I am going to ditch my typical recap format because I do not have the heart for it right now. The lone bright spot last night was Mark Melancon, who pitched two shutout innings of varying quality, with one going 1-2-3 and the other having him load the bases...
1st batter: Broke Jacoby Ellsbury’s bat on a 95 mph fastball.
2nd batter: Dustin Pedroia flies out on the first pitch, 95 mph.
3rd batter: Gets David Ortiz to pop up on a 96 mph fastball, after getting strike 1 looking on a 95 mph heater.
A very impressive debut for Melancon, and he couldn’t have thrown...
LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.53)
RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 3.18)
Notables: Damon out with general soreness (he ran into the monster yesterday),
Gardner leading off,
With all of the changes to the Yankees roster over the last few days, I thought it would be constructive to lay out the roster as it currently stands and highlight some possible upcoming changes.
C: Jorge Posada
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Angel Berroa
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Brett Gardner
According to Pete Abe, Mark Melancon and Dave Robertson have been promoted to the bigs, taking the roster spots of Brian Bruney and Chien-Ming Wang, who were placed on the DL. Melancon was not on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees DFA’d Humberto Sanchez to make space for Melancon. I’ll have more analysis...
Scranton defeats Rochester, 6-2
- Alfredo Aceves put together his best outing of the season, giving up 4 hits and a walk in 6 2/3 shutout innings, and striking out 6. However, his ERA on the season is 5.74, a result of his early struggles.
- Anthony Claggett walked 1 in 1 1/3 shutout innings.
- Shelley Duncan was 2 for...
RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0,5.06)
LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.50)
- First incarnation of the greatest rivalry in baseball (or all sports?). Both teams just starting to hit their strides at 9-6 apiece
- Both young aces also have yet to catch their rhythm. Both Joba and Lester with ERAs in the fives.
- Watch Joba’s velocity. It’s still a little down from...