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The Yankees continue their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the rest of the series:

Fri: RHP Phil Hughes (13-12, 4.18) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-8, 3.79)

Sat: LHP CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.42) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (7-11, 4.26)

Sun: RHP Freddy Garcia (7-6, 5.09) vs. LHP Zach Britton (5-1, 4.15)

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Yankees (76-58) vs. Rays (74-61)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Swisher 1B
Cano DH
Rodriguez 3B
Ibanez LF
Nix 2B
Dickerson RF
Stewart C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida s 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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Yankees (73-53) vs. Indians (55-71)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Granderson CF
Chavez 3B
Ibanez DH
Suzuki LF
Stewart C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. It is scheduled to start at 1:05PM 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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Yankees (70-48) vs. Red Sox (58-61)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter DH
Swisher 1B
Cano 2B
Jones RF
McGehee 3B
Granderson CF
Martin C
Nix SS
Suzuki LF

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 MLB Network and MY9. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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Yankees (69-47) vs. Rangers (67-48)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher 1B
Granderson CF
Teixeira DH
Chavez 3B
Ibanez LF
Martin C
Suzuki RF
Nix 2B

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 and ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Texas Rangers tomorrow. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Ryan Dempster (1-0, 6.35) vs. RHP David Phelps (2-3, 2.42)

Tue: LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.24)

Wed: RHP Scott Feldman (6-7, 4.64) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (6-5, 4.85)

Thurs: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series today against the Detroit Tigers. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Ivan Nova (3-0, 3.79) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 1.72)

Sat: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 9.75) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 1.13)

Sun: LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 5.27) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 8.24)

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Remember when, during the original Star Wars (Episode IV for you younger fans), Ben Kenobi pulls a Jedi mind trick on a pair of stormtroopers? “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” he intones – and the troopers repeat mindlessly after him. We Yankee fans are wondering if ol’ General Obi Wan was employed by the Yankee front office to pull a similar trick on us during the off-season. “These aren’t the pitchers you’re looking for…”

After twelve games, the Yankees are 6-6. While a .500 is hardly the record that the team’s fans expect, the Yanks could be worse off. Equally unsteady play from the rest of the AL East means they haven’t dug themselves a major hole – they’re only a game from first place (but also only two from last). That being said, the fans are grumbling and we all know that in days of yore, King George would have Joe Binder on speed dial.

Much of the grumbling seems to be centering on the offense. While it’s sputtered at times, and Yankee hitters have done a miserable job with RISP (their team .240 batting average in such situations is 26 points below the league average), the offense has still scored the second most runs in the league. Simply put, even if A-Rod and Robbie Cano continue to have dismal 2012 seasons, the rest of the team should still score enough to keep the team in any game.

No, the problem has been the starting pitching. 12 starts, but only four of them have been “quality starts” – that is, at least 6 innings and no more than 3 runs allowed. At this point, only one starter has a better than league average ERA (Ivan Nova, at 4.15). The rest of the rotation have ERA’s north of 5. The back end, featuring Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes have been particularly putrid so far: the pair have combined to allow 34 baserunners, 17 runs and 5 home runs in only 18 innings over 4 games. It’s gotten to the point that the Yankee hitters have to feel as if they’re down by four before they even leave the clubhouse on days when either of the duo pitches. The rest of the staff hasn’t been much better, although CC Sabathia seemed to finally wake up in his last start. The book is still out on Hiroki Kuroda: he threw a game for the ages during the home opener, but followed it up by throwing batting practice to the Twins last night.

And right now, hopes are pinned on the returns of Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda. While you would be hard pressed to say either can be worse than the current fourth and fifth starters, a dose of realism is in order. Pettitte is returning from retirement, will be 40 in June and hasn’t thrown 200 innings since 2008. Pineda was a phenom for Seattle during the first half last year. His fastball disappeared after the 2011 All-Star break, along with his success. The Yankees diagnosed him with a shoulder strain during Spring Training, which is why he is currently on the DL. If Pettitte is a victim of Father Time and/or Pineda can’t rediscover the velocity that made him a feared righty last year, then the Yankees season might well be sunk. Because let’s face it: Kuroda might be experienced, but he lacks the stuff to be a true number 2. Nova is probably in the right spot as a number 3 guy. But Garcia is quickly proving that last year’s high batting average against isn’t something that you can pitch around consistently. Hughes is showing that 2010 wasn’t a break-out season for him, but rather a wondrous year in an otherwise sub-par career.

Tonight is another game and another start for Hughes. It’s time for he and Garcia to prove they can get guys out in the major leagues. If they can’t, then 2012 is going to be a long season.

***UPDATE: Game in progress, top 1st. Hughes wasn’t helped by an Eduardo Nunez error, but he’s allowed four runs. ***

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Yankees (1-3) vs. Orioles (3-1)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

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

Game Information:

The game will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on MY9 and the MLB Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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The Yankees open up a three game series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Brian Matusz (0-0, 0.00)

Tue: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)

Wed: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 7.50) vs RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)

Photo by The Associated Press

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Jack Curry broke the story via Twitter:

The Yankees have signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year minor league deal worth $2.5 million. The team is thrilled to have 240-game winner back.

Who saw this coming? I can’t say I did, although when I first heard he was retiring I thought he would have an itch to come back. The man is only 39 years old, and that’s not so “out there” considering how many pitchers play into their 40’s these days.

The Yankees rotation looks like this as of now: Sabathia-Kuroda-Nova-Pineda-Hughes-Garcia. When, and IF Pettitte makes it up to the major leagues, someone is going to have to bepushed out of the rotation. Obviously, we can’t predict the future (injuries, trades, etc.), so there might even be a spot available depending on how the season plays out. It’s going to take some time for him to get in playing shape, so he won’t be joining the team anytime soon.

Yankees Universe has a really great love and admiration for Andy. The outpouring from fans in response to this news clearly shows how happy we all are to have #46 back. The man came to spring training this year as an instructor, and he clearly got that itch to put the pinstripes on again. Welcome Back, Andy.

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New York Yankees (2-4) vs Atlanta Braves (1-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00) vs  RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 31.50)

Lineup

Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Eric Chavez 3B, Russell Martin C, Andruw Jones LF, Chris Dickerson DH, Jorge Vazquez 1B

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on both the YES & MLB Networks (MLB.TV, MLB.com). (more…)

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