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

Fri: RHP Phil Hughes (11-10, 4.44) vs. LHP Franklin Morales (3-3, 3.29)

Sat: RHP David Phelps (3-3, 2.53) vs. LHP Jon Lester (6-10, 5.20)

Sun: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 3.06) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (5-10, 5.19)

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Yankees (69-43) vs. Red Sox (69-43)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22) vs RHP Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s scheduled to start at 8:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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

Fri: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) vs LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)

Sat: LHP CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55) vs RHP John Lackey (9-8, 6.23)

Sun: RHP Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22) vs RHP Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20)

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Ubaldo Jimenez

Some things are a given in life. The sun rises in the east. Commuter trains in New York are overstuffed and never run on time. The Yankees always make a trade in July.

Only, this year that last one might not happen.

It’s not for lack of need. The starting line-up is solid and the bench features guys who could start for better than half the teams in baseball. But the pitching staff, both in the rotation and the bullpen, is loaded with question marks. CC Sabathia is an unqualified ace; Mariano Rivera remains the king of closers and David Robertson has turned into one of the game’s most reliable set-up men. But the rest of the staff doesn’t inspire confidence on a daily basis.

The Yankees are plagued by the fact that among the presumed LCS teams, they’re the only team without a bona-fide number 2 starter. The Red Sox feature Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. The Phillies send Roy Halladay
and Cliff Lee. The Giants have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The Yankees keep hoping that AJ Burnett will be that number two guy – but after 2 ½ seasons of watching him implode at the most inopportune times, I can’t think of anyone who truly thinks he is. Bartolo Colon, based on his performance this year (7-6, 3.29 ERA, 8K/9) is probably the current #2, but he’s already thrown more innings than over the past 4 seasons combined and you have to worry about how much longer he can continue. Freddy Garcia keeps pulling magic acts on the mound, but his xFIP is nearly a half-run higher than his ERA; you get the feeling that sooner or later his luck is going to run out. Phil Hughes exploded on the scene in the first half of 2010, but since then he’s been less than a pedestrian pitcher (7-7, 5.76 ERA). Ivan Nova was sent back the minors earlier and despite showing signs of improvement when he was with the big club, he is nowhere near being a number two starter.

Likewise, the bullpen has a few holes. Rafael Soriano was brought in to be the primary set-up man, but he’s spent most of the season on the DL and was largely ineffective before getting hurt. Boone Logan is the supposed lefty specialist, but left handers are tuning him up to a 138 OPS+. While Cory Wade and Luis Ayala have been reasonably pleasant surprises, neither has experienced this level of success before. And heaven help us all if the abysmal Sergio Mitre is reactivated and added to the post-season roster.

So, like I said, the Yankees certainly have needs. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be anyone available in the trade market that can fill those needs. There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Rockies
asking price (3 or 4 of the Yanks blue chip prospects) is insane. Jimenez had a terrific first half of 2010. Otherwise, he’s a sub-.500 pitcher with a career ERA of 3.87 – while pitching in the offensively challenged NL West. If Brian Cashman adds him at tomorrow’s deadline, I’ll be underwhelmed. The other starters rumored to be on the market also aren’t overly impressive. They range from the oft-injured Erik Bedard to the recalcitrant Hiroki Kuroda
to baseball’s version of a spoiled two-year old, Carlos Zambrano. In short, barring some sort of unexpected blockbuster, there simply isn’t anyone available who provides an upgrade over what the Yanks currently have on hand.

In terms of bullpen help, the Yanks are certainly looking for a left hander – but good luck finding anyone. The Orioles probably want to rid themselves of Mike Gonzales and his bloated contract, but he has had zero success in the AL. The A’s might be willing to part with Brian Fuentes, but I can’t imagine the Yankees assuming around $8.5 million in contract for a guy who has actually been worse against lefties than Logan. The only other name I’ve seen available is the Cubs John Grabow. Like Fuentes and Gonzales, he’s been more piñata than pitcher.

So, there you have it. Unlike past deadlines, this one is looking pretty quiet for the Yankee front office.

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

Tue: RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) vs LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94)

Wed: AJ Burnett (6-3, 3.86) vs RHP Tim Wakefield (2-1 ,4.40)

Thurs: LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80) vs RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01)

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Yankees (5-3) vs. Red Sox (1-7)

Pitching Matchup: 

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.38) vs RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s scheduled to start at 8:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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

Fri: RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 11.25) vs RHP John Lackey (0-1, 22.09)

Sat: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.50) vs RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.68)

Sun: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.38) vs RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40)

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There can be no doubt that the American League East is easily the best division in baseball. In fact, this year could wind up being historic in terms of division play, as my projections show 4 of the 5 teams capable of winning 90+ games this season – a feat that’s never been accomplished before. Is the talent level in the East really that much better than the rest of the AL? In a word, YES.

Both the Boston Red Sox and Yankees look to be the class of baseball this year. I project both teams to win 105 games this year and finish tied for the division crown. How evenly matched are the two juggernauts? The projections also have them splitting the season series, 9-9. Many prognosticators are giving the edge to the Red Sox this year, based on their starting rotation of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz. While the Yankees rotation is known to be unsettled, relying on a return to form by AJ Burnett, Phil Hughes avoiding regression from his 18-8 2010 season, and a collection of rookies and reclamation projects to fill the 4 & 5 spots, the Sox rotation also has question marks. Can Lackey reclaim his form? Can Beckett come back from an injury plagued season? Will Buchholz ever deliver on his promise? Can Matsuzaka come back from injuries and inconsistency? In short, both teams could have excellent rotations – or horrible ones, once you get past the aces. But offensively, both squads are loaded 1 – 9. The Yankees projected line-up of Derek Jeter, Nick SwisherMark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner may actually be better than the team that led the league in runs scored last season. Boston counters with Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, JD Drew, Marco Scutaro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Both line-ups are capable of scoring 1,000 runs. The real differentiators between the teams are in the bullpens and on the bench. The Yanks have a slight edge in the bullpen, with the 1 – 1a tandem of Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano. The Sox have a slight edge on the bench.

As for the rest of the division, Tampa Bay suffered some tremendous free-agent losses. Despite that, they come into the season with their only real question being the strength of the bullpen, where the oft-traveled Kyle Farnsworth heads a makeshift relief corps. The additions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, along with new shortstop Reid Brignac and rookie Desmond Jennings, should actually make the offense better. And Tampa’s rotation remains one of the game’s best, led by David Price. But while good enough to win pretty much any other division in the game, this year’s Rays aren’t in the same class as either New York or Boston.

The same goes for the Orioles, although Baltimore may have the most improved team in the league. The infield was completely remade, as Mark Reynolds, Derek Lee and JJ Hardy join Brian Roberts. The O’s also brought in veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero and closer Kevin Gregg. Add in what looks to be the league’s best young rotation and proven winner (and old friend) Buck Showalter as manager, and Baltimore is poised to shock people the same way Toronto did last year.

As for the Blue Jays, this team lost too much – and replaced those parts with questionable signings – from last year’s overachieving squad to compete this year. They’ve brought in pitching guru John Farrell to lead the team, but this team will suffer from losing Cito Gastons “let-’em-fly” attitude on offense. Include a rookie catcher, changes at 1st, 3rd and all three OF spots and it will prove to be too much turnover to overcome. One bright spot for the Jays this year could be rookie starter Kyle Drabek, one of the game’s more hyped young pitchers.

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BALTIMORE- SEPTEMBER 19: Andy PettitteRed Sox (84-68) at Yankees (92-61)

Pitching Matchup:

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

Lineup

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

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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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Red Sox (63-48) at Yankees (68-41)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Dustin Moseley (1-1, 4.13) vs RHP Josh Beckett (3-1, 5.70)

Lineup

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

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

Fri: RHP Javier Vazquez (9-7, 4.61) vs RHP Clay Buchholz (11-5, 2.59)

Sat: LHP C.C. Sabathia (13-5, 3.19) vs RHP John Lackey (10-6, 4.48)

Sun: RHP A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.93) vs RHP Josh Beckett (3-1, 5.70)

Mon: RHP Dustin Moseley (1-1, 4.13) vs LHP Jon Lester (11-7, 3.07)

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