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The 25-man roster for the American League Division Series has been finalized by Joe Girardi. Here’s what it looks like:

Pitching: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, Cory Wade, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes.

Hitting: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Chris Dickerson, Rusell Martin, Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada.

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With the Yankees and Red Sox ready to square off in their second series tomorrow, 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin and The Office’s John Krasinski keep the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry going with a new spot for New Era titled “One Hitter” which will debut tomorrow during the opening game of the series. Check it out.

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During today’s Yankees-Red Sox game, New Era, the official on-field cap of MLB, will be unleashing their 2011 “Rivals are Forever” MLB Authentic cap commercial. The commercial will feature 30 Rock’s Alex Baldwin, a Yankees fan, and The Office’s John Krasinski, a die hard Red Sox fan. Here is a preview of some of the trash-talking that goes on:

Baldwin: “Classic Red Sox fan, go ahead and celebrate in April, we’ll dance in October.”

Krasinski: “How are you a Yankees fan at all?  It’s like being a huge fan of facism”…

Baldwin: “No, it’s like being a huge fan of winning, which we do, relentlessly.”

It has to be one of the best commercials I’ve seen in a long time. 

From the Press Release:

NEW ERA ENLISTS ALEC BALDWIN AND JOHN KRASINSKI IN REPRESENTING BASEBALL’S MOST EPIC RIVALRY

“We’ve created a campaign that inspires more passion and celebrates the most talked about aspect of Major League Baseball – the rivalry,” said Christopher H. Koch, CEO. “And we’ve taken one of baseball’s most recognizable rivalries and used it as a catalyst to ignite fans everywhere.”

The commercial is set to air throughout the season during Yankees/Red Sox games on: ESPN, FOX, the YES Network and NESN. They will also be shown on the following cable channels: Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Spike, FX and SNY.

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I want to thank Jason over at IIATMS for this schedule graphic (click to enlarge) :

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Here is the 2011 New York Yankees Opening Day Roster (Via The LoHud Yankees Blog):

Lineup: Brett Gardner LF, Derek Jeter SS, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Russell Martin C

Bench: Gustavo Molina C, Andruw Jones OF, Eric Chavez 1B/3B, Eduardo Nunez SS/2B

Rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia

Bullpen: Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala

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A bit late on this, but Baseball America has released the New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects for 2011. And here it is:

1. Jesus Montero
2. Gary Sanchez
3. Dellin Betances
4. Manny Banuelos
5. Andrew Brackman
6. Austin Romine
7. Hector Noesi
8. Eduardo Nunez
9. Slade Heathcott
10. Brandon Laird

No real surprises on the list. Montero ranking #1 makes sense, considering he could very well be holding the starting catcher position out of Spring Training at the start of next season. As you can tell by the list, some prospects have made considerable improvements. Sanchez (#7 in ’10) and Brackman (#10 in ’10) have moved up the ranks. The thing that has to catch your eye is Dellin Betances ranking #3 on this list. It just shows how good of a year he’s had, considering he was left off the top 10 list all together in 2010.

With Zach McAllister and Arodys Vizcaino leaving the team, it opened up some new spots for other propsects. New additions to this year’s list include: Noesi, Nunez and Laird.   (more…)

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The Yankees Opening Day/Home opener is on 3/31/2011. They’ll be playing the Detroit Tigers. They close the season in Tampa against the Rays on September 28th. 

2011 New York Yankees Schedule

From @BryanHoch:Yankees host Mets (May 20-22) COL (June 24-26) and MIL (June 28-30) Interleague. @ Cubs (June 17-19), Reds (June 20-22) & Mets (July 1-3).” 

From @RiverAveBlues:  

  • “12 of the Yankees first 15 games next are at home. 20 of the first 27 as well.”
  • “The Yanks play 30 games from July 1st to August 1st next year, 21 on the road.”
  • “Last three series are home against TB (2 gms), home vs Red Sox (3 gms), then at TB (3 gms)”

From the Associated Press: 

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league baseball schedule for 2011 features a midweek start in March, a late September ending and the Chicago Cubs’ first visit to Fenway Park in nearly 100 years.       

Five openers are set for Thursday, March 31, although one of them is expected to be moved up to the night of March 30.

  

The regular season is set to end on Sept. 28. By opening and closing a week earlier this year, the 2011 World Series will finish in October, barring any postponements. Game 7 this year is set for Nov. 4. 

The Cubs will play a three-game series in Boston starting on May 20. The Cubs last played at Fenway Park in the 1918 World Series. (more…)

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I realize there’s still a lot of work to do before we wrap 2010, but it’s never too early to think about next year. After all, the Yankees as a team are about one thing, and one thing only: winning World Championships. That means this year, next year and all the years after.

Without a doubt, one of the big questions going into next season will be the starting rotation. What began this year as a pillar of strength has eroded, as injuries to Andy Pettite and sub-par performances from AJ Burnett and Javier Vazquez have left gaping holes in the rotation. Let’s face it, there have been times in the second half where it seems the starters were playing CC Sabathia and the Seven Dwarfs. Taking a look into the crystal ball, here’s what I see for next year’s starting five:

  1. CC Sabathia
  2. Phil Hughes
  3. Cliff Lee
  4. Andy Pettite
  5. AJ Burnett

Let’s break them down.

CC Sabathia: CC has been the quintessential ace for the Yankees this year. Forget the numbers; what he’s provided the Yankee braintrust (and us fans, too) is stability. In a season when every game begins with everyone wondering of the starting pitcher will survive the 5th inning, CC has gone out there every 5 days and given the team 7 or more quality innings. He has been worth every penny of his contract. Yes, CC will be a year older and you have to wonder when all the innings over the past five seasons will begin to take a toll on his very broad shoulders, but for now CC is the undisputed Bronx Ace.

Phil Hughes: Phil-thy has blossomed into the top of the rotation stud the Yankees envisioned when they picked him in the first round in 2004. Although he’s struggled some in the second half, he’s also pitching more often than at any time in his career. With his effort this season, he’s earned the right to be considered the #2 started for 2011.

Cliff Lee: I know he’s not a Yankee. Yet. But there can be little doubt that Lee will be the #1 target of the team this off-season. While the Rangers will certainly make a serious push for Lee, I can’t see anyone seriously trying to outbid the Yankees. (I smell something along the lines of a 5 year, $130M contract, with a couple of mutual options thrown in). Lee would be considered the ace on most teams; it says something about this team’s depth that he would start the year as the #3 guy.

Andy Pettite: Andy remains a question mark. Will he want to come back next year? If he does, the Yankees will slot him into the 4 spot. He certainly deserves to come back. The injury that’s kept him sidelined for most of the second half is the kind that happens to older pitchers, but no doubt he’s been extremely effective when on the mound. If not, then the 4 spot goes to…

AJ Burnett: The Yankees answer to the enigma wrapped inside a riddle. He possesses ace stuff, but has yet to demonstrate that he can reliably command any of his pitches . A career .500 pitcher is ok in the 5 spot, though – although the Yankees certainly expect more from their huge investment than a number 5 starter.

There are questions, of course. What if Lee signs elsewhere? What if Pettite doesn’t come back? I think the Yankees can withstand one of those two possibilities, since there are plenty of other options for a fifth starter type. Certainly, the Yankees would consider internal options (Joba Chamberlain) and external (Ted Lilly). But this is my best guess as to how things work out for 2011. As for Vazquez, i fully expect him to be kicked to the curb faster than you can say “85 mph fastball.”

We’ll see if I’m right in March. In the meantime, what does the rest of the Universe think?

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