PeteAbe notes that Andrew Brackman had to have his appendix removed, and will miss three weeks. Well, if it was going to happen, it happened at a good time. Also, you’ve probably heard by now that JB Cox is on the DL, but now it looks like Chris Garcia has joined him, at least according to milb.com (h/t to A.D.). Garcia to the DL hasn’t been confirmed yet, so I’ll keep you updated. Doesn’t surprise me though, the boy just can’t stay healthy. They be droppin’ like flies…

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Richmond)
Bernie Castro & Brett Gardner: both 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – Castro doubled & scored 3 runs … Gardner tripled, drove in a run & scored 2 others
Alberto Gonzalez & Matt Carson: both 3 for 5, 1 R – The Former Attorney General drove in 3 & swiped a bag … Carson K’ed
Jason Lane & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 3 – Lane scored a run, stole a base, walked twice & committed a fielding error at first … Duncan walked, drove in a run & K’ed
Greg Porter: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Jeff Karstens: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-7 GB/FB – 44 of 68 pitches were strikes (64.7%)
David Robertson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 173-50 K/BB ratio in 127 career IP
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Mighty Matt: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB 1 E (pickoff) – sorry, old habits die hard

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If the Yanks are going to get to that magical two-games-over-.500 mark tonight, they have their work cut out for ‘em.

Three weeks ago, Justin Duchscherer was a David Ortiz single away from throwing a perfect game against the Red Sox. This year, he’s throwing to a 2.32 ERA, and opponents are hitting just 212/.280/.285 against him. Darrell Rasner better bring his A game, and whoever’s due to pitch the ninth in a save situation better be on the ball too.

We’ve got another late start and another late finish. Enjoy.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF

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The Cleveland Indians have been a hot topic of conversation these days. The team — expected to win the Central — is 30-35, three games worse than the mediocre Yankees. They’re 7.5 games out of first in the Central and facing the same deficit in the Wild Card race.

So of course talk will turn to C.C. Sabathia. The Indians are a long shot to sign Sabathia when the big lefty hits free agency this winter, and Mark Shapiro, the GM in Cleveland, will soon test the Sabathia market. The Yankees — long rumored to be the ultimate destination for Carsten Charles — are sure to be in on the talks, and the Cubs, Dodgers and Red Sox will probably do more than kick the tires on this one.

Earlier today, PeteAbe pondered the Sabathia situation, and he offered up his take:

They have the inventory (as Brian Cashman likes to call it) to make a deal. At this point, who is untouchable in their system?

This would be my untouchable list: Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, Phil Hughes, Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon

Other than that, have at ‘em.

After his first four poor outings, Sabathia has been nothing short of dominant. In 73.1 innings, covering 10 starts, he has allowed 63 hits and 14 walks while striking out 73. His ERA over that span is a meager 2.09, and opponents are hitting .235/.278/.336.

So here’s my question as we await another 10 p.m. start tonight. What do you do with Sabathia? Who would you give up in a trade for this pitcher? If the Yanks acquire the lefty, they’ll probably attempt to hack out a contract extension at the trade deadline rather than in October, and Sabathia could be a difference-maker in the American League East.

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  • Cox hits the DL
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    Chad Jennings has the scoop: J.B. Cox has been placed on the seven-day DL. He’s not with the team right now, so he doesn’t know exactly what’s going on. Chad’s good with the phone, though, so we might get an update decently soon. We can only hope it’s nothing serious.

    On a side note, if I were the editor of a metropolitan area sports section, I’d be chomping at the bit to hire Jennings to cover the Yanks. The dude knows what he’s doing, and has connections throughout the Yanks system.
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  • Hank Steinbrenner joins media ranks
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    The Sporting News, demonstrating that it can adapt, is changing formats starting in September, going to a semi-monthly publication, rather than the weekly format it has right now. Feature articles and analysis will fill its pages, keeping the timely material mainly relegated to the website, where it will deliver daily content to registered users. For anyone who keeps up with these matters, this is refreshing. Publishing simply doesn’t work like it used to, and the sooner the mainstream press figures this out, the better off we’ll all be.

    Of interest to Yankees fans is that our bombastic co-owner, Hank Steinbrenner, will pen a monthly column. My initial reaction is that this will end badly. Yet I’m eager to read his first article. What the hell is he going to write about?
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  • Phil feeling better, too
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    With Ian Kennedy on the mend, Phil Hughes decided to grace the Internet with his blogging presence again. He reports that he has been pain-free for a week now and will start throwing soon. The Yanks want to hold off on Hughes’ rehab until they are 100 percent that his broken ribs are healed. I expect this one to be a slow build as well. · (13) ·

The word comes from Ken Rosenthal, via MLBTR:

The Yankees are aggressively shopping right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, two rival executives say, intending to clear a spot for a reliever who currently is at Class AAA. Righty J.B. Cox, who missed all of last season after undergoing elbow-ligament transplant surgery, is one candidate; he began the season at Class A, but has since moved to AAA, where he has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings. Righty David Robertson, who began the season at AA, also has been impressive at AAA. Hawkins, signed to a one-year, $3.75 million free-agent contract, has a 6.08 ERA in 22 appearances . . .

I’m not sure exactly what team would take him on, and what we’d get in return. What’s more likely is the Yanks DFA him and deal him after that. The sooner, the better.

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  • Third time’s the four-in-a-row charm for Rivera
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    When Mariano Rivera entered last night’s A’s-Yankees game in the ninth inning to protect a two-run lead, he set yet another first in his career he did something he’s done just two other times in his career. It was the third time Rivera had ever pitched on four consecutive games in four days. I sure hope Joe’s willing to give him a day off today.

    Update: Gary C notes in the comments that I misinterpreted the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index results. This is actually the third time Rivera’s thrown in four straight games. This post has been updated to reflect this information.
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As wind, lightening and rain shook the New York area shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, 3000 miles away, the Yankees and the A’s prepared to battle. The Yanks came out of the gate strong, scoring two runs in the top of the first to spot their recently-struggling ace to a 2-0 lead before Chien-Ming Wang even had to throw a pitch.

The top of the first was a little dicey, and as I sat on my couch watching, I grew a bit concerned. Wang hit the first batter of the game and then recorded three outs in a row, but the outs were of the loud variety. The A’s hit three fly balls off of Wang who was, once again, leaving his pitches up in the zone.

But as the first inning rolled into the second, something clicked, and Wang re-emerged as a dominant starter. Over the next 6.1 innings, until being lifted following just the fifth fly-ball out he would induce all night, Wang turned in one of his ground ball clinics. He recorded 15 outs via the ground ball and commanded four double plays off the bats of the A’s hitters. The sinker-ball specialist had gotten just four double plays over his last seven starts combined.

When the 8th inning rolled around and Wang was at 83 pitches and clinging to a one-run lead, I thought a complete game might be within his reach. Mariano the Great had thrown in three straight games, and Wang was rolling. But Jack Hannahan’s deep fly-out brought Joe Girardi out of the dugout and Jose Veras out of the bullpen. Veras pitched into and out of a bit of trouble, and with Kyle Farnsworth available today, I’m beginning to wonder if Veras is now the Yanks’ 8th inning guy. Following a Melky Cabrera home run — his first since May 4 — Rivera nailed down the save for his fourth appearance in as many days.

All in all, this is exactly the kind of game the Yankees needed. They needed Wang to re-emerge as that front-line starter; they needed to start the Oakland/Houston road trip off right; and they needed to capitalize on a night when Boston and Tampa both lost. So once again the Yanks are one game over .500, and hopefully, they can reach that two-games-over plateau tomorrow.

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Jun
10

Sanchez still MIA

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In Baseball America’s latest Organization Report (subscription req’d), Humberto Sanchez said he was targeting June 10th for return to game action. Didn’t happen…

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Richmond)
Bernie Castro: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS – picked off second
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) -
Jason Lane: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – with Ben Broussard released (who was raking, by the way), he’s back to cleanup duty
Matt Carson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 or 3, 1 BB, 1 K – turned an unassisted double play at first
Jeff Marquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 8-6 GB/FB – no strikeouts & a weak GB/FB ratio? ouch babe
Steven White: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 53 baserunners allowed in his last 22.2 IP, good for a 2.34 WHIP
Scott Strickland: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – 15 of 19 pitches were strikes (78.9%)

Time Warner is having some issues in my area tonight, so I can’t get any more done than this. Here’s the box scores for AA, A+ and A-. A rather unspectacular day if you ask me. I was really looking forward to Sanchez’s Yankee debut…

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