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OK, Yankees Fans: we are now in the home stretch of the 2010 trade season and so far the Bronx Bombers have… well, they’ve bombed on getting any fresh blood, much less an impact type of player. That being said, neither have the Red Sox or the Rays so the status quo in the AL East remains. It seems rather hard to believe that July 31 will come and go without one of the premier teams in the East doing something to try to separate themselves from the others. So here’s a quick link dump on what’s being whispered about by various sources:

*Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees tried to pry away Joakim Soria by offering Jesus Montero. That seems to confirm a report from John Heyman, but I remain doubtful. As much as I’d love to see Soria wearing Pinstripes, that simply is a trade that doesn’t match up well. KC’s farm system is well stocked at catcher and first base, so as big a bat as Montero looks to be; he would have nowhere to play in KC (unless the Royals could move Jose Guillen to another team and slide Billy Butler to the primary DH role, or jettison Jason Kendall).

*Heyman also mentions in the same report that the Yankees seem more intent on picking up bench help, mentioning Ty Wiggington, Cody Ross and Jhonny Peralta by name. Personally, I wouldn’t Peralta anywhere near this team, even as a bench player. His defense is suspect at both short and third; and his bat is now slider-speed, at best. I still like Ross as a fourth outfielder. Wiggington would be interesting; he has a reputation as good clubhouse guy and immediately seems to go on a tear whenever he joins a new team. But I doubt the Orioles will trade him within the division.

*There are numerous reports, including from Heyman, Stark and Bob Klapisch, about Adam Dunn, and they all say basically the same thing: the Nationals asking price is beyond exorbitant.

*One final note from Heyman: he tweeted earlier today that he thought the Yankees have interest in Ted Lilly, but not Roy Oswalt. For our sakes, I hope he’s wrong and the Yanks don’t even bother asking about Lilly. And from everything we’ve heard, the Astros price for Oswalt is typical Drayton McClane; which is to say it’s a lot like those old “Crazy Eddie” commercials – INSANE!!!

*Klapisch also wonders what it will take to fix Joba Chamberlain. I think most Yankee fans are wondering what it will take to convince Brian Cashman to trade Joba Chamberlain, especially after he nearly blew an 8-run lead yesterday. Even Joe Girardi sounded exasperated after Joba’s latest meltdown. (You got me. It’s not really a trade rumor. But even long-time Joba supporters like me are starting to think it might be time for him to go.)

*Yesterday, Jon Paul Morosi suggested that the Yanks and Red Sox are bidding against each other in pursuit of Scott Downs. I wonder if Toronto is trying to inflate Downs’ price, though. Although, Downs would be a significant upgrade over Chan Ho Park.

That’s all that seems to be percolating in the Bronx today. I suppose we can only hope that the reports about the Rays interest in Chad Qualls is more than speculation. J

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It’s not often Derek goes yard twice in a game, he can actually count on two hands how many times and still have a finger to pick his nose with. 3 out of the last 5 times Derek has gone yard twice in a game, it has been in interleague play. Below you can see all the games and the relevant stats for those games. As you can tell, it’s been 4 years since the last 2 home game for el Capitan. I guess he was ‘due.’

Date Opp Rslt AB R H HR RBI
2010-06-12 HOU W 9-3 4 3 2 2 4
2006-08-27 LAA W 11-8 5 2 3 2 3
2005-06-18 CHC W 8-1 5 2 2 2 5
2004-06-27 (1) NYM W 8-1 4 3 3 2 2
2004-06-01 BAL W 8-7 5 2 4 2 3
2003-08-05 TEX W 6-2 4 2 2 2 3
2001-09-19 CHW W 6-3 5 2 2 2 3
1998-09-09 BOS W 7-5 4 2 2 2 2
1997-08-20 (2) ANA W 8-5 5 2 3 2 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/14/2010.

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Astros (25-38) at Yankees (39-23)

Pitching Matchup 

RHP Phil Hughes (8-1, 2.71) vs RHP Brian Moehler (0-2, 6.12)

Lineup 

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

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The Pitching:

Javier Vazquez hurled a quality start today, bringing his season recover over the .500 mark. Javy’s ERA has gone down a lot over the past few weeks,  from 9.78 on May 1st to 5.43 today. His pitching line was: (W, 6-5) 7.0IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 6K (95 Pitches, 58 for Strikes). In Javier’s last 6 starts, he is (W-L) 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Robertson took the 8th, Gaudin the 9th, and they both posted up scoreless frames.

The Offense:

Jorge Posada broke out of his recent funk, going 2-for-3 on the game and knocked in 4RBI’s. He hit a grand slam off of Wandy Rodriguez in the 3rd inning. Derek Jeter hit two home runs in today’s game. One off Rodriguez in the 1st inning, and the other in the 6th innning off Fulchino. It was Jeter’s 9th career multi-homer game. The last one he had was on August 27, 2006. Nick Swisher went 1-for-5, picking up a run and an RBI.

The Yankees will wrap up this three-game series tomorrow, as they face the Astros at 1:05PM ET at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. They’ll be going  for the sweep. The pitching matchup is RHP Phil Hughes vs RHP Brian Moehler. (more…)

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Astros (25-37) at Yankees (38-23)

Pitching Matchup 

RHP Javier Vazquez (5-5, 5.63) vs LHP Wandy Rodriguez (3-8, 4.95

Lineup 

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

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Astros (25-36) at Yankees (37-23)

Pitching Matchup 

LHP Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.47) vs RHP Brett Myers (4-3, 3.01)

Lineup 

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

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight at home against the Houston Astros. Here are the pitching probables:

Fri: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.47) vs RHP Brett Myers (4-3, 3.01)

Sat: RHP Javier Vazquez (5-5, 5.63) vs LHP Wandy Rodriguez (3-8, 4.95)

Sun: RHP Phil Hughes (8-1, 2.71) vs RHP Brian Moehler (0-2, 6.12)

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Here is a look at the upcoming schedule for the Yankees. In their next 16 games, they will be face the Indians, Orioles 2X, Blue Jays, and Astros. The only team they face with a winning record over that span is the Toronto Blue Jays, who currently stand five games over the .500 mark. Ten of the next sixteen games will be played at Yankee Stadium. This is a great chance for the Bombers to catch those Rays.

NYY: [2010 Season: W-L, 28-19]

5/28-5/31: Cleveland Indians [W-L, 17-28: 4-Game Series] (Home)

6/1-6/3: Baltimore Orioles [W-L, 15-33: 3-Game Series] (Home)

6/4-6/6: Toronto Blue Jays [W-L, 27-22: 3-Game Series] (Away)

6/8-6/10: Baltimore Orioles [W-L, 15-33: 3-Game Series] (Away)

6/11-6/13: Houston Astros [W-L, 16-31: 3-Game Series] (Home)

*6/7 & 6/14- Off-Day

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Pitching:

Alfredo Aceves has been in the middle of the 5th starter debate, whether you like it or not. Today, his campaign for the slot took a hit. Aceves failed to complete 5 innings, allowing five earned runs on 5 hits. His final line was: (L, 1-1) 4.1IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K. Melancon came in to finish up the fifth inning, but that didn’t work out so well. Mark gave up two hits and surrendered another run. He eventually finished up the inning.

Boone Logan posted a scoreless 6th inning, while picking up a strikeout. Dustin Moseley pitched the 7th and 8th inning, allowing 2 runs on three hits.

Offense:  

The Yankees out-hit the Astros, but still came up short in the end. The team collected 6 runs on 16 hits, and drew three walks. Robbie Cano hit a solo blast off of Brett Myers in the top of the 2nd inning. A-Rod went 2-for-3 (2 doubles) and knocked in 2RBI’s. Jorge Vazquez went 2-for-2.

Brett Gardner went 2-for-3 with a run. (Triple, Single)  He also got picked off from first base again. It seems like he gets picked off an awful lot. Am I right? We all know that he can flat-out run, but I think he needs to work on that. I’m sure Andy Pettitte would have a fun time teaching him a lesson. (more…)

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Yankees (8-9) vs. Astros (8-7)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.90) vs RHP Brett Myers (2-0, 6.00)

Lineup

Gardner CF
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames LF
Weber RF
Pena SS
Rivera C (more…)

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A.J. Burnett took the hill last night, giving up 2 hits, an earned run, and four walks over 2.1 innings. He struck out two batters in the process. Zack Segovia came on in relief and tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. He wound up with the win, which was his first of the spring (W, 1-0).

The big story of the day was the appearance of Mariano Rivera in his first game action of the spring. He posted up a scoreless frame, giving up one hit, a walk and he struck out one batter.

After Mo got his one inning of work in, it was time for Phil Hughes to put on a show for management, and he did exactly that. Hughes finished the game, throwing up four scoreless frames, allowing 3 hits, one walk and he picked up 2K’s. Hughes picked up his first save of the spring (S,1).

In total, the Yankees offense knocked in 4 runs on 8 hits. Nick Swisher picked up an RBI double in the bottom of the 2nd inning, knocking in Jorge Posada from second base. Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning (2nd HR of ST). Soon after that, Jorge Posada singled on a ground ball, allowing Robbie Cano to score. Cano went 2-for-3 on the game, with a run and an RBI.

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Yankees (5-7) vs. Astros (5-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett  (0-1, 10.80) vs RHP Brian Moehler (0-0, 4.50)

Lineup

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

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