Shelley returns

Cleveland.jpgShelley Duncan is back with the Yankees and back in the lineup, playing right field today. Judging by the force with which he shook all of the reporters’ hands, I’d say it’s safe to say he’s happy to be back. There was a stretch there where he single-handedly destroyed International League pitching. Duncan said playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was like playing for a Triple-A All-Star team.

The corresponding roster move is Billy Traber, who’s been sent to Triple-A. With Traber out, the Yankees will lean on their right-handers to retire left-handed batters, something that Girardi believes they will be able to handle. The Yankees opted to keep both Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton – recalled Friday – for those purposes.

Albaladejo has retired 12 of 14 lefties (.143) faced this year in the big leagues, while lefties were hitting Traber for a .375 (6-for-16) mark. The Yankees need a reliable hurler against lefties, especially with Kyle Farnsworth (.438, 7-for-16) and LaTroy Hawkins (.421, 8-for-19) appearing vulnerable.

Morgan Ensberg checked in with a guest blog over on Phil Hughes’ site. Ensberg is a funny guy, as you’ll see, as I would expect of a fellow Ron Burgundy aficionado. Still wondering about his rowboat question. By the way, I absolutely love these old-school retro Indians uniforms. I’m waiting for Rocky Colavito or Bob Feller to show up on the field.

One last item. For the second day in a row, the printed lineup sheets the Indians provided list the Yankees leadoff batter as “Jhonny Damon.” That’s how you know you’re in Cleveland.

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Kennedy has been absolutely terrible in all his starts and admitted losing confidence to the media. Mussina has been adequate, except for challenging Manny.

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The left hander out of the bullpen continues to be tough for the Yankees. How many guys have we tried out there? Brian Cashman needs to make this a bigger priority and get a steady left handed arm in our pen.

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Oh yeah and with regards to free agents, chuck obscene amounts at K-Rod to get him to set up for awhile then close and maybe Ben Sheets as well……………..could you imagine that rotation:

Sabathia, Wang,(a healthy) Sheets, Hughes,
Chamberlain ………………………………..how could we not get 100 wins

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I have something to admit. Today I lost faith…I saw IPK give up 3 runs in the 2nd and went out on the piss. I come home about midnight NY time (I live in the UK at the mo) and I’m chuffed to see we didn’t get thrashed. Maybe this is us in big-time transition phase ……………………………………………………………………………………..get some free agents (CC, Tex?) with the ‘kids’ we’ll be back to winning ways soon enough, the problem is we might have to sit through a Boston dynasty first

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First of all, Kennedy looked no worse than Mussina has even looked in any of his starts this season. Again, if Hughes, and Kennedy look a little timid on the mound it’s because of growing pains at the major league level, I doubt they are scared of pitching in New York. The last thing this team should do is panic, and make things worse like putting in the likes of the Three Stooges ( Karstens,Igawa, and Rasner), they are nothing but garbage who have never shown the ability to pitch at the major league level. What a waste of time!! Those three barely made it out of ST after getting lit up by lineups made up of minor league talent.

Another thing, this team does need pitching, but it also needs offens just as badly. It has been at best inconsistent, at worst sleep walking through the season. So bringing up a guy like Duncan to inject the offense with some much needed energy and get this offense going makes absolute sense, more sense than sending him down to the minors, and keeping that no-talent hack Betamit in the majors. Yeah, we all saw how good a decision that was. Ensberg is going nowhere, the Yanks need him to back up A-Rod, and need someone to help provide offense off the bench. Gonzalez is nothing but a middle infielder with no experience at 3B. It may not make sense to some, but that’s what is needed, especially with Cano, and Giambi still struggling offensively. At least Giambi has his BA over the “Betamit Line”, now he can concentrate on getting it over the “Mendoza Line”.

Also thought it was a bad idea of using Ohlendorf so soon after his blowup. Would have been wiser to have waited one more day at least and rest him. He has been overused recently, shades of Torre and the bullpen last season.

Another thing, we could say the exact same thing about Mussina, he has been very lucky himself.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 26, 2008

Scranton/WB POSTPONED
Syracuse (Blue Jays)
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New Britain (Twins) 7
Trenton 4 (12)
W: D. Graves (1-0, 4.15); L: M. Gardner (2-2, 4.40); SV: B. Julianel (4)
HR: NBR: S. Tolleson (2). TRE: C. Ehlers (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_26_nbraax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Clearwater (Phillies) 8
Tampa 9 (11)
W: J. Valdez (4-0, 0.00); L: D. Brauer (0-2, 3.60)
HR: TAM: K. Anson (1), E. Nunez (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_04_26_clrafa_tbyafa_1
Columbus (Rays) 7
Charleston 4
W: G. Gibson (1-3, 7.89); L: N. Castillo (3-1, 2.51)
HR: CHA: W. Rufino (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_26_clmafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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“..demote Kennedy now”

and bring up.. who? Igawa? Rasner? Karstens?

or just put Joba in as starter? then the Yankees would lose a solid setup guy

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Fox suggested getting him out of town because that is not the make up for pitching here. He got lucky today, the damage could have been way worse if not for outfield catches, demote Kennedy now.

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Fox in their cast pointed out that Kennedy (and Hughes but mostly Kennedy) is scared to death of pitching in NY and need to go back down.

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Our bullpen is rediculous again, how can we justify 5 infielders? And why is Giambi still listed as a DH on the wesbite?

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Shelley good energy but I think he was called up because of the pitching match up, if he stays, Ensberg is gone? Gonzalez isn’t going anywhere.

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Traber = Myers reincarnated
Hawkins = worse than Viz
Farns = ok but not great
Olendorf = oh my, not this again.
Kennedy = even he is asking to be demoted because he won’t turn on the tv.
Giambi = despite what else says power all day finally finding the gaps.

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I also think the Traber move was a good one because there’s no reason to waste a spot for a lefty who can’t get lefties out. I know “the book” says that over the course of history no lefty hitter has EVER or WILL EVER get a hit off of a lefty pitcher, that book is wrong a lot of the time. I’d much rather have a true long man than a lefty specialist.

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Aaaaand back under .500. Oh well. I’m kind of tired of looking for the silver lining, but I was pleasantly surprised by Kennedy’s performance before and after his bad inning. I though once that 2nd happened, that was it for Ian. But he really bounced back and for the first time all season, he looked like he did last year. I’m also happy that Damon is looking like a whole new player this past week. Both Jeter and Arod also looked pretty good (despite those crappy late at-bats, but hey, you can’t go 4 for 4 every game). Also today, the Yankees had their C-level lineup and most of the “regulars” did all right. The things I’m worried about are Cano still. I’m thinking now that Gonzalez is up, maybe you could just sit him for a few games in a row. Give him a complete reset. I’m also still worried about Giambi. He’s belted a bunch lately, but until I see balls hit hard consistently, I’ll have to think those are flukes. And lastly, Ohlendorf is really having trouble. I’m a big fan of him so I think he’ll start to get it together, but until he does, you just don’t know about him.

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Yanks have had a runner in scoring positon for 3 straight innings now with nothing to show for it.

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Looking at those numbers Bryan put up, Farnsworth and Hawkins should never be allowed to pitch to a left hander ever. Not that I like the idea of them pitching to right handers either.

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IPK needs to learn how to throw strikes and go after hitters. If you are going to pitch at this level you better stop nibbling and start throwing strikes. I know this kid is young but you put you deense asleep by continuing to fall behind on hitters. I remain unconvinced that this guy can pitch at the major league level.

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Actually I think matsui and abreu alone add up to more than the Marlins payroll. Not sure about that though.

IPK is getting roughed up in the 2nd inning. I missed the 1st but apparently Giambi was caught stealing, lol. Big G’s steal attempts have to be collectors items.

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Don’t understand this move, we need pitchers + Giambi had 2 hrs yesterday.

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jeez – the bench, matsui, abreu, cano, posada…you could get the Marlins for that salary wize.

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Cano dropped?

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i’m gonna predict a decent outing for IPK tonight. Lets go Yanks!!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 26, 2008

Scranton/WB 6PM
Syracuse (Blue Jays)
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New Britain (Twins)
Trenton 1:05PM
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Clearwater (Phillies)
Tampa 7PM
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Columbus (Rays)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 25, 2008

Buffalo (Indians) 1
Scranton/WB 2
W: S. Henn (1-0, 1.35); L: J. Stanford (2-3, 7.97); SV: J. Veras (7)
HR: BUF: W. Toregas (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_25_bufaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
New Britain (Twins) 3
Trenton 8
W: D. McCutchen (3-1, 1.42); L: R. Mullins (1-2, 2.33)
HR: NBR: L. Hughes (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_25_nbraax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Fort Myers (Twins) 2
Tampa 3
W: J. Valdez (3-0, 0.00); L: R. Delaney (0-2, 0.77)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_25_ftmafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Columbus (Rays) 6
Charleston 3
W: A. Cobb (3-2, 1.98); L: L. Pendleton (1-1, 3.29); SV: T. Risser (5)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_25_clmafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Traber down??? No Lefties in the pen at all? This doesn’t seem like the smartest move in the book

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