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Game 137 I Blue Jays v.s Yankees

Bartolo Colon gave up 2 runs in his last outing but was charged with the loss. Can Colon shut down the Blue Jays to get his 9th win of the season?

Yankees Lineup

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

Blue Jays Lineup

Yunel Escobar SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P Arrencibia C
Mike McCoy CF

Pitching Matchup:

Ricky Romero (13-9, 2.84 ERA) v.s Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.63 ERA)

Enjoy the game!

Yankee News

David Robertson Available Today After Soreness Last Night:

David Robertson experienced soreness yesterday during the Yankees v.s Blue Jays game. Originally he was going to close the came to give Mariano Rivera rest, but when Robertson told Girardi, Girardi scratched him and put Rivera in. Robertson is available today but Rivera & Rafael Soriano are not.

Mark Teixeira Might Not Play Series:

Mark Teixeira has a very good chance of not playing in this series. Teixeira was hit by a pitch in Boston on Sunday and has been limping around the clubhouse. Teixeira said he felt a little better, but that was before he saw trainers & Girardi.

Alex Rodriguez Back In Lineup:

After missing 6 games with a sprained thumb, Alex Rodriguez is back in he lineup batting 3rd behind Gardner & Granderson. Rodriguez took grounders and batting practice earlier today and said he was good to go.

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Game 130 | Yankees @ Orioles

Hopefully Colon can eat some innings and give the bullpen a rest.

Lineups:

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.71) vs. Zach Britton (7-9, 4.54)

Pregame Notes:

Freddy Garcia will return from the disabled list to start Monday.

Garcia had been slated to return over the weekend, but Hurricane Irene saw to it that that didn’t happen. He’ll be followed by CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

Morning Bits: Burnett, Colon, SWB Yankees, Swisher, Mason Williams

Tough way to lose one last night.  Quick turn around thought as it’s a day game today.

here are your morning links…

* With Burnett and Colon struggling Yankees pitching remains unsettled.

* For SWB Yankees local’s eye to purchase franchise.

* Swisher is going to have his honeymoon in Afghanistan.

* Mason Williams is the center of attention for the Staten Island Yankees.

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 79 50 .612 - 38-24 41-26 694 537 +157 Won 2 6-4
NY Yankees 77 50 .606 1 40-26 37-24 684 499 +185 Lost 2 6-4
Tampa Bay 70 58 .547 8.5 35-30 35-28 544 493 +51 Won 1 6-4
Toronto 66 63 .512 13 32-30 34-33 603 581 +22 Won 1 6-4
Baltimore 50 77 .394 28 29-35 21-42 536 671 -135 Won 3 5-5

Game 126 | Athletics v.s Yankees

Bartolo Colon lost his last start allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in Kansas City

 

*EDIT* NEW LINEUP:

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

Pitchers:

Brandon McCarthy (6-6, 3.74 ERA) v.s Bartolo Colon (8-7, 3.54 ERA)

Pre-Game News:

— Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury. The injury occured Sunday in Minnesota when A-Rod tried to backhand a Joe Mauer ball. A-Rod had a session today, but was forced to cut it short. Eric Chavez will now play 3rd for A-Rod

Enjoy the game.

My Yankee Playoff Rotation Plan

There has been one question that has been going around for the past months amongst Yankee fans and MLB fans alike. Who will be the Game 2 starter when the ALDS begins? Will it be the young kids like Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes or will the veterans in Colon and Garcia fill out the rotation? The good news for the Yankees is that they have the best bullpen in baseball, so they only need their starter to go six innings to shorten the game. Today, I am here to give you my plan on how I would set up the rotation for the postseason.

Game 1: CC Sabathia – even with CC’s recent struggles, how can you not put this guy at the top of your playoff rotation? Yes, he is 0-4 against the Boston Red Sox, but you have to trust that this guy can win a game when it matters the most. He is only 2-2 in the month of August, but the thing you have to love with this ace is that when he does not have his best stuff, he always battles his way through the game, gives the Bombers innings, and always keeps the offense in the game. Plus, you have to expect his recent struggles are because of the new six-man rotation and the after effects of that rain delay filled game against Seattle. You can pen Sabathia into that first game.

Game 2: Ivan Nova – You can go either way with this decision. It is tough to trust a playoff rookie with an important Game two start. I went with Nova because you have to ride the hot hand. He is 8-0 in his last nine starts and it seems the only team he can’t seem to dominate lately is the Kansas City Royals. If we are going by the hot hand, you have to love the fact that in the second half of the season, he has only given up three home runs and walked a total of four batters in five games. He has become more confident with his offspeed stuff. If New York doesn’t win the division, his road ERA (3.71) is a whole run lower than his home ERA (4.62). I will give one of the frontrunners for AL Rookie of the Year the ball in this spot.

Game 3: Freddy Garcia – This decision I know will be questioned by a lot of people, but Freddy is a guy who is 6-2 in his career in the postseason. He knows how to get it done compared to Colon’s 2-3 lifetime record. The one thing I worry about is the finger injury. Hopefully, that will be healed by September. However, I go by the numbers and he has only lost two games from June 17th to today! He doesn’t have the fastest velocity like a Colon/Hughes, but he locates very well and that split-fastball has been a weapon all season.

He also is an innings’ eater! Over that stretch of time from June 17th on, he has only had two starts where he has not reached the 6th inning. I like a veteran who can be crafty and give a team length. Plus, he is not as good a long man candidate as the guys I have in the bullpen.

My Long Men: Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes

If I had to have a Game 4 starter, I would give it to Hughes just because I like that his velocity is staying on the uptick for now and he is beginning to gain his confidence back. We talked about on the podcast how Hughes has only given up six earned runs in his last 18 innings while walking just three batters. His ALCS wasn’t impressive last year, but I think you can get a good enough Hughes for five innings if you need it in a Game 4 of an ALDS or ALCS. The bullpen, in my opinion, ruins Hughes’ confidence because of the constant switching of roles of a young pitcher. Remember Joba Chamberlain everybody.

The reason I like Hughes and Colon to be in the bullpen is because they can play a Mike Mussina role from past years. They are two guys who can come in and throw 94-95 mph for 1-2 innings if let’s say Nova and Garcia struggle early in the ball game. Colon’s rough outing in KC is a small blip, but I can still trust him in a big spot. Like I mentioned before, if the other 2-3 pitchers give this team five innings, then it should not be a problem. As for AJ Burnett, he still has a lot to prove if he even wants a shot at being near this rotation in October.

Well, that is my rotation plan! Now, I want to hear yours, Yankee fans. No matter how you slice it, rotation has enough talent to get this team past the Red Sox and into the World Series.

Bad umprires’ decision harms Yankees chances of coming back in 9th in 5-4 loss

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 0
KC
0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 8 0
W: Chen (8-5)
L: Colon (8-7)
SV: Soria (22)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 .290
Granderson, CF 4 2 3 1 1 0 1 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .247
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 1 1 1 3 .306
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 1 2 1 3 .269
Jones, An, DH 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .238
a-Posada, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .237
Martin, C 4 1 1 1 0 1 5 .226
Nunez, E, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .263
Gardner, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Totals 34 4 10 4 6 8 18 .268
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon(L, 8-7) 5.0 7 5 5 2 4 2 3.54
Noesi 3.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.67
Totals 8.0 8 5 5 3 5 2 3.57

Instead of giving the regular game recap from MLB.com, I’ll give you some quotes and photos on the blown home run call. Colon again couldn’t pitch into the 6th inning and really couldn’t get his fastball by anybody. Noesi pitched 3 solid innings in relief of Colon, saving the rest of the bullpen for this upcoming series in Minnesota. Both Granderson and Martin had solo homers, while Cano and Swisher drove in the 2 other runs. For what it’s worth, Bruce Chen did a pretty good job. Despite the fact that Yankee hitters tend to own him, Chen was able to keep the Royals in the game (6 IP, 3 ER).

From Lohud:

It was first-base coach Mick Kelleher who delivered the Yankees lineup and went over the ground rules before Monday’s series opener here in Kansas City. “They were pretty explicit and clear, but there was one question that I had,” Kelleher said. “It was about the top rail in left-center field. It was padded, the ball had to leave the ballpark. We talked about that twice… There’s a fence that goes up that’s green, then above the green there’s a little cyclone fence. I said, ‘What’s that?’ They said, ‘It’s clear and open. Above that is a padded rail, so it has to clear the padded rail.’”

“That’s not what they told me,” Kelleher said. ‘That’s not what we covered at home plate. The ball had to leave the ballpark. If it hits that top green thing, that’s not leaving the ballpark. That’s what they explained. There’s a little chain-link cyclone fence that’s maybe a foot or 18 inches, then on top of that is the padded bar. It’s supposed to go over the padded bar. If that wasn’t the case, there would be a yellow line indicating balls over the yellow line, home run. Bam. There you go.”

And here are a few photos from Marc Carig: Photo 1 & Photo 2

If that wasn’t called a homer, the Royals would have 4 runs. The Yankees came back in the 9th and ended with…4 runs.

They tied that ballgame.

Game 121 | Yankees @ Royals

Mark Teixeira has bombed KC starter Bruce Chen in the past (.563 / .556 / 1.813). You saw it right, 1.813 is the SLG.

Lineup:

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

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.31) vs. Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.15)

Pregame Notes:

— Happy birthday to Jorge Posada as today is his 40th birthday.

— The Yanks have reached a season high- 28 games above .500.

— Several of the Yankees have had good success versus Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen. Mark Teixeira is 9-16 (.563), 6 HR, and 13 RBI. Derek Jeter is 14-35 (.400) with 3 HR and 3 RBI. All Yankee hitters are hitting a combined .386 against Chen.

— The Red Sox were just shut-out by David Price and the Rays, 4-0. The Yanks now lead the AL East by 1 whole game and could increase it to 1.5 with a win tonight.

If all goes according to the numbers the Yanks have against Bruce Chen, this should be a fun offensive game to watch. Let’s just hope its not the Royals offense. Enjoy the game.

Yankees Now 1 Game back of Boston thanks to a Grandslam from Cano

Yankees 6, Angels 5

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .279
Jeter, DH 3 2 3 0 1 0 0 .276
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 2 0 1 5 .275
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .247
Cano, 2B 4 1 3 4 0 0 1 .303
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .268
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .295
Nunez, E, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .268
Cervelli, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245
1-Martin, PR-C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Totals 31 6 10 6 5 4 18 .265

 

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon 6.0 5 2 2 2 3 1 3.31
Soriano, R(W, 2-1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.35
Wade 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 0 2.53
Rivera, Ma(S, 30) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.40
Totals 9.0 9 5 5 2 4 2 3.52

 

Bryan Hoch with the Recap

NEW YORK — Robinson Cano bounded around the bases sporting a huge grin, wildly slapping hands with his teammates before popping back into the sunshine to acknowledge a roaring curtain call.

It was a huge price to pay for a crucial error, and Cano charged that bill, blasting a seventh-inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Cano, who collected his fifth career grand slam and his 20th homer of the season. “They made a mistake, and those are the situations you come through and help the team win the game.”

Cano’s drive off Scott Downs struck the facing of the second deck in right field, immediately following a flub by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis, who booted a routine ground ball that could have been the final out of the inning.

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The Surprising Rise of The Yankees Rotation

l to r: CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon


In December 2010, the New York Yankees were in a huge race of their own. It wasn’t a play-off race to the World Series or a fight for first place. This race was so intense that Brian Cashman almost depended on it. This race, was the fight for “Type A” free agent Cliff Lee. It was all over the newspapers that were on every stand across New York City. It was on major sports websites such as MLB.com & ESPN. The Yankees could fantasize Cliff Lee in pinstripes pitching along names such as CC Sabathia & A.J Burnett, but it would only be a fantasy to the New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Phillies swept up Cliff Lee at an offer that he just couldn’t refuse leaving the Yankees will rotation troubles.

A couple of weeks later the Yankees felt another blow to their rotation when 15 year veteran Andy Pettite retired from Major League Baseball. The Yankees looked at their rotation which currently only consisted of CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett & Phil Hughes and figured that it wasn’t the best rotation to go by until they signed Bartolo Colon & Freddy Garcia. Sure, Colon hasn’t been in the Majors since 2009 & Garcia was another free agent but that didn’t stop the Yankees from taking chances. The chances that they took really helped them so far in the season.

The Yankees had a new rotation heading into the year: CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova & Freddy Garcia (Colon was placed in the bullpen) but when things look good on paper, they don’t always turn out the way that it is expected. Phil Hughes was placed on the disabled list with a dead arm, leaving Bartolo Colon to come into the rotation & show New York what he was made of. The rotation so far, had done it’s job. Here is a look at how each pitcher has done so far in the 2011 season.

1. CC Sabathia (16-5)

There was no doubt with how well that CC Sabathia is pitching. He currently harbors a 16-5 record which is very impressive. In 25 games he has pitched 182.2 innings recording 168 K’s & a 2.81 ERA. The only problem with Sabathia is while he is able to shut down other teams, he has yet to beat the Red Sox this season. He is 0-4 against the Sox with an ERA slightly above 8.00.

2. A.J Burnett (8-9)

A.J Burnett has improved slightly since the 2010 season after the Yankees had hired pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The main thing that Rothschild told Burnett is to keep going even after the opposing team has either scored or homered. Burnett has impressed by keeping composure during those moments this year, but the main problem for Burnett is the lack of run support. The reason Burnett has 9 losses is because the Yankees don’t provide enough runs for them. Overall though Burnett has gotten better, but MLB still labels him as a .500 pitcher.

3. Phil Hughes (2-4)

With every great rotation there are some kinks within. In this case, it was Phil Hughes. Coming of an 18 win 2010 season, everyone expected great things from Phil Hughes, until he was knocked around in April. Hughes had lost velocity in his pitches and was placed on the DL with a “dead arm”. Hughes rehabbed for 2 months, finally coming back in July. Since Hughes has been back he hasn’t pitched well. He had the one game between the Chicago White Sox where he threw a complete game shutout, but the game only went 7 innings due to  rain. Other than that, Hughes has been an up & down roller coaster. He’s 2-4 with a 7.11 ERA. Not exactly what you were expecting from an 18 game winner, though I must say 20 K’s in 38.1 innings isn’t half bad.

4. Ivan Nova (10-4)

In Ivan Nova’s rookie year with the Yankees he has pitched tremendously. 106.1 innings, 67 K’s, 10-4 & a 3.81 ERA is an excellent season for a rookie. While Phil Hughes was on the “DL”, Nova took Hughes’s spot in the rotation and has pitched to potential. There’s no major issue with Ivan Nova, but he was sent down to the minors at one point during the year to make room for Phil Hughes. Nova was brought back up to the Major Leagues during the doubleheader with the Yankees & Orioles and has stayed with the team since hopefully for the rest of the season.

5. Bartolo Colon (8-6)

When the Yankees first signed Bartolo Colon they were unsure of how he was going to pitch. For one thing he’s 38 years old. Another thing, he hasn’t been in the Majors since 2009. The Yankees were willing to take risks, and this risk worked out for the Yankees. In 113.2 innings & 100 K’s, Colon is 8-6 with a 3.33 ERA. And another interesting tidbit? He only gave up 51 runs in 113.2 innings. Tell me that he’s not dealing, cause in reality he is.

6. Freddy Garcia (10-7)

Freddy Garcia doesn’t throw fast anymore that’s no secret, so having a 10-7 record with 86 MPH stuff is very impressive. In 122.1 innings Garcia has 81 K’s, allowed 47 runs and has a 3.12 ERA, the second lowest ERA on the Yankees behind CC Sabathia. Garcia is more of a flyball pitcher which works well for him since that’s how he gets outs. Garcia has shown to be a very important part to the Yankees pitching rotation and let’s face it, with him and Colon, the Yankees have an important back end of the rotation.

Admit it. Before the season started you were nervous about how the Yankees rotation would shape out. You thought that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to keep up with teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays or the Boston Red Sox. Well the way that it turns out, the Yankees actually have the 2nd best record in the AL & the 3rd best record in the Major Leagues behind the Boston Red Sox & Philadelphia Phillies. With the Yankees 2011 rotation, they have a great chance to making the play-offs and there will be no doubt that if they keep pitching the way they are pitching, then they will make it all the way to the World Series.

Series Preview | NYY vs. LAA | 8/9/11-8/11/11

Tues., 8/9/11, 7:05PM EST

A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.54) vs. Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81)
Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 7.00, 19 K in 18.0 IP
Haren’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 1.09, 17 K in 24.2 IP

Wed., 8/10/11, 7:05PM EST

Ivan Nova (10-4, 3.81) vs. TBA
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 1.83, 19 K in 19.2 IP

Thurs., 8/11/11, 1:05 PM EST

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.33) vs. TBA
Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 3.24, 12 K in 16.2 IP

There are rumors that Angels minor-league pitched Garrett Richards will be called up to pitch against the Yankees either Wednesday or Thursday. Nothing has been confirmed by Mike Scioscia yet though. An Angels blog gives the scouting report on Richards.

The Angels have won 4 out of their last 6 games in series’ versus the Twins and Mariners.

Ricky’s podcast is another good one.  Give it a listen.

Evening Notes: Posada, Rotation, Romero, Wade

Good (early) evening folks. Here are some notes to hold you over on this off-day.

Sad but necessary: The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees released left-hander J.C. Romero by his request. He had fairly good numbers in Scranton for the Yanks, posting a 2.92 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB, in 12 1/3 IP. Lefties were only hitting .171 off him. For some reason, the Yanks just didn’t like what they saw out of him, as he was never called up to New York.

Jon Heyman says the Yankees may indeed go through the six-man rotation one more time. They do realize that Ivan Nova is their second best pitcher (arguably) and know he “has to stay in.”

— The Yankees will not cut Jorge Posada, says ESPN’s Buster Olney. Posada’s two choices are: (1) deal with being a “rarely used bench player” or (2) ask for his release. Any true Yankee fan can’t like the way this has turned out with Jorge, but when you are in a pennant race, winning is Rule #1.

— The starting rotation for this coming series at home versus the Angels has finally been confirmed. Tomorrow/Tuesday will be A.J. Burnett. Wednesday’s game is Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon will pitch on Thursday. Not that this is the reason why Colon is pitching in the day game on Thursday, but Colon has been dominant in day games this year. He has a 2.28 ERA, an 8.0 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, and only a .216 BAA in 8 day games this year. 6 of those 8 were starts.

— An interesting link here. Mike Axisa of RAB discusses how valuable Cory Wade has been this year. He even compares Wade to the “fireman” role David Robertson held before his 8th Inning GuyTM promotion. Noted is the fact that Wade is presumably under team control for cheap through 2015. Though as Axisa brings up, middle relievers don’t always (usually don’t) have lasting success from year to year. In fact they can’t be fairly inconsistent year in and year out.


Yanks manage 3 runs off Lester; bullpen shuts Sox down in 3-2 win

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 5 0
BOS
0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
W: Logan (3-2)
L: Lester (11-5)
SV: Rivera (29)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .277
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .275
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .251
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .298
Swisher, RF 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 .270
Jones, An, LF 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .233
Gardner, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .224
Posada, DH 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .234
Nunez, E, 3B 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 .274
Totals 28 3 5 2 6 9 12 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon 4.2 6 2 2 1 2 1 3.33
Logan(W, 3-2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.07
Wade(H, 4) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.86
Soriano, R(H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.50
Robertson(H, 23) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.44
Rivera, Ma(S, 29) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.70
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 1 7 1 3.44

— The bullpen certainly looked excellent yesterday. Boone Logan managed to strike Adrian Gonzalez out in just 3 pitches (very Damaso Marte-like), with the bases loaded. Logan started the 6th, but could not finish it, so Cory Wade came in and got out of trouble. Then, Rafael Soriano pitched the 7th, and looked fantastic. “I feel much better every day. The way I pitched [Friday] reminded me of the way I pitched in Tampa when I was a closer, so I feel very good today.” (Source: Bryan Hoch) If Soriano can pitch like last night (and last year for that matter), then the Yankees don’t need to pressure their starters to go deep into ballgames. And then, David Robertson and Mo took care of the 8th and 9th, respectively.

And here is the regular game review, from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

BOSTON — The last time the Yankees stumbled out of the gate against the Red Sox, it didn’t matter much in the end. They rallied in late summer to even the season set and went on to win a 27th World Series championship.

If there’s any chance of a 2009 repeat, the Yankees would gladly sign up for it right now.

The streaking Bombers rolled into Fenway Park and reclaimed sole possession of first place in the American League East on Friday, securing a 3-2 win over the Red Sox — New York’s eighth straight victory.

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NYY @ BOS – 8/5/11

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) vs. Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)

Pregame Notes:

— A-Rod increased the intensity of his workouts today. Talking about his preliminary workouts, A-Rod said “The first two days have been good. I think it’s how I’m going to wake up (feeling), how my body reacts the next week or so.” [Source: Lohud]

— Ivan Nova is still on the active roster, although his role is “still undecided.” Phil Hughes will act as an emergency long reliever on Saturday and Sunday, just in case things get crazy. Chad Jennings says that Hughes and Burnett are still the scheduled starters for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Enjoy the game. Doesn’t get any better than Yankees-Red Sox!

Series Preview | NYY @ BOS | 8/5/11-8/7/11

Fri., 8/5/11, 7:10PM EST

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) vs. Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)
Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 2.45, 19 K in 18.1 IP
Lester’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 1.56, 19 K in 17.1 IP

Sat., 8/6/11, 4:10PM EST

C.C. Sabathia (16-5, 2.55) vs. John Lackey (9-8, 6.23)
Sabathia’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 1.96, 28 K in 23.0 IP
Lackey’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 4.19, 12 K in 19.1 IP

Sun., 8/7/11, 8:05PM EST

Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22) vs. Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20)
Garcia’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 2.21, 18 K in 20.1 IP
Beckett’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 2.70, 22 K in 20.0 IP

As you know, the two teams are tied for 1st place in the AL East. In the best case scenario, the Yanks will lead the AL East by 3 after the series. In the worst case scenario, they will trail the Red Sox by 3 in the division, and have only a 5 game lead over Anaheim in the Wild-Card (if Anaheim pulls off a sweep).

Here is Ricky’s Yankees-Red Sox Podcast Preview (it’s at the bottom of the linked page). Also included in the podcast post, Ricky spoke with one of the writers at a Red Sox blog called Bosox Injection. The questions he asked and the answers the writer gave are all included in the link above.

Should be a fun series to watch. Have a good afternoon.

Yankees Mailbag: Prospects, Posada, Montero, Pitching, Hughes vs. Nova, Jimenez

Here is this week’s mailbag. If you would like your question to be answered in the mailbag, email Mike at yankeesfansunited@gmail.com. Here we go:

Darrin says:

Can the prospects provide real help this season? Can Montero’s offense really contribute to the lineup as the DH? If he does DH for them, what what happens with Jorge?

 Darrin, I think the prospects can provide some help this year. Jorge Posada is now on waivers and even though its tough to see him on there, he did go back to his struggles from April and May during the month of July. Montero could bring some instant power to the DH position that Posada just can’t do. Manny Banuelos is rising up to AAA and his swing and miss ability will be a reason why New York uses him as the second lefty in their pen with Boone Logan in September. Adam Warren is another guy the Yankees like in their organization and he could get a start or two towards the end of the season if the Bombers have everything clinched.

This one was from @marka42. His question was:

“With 3 highly regarded catching prospects in the system and Montero the poorest defensively, why not try another position for Montero?”

 Marka, the reason Montero would have to be at catcher is because most of the other positions Montero does not fit and the Yankees have sufficient backups at those positions. The only other place where Montero could play is at DH. Montero’s catching skills are not the best, but he is the most Major League ready because of his bat. They could use him as the backup to Martin down the stretch, get him some at-bats, and give him some vital experience should the Yankees want to use him on the postseason roster.

This one was from @GeneMoney13. His question was:

“Could we get another pitcher for a small price?”

 Gene, in terms of a starter, I think the Yankees will stand pat at the waiver wire deadline. They have six quality starters as Joe Girardi is showing Yankee fans by going with a six man rotation at this point and time. I could see them adding another lefty, but right now, all signs point to maybe Manny Banuelos being the second lefty that is called up into the bullpen in the coming weeks. I would like to see the Yankees obtain Randy Choate from the Marlins if he is put on wiaivers, but Florida is looking to get as many wins as they can go into their new stadium next year. Look for the Yankees to go with basically the same pitchers for the rest of the season.

This question was from @gardnerbrett11. His question was:

“Will Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova’s next starts be observed as to who gets the rotation spot?

GardnerBrett11, it appears that the organization is observing their next starts. If they are, they have to be very impressed from what they got out of Phil Hughes last night. He took a gigantic step in re-establishing his spot in the 2011 rotation and his importance to the team in October. Putting Hughes in the bullpen would be a Joba-esque move that could really mess with his development. If Nova continues to succeed, the Yankees will find a place for him, even if it is as a long man. However, that will cause Hector Noesi to probably go back to down to Scranton.

The next question was from @YankeesGalaxy. His question was a 2 part question:

“Do you think the Yankees standing pat will pay off? Can you trust Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon in October despite their success?”

YankeesGalaxy, I think the Bombers standing pat will pay off. They got a great start from Phil Hughes last night and getting Hughes back to form is just as good as making a trade for a top line pitcher. Brian Cashman made the right decision by not pursuing Wandy Rodriguez and the $39 million he has left on his contract. I am starting to trust Garcia and Colon a lot more. Garcia, I trust a lot because he continues to put up quality starts despite the lack of velocity on his fastball. He has been in postseason baseball before with the Seattle Mariners and a pitcher can dwell on that experience in October. Colon has shown great resiliency especially when everyone thought he lost it after that debacle against the Blue Jays. If these two have to pitch a closeout game in October, I would have trust in those two over say A.J Burnett.

The next question was from @PrimoBledBlue. His question was:

“If Phil Hughes begins to struggle, will he be sent down and reduce it to a normalized Yankees 5-man rotation?”

Primo, even if Phil Hughes struggles again, he is not going back down to Scranton. The more likely scenario would be that Hughes go back to the bullpen and Ivan Nova would take his spot in the rotation. We will see next week if Hughes can continue his positive progression to let Girardi go back to a five man rotation.

And the final question is from @nyerkid625. His question was:

“How do you think Ubaldo Jimenez will do for the Cleveland Indians?”

Nyerkid, even though the Indians paid a lot to get Ubaldo, I think they will get a good return this season. Jimenez has pitched better the last two months and is starting to re-gain the control on his fastball that he had in the first half of 2010. The one reason I did not want the Yankees to obtain him was that he had a lack of control. Take a look at his game logs for this season and you will find a lot of games where he walks three batters or more. Kind of reminds you of A.J Burnett, doesn’t it? He will keep the Indians in the pennant race, but it will be tough to take down the Tigers and Justin Verlander with just one guy. They will need pitchers like Justin Masterson and Carlos Carrasco to give him some supporting help.


NYY @ CWS – 8/1/11

Lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (15-5, 2.56) vs. Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27)

Enjoy the game.

Pregame Notes:

— Looks like the Yankees are going with the 6-man rotation. Ivan Nova is now scheduled to pitch on Thursday in Chicago instead of Colon. Bartolo will get the start on Friday against the Red Sox.

— If Ivan Nova has another great start, and Hughes struggles again, Andrew Marchand of ESPNNY doesn’t see how the Yankees could leave Hughes in the rotation.

— Mike Axisa of RAB put up an interesting fun fact on his Twitter. “Brett Gardner has a .399 SLG. That would be the third highest on the White Sox behind Konerko (.550) and Quentin (.501).” Yikes, that means Gardner’s SLG is higher than Adam Dunn.

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