A DH! A DH! My Kingdom for a DH!

Via Bryan Hoch’s Twitter, (again H/T RAB, Nick Johnson has suffered a setback in his wrist surgery rehab. This likely shoots any hope that OBP Jesus will return this season and leaves the Yankees looking for a full time DH option. They could continue to use Jorge Posada as a...

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Could Cliff Lee change dugouts tonight?

Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees are on the brink of obtaining Cliff Lee from the Mariners. I hate Joel Sherman with the burning fire of 1,000 suns (that is in...

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A-Rod spearheads comeback charge against Mariners as Yanks top Seattle 3-1

The Yankees picked up an exciting come-from-behind victory in the first of four against Seattle, beating the Mariners 3-1.

Andy Pettitte and Jason Vargas were locked in a...

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Buster says: No deal for Lee (yet)

  1. Treating Hughes like a yo-yo and bouncing him back into the bullpen, no matter how good he was last year in that role
  2. Trading Montero for a rental
  3. Trading Javy for mere bench strength. This guy has all the ability in the world and should not be jettisoned just “because”.

If the Yanks could swap Javy, Montero and other prospects for Lee (and an extension) and a potentially impact bat, would you do it?

UPDATE: Craig Calcaterra at HBT/NBC has a take worth repeating:

Final thought: if the Yankees get Lee for prospects who aren’t missed and then turn Vazquez into a useful bat, doesn’t that make Brian Cashman the GM of the year? After all: those aren’t mere money moves. Those moves — going back to getting Vazquez from the Braves — are all trades that (a) vastly improved the Yankees’ competitively speaking; but (b) were also trades that most any team could have made but didn’t.

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Game 85: Yankees 3, Mariners 1

Vargas was still pitching in the eighth, but gave up a walk to Rodriguez and a single to Robinson Cano before Seattle replaced him with Brian Sweeney.  Rodriguez made a heads up base running play to get to third on a wild pitch.  He scored when Jorge Posada grounded into a double play, tying the game at 1-1.

Pettitte made it through eight innings, but the game was still tied heading into the ninth.  Derek Jeter walked with one out and Nick Swisher, who had an incredible night, double to right, putting runners on second and third.  Mark Teixeira popped out, but Rodriguez delivered with two outs, singling to right and sending Jeter and Swisher home.  Mariano Rivera came in for the bottom of the ninth to close the game and sat the Mariners hitters down in order, giving the Yankees the 3-1 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-4 with three strikeouts and stranding five baserunners.

Mark Teixeira: He went 1-5 and stranded six base runners.…

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Yanks about to land Cliff Lee?

UPDATEJack Curry sums up our fears darn well:

@JackCurryYES Anyone weeping about possible departure of Montero, baseball execs said there are few prospects you’d protect if Lee is the payoff.

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