Some Quick Notes: Tonight’s Lineup and Roster Moves

Brett Gardner 8
Derek Jeter 6
Jacoby Ellsbury 0
Mark Teixeira 3
Brian McCann 2
Brian Roberts 4
Ichiro Suzuki 9
Kelly Johnson 7
Yangervis Solarte 5

Chase Whitley RHP

Roster move: RHP Bryan Mitchell was called up and Zoilo Almonte was sent down.

Oh, and you’re not seeing things, there is a 7 next to Johnson’s name. This is second start in LF for the Yankees. He made 50 such starts last year for Tampa. (Per Erik Boland of Newsday)

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

Waiting for a Sunday Night game is torture.

Here are some things you can do while waiting:

Enjoy your day!

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Saturday Night Victory Thread

The Yankees won!

Shane Greene pitched really well to earn the victory against the first place Orioles – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER/R, 2 BB and 9 K- Brian McCann seems to have remembered how to pitch and David Robertson shut the door in the ninth to earn his 23rd save in 25 tries.

So use this open thread to talk about how great Greene was, or how Robby Thomson has turned into Dale Sveum at third base – so many guys are getting thrown out at the plate this season. The Yankees actually lead the league in that stat.

Or talk about how well Robertson is doing in the closer role.

Or maybe you’d like to reminisce about Disco Demolition Night which occurred 35 years ago this evening in Chicago. I was alive at the time but don’t remember much about it.

And remember to be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers. Enjoy!

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Game 93: Greene vs. Tillman

Here is your game thread.

I don’t have anything clever to say. Just try to win, guys.

YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Shane Greene

ORIOLES
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

RHP Chris Tillman

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Game 92: Let’s End the First Half on a High Note

Adam Jones is in the midst of what may be his best season, despite posting a career-worst 2.8% walk rate – and, no, that isn’t a typo. The 34-year-old Nelson Cruz (the one that went unsigned until late February) is likewise in the midst of a career year, needing only five home runs to match his previous career-high (and he has three in nine July games). And Manny Machado has been tearing the cover off of the ball since his bat-throwing incident in early June.

In short, the Orioles seem to be the Bizarro Yankees – at least insofar as recent luck is concerned. If a bit of that luck can rub off on the Yankees, allowing them to sweep this series, they would sit a game back of first with a much-needed four game breather coming up.

Wouldn’t that be lovely?

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Brett Gardner, LF Nick Markakis, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Steve Pearce, DH
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Nelson Cruz, LF
Brian McCann, C Chris Davis, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B J.J.

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Quick Hit: Sabathia Won’t See Dr. Andrews On Monday

So CC Sabathia has decided to do things the Masahiro Tanaka way. He’s not going to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday as originally scheduled. Instead, he intends on seeing two other specialists first, Dodgers doctor Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic & Rangers doctor Keith Meister, and then he will see Dr. Andrews.

Hopefully all three doctors will have the same diagnosis and it won’t be, “You need to retire now.”

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Masahiro Tanaka Issues An Apology

Masahiro Tanaka has issued a statement apologizing to the Yankees and their fans for getting injured. I know…

“As recently announced from the team, I will be going through some treatment and rehab on my injured elbow over the next several weeks. I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love. Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.

 

“I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time. I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”

This reminds me of the 2006 season when poor Hideki Matsui nearly took off his wrist on a sliding catch and ended up missing a big chunk of the summer because of it.…

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Tonight’s Lineup at Baltimore: 7/11/14

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Robert Refsnyder moves to the outfield – for now

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It has been well documented that Robert Refsnyder has been hitting the ball very well this year. This follows a very quick journey through the Minors after ending his college career with a College World Series title and the MOP award. Last year, the Yankees moved Refsnyder to second base, as they thought his lack of power hitting would play better there than as a corner outfielder. No doubt this move looked even better when Robinson Cano left for Seattle.

Many people tagged Refsnyder as a prospect who could move through the system quickly, but learning a new position was likely to slow this process some. Earlier this week, however, Brian Cashman told the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate to have Refsnyder get back to playing some outfield and added to the rumor mill by saying that if he was to get the call this year it would likely be to play in the outfield. The Yankees sorely need some offense and, after reworking his swing with Marcus Thames in Trenton, Refnsnyder’s bat is begging for a chance in the Bronx (he’s hitting .308/.431/.551 right now).…

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