Replacing Gardner

One other thing that may have affected the choice, however, is the fact that the Yankees aren’t carrying many outfielders on their 40 man roster at the moment. Other than the major leaguers listed as outfielders, Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa are the only replacements that could be recalled at the moment. Dewayne Wise is on fire at the Triple-A level, yes, but he’d need to be added to the 40 man roster to come up now and then designated for assignment when Gardner is ready to return. If it’s going to be a short term issue for Gardner, it’s probably not worth the possibility of losing some of your roster depth now to get an extra below average big leaguer on your bench for two weeks.

Unfortunately, this puts the Yankees in a bit of a tough spot where their lineup is concerned, as they still need a starting leftfielder every day, and the only guys available to fill that roll are Andruw Joness and Raul Ibanez (or perhaps Eduardo Nunez, depending on how willing the Yankees are to give him playing time in the outfield), and there are obvious limitations to both.…

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Musing on Hughes before his start

Here we go again. Another Phil Hughes start will come tonight, and once more, we’ll be crossing our fingers and hoping for something to click. As as I write this, I can’t help but feel bad, like I’m setting Hughes up for failure.

The first step in setting someone up for failure is...

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Clunky Kuroda and blown chances sink Yankees

The Twins were all over Kuroda in the first inning. Denard Span started things with a single. Jamey Carroll doubled to left to score Span. Joe Mauer then hit an opposite field double to left that became a ground rule double and Carroll scored. After a Josh Willingham ground out, Justin Morneau then hit a bomb to right center that bounced off the back of the  to plate Mauer and himself and four runs had scored. Chris Parmelee singled and it seemed the inning would never end, but Kuroda managed to escape further damage.

The Yankees did not take long to welcome Jason Marquis to the American League in the bottom of the first. Derek Jeter started things off with a single. Curtis Granderson walked. Mark Teixeira just missed his first homer of the season as he flew out to deep center.  Robinson Cano doubled to drive in Jeter. Nick Swisher singled to center to score Granderson and Cano. Raul Ibanez then singled to send Swisher to third.…

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Hiroki gets Hi-rocked, Yanks fall to Twins (plus Gardner to the DL)

After a dominant outing against the Angels, in which he came a few outs shy of pitching a complete game shutout, Hiroki Kuroda took the mound against the Twins looking to keep the momentum going.  Kuroda was in for a tough assignment because the Twins’ lineup featured a number of left-handed hitters...

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Game 12: Yanks vs. Twins

Game Three of the Yankees vs. Twins series will feature a matchup of Jason Marquis (scroll down for a scouting report) and new fan favorite, Hiroki Kuroda. Lineups:

Minnesota:

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF Read more