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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78) vs RHP Chris Young (0-0, 3.50)

Wed: RHP David Phelps (0-0, 3.86) vs LHP Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54)

Thurs: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-2, 5.28) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.40)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Thurs: RHP Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.37) vs RHP Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82)

Fri: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59) vs RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50)

Sat: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3, 4.17) vs LHP Joe Saunders (4-5, 5.20)

Sun: RHP David Phelps (4-3, 4.15) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58)

Phil Hughes

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Curtis Granderson

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Yankees (24-14) vs. Mariners (18-20)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.23) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (5-2, 1.53)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Wells DH
Granderson LF
Overbay 1B
Nix SS
Suzuki RF
Nelson 3B
Romine C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.23) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (5-2, 1.53)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes  (2-2, 4.43) vs RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-1, 1.74)

Thurs: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-2, 3.83) vs RHP Aaaron Harang (1-4, 7.30)

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Yankees (88-57) vs. Mariners (61-85)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.41) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (14-11, 3.15)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira DH
Cano 2B
Swisher 1B
Chavez 3B
Gardner LF
Dickerson RF
Romine C (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.41) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (14-11, 3.15)

Tue: RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.27) vs LHP Charlie Furbush (3-8 4.84)

Wed: RHP Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.94) vs LHP Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.49)

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Yankees (61-40) vs. Mariners (43-60)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 9.47)  vs RHP Felix Hernandez (8-9, 3.47)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 1:05p.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 AL West shapes up as a showdown of pitching vs. offense, with the team that used to set the standard now entrenched as an also-ran and a rebuilding effort in the Great Northwest. In what should be essentially a two-team race, the nod goes to the A’s and their young guns.

Oakland surprised many by posting the best rotation ERA in the league last season. Despite trading Vin Mazzaro to Kansas City this offseason, the A’s still look to have easily the best rotation in their division, while adding Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes to what was an already impressive bullpen may give the team the best top-to-bottom staff in the league. Given their ages, one can only expect the rotation, led by Brett Anderson and strike-out machine Gio Gonzalez to continue to improve. While the offense is still underwhelming, adding Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus to the under-rated Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki should provide enough punch to lead the A’s to their first division title since 2006.

The defending league champions will miss the departed Vladimir Guerrero‘s bat, but that’s not the piece that looks to derail the Texas Rangers bid to repeat. Losing Cliff Lee and not replacing him with anyone has led them to scramble to find starters from their relief corps and a few reclamation projects, such as Brandon Webb. The Rangers will still hit – any team that includes Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler will score runs. Adding Mike Napoli should help, but the Adrian Beltre signing is one of those “buyer beware” type deals: Beltre’s bat has a history of coming alive only in contract years, although his glove work remains impeccable. Expect Texas to be involved in a lot of 10-8 type games.

The Angels once were considered the standard of excellence in the division, making the playoffs 6 times in an 8 year span from 2002 – 2009. Last year, the team finished below .500 and they’ll struggle to reach that mark again this year. Provided Scott Kazmir can recapture some lost magic and Joel Piniero can continue to wiggle out of jams, the rotation looks to be better than average. But the once-feared bullpen is no longer a sure thing, now led by the erratic Fernando Rodney as the closer. The line-up is ill-suited to playing manager Mike Scioscia‘s style, featuring aging players now playing out of position – with the curious addition of Vernon Wells joining former stars Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu, as well as rookie Peter Bourjos in the outfield rotation. The Angels will be further hampered by 1B Kendry Morales uncertain status; reports suggest he may not return until May from last season’s freakish broken leg.

Finally, there’s the Mariners. Last year’s pre-season Cinderella pick collapsed by April 30th and went downhill from there. At least, this season doesn’t bring those types of expectations to Seattle – which is a good thing. If Erik Bedard is healthy again, he could prove a nice one-two pairing with reigning Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. CF Franklin Gutierrez seemed to regress last year, but the talent is still there and he may have experienced the dreaded “sophomore slump.” Seattle fans will also be able to root for Ichiro Suzuki to make it 11 consecutive seasons with 200+ hits and 25+ steals, a feat never before accomplished in major league baseball.

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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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Mariners (48-73) at Yankees (75-46)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62) vs RHP A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.66)

Lineup

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

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tomorrow night against the Mariners in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62) vs RHP A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.66)

Sat: LHP Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15) vs RHP Javier Vazquez (9-9, 4.89)

Sun: LHP Luke French (2-3, 4.02) vs LHP C.C. Sabathia (16-5, 3.12)

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Yankees (55-31) at Mariners (34-52)

Pitching Matchup

RHP Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.81) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.01)

Lineup

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

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