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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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Are we talking a matter of days here? A couple of weeks? A September call-up?

“According to sources close to organization, Trenton catcher Austin Romine, then Dellin Betances, will be next to board the SWB shuttle, with top overall prospect Jesus Montero expected to join the Yankees’ lineup in the very near future.

The summer fo 2011 marks the first time since 1999 the Yankees have not made a July trade, and Cashman told reporters in New York today that he was never close to a deal with anyone, including the Colorado Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez.”

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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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Yankees (43-30) vs. Rockies (37-37)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) vs RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 7:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Networks. 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 Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) vs RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68)

Sat: LHP CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.39) vs RHP Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67)

Sun: RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.13) vs TBA

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American League vs National League

Pitching Matchup

RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (15-1, 2.20) vs LHP David Price (12-4, 2.42)

Lineup

American League

Ichiro Suzuki RF, Derek Jeter SS, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Josh Hamilton CF, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Joe Mauer C, Robinson Cano 2B, Carl Crawford LF

National League

Hanley Ramirez SS, Martin Prado 2B, Albert Pujols 1B, Ryan Howard DH, David Wright 3B, Ryan Braun LF, Andre, Ethier CF, Corey Hart RF, Yadier Molina C

The game will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. It’s slated to start at 8PM ET. The game is being televised on FOX. Enjoy the game.

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