Sloppy play dooms Yanks against ChiSox

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

This entire game was an absolute mess, not even worth a full recap and my time. Not only did A.J. Burnett stink (3.1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), but the Yankees played a simply atrocious game in the field. Somehow they were only charged with one error (on a Frankie Cervelli throw), but there were numerous wild pitches/passed balls, a few airmailed throws by Nick Swisher (who hit a garbage time homer), and just generally horrific decision making all night. The kids playing in the Little League World Series this week had better fundamentals.

Derek Jeter grounded into yet another double play and Mark Teixeira popped the ball up on the infield what felt like a millions times. Seriously, he must lead the planet in infield pops even with his second half surge. Just a poor, poor showing all around, and Joe Girardi was visibly pissed in the dugout. He seemed to indicate during his post-game press conference that Burnett might be skipped next time through, but the problems tonight extended beyond the starting pitcher. Girardi seriously needs to find a way to get everyone’s head out of their collective asses. Losing four of your last seven games (against non-contenders, no less) isn’t going to cut it at this time of year. At least the Rays lost, so the Yanks remain tied atop the AL East, but Boston is the team that beat them, so they crept to within four-and-a-half games of the Wild Card spot.

The two best players on the field for the Yanks tonight were Ramiro Pena (numerous great defensive plays, stolen base that led to a run) and Sergio Mitre (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 10-4 GB/FB in relief). Think about that.

Noesi makes Triple-A debut in win

Adam Warren was In The Team Photo of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Also make sure you check out Rebecca’s photos from last night’s SI game.

Triple-A Scranton (10-7 win over Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Greg Golson, CF: both 1 for 5 – Russo drove in a pair of runs & stole a base … Golson doubled & K’ed twice
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – nine for his last 26 (.346) with a double and two homers
Juan Miranda, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) – very nice night, save the error
Colin Curtis, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 for his last 35 (.371) with seven freaking doubles
Chad Huffman, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Reid Gorecki, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – first game since August 13th … wow
Hector Noesi: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8-3 GB/FB – 54 of his 80 pitches were strikes (67.5%) … not a terrible AAA debut
Al Aceves: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 0-3 GB/FB – just 22 of 42 pitches were strikes (52.4%) … second rehab beatdown in a row
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K2-1 GB/FB – a dozen of his 16 pitches were strikes

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Game 128: The rest of the season starts now

Shut up Ozzie. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)

With the Yankees and Rays tied atop the AL East, the two clubs are essentially looking at a 35 game season right now. Whichever club plays better during that time will win the division, the other will be damned to the depths of the Wild Card.

The Yanks start the rest of their season tonight in Chicago, against the same White Sox team that claimed Manny Ramirez off waivers earlier today. Don’t worry, he’s not in the lineup tonight, and in fact, he’s still on the Dodgers. The two sides have until Tuesday to work out a deal, and hopefully they’ll need all that time so the Yanks won’t have face Manny this weekend.

In addition to not having Manny, the ChiSox are also without Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz, their top two setup guys. Both are on the disabled list for whatever reason. Hopefully the Yanks pound the junkballer former known as Freddy Garcia and then go to work on Ozzie Guillen’s depleted bullpen.

Fun Fact: Mark Kotsay is hitting .000/.080/.000 vs. LHP this season. And I thought Curtis Granderson was helpless against southpaws. Here’s the lineup…

Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Posada, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Pena, 3B

And on the bump, it’s A.J. Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET (stupid Midwestern states) and can be seen on YES locally or the MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Pettitte feels fine after bullpen session

Via Marc Carig, Andy Pettitte felt fine during his 25-pitch bullpen session today, though he did not throw with maximum effort. His next throwing session will come either Sunday or Monday.

With any luck, Andy will be able to throw with full effort next time around, which should put him in a position to throw a simulated game and then a rehab start a two. The minor league season ends in less than two weeks, so chances are he’ll have to make any rehab starts during the playoffs. That would be a pretty nice boost for the minor leaguers, no?

MLB investigating Nova, DeLaRosa

Via Baseball America, Major League Baseball is investigating both Ivan Nova and Wilkin DeLaRosa for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots while the two were teammates last season with Double-A Trenton. B-12 is not on MLB’s list of banned substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to inject the medication without a subscription. And, of course, they want to make sure neither player injected themselves with something other than B-12.

I honestly don’t know what happens from here, if there’s a penalty or something since it’s not a banned substance. Hopefully nothing comes of this.

Sanchez dealing with some kind of arm injury

Via Donnie Collins, Romulo Sanchez is on the disabled list with some kind of arm injury. We first heard of his move to the DL last night, but no details were provided. Romulo was seen with a wrap around his right elbow in the clubhouse yesterday, but Collins’ says it could still be another part of the arm that’s bothering him.

Sanchez was reportedly going to be one of three players – along with Jon Albaladejo and Juan Miranda – the Yanks were set to call up on Sept. 1st, but obviously that’s not going to happen now. The only other pitcher in Triple-A on the 40-man roster is Hector Noesi, but I can’t imagine the Yanks will call him up so soon after promoting him from Double-A.  Heck, he hasn’t even pitched for Scranton yet. Al Aceves should be ready to return soon, so chances are he and Albaladejo will be the only help the Yanks’ bullpen help gets in the first wave of call-ups.

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