Well, we all lived through the highs and lows of that one together today. So I’m not going to spend too much time on a bullet-point recap. The Yanks now have to take three out of four from Detroit this weekend, and I have no idea who closes.

Let’s look for a second at Rivera. Around this time last year, Rivera mysteriously hit the DL with elbow tenderness, and I fear that this problem has been lurking ever since. Last week in Toronto, Rivera dialed it up a notch to strike out the side and preserve a win. Since then, his command and velocity have been off, and his numbers have suffered.

Since Toronto, Rivera has thrown 4.1 IP with bad results. Discount the first scoreless, hitless innings, and his last three appearances look like this: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 K.

While many people were clamoring for Joba to pitch the 10th, that’s simply revisionist managing. In this situation every time, Rivera should pitch. No doubt about it.

But the results make me wonder what’s wrong with Rivera. Is he hurt? Is his elbow aching? It would appear so. He’s been wild in the zone and wild out of the zone. His stuff has no bite. All signs point to injury.

The Yanks blew a golden opportunity to steal a game today against the potential AL Cy Young Award winner. But more importantly they need Rivera. Hopefully, he’s okay, but I’m not overly optimistic right now.

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From Pete Abe:


Word is that the Yankees and Scott Boras have agreed on a deal that would pay the right-hander a minimum of $4.6 million and possibly as much as $13.8 million based on when he gets to the majors and whether he gives up basketball.

More on this as it becomes official later today.

$13.8M? Mother of God.

Update: This from John Heyman:

The Yankees are close to signing Andrew Brackman, the 6-foot-10, right-handed pitcher from North Carolina State they selected with the 30th pick in the first round this year, SI.com has learned.

It is expected to be a major-league deal for four years and about $4.5 million.

Some of the money will be paid out over several years, with the present-day value believed to be worth about $3.7 million.

The contract has an unusual structure because Brackman may have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow — the Yankees also will get three club options at the end of the four years. If they exercise all three, Brackman stands to make about $13 million.

The Yanks never give out ML deals to draftees, this is very, very surprising if true.

Update Part Deux: It is a 4-yr ML deal. Lots of people are asking me how the ML deal works, and truthfully, I’m not sure. Fret not, RAB fave Keith Law shed some light on the situation:

me: is it a ML deal?
Keith: yes
me: ah crap
Keith: yeah not ideal
boras doesn’t do many minor lg deals
me: ok, so how does this 4-yr ML deal work?
i know he goes right on the 40-man and all that
Keith: right
he’ll be optioned in 2008, 09, 10, and 11 if necessary
me: so can he be a FA after 2011?
Keith: no, no, he won’t have service time
he still needs six years of ML service to get to free agency
me: ah ok
Keith: this deal only covers certain years – he’s still yankee property beyond that
me: so he’ll be arbitration eligible after the 4 yrs on the deal expires
Keith: only if he has the ML service
the catch is that you can’t cut a guy’s salary over 20%
so if he makes $2MM in 2013, but isn’t arb-eligible yet for 2014, he’ll have to make $1.6MM
(or more)
me: ah ok
thanks for clearing this up, it’s always baffled me

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  • How hard is it to find a first baseman?

    With that out in the 4th inning, Andy Phillips is now 0 for his last 10, 1 for his last 13, 2 for 16 and 3 for his last 28. That’s .107. Can someone just step it up at first for the Yanks this year? It’s going to end up killing them. · (5) ·


Hughes vs. Bedard

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Next up for Phil: a matchup with the front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award, a guy who’s allowed 3 or fewer hits in 8 of his 25 starts. Should be a good one in the Bronx this afternoon.

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I had the distinct pleasure of watching tonight’s debacle from the Tier Reserve. To make matters worse, by the 8th inning, the only fans left were passive Yankee fans and four guys spoiling for a fight chanting, “Let’s go Red Sox.” To make matters even worse, the Red Sox scored two in the bottom of the 9th to beat a worthless baseball club.

In honor of this pleasant experience, let’s play Tear Apart Tonight’s Game in Bullet-Point Style:

  • I’ve gone back and forth on the Roger Clemens issue. One part of me wants to lay the blame for this game squarely at his feet. He, during the middle of a very important run, got himself suspended for a game because of his tendencies to “stick up for his teammates.” I can’t help but think, as my sister put it, that “the dignity was worth the sacrifice of lost games.” Had Clemens not gone head-hunting to avoid a suspension, I think his teammates would have been quite understanding. They do, after all, need to win more than anything else.

    But at the same time, it wasn’t a 12-6 game where the starting pitcher made much difference. Even had Clemens gone 7 innings and given up 2 runs, the Yanks would have been down 2-0. Sure, Torre wouldn’t have taken out the starters in the 7th. But the way things were going, Daniel Cabrera was effectively wild, and the Yanks’ offense had a night off. As Peter Abraham notes, the Yanks are not going undefeated the rest of the season. I’ll take 9-2 over 11 games from here on out. And now Clemens can pitch with run support when he next takes the mound.

  • No one around the Stadium is selling Joba Chamberlain shirts yet. I want one.
  • Jeff Karstens has pretty much proved that he is, right now, worthless to the Yanks. He’s been ineffective in relief and terrible as a starter. The fact that he threw five pitches with a broken leg doesn’t give him a pass to stink up the joint. I don’t even know what Jim Brower’s excuse is, but he just became the Adrian Hernandez of the 2007 Yankees. He’ll get his 8 crappy innings in, and then everyone else will forget he was ever a Yankee. If he and Karstens aren’t replaced by Chris Britton and Edwar Ramirez tomorrow, I’ll be shocked and very disappointed.
  • Speaking of which, I sent a text message to Joe when Ron Villone came into the game. I wrote, “So do all the inherited runners score here? I say two.” Well, Villone did not disappoint; he allowed all three inherited runners to score again. It’s really time to get rid of him and bring back Brian Bruney. There’s just no point in having him waste a roster spot.
  • Booing Kyle Farnsworth will never get old.
  • Luis Vizcaino in a 12-0 game? Really, Joe? Just stop. Use Farnsworth for two innings. But give the overworked set-up man a break now and then.
  • Yankee Stadium should institute a rule that allows fans one free punch for every Masshole that insists on shouting out “Let’s go Red Sox” and “Remember 2004?” to a mostly empty Yankee Stadium during a blow-out loss. I hope someone mugged that guy in the subway after the game.
  • We’re looking forward to the Bedard-Hughes match-up. While I wish the Yanks weren’t facing a potential Cy Young Award winner today, it has the potential to be one helluva game. More on that later.
  • Have I mentioned that the Devil Rays really suck?

As the Scooter might have said about the game tonight, “Holy Cow! What a huckleberry.”

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It worked for Braveheart, so maybe it’ll get the Yanks back on track after that stinker tonight.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 straight games with at least 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB – 10 games hit streak
Erubiel Dur-waste of money: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 2 HR & 4 RBI in his last 3 games
Chris Basak: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI 
Steven White: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
Ross Ohlendorf: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – better than Brower
Jose Veras: 1 IP, bunch of zeroes, 2 K

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