Cueto brilliant in 10-2 Reds victory; Gordon unable to Aaron Small himself out of disappointing start

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In a game the Reds sorely needed to win to avoid being swept at home, Johnny Cueto came up huge, hurling seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball — the lone blemish on his ledger a Nick Swisher solo home run in the second — and enabling the Reds to beat the Yankees 10-2. The loss snapped the Bombers’ four-game win streak — which tied the team’s high water mark for consecutive victories — prevented the Yankees from sweeping their third three-game set of the season and represented the team’s largest margin of defeat in 2011.

Brian Gordon, who pitched well enough in his debut last week against the Rangers, wasn’t as sharp this time out, throwing five innings of four-run ball. All four runs came via the long ball, as Gordon surrendered two home runs to Chris Heisey of all people, and a solo shot to Johnny Gomes. The three home runs allowed tied a season-high for a Yankee starter.… Click here to read the rest

Cashman Speaks

Brian Cashman spoke on a few different things yesterday, so I thought I’d weight in.

First up from LoHud (H/T RAB):

On yesterday’s starter Brian Gordon:

“Everybody was like, ‘This guy looks like he can help us,’ ” Cashman said. “I’m not afraid to take a chance.”

Sounds about right. It’s Cashman’s job to find guys who are going to help the Yankees win and for at least one day, he did that. I’ll say it again, the Yankees don’t hate their prospects.

On prospects and the catching situation:

The GM said he doesn’t want to rush prospects before their time.

Cashman was brutally honest as usual when it came to the backup catcher situation. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing seven of the last eight games. Francisco Cervelli, who has struggled offensively and defensively, had subbed for him. Cashman wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero to play. That’s why he isn’t being brought up to back up Martin and get occasional DH at-bats.

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Please stop the Brian Gordon hand wringing

During the game last night, we heard that the Yankees essentially “poached” pitcher Brian Gordon from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the AAA affiliate for the Phillies, so that he could (most likely) start the game for the Bombers on Thursday that is vacated by Bartolo Colon. Gordon had a minor league opt out in his contract with Philadelphia and exercised it so he could pitch in the Majors.

Gordon is a converted outfielder who has a career .781 OPS in the minors. He started pitching full time in 2007 at the age of 2008 when he was 28. Since then, he’s pitched in 168 games, 22 of them starts. In 366.2 innings, he’s got a 3.09 ERA, 1.156 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, and a 7.7 K/9. Those are pretty solid numbers, so we’ll have to see if they translate to the Majors for (at least) one game. In 2008, he pitched 4.0 innings for the Rangers, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 0 walks and 1 strikeout.… Click here to read the rest

Brian Gordon may get Thursday afternoon start against Rangers

During last night’s game word came that the Yankees signed minor league hurler Brian Gordon, and may start him on Thursday afternoon against the Rangers. Gordon has been in the Phillies’ system this season, and per RAB, he has pitched to a 2.55 FIP in nine starts and three relief appearances (55.1 IP) with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He’s also leading the International League with a 1.14 ERA.… Click here to read the rest