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Item 1: Derek Jeter will be a Yankee in 2011 and get paid like the Derek Jeter of 2000, not 2010. At least that’s the scuttlebutt coming from Wallace Matthews of ESPN. The good news is that no other teams have even bothered contacting Casey Close, Jeter’s agent. Nor do they have any plans on doing so, since they would rather pay Jeter on a Marco Scutaro type contract, not a Derek Jeter type contract. (On an aside,why does every sportswriter want to compare Jeter to Scutaro? If Jeter isn’t offended by that comparison, then he’s made of sterner stuff than I imagined).  Even though Hal Steinbrenner sounded a note of hardball negotiations last week, Matthews’ sources think it’s more bluster than anything else. As he wrote,

“…although the Yankees appear to hold most of the leverage in this one, both sources agreed they are unlikely to wield very much of it.”

The even better news is that it dashes Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle’s hopes of putting Jeter into a Giants uniform.

Item 2: Baseball’s latest arms war, better known as the Cliff Lee bidding war, has begun. As expected, Brian Cashman was on the phone with Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, first thing Sunday morning. Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), the general managers for several other teams were also burning up Braunecker’s minutes on Sunday. Those teams are reputed to be the Rangers and Phillies – and then several long-shot candidates, including the Nationals, Brewers and Cubs. Given the financial situations of those last three teams and the fact that Lee is expected to get a contract somewhere north of 6 years/$125M, I doubt you can consider them serious contenders. That leaves the Yanks, Phillies and Rangers battling it out. Regardless, Braunecker has been busy telling everyone and anyone not to expect anything soon:

“Historically, these deals take some time,” Braunecker told the Daily News in a telephone interview Monday. “When you look at the calendar and we’re already into the second week of November; we don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we don’t anticipate this happening too quickly.”

The Rangers desperately need Lee back, since without him they don’t make it to the World Series last year. Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg has made no secret that he has every intention of bidding high. Ruben Amaro of the Phillies has to be kicking himself (and is being kicked bythe Philly press) for trading Lee away last off-season for what was basically nothing. And the Yankees really don’t have a plan B for 2011 without Lee. There aren’t really any internal options now, although one of the “Killer Bs” (Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, and Manny Banuelos) may be ready for a late-season call up. This dovetails neatly into…

Item 3: Has anyone heard from Andy Pettitte? Not really – and the Yankees aren’t figuring to hear from Andy before Thanksgiving. Although I love Andy for what he’s done in the past and think he can still be an extremely effective pitcher in 2011, he is beginning to remind me of Brett Favre. As much as the Yankees would love to have Cliff Lee in pinstripes, if neither he nor Pettitte are around in 2011, the Yankees rotation looks to be paper thin. Pettitte is the key, since regardless of what happens with Lee, if he decides not to come back then the team is stuck with Ivan Nova or a journeyman (quick: how fast can you say Dustin Moseley?) in the 5 spot. Neither can be particularly enticing. Although I can say that possibility would give Joe Girardi’s binder a heck of a workout.

Item 4: And finally, speaking of giving the Girardi Binder a workout, the pages would be burned out by May if Mariano Rivera doesn’t wear pinstripes in 2011. Fortunately, nobody really expects that to happen. But it does appear that Rivera’s contract has taken a back seat to those of Jeter and Pettitte, which has to give Yankee fans everywhere at least momentary heart palpitations.

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NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 23: CC Sabathia

…anybody’s guess at this point. There are plenty of options available, but none of them really good options. Here’s aquick rundown:

1. CC Sabathia: Yes, it would mean the big guy would be going on short rest. There’s a good chance CC needs a breather, since he certainly hasn’t looked like a 20 game winner over his three previous starts (1-2, 5.19 ERA) going into last night. But when looking at the rest of the list, he may be the Yankees best option.

2. AJ Burnett: The Yankees aren’t paying him nearly $83 million to  be a long reliever. But then, I doubt they paid him that kind of cash to post a 10-15 record with an ERA north of 5 this season, either. Simply put, with AJ it’s a crapshoot. If he gets the nod in game 4, the long relief better start getting warmed up in the first inning. Or we may be treated to the second ever post-season no-hitter. Who knows?

3. Ivan Nova: Start a rookie with 7 major league starts in the playoffs, in what might be the most crucial game of the year? Yikes. If the team is up 3-0 against their opponent, maybe. But Nova has had trouble getting out of the fifth inning, making him ideally suited to a long-relief role.

4. Javier Vazquez: 2004. Dead arm. Hit three consecutive batters in his last appearance. Quite frankly, if he’s even on the post-season roster I’ll be amazed. But such is the state of the rotation that the Yankee brass has to at least consider it.

5. Dustin Moseley: Moseley has playoff experience. Ok, it was one inning in the 2007 ALDS for the Angels. But he hasn’t been awful since getting called up in July, which is saying a lot when compared to options 2 & 4.

6. Sergio Mitre: Joe Girardi seems to have a soft spot for Mitre; otherwise, how to explain his being on the team? If he gets the start in game 4 it means the Yankees are making plans to attend Oktoberfest, not the World Series.

So, what do you think? Should the game 4 starter be one of the above, or someone else?

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NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 21: Phil HughesRed Sox (86-68) at Yankees (92-63)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (17-8, 4.31) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Berkman DH
Granderson CF
Gardner LF (more…)

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For those of you who haven’t heard, the Yankees made a late pitching change today – before tonight’s tilt with the Red Sox even begins.

Mr. Philthy is taking his regular turn tonight, while scheduled starter Dustin Moseley is relegated to the bullpen.

Is this a panic move on manager Joe Girardi‘s part? Well, let’s see:

  • Throughout September, Girardi has stressed health over winning. Today, he sounded a new tune: “We need to win games“.
  • The Yankees September record is 10-13. Had they played the entire season this way, the team would sort a record of 67-88.
  • On August 31, the Yankees had a 1 game lead over Tampa Bay. They enter tonight’s game with a 1 1/2 game deficit. On August 31, the Yankees had the best record in MLB. Today, the team has dropped to owning the 4th best record.
  • Entering last weekend, the Yankees seemed as if they could, at the least, coast into the wild card. Entering the final week of the season, they face the very real prospect of getting swept by Boston – and swept out of the playoffs.

I wouldn’t necessarily call it panic – yet (after all, Mt. Steinbrenner Junior hasn’t erupted). But it does mean that somebody switched a light on in Girardi’s head. Being healthy for the playoffs is a wonderful thing. But, you should probably worry about clinching a playoff spot before worrying about how healthy you are in October. After all, failing to make the playoffs means you have all of October to get healthy – and November, December, January…

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight against the Boston Red Sox. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81) vs RHP Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)

Sat: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.37) vs LHP Jon Lester (18-8, 3.06)

Sun: RHP Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.94) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)

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Yankees (87-55) at Rangers (79-63)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.83) vs LHP Cliff Lee (10-8, 3.37

Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Thames DH
Cano 2B
Posada C
Kearns LF
Nunez 3B
Golson RF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Texas Rangers tonight. They’ll be playing at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Javier Vazquez (10-9, 5.01) vs LHP C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.10)

Sat: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.15) vs RHP Tommy Hunter (12-3, 3.99)

Sun: RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.83) vs LHP Cliff Lee (10-8, 3.37)

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Athletics (65-64) at Yankees (80-50)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Trevor Cahill (14-5, 2.43) vs RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.53)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada C
Thames DH
Granderson CF
Pena 3B (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Athletics tonight in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Trevor Cahill (14-5, 2.43) vs RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.53)

Tue: RHP Vin Mazzaro (6-6, 3.61) vs RHP Phil Hughes (15-6, 4.12)

Wed: LHP Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.32) vs RHP A.J. Burnett (9-12, 5.17)

Thurs: LHP Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28) vs LHP C.C. Sabathia (18-5, 3.14)

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Yankees (77-48) at Blue Jays (65-59)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Dustin Moseley (3-2, 4.76) vs LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 4.76)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Thames DH
Posada C
Kearns LF
Granderson CF
Nunez 3B (more…)

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As we get ready for tonight’s tilt with the Blue Jays, a few thoughts from last night’s game:

  • If Ivan Nova was brought up with the idea of resting the pitching staff, it seems somebody forgot to tell Joe Girardi. Nova only pitched 5 1/3 innings, throwing 73 pitches. After a rough 1st inning, he settled in nicely. Other than a poorly located pitch to Jose Bautista, he didn’t give the Jays anything. I’m still scratching my head over Girardi’s decision to yank Nova in the 6th and use 3 relievers last night, particularly with Dustin Moseley (averaging 5 2/3 innings per start) and Phil Hughes (he of the innings limit) coming up next. Assuming Nova maintained his 14 pitch/inning rate (not improbable), he wouldn’t have hit 100 pitches until the 9th inning. Strange, but I’m sure Girardi had his reasons.
  • What was with that line-up? I understand Derek Jeter needed a night off. But by putting Jorge Posada in the DH role, that left the bottom of the Yankees line-up looking more like the bottom of the line-up for Scranton-Wilkes Barre. A better option would have been to start Posada behind the plate and pencil in Austin Kearns (who’s been hitting pretty well, btw) into the DH role. I also would have batted Curtis Granderson 2nd and Nick Swisher 6th, since Swish is a far better run producer than Granderson. That would have left the Yankees with

Gardner LF; Granderson CF; Teixeira 1B; Cano 2B; Posada C; Swisher RF; Kearns DH; Pena 3B; Nunez  SS

Then, tonight you could have DH’d Posada and an 8-9 of Francisco Cervelli and Pena. As it was, the Yankees got exactly the kind offense you could expect from the line-up Girardi put out there.

  • Speaking of Bautista, two questions come to mind: First, why are the Yankees still throwing him fastballs? Second, is anyone else just a little suspicious that Bautista has nearly tripled his career high for home-runs while playing in the same town that Anthony Galea calls home?
  • Finally, I can’t wait to see what the umpires have in store for us tonight. MLB sent what might be the worst umpiring crew I’ve seen all season to work this series – and that’s really saying something. The HP ump couldn’t find the strike zone, leaving both teams hollering at him. The first base ump blew a call that obviously cost the Yankees a run. You also have to wonder if that call might have caused just a moment’s loss of concentration for Nova, since it was the following AB that Bautista did his best Barry Bonds act.

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Ontario. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Brandon Morrow (9-6, 4.45)

Tue: RHP Dustin Moseley (3-2, 4.76) vs LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 4.76)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes (15-5, 3.90) vs LHP Brett Cecil (10-6, 3.90)

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