While some people are fearing the arrival of Shea Hillenbrand in New York, I think the new backup first baseman will be none other than Erubiel Durazo come the end of the All Star Break.

Yesterday, the Yanks signed Durazo to a minor league contract. This move came a day after Miguel Cairo’s three errors led to a Yankee loss.

It’s expected that the Yanks will cut a member of the bullpen. While it would nice to see Ron Villone or Mike Myers let go, Brian Bruney still has options, and the Yanks would like him to work out the problems he’s faced due to overuse a recent loss of control.

Durazo, meanwhile, has never lived up to his billing. He’s marginally better than Shea Hillenbrand and not nearly as big a malcontent as Hillenbrand. This move, however, is fine. It’s probably temporary until Mientkiewicz comes back, and it carries a low-risk/high-reward potential as long as Durazo doesn’t take innings away from Andy Phillips.

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  • More praise for the Yankees’ young arms
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    “The system is now one of the stronger ones in the minor leagues, and at some point, as those players become major-league-ready, the Yankees will have the most deadly combination of depth of young talent combined with elite payroll resources at the major league level.”
    That sure-to-get-a-smile quote comes courtesy of Indians’ GM Mark Shapiro, a guy who knows a thing or two about building great teams. Go read this article by Tyler Kepner in today’s NY Times, you won’t be disappointed. · (2) ·

Thank goodness for Generation YouTube…

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Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Ottawa in 12 innings, walk-off style)
Justin Christian: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB – hitting .324 with Scranton
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – walk-off ground out to short with a throwing error on the throw to first in the attempted double play…
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 5, 4 RBI, 1 K – 70 RBI in 83 games puts him on pace for 112 over the full season
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 1 E (interference) - had been 4 for his previous 10…
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 5, 3 K, 1 CS
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – 33-33 K-BB ratio in his last 53.2 IP
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB - 2 walks in his last 19.1 IP
Charlie Manning: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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  • Hip hip Wil Nieves
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    Jorge Posada caught a marathon of a game on Friday night. Then he caught 13 innnings of a Saturday day-game-after-a-night-game. Now, he’s back in the lineup tonight and behind the plate. Sure, tomorrow begins the All Star break. But if Joe Torre can’t find a way to rest Posada with Nieves on the bench for a game this weekend, then the Yanks need a new backup catcher. · (5) ·

  • Futures Game today
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    The 9th annual Futures Game takes place today at 4pm EST. Joba Chamberlain last pitched on Tuesday, so you can go ahead and bet your 401k on him throwing an inning today. As you may remember, Phil Hughes got lit up his inning of work last year, coughing up 3 runs to the World Team and was almost decapitated by Jose Tabata. The game will be on ESPN, so find a comfy chair and watch the best prospects in the game strut their stuff. · (5) ·

Teams that make five errors don’t deserve to be playing in the 13th inning.

Also, why would Joe Torre call for a suicide squeeze when up by three runs on Friday night but not in the most obvious of obvious spots when down by a run in the 13th inning on Saturday? Anyone?

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Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Ottawa in 11 innings)
Justin Christian, Juan Francia & Angel Chavez: all 2 for 5 – Christian doubled, stole a base and drove in a run…Chavez K’ed and drove one in
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4 – back after a 2 game hiatus
Matt DeSalvo: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – while the “true” prospects have their inning count monitored, he gets left in to throw 110 pitches
Sean Henn: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 10 of 15 pitches were strikes

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