pretty much what they expected. Since the break he’s pitched 26.2 innings over four starts, allowing just seven runs on 20 hits, striking out 29 and holding opponents to a .546 OPS. Can he give the Yanks another quality start and set them up for the sweep?
And on the mound, number fourty-six, Andy Pettitte.
Every so often a debate will break out about who the real MVP of the late-90′s/early-2000′s Yankee teams was. Some will argue it’s Mariano Rivera, some Derek Jeter, some Bernie Williams, others think it’s someone else all together. Lucky, Matt Imbrogno of Bronx Baseball Daily – you know him as Matt ACTY/BBD from the comments – ran the numbers and determined that yes, Derek Jeter was the MVP of those clubs. And you know what? It’s not particularly close either. Make sure you check it out. · (20) ·
Many Yanks fans were upset that Brian Cashman didn’t deal for a pitcher at the deadline, but so far that decision looks like a sound one. Things can and will change down the road, though, and for that Cash has made a few moves, including a trade for Chad Gaudin. He’s no Roy Halladay, but one hopes he can be a bit better than Jarrod Wasburn has been away from Seattle’s top notch outfield (11.1 IP, 10 ER since the trade). Keeping with the small, lightning in a bottle moves the Yanks have made in-season, they’ll have a look at Mark Mulder when he throws in the next week or so. The timing on this is a bit tough. In order to have Mulder for the postseason, he would have to be on the 25-man roster by August 31. That’s a bit tough if he’s not going to even throw for teams until the 15th or so. The most likely scenario is that he’s a reclamation project for next year who might be able to take some September innings.
Mulder, 32, has pitched just 106 innings since 2006 due to multiple stints on the DL. He has immense talent, as we saw during his Oakland years and the first in St. Louis, but it’s unlikely that he’ll recover to be anything close to his former self. It could be worth a gamble, but at this point it could be a gamble for a lefty reliever. You can never have too many of them, I suppose. · (20) ·
Derek’s big home has hit a road block. Last month, we looked at how Jeter is building the biggest house on the block in Tampa. His 30,000-square foot mansion will feature nine bathrooms and seven bedrooms and takes up three lots in a posh neighborhood on Davis Island.
As part of his plan for this Jeterian enclave, the Yanks’ captain has asked for permission to build a six-foot tall fence around the perimeter of his property. Zoning regulations allow for just a three-foot wall, and the neighborhood association is not too happy about this request. Noah Pransky, a reporter with Tampa’s WTSP, writes:
His request for a six-foot-tall concrete and wrought-iron fence will go before Tampa’s Variance Review Board on Tuesday, August 11.
But according to Ken Elmore, a member of the Davis Islands Civic Association, the board voted 12-6 to reject the request. While the association has no actual authority when it comes to Jeter’s request, Elmore says the group will take the results to next week’s review meeting, hoping to sway the variance board.
Elmore writes that board president Jeffrey Siewart encouraged other board members to vote against the variance “to maintain the precedence set by other front yard requests and to comply with the City Code as stated.”
According to a report from the meeting, Jeter’s representative cited “security and functionality” as the reasons for the exemption.
If I were a betting man, I’d say that Derek gets his exemption. Tampa’s Variance Review Board will probably find Yankee All Star Derek Jeter far more sympathetic than the Davis Islands Civic Association. And so it goes.
Sheesh, didn’t think the news could be slow after three straight wins over the Red Sox, but it is. Luckily Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN penned a piece on Cuban defectee Aroldis Chapman, who literally walked out the front door of a Netherlands hotel in July while in town for a tournament. All the attention gets paid to Chapman’s triple digit fastball, but there’s more to the man who left his family and a child behind to pursue his dream. Make sure you check it out. · (62) ·