Mitchell & Marshall roughed up in losses

In case you missed it, Manny Banuelos has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Brad Halsey, meanwhile, has been demoted to High-A Tampa.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Rochester)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Gus Molina, C: both 2 for 4 – Russo doubled and scored a run … Molina struck out
Greg Golson, RF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Golson drove in a run and stole two bases
Mike Lamb, DH & Jordan Parraz, LF: both 0 for 4 – Parraz struck out
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 1 for 4, 2 K – JoVa drove in a pair of runs
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 4-6 GB/FB – 57 of 96 pitches were strikes (59.4%) … disaster? disaster
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB – threw just five pitches, four strikes … they have to call him up, right? didn’t add anyone at the deadline, heading to Fenway next weekend … he’d help
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – half of his 22 pitches were strikes

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Open Thread: Rotation Plans

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The trade deadline has come and gone, and for the first time since 2002, the Yankees didn’t make a single move. That’s in the past now, so the Yankees are moving on with the team and rotation they have. Jack Curry says they’re leaning towards employing a six-man rotation for at least the next turn through the rotation, which makes sense. They can’t just take Phil Hughes out of the rotation and re-insert Ivan Nova because the scheduled won’t allow it, they don’t line up. By keeping Hughes in the rotation for another turn, the Yankees can do this…

Monday @ White Sox: CC Sabathia
Tuesday @ White Sox: Phil Hughes
Wednesday @ White Sox: A.J. Burnett
Thursday @ White Sox: Ivan Nova
Friday @ Red Sox: Bartolo Colon
Saturday @ Red Sox: Freddy Garcia or Sabathia
Sunday @ Red Sox: Garcia or Sabathia

Everyone gets an extra day of rest, and the Yankees will be able to run their top three starters out there in Fenway Park next week. They have the Monday after the Boston series off, so they can re-evaluate things then. It’ll give them a chance to take Hughes out of the rotation, take Nova out of the rotation, whatever their heart desires. They also have the option of sticking to a six-man rotation for the next few week, though I don’t love the idea. It would allow them to give Colon and Garcia extra rest for the next few weeks, and that’s a good thing because they need to save some of those bullets for what we hope is a playoff drive. Either way, that rotation above is what we’ll see this week, in all likelihood.

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Here is the night’s open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is in St. Louis for the Cubs and Cardinals (Dempster vs. Westbrook), but talk about whatever you like. Go nuts.

Yankees quiet as 2011 trade deadline passes

This seemed unthinkable a few days/weeks/months ago, but the Yankees did not make a single move before today’s 4:00pm ET non-waiver trade deadline. Several reporters have confirmed it in case you were holding out hope that something happened under-the-radar. It’s the first time since 2002 that they didn’t make any kind of move in late-July.

The Yankees talked with the Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez, with the Dodgers about Hiroki Kuroda, with the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez, and I’m sure many other clubs about many other players, but none of the returns justified the cost. Waiver trades can still happen in August t(hat’s how the Yankees got Chad Gaudin two seasons ago), and Wandy’s contract will certainly clear waivers. He’s not completely out of play yet. What you see is what you’re getting though, this is the team the Yankees will likely finish the season with.

Sunday’s Trade Deadline Open Thread

The non-waiver trade deadline is 4pm ET today, though we’ll occasionally see news of a deal leak out a little later than that. I remember word of the Kerry Wood trade broke at like, 4:15pm ET last year. Do the Yankees have a starting pitcher up their sleeve? We’ll find out soon enough. Let’s keep track of the latest here throughout the day, with the most recent news up top…

  • The Yankees aren’t going after any big-name arms at the moment, if anything they’ll make small, incremental upgrades. (Morosi)
  • Nevermind, Wandy’s not going to Cleveland. The Yankees wanted the Astros to pick up half the money on the lefties deal, but Houston said no and talks about the left-hander are dead. (Justice, Heyman & Jayson Stark)
  • The Yankees are not deep in any talks, and get this, it sounds like Wandy is heading to the Indians for two minor leaguers. How about that. (Olney & Richard Justice)
  • Bell Mike Adams is apparently headed to the Rangers. It was unlikely the Yankees would get him anyway, but at least now we don’t have to worry about it. (Ken Rosenthal)

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Jeter day-to-day with a bruised right middle finger

Derek Jeter left today’s game with an apparent right hand injury. He got hit by a pitch in the fingers to leadoff the third, and also hurt the same digits last night on a ground ball. He was in obvious pain after the hit-by-pitch, but no work on the extent of the injury. We’ll update with more when he get it.

Update: It’s a bruised right middle finger and x-rays were negative. The Cap’n is day-to-day.

Game 106: Oh yeah, the game

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Given all the hoopla surrounding the trade deadline, it’s easy to forget that the Yankees are playing an actual game this afternoon. A win today would turn a good homestand into a great homestand, so get it done boys. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B

Freddy Garcia, SP

The game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Banuelos promoted to Triple-A

Via Jack Curry, the Yankees are promoting Manny Banuelos to Triple-A Scranton for his next start. Curry says this will help the Yankees determine if he’s a viable big league option later in the season, so it doesn’t sound like a one-time spot start. Banuelos’ season stats are in the sidebar, an he’s struck out 38 in his last seven starts (35 IP). There aren’t many 20-year-olds in Triple-A, Manny’s way ahead of the curve.