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Yankees (33-27) vs. Indians (34-26)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 4.50) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (3-7, 5.33)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Gardner LF
Cervelli C

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 7:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 4.50) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (3-7, 5.33)

Sat: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39) vs RHP Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18)

Sun: RHP Freddy Garcia (4-5, 3.86) vs RHP Josh Tomlin (7-3, 3.71)

Mon: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-4, 4.37) vs RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 4.52)

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The Yankees have been busy since Cliff Lee stunned the baseball world and retreated to the quiet confines of Citizen’s Bank Park, home of those welcoming Philadelphia types. (Unless you happen to be Santa Clause, that is). After devoting the entire offseason plan to signing Lee, you couldn’t really blame Brian Cashman and company if they didn’t have a plan B. But, much to my amazement and joy, they did! And they didn’t waste any time whatsoever in implementing it!

It seems plan B consists of signing every retread and injury-prone player still available. First, they landed their big-name pitcher in Mark Prior. Who cares if Prior hasn’t thrown a ML pitch in 4 years and has a history of shoulder ailments dating back 7 seasons? He was once one of the best right-handed starters in the majors. Then, virtually in tandem with signing Prior, the Yankees swooped in and grabbed C Russell Martin. Who cares if Jesus Montero is waiting in the wings to prove why he’s one of the 5 best prospects in MLB? The Yankees just signed a catcher who lost 1/2 of 2010 to hip surgery; a guy who once was an All-Star for the Dodgers but had played so well over the past three seasons that they flat out released him. To address a leaky bullpen, today the Yanks signed Pedro Feliciano, formerly of the Mets. Ok, so, he’s thrown in a ML leading 408 games over the past 5 years, but he’s only 34. Oh…right.

In defense of the signings, each does bring something positive – Martin does have a history of throwing out runners (2nd best percentage in baseball since he broke in). Prior is one of those low-risk, high-reward types; if he can throw effectively and recapture some of his early magic, he beats anything the Yankees currently have lined up for the end of the rotation. And Feliciano is a lefty-specialist who was put into bad situations over the past two years by Jerry Manuel. Nobody has been better at keeping LH hitters off base over the past three seasons.

But each also brings questions, and not just about durability. Can Martin still move behind the plate to be an effective defensive catcher? And potentially relegating Montero to the bench certainly won’t endear him to many who bleed Pinstripes – after all, we’ve been salivating at the thought of watching him launch moonshots for 3 years now. Will Feliciano be nearly as effective in the AL East, particularly against the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Nick Markakis and Carl Crawford?

In the meantime, the biggest questions surrounding the 2011 Yankees have yet to be addressed: starting pitching, a quality set-up reliever, outfield and infield depth.

Plenty of rumours continue to swirl around the team, especially when it comes to starters. Zach GreinkeFausto CarmonaCarlos Zambrano and Felix Hernandez have all been mentioned as potential trade targets. Greinke and Carmona are probably far-fetched possibilities; both have team friendly contracts with teams that are looking to bring in an entire farm system in return. While Jack Zduriencek is known for trading, you can reasonably expect that he’ll want a kings ransom in return for King Felix (after all, he did just win a Cy Young for a last place team). Zambrano may be easier to get, but his temper amy be more destructive than his ability to win 20 games. And of course, we all wait on Andy Pettitte’s decision on whether or not to come back for a 17th season.

Infield rumors were centered on Bill Hall and Jeff Keppinger. There are reports that Hall just signed with Houston, which would seemingly make Keppinger an easier get. But really, is Keppinger that much of an upgrade over Ramiro Pena? Certainly not defensively – and his bat doesn’t make up the difference. As far as RH relievers and OF go, there hasn’t been any action to speak of. On the relief front, time is getting short. With Bobby Jenks, Matt  Guerrier, Jesse Crain, J.J. Putz, Matt Albers, Kerry Wood and Joaquin Benoit already signing elsewhere, there aren’t many proven relievers left on the market. Thus far, nobody has even whispered what the Yankees plan to give their OF some depth. MLBTR has a listing of the available free agents here: there are some intriguing names on the list (including old friends Eric Hinske, Austin Kearns and Johnny Damon).

It’s only December, so Cashman gets an incomplete on this years offseason. But March is coming quickly and the most glaring problems – the ones that sent the Yankees home to watch this year’s World Series – remain, while players who could fill those voids are signing elsewhere. Heck, it was even reported that the Yankees no longer have the game’s highest payroll, a testament not only to Boston’s spending but to Cashman’s not spending.

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Yankees (63-36) at Indians (42-58)

Pitching Matchup

RHP A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (10-7, 3.51)

Lineup

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

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I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting lately. I’ve been without power for the last couple of days.

Here are the pitching probables for the rest of the series:

Wed: RHP A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (10-7, 3.51)

Thurs: RHP Sergio Mitre (0-2, 3.99) vs RHP Mitch Talbot (8-9, 4:08)

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Indians (17-28) at Yankees (28-19)

Pitching Matchup

RHP Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45)

Lineup

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

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

Fri: RHP Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72) vs RHP Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45)

Sat: LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.86) vs LHP David Huff (2-6, 5.25)

Sun: RHP A.J. Burnett (5-2, 3.55) vs RHP Justin Masterson (0-5, 6.13)

Mon: LHP Andy Pettitte (6-1, 2.62) vs RHP Mitch Talbot (6-3, 3.73)

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