Burnett and Wang shut down Rangers, 9-2

After a rough outing by Joba Chamberlain and the bullpen last night led to a frustrating loss, it was up to AJ Burnett to get the Yankees back on track, taking on Ranger rookie Derek Holland, a big-time pitching prospect.  The Yankees helped Burnett out right away by getting ahead against Holland early, something they have done consistently during their recent stretch of successful play.

Derek Jeter got the first inning going by recording the first of his 3 hits in the game, a liner to center field.  After Johnny Damon, the only Yankee without a hit today, struck out, Mark Teixeira launched a home run to left field to put the Yankees up 2-0.  After Burnett retired the side in the 1st, the Yankees got to Holland again.  Consecutive doubles by Kevin Cash and Jeter plated another run, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

That would be all the scoring that the Yankees would need, as Burnett threw 6 shutout innings, walking 4 and allowing 3 hits while striking out 6. … Click here to read the rest

Injury Updates: Bruney, Melky, and Posada

Pete Abe comes up with the news:

Melky Cabrera: He had an MRI and will be sent back to New York tomorrow to be examined by team doctor Chris Ahmad. The initial diagnosis is that he will be out 5-7 days. If it’s more than that, they will probably DL him and call up an infielder.

That does not sound too bad. Gardner has been playing well lately, so the club should survive without Melky for a bit. I just hope that the injury does not pull Melky out of his incredible groove. Furthermore, it seems that the offense is going to get a boost over the weekend:

Jorge Posada: He will be activated on Friday in Cleveland unless he gets hit by a bus in Tampa. He’s probably only going to work out tomorrow. Joe Girardi it was a “strong possibility” that Posada would be activated which is way of saying, “Posada will be activated.”

This probably spells the end for Angel Berroa, although I guess it is possible that Kevin Cash or even Cervelli is sent packing.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: The All Star Game

Ben over at RAB had the following to say about the ASG:

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For some reason, Major League Baseball insists on turning the All Star Game, a glorified exhibition for the game’s best players, into something that plays a determining role in the World Series, the game’s crowning event. It doesn’t make sense. It never will; it never has; and as long as the All Star Game continues to count, the popular fan vote method of balloting will continue to be utterly absurd.

The link between the ASG and home field really does not bother me. Is this really any more arbitrary than alternating years, or flipping a coin? I have heard no legitimate solution to this issue, and therefore MLB’s insistence on this particular arbitrary method does not rile me up. In regard to the fan voting, on a basic level, this does not perturb me either. This is an exhibition, and the fans want to see certain players.… Click here to read the rest

Joba On Right Pace

Joba Chamberlain has had an eventful week, as he was hit on the knee by a line drive in the first inning of one start and only lasted 4 innings in the next one. While these two aborted starts were not fun to watch or live in the same city as Mike Francesa after, they did come with one interesting benefit. According to ESPN, Joba is now on pace to throw 152 innings this season, which is about where most are speculating his innings cap to be set. Of course, the Yankees want Joba to go deeper into games and compile more innings per start, and hopefully he does. However, this does mean that the issue may be much less complicated than we expected before the season.

Before anyone starts with the Joba to the bullpen garbage (I turned on Francesa today for the first time since coming back from the year in Boston, and he stated unequivocally that Joba would never be an electric starter), Joba is currently the second best starter on the Yankees (2nd in ERA, 3rd in K’s).… Click here to read the rest

What the #$@#!&#!! are the Yankees doing with Chien-Ming Wang?

You’d think that any problems with your number 2 starter would be watched very, very carefully.  You would think that a young, inexpensive pitcher who throws a 95mph sinker would merit some special attention. You’d think that rehabilitation for a guy that won 19 games in back-to-back seasons despite being a ground ball pitcher backed by the worst defense in recent memory would be of the highest priority for your baseball team.  Why is it, then, that the New York Yankees don’t even seem to have a plan (or a clue) when it comes to the health of Chien-Ming Wang?

First they completely chowder his initial rehab, despite having almost SEVEN MONTHS to rehab.  The guy was soft-tossing on OCTOBER 17th, for @#$$’s sake.  Yet it took the 3 worst back-to-back-to-back starts in baseball history to recognize that something was off in his rehab!!

Next, they put him on the D.L. and begin a rehab assignment in extended Spring Training, culminating in AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre with 13 scoreless innings, but still a noticeable lack of his traditional velocity. … Click here to read the rest

Selig Cuts MLB Draft Bonuses

From Craig Calcaterra for NBC Sports:

Maury Chass reports that Major League Baseball is putting the screws to the owners to keep signing bonuses down this year:

Bud Selig has repeatedly cautioned clubs about the economy, and at the owners’ meeting last Thursday he told them he was doing something about it and sternly advised them to listen. The commissioner told the owners that his office planned to roll back the recommended signing bonuses for the June 9 amateur draft by 10 percent . . . The clubs will get their rolled back numbers this week. The slotting system is confidential, and clubs aren’t supposed to know what figures other clubs are allotted.

As Chass notes, the slotting system — which is intended to hold down signing bonuses — is pretty ineffective as a collusion device. Owners routinely ignore it when it’s in their best interests to do so, and with a guy like Stephen Strasburg sitting out there this year — I can’t imagine that even a normally Selig-compliant team like the Nats are going to let him go due to some misguided adherence to Commissioner Bud.

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Yankees Fall 7-3 To Rangers As Joba Struggles

  • Melky Cabrera strained his shoulder running into the wall in the first inning last night, and has an MRI scheduled for later today. He said that it does not feel too bad and that it should only keep him out a few days. We shall see.
  • Joba Chamberlain looked awful last night, going just 4 innings and allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struggled with his velocity and location all night, and was once again weak in the first inning. Coming off a 9 day layoff and a knee injury, he has an excuse, but be sure to tune into WFAN today to hear 6 hours of Joba to the bullpen talk.
  • Joe Girardi went to Alfredo Aceves in the 5th inning with Joba only at 84 pitches. It was the right move to try and win a close game, and it paid off at first when the Yankees tied the game in the top of the 6th.
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