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Kevin Youkilis was removed from the game at the start of the sixth inning, and was replaced by Lyle Overbay at first base. According to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, Youk left the game with tightness in his lower back. It doesn’t seem too serious, as he’s watching the game from the dugout in the bottom of the 8th inning. Stay tuned for updates.

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Alex Rodriguez will have knee surgery tomorrow, and expected recovery will take about 4-6 weeks, reports Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News.

This was the smart move to make. It’s very important for this club to have a healthy Alex Rodriguez in the lineup going down the stretch. There’s no need to take any chances with him.

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Jeter and Gardner celebrate a win

The Yankees entered Spring Training this year with several questions: who would be the 4th and 5th starters? Who would be the back-up catcher? Will any of the “Killer B’s” make the Opening Day roster?

One question that was largely overshadowed by the others is: who is the Yankees lead-off hitter for 2011? As in the past two seasons, will Yankee legend and future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter get the nod? Or does up-and-coming speedster Brett Gardner get a chance to set the table?

We’ll start to get the answer tonight, as the Daily News reports that manager Joe Girardi plans to trot out his regular line-up during tonight’s tilt against the Orioles. But until we tonight’s line-up is announced, we can have fun discussing it. Personally, here’s the line-up I would like to see:

Gardner, LF; Jeter, SS; Teixeira, 1B; A-Rod, 3B; Cano, 2B; Swisher, RF;  Granderson, CF; Posada, DH; Martin, C

With this line-up, you have speed and power balanced, the high OBA guys at the top, and never have the lefties and righties together. (Good luck managing against that!)

So, what do you think? What is YOUR preferred line-up?

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According to Brian Cashman, Andy Pettitte will not be playing baseball at the start of the 2011 baseball season. That is not to say he won’t be playing at all.

“I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011,” Cashman said Wednesday at the baseball owners’ quarterly meetings in Arizona. “If that ever changes he’ll call us. We’re not going to hound him or bother him.”

“Andy’s been very communicative on these issues and right now he’s not in play, and if he does decide to play he’ll play for us,” Cashman said. “He’s a Yankee from start to finish.”

This doesn’t come as a shock, because it was already stated that Andy was behind schedule with his pre-season preperations. If Andy chooses to return, it could be a mid-season return like Roger Clemens did a few years back. This is not exactly the type of news fans want to hear right now, as Sergio Mitre and Ivana Nova currently anchor the back end of the roation.

Update: 9:53PM ET: (Via The LoHud Yankees Blog):

Just got off the phone with Brian Cashman who said The Daily News story about Andy Pettitte’s decision is not accurate.” It’s a misunderstanding,” Cashman said.

This was Cashman’s quote, as relayed by The Daily News: “I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011.”

Cashman said you could basically substitute the word “pitch” for the word “start.” What Cashman meant was, at this stage, Pettitte is choosing not to pitch in 2011, but the Yankees are — as they’ve been all winter — waiting for Pettitte to let them know something official. He’s leaning toward retirement, and he’ll let them know if that situation changes.

“Nothing new or different,” Cashman said. “Exactly what I’ve been saying for the past month or two months.”

So much for that….

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Brian Cashman held a conference with the media and delivered the news that Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland, would not be returning next season. In the press conference, Cashman stated that he was not being blamed for what happened this October and the reasons for his departure were going to be kept private.

On June 4th of the this year, Dave Eiland took a leave of absence from the ball club, which stirred up a lot of talking among the media and fans. The organization wouldn’t unveil the reasons for that decision, and it was rumored to be a family issue. During that time, A.J. Burnett was falling apart on the mound and he didn’t have his coach by his side to assist him. He returned in late June, resuming his regular role as pitching coach.

After the season, ESPN came out with a story that claimed there was a rift between Eiland and Girardi, which was the reason for his departure. Dave Eiland’s response:

“That’s absolutely ridiculous and simply not true,” Eiland told the Daily News in an e-mail. “Joe and I have never had a problem nor do we now. He’s a solid baseball man and a great manager, and more importantly one of the best human beings I have ever met.” Eiland declined to discuss any of the details surrounding his departure from the Yankees.

The Yankees pitching staff faltered in the postseason, but was Eiland to blame for that? Did they just want to shake things up a bit? Did the firing have something to do with that leave of absence? Something tells me it does. I was caught by surprise by the firing, because I thought he was highly regarded within organization, especially since he worked with several of the current players while they were in the minor leagues. I’m not sure we’ll ever know the real reason behind this. Now, the team is in need of a pitching coach. Who will it be? Thoughts?

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This from Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News: (Via Twitter)

“Cashman drops a bomb: Dave Eiland will not return as pitching coach.”

“Cashman on Eiland: “He’s not being blamed for what took place. … I hope you believe me on that.”

and Jack Curry:

“Cashman told reporters his reasoning for decision were private.”

I wonder who the replacement will be. Any thoughts?

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The headline pretty much sums it up. Ebenezer Samuel reports in today’s edition of the NY Daily News on Burnett’s simulated game yesterday.

“Burnett was less than stellar, reinforcing the fact that he’s the weak link in the Yankee rotation. His very first pitch flew over catcher Francisco Cervelli‘s head, and his fifth plunked Greg Golson on the left arm. Joe Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland looked on from behind the mound as Burnett hit two batters – he also plunked Austin Kearns – and displayed iffy control, throwing around 80 pitches in four-plus simulated innings.”

This is hardly good news for Yankee fans wondering how AJ even earned a post-season start, given his less than stellar season. As mentioned earlier, Burnett is slated for game 4 – usually a pivotal game in the best-of-seven format. I guess that at this point, we can only hope we get good AJ on Tuesday.

You can read the full story here.

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Mark Feinsand reports in today’s Daily News that MLB may be investigating Ivan Nova for taking B-12 shots, while the rookie was with the AA Trenton Thunder:

“…a published report indicated that the rookie was the target of a Major League Baseball investigation…will look into allegations that Nova and a minor-league teammate injected each other with B-12 shots last season at Double-A Trenton…”

Here’s hoping nothing comes of the allegations. Nova is looking like a bright spot for the Yankees heading into the homestretch and losing him for an extended period of time would be a major blow, especially given the recent rotation troubles.

UPDATED 12:31PM: Mark Feinsand’s article doesn’t mention steroids or an MLB investigation to that effect. However, given that MLB could care less about B-12, except that B-12 injections have been used as a cover story by known steroid users, it becomes clear as to why MLB may be interested. The inference is strictly mine and does not represent the view of Mr. Feinsand or anyone else.

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Here are the 27 (technically 26) Daily News Covers from each of the Yankees’ World Series titles.

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