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Guess the arrival of Chris Stewart won’t be played up as a good luck charm. Through five innings, the Yankees have not managed a hit against Indians left-hander Aaron Laffey, though they’ve had three base-runners … two in the first inning on a leadoff walk and an error by third baseman Casey Blake. If Jorge Posada is watching, he’s doing it from Birmingham, Alabama.

EDIT: Melky Cabrera, there you go. Infield single in the top of the sixth breaks it up.

Mike Mussina threw four zeroes on the board but ran into some trouble in the fifth. This, believe it or not, is the Yankees’ final game in Cleveland this season. I personally enjoy coming here because the restaurant area by the ballpark is quite walkable and lively most nights. I would say that it’s fairly dubious, though, that there are signs — posted by the city — anchored to many of the light posts urging you not to give to homeless people.

I understand that the city is asking that you donate it to a fund to help them instead, but it seems like a bit much. Meanwhile, I always like checking out the construction progress of the new stadium. The blog Sliding Into Home has a couple of real nice ones from a whirlybird.

Oh, and Kyle Farnsworth liked that Buck Hunter video game so much, he’s shelling out the $5,000 to have one installed in his home. That ought to occupy more than a few rainy days during the offseason.

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Didn’t hear what the ESPN commentators said about Chamberlain last night, but one thing is for sure, keeping him in the pen next season would be a terrible mistake. If Mussina and Pettitte decide not to come back this team needs to plug Chamberlain into one of those spots in the rotation. IT’s far more important to have shut down starter than a shut down relief pitcher. This team is only hurting Chamberlain’s development as a starter. But the points those commentators bought up last night may be moot as Cashman might not be the G.M. next season.

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ok fair enough, that’s an interesting observation I didn’t notice.

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I am saying Girardi likes to put Damon in center when Giambi DH’s.

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Well aside from Hughes’ obvious struggles, the guy isn’t getting any help, did anyone else see that non-strike call to Sheff at 2-2? A touch high on the incoming curve but that movement made it a strike to my naked eye; even Leiter mentioned it on the air… what do people expect him to do if they won’t call a strike a strike? I’d throw the damn thing at the ump’s head next pitch! There’s nothing worse than getting crap calls for balls and strikes.

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Melky is getting a routine day off what are you saying Damon is better than Melky in CF? Melky would have made the play in the first inning and instead Damon slid bobbeled it and let two runs score. Damon is worthless in the field completely. Melky is 1000 times better than JD out there.

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Tonight Giambi is DH’ing, can anyone tell me what position Melky is playing? What a shock Damon is in center.

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Mark it down, Pettitte will not come back, Moose will not come back, Joba will not start next year for reasons the espn commentators explained last night (Joba apparently would be a 3-4 inning starter at this point).

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I think he’ll be okay eventually, maybe not an ace but if we can get CC we don’t need him to be.

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My page is forever saying cannot display…mlb make this less items.

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How has that managed to post twice 4 minutes apart? This page with all those 500 items is screwed

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Well you can’t really but Baseball America took it upon themselves to guess what, 4 years in advance. Let’s face it – he doesn’t appear to have the mental dexterity or the stuff to be an ace in just 2 years. Especially when you consider who else could be in the rotation by then: Wang, Joba, Free Agents, Pava…just kidding.

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Pavano? Who’s that? Never heard of him…4 years from now.

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Ensburglar really seems to me to be struggling with the bat.

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Well you can’t really but Baseball America took it upon themselves to guess what, 4 years in advance. Let’s face it – he doesn’t appear to have the mental dexterity or the stuff to be an ace in just 2 years. Especially when you consider who else could be in the rotation by then: Wang, Joba, Free Agents, Pava…just kidding.

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All Hughes needs is the Rocket working with him. Cash make the call.

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Farnsworth put dirt on Sheff’s shoes last time, Sheff took Phil to the cleaners and made Hughes pay this time.

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How can you predict what’s going to happen in 2 years? We’ve seen him pitch well and in the clutch, I still have confidence in him but I wish we could send him to AAA to get his confidence back. He as 66 career walks in AAA and has 39 in the bigs, there’s something wrong there and it’s not because big league hitters are better because they’re not that much better that a pitcher like Hughes is afraid of the plate.

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CC will be our ace.

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I was just about to criticize his mix-up with the catcher that allowed Polanco to advance. Not that it matters what you do with baserunners pitching like that afterwards.

Hughes, ace by 2010. ROFLMAO!!

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I wish we could get Sheff back by we have too many DH’s. Sheff’s power off the bench in a playoff game would be real but he costs too much.

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Phil forgot to pay his bill, Sheff took him to collection.

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Nice one Kenny. To Cano of all people.

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Moose has been trying to get Hughes to throw offspeed?

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Its just a thought, Hughes seemed to work well with Clemens last year. Ian Kennadia on the hand is lost, he needs triple A batters right now.

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Thanks dude!!!!!!

Having Clemens or Ryan would be a great idea as a coach to Hughes. I don’t think either would be interested though. Some Yankee players had said Hughes reminded them of Clemens. I see Hughes’s velocity is back down to 90-91 mph this game, what’s up with that?

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I have a need for Moose, but not because I’m a cracker. I just need him to log 180 innings or so.

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LMAO, Matt. You are awesome.

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What about Nolan Ryan as a coach?

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Yup!!!!! There are Asian dudes like myself who don’t care for numbers, and don’t have a nedd for Moose either. Go figure!!!! HA! HA!

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I agree about Edwar giving us a different look. He’s certainly not a fastbal/slider guy like 75% of our bullpen.

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I know no one will agree with this but I’d like the Yankees to rehire Clemens as a coach. Have him work with Hughes. Hughes was pitching better with Clemens’ instruction last year.

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You don’t even need to go to a website, Matt. You probably just calculated that team ERA in your head! LOL.

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Matt, it’s more fun to calculate my own. Besides it’s good practice for my future career as a sabrmetrican. Dude, let me get this straight, Matt, you’re an Asian guy that doesn’t like to do math? LOL.

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Girardi on Edwar: “He gives us a different look, and he’s got the great changeup,” Girardi said.

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Phillips is in AAA with their Luisville team hitting .264 with 3 RBI.

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Edwar back, lets see if he’s turned a corner.

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Is Andy Phillips still with the Reds?

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If Posada is out the rest of the season, which he won’t be, he will be done as a cathcer, not a hitter. I think he still has enough in the tank as a hitter to become a DH.

Also I would wait a while for the weather to warm up before starting to panic, the warm weather should help them warm up.

chaz, just go to mlb.com for those type of stats rather than wasting your time figuring stats out on your own.

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Why is everyone not sold on melky. the kid has been great for us this year and last year, he has been the spark that this team has needed for the past couple of years. He’s putting up numbers and making unbelievable catches in center field and is starting to steal some bases. what else do you guys want him to do? Last time i checked he’s on pace for 30 homers this season at 70+ RBIs isnt that great production coming out of the number nine hitter??

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I think Cabrera is the real deal and I hope they keep him around. I am really concerned about Posada and although I do not think he will miss the entire season he could miss a good portion of it. I also agree that if he does miss the year, it will be real hard for him to bounce back considering his age.

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If Posada goes out for the season, I can’t see him bouncing back, at his age, in 2009. IMO, if he’s done for the year, he’s flat-out DONE. I hope he’s just out on the 15 day DL.

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I must have forgot one of the pitchers when I calculated, or rounded wrong.

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Mattingly hit .243 his rookie year. Few players excel right out of the gate.

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Wow, pulled hamstrings last year, strained muscles this year. What is next year, fractures?

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I would dap a little Moose, but since I’m loosing my hair I don’t see any reason to do that. HA!HA!

By matt_saiki@yahoo.com on April 29, 2008 1:14 PM

Initial reports on Georgey Postman are the same, shoulder strain.

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When Cabrera came up in midseason his first year, he was absolutely terrible, then boom he came back the next year and started to succeed.

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I calculated the team era myself. I just checked it at baseballreference.com. My bad. Still I’ll take that 4.45 from and eastern division team. It’s enough to allow our offense to crush lesser teams and overpower better teams. This has been the winning formula for the Yankees since 1903.

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It’s obvious that Gardner doesn’t have the same offensive capabilities that Cabrera has. So why move him for a lesser player?

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Someone please release Hawkins, he’s not worth the agrivation.

Golf and co, why you think Melky’s name is always been floated? The Yankees prior to this season were clearly not sold on him. Minnesota simply didn’t want him.

Reds could be shipping Griffey back to Seattle.

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Cabrera isn’t going anywhere, and he is definitely good enough to start in most outfields in the majors, he’s not a fourth outfielder by any stretch. He may not hit more than 15-20 HRs in a season or drive in more than 90 runs, but he is definitely better than Gardner who has proven nothing at the major league level. This team is not going to hand the CF position to him blindly, he’s going to have to earn it. Another thing Gardner has yet to prove he can generate near the same type of offense that Cabrera can.

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Hey chaz,

Where did you get your pitching stats? I just checked, and their ERA was 4.45 which is only good for 1th in the AL. I agree with you, the hitting is to take a lot of the blame for this team’s slow start, and you have to score runs in order to win ballgames, but the pitching has to take a lot of the blame as well. The only reason the Yanks are where they are is because of Wang and Pettitte who have combined to win 8 of the Yanks 14 total wins. It’s never a good sign when 60 % of your staff can’t go more than 5 innings on a consistent basis or 40% of the staff has been struggling. You combine that with the fact that the pen is somewhat of a mess right now. Hawkins has been a disaster, Traber couldn’t even make it half way through the first half of the season, Bruney is done for the year, Ohlendorf has pretty much crashed and burned, due to overuse, and Farnsworth has done pretty well so far but I’m not buying it yet. As usual the only two pitchers who this team can really rely on has been Chamberlain, and Rivera. So you can say it’s been the offense and the pitching that has really let this team downn this season.

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Melky is the CF for the New York Yankees until somebody comes in and takes it from him. Maybe Gardner can do so and then The Melk Man moves to right, but maybe gardner moves to one of the corner OF positions. He is a proven player, he is a contact hitter, great for hit and runs (especially if Cano is batting in the 7 hole for a while). He isn’t a 5-tool player that the Baseball Tonight folks joygasm over but that crew can’t give an unbiased coherent opinion for their life, so I don’t take weight in many of their opinions. Chaz has given great stats for him and the Cano point is right on, plus Melky has a hose, he saves runs even when he doesn’t throw the ball because people think twice about running on his arm, like I said someone has to come into New York and take the position away from him but for now its his job.

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How about 70 runs created out of 968 total team runs last season from the nine hole?

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I’m seeing stats for Melky’s case all over the place. How about only 68 k’s last season in 545 at bats?

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If you would like to talk power positions, we happen to have a 2B with the ability to hit .350/30/100. So, it’s a wash. 2B is not a “power postion”, but we happen to have a power guy in that spot. GO LECHE!!!!

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Also, I don’t want to burst your bubble, but it’s awful tough to put up 100 rbi’s from the 9 hole. Show me the last number 9 hitter to do it. If he ain’t hitting 9, he’s hitting 1, and show me the last leadoff guy to drive in 100 runs.

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Well, considering how Cabrera is on pace to hit 30 homeruns this season, at 5 per month. I can see why you might think that he can’t put up power numbers. Considering how he stole 12 bases last season under, “3 run homer or nothing” Torre sure points to his inability to swipe 30 bags. He’s also 2nd on the team right now with 3 SB’s under “3 run homer or nothing” Girardi. Yeah, we need to replace him ASAP.

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mduncan,
I don’t ascribe to the whole concept of “power positions” in baseball. He’s young at 24. He’s fast. He has less than 2 full season’s of ML experience. But in the season’s he’s played, he’s a solid .280 hitter who is starting to show a propensity for power. He’s a switch hitter who is tied for the team lead in homers. He’s proven his arm is better than that of his two full time predecessors, Johnny and Bernie. Just BECAUSE someone says that a CF’er has to hit .320 and stroke 40 dingers doesnt make it so. Maybe 40 years ago but this is a different game now. We have 3 other Of’ers who last season combined for 53 homers and one of them had an off year (Damon). Our 4 IF’ers combined for 99 more homers (ok, ARod’s 54 skews a bit but…) Our catcher hit another 20. Please tell me why our CF’er also needs to hit 25 homers? I’m sorry, I don’t buy it.

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Bpark, it IS telling that you feel we have had trouble filling RF since Paulie while our CF since Bernie has been Johnny Damon?

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To be able to play in the major leagues you must be a good baseball player. Melky is in the big leagues. But as you look into a looking glass you see no upside of Melky. You do not see 25 home runs, 100 or so Rbi’s, you do not see 30 stolen bases, sort get the idea. That is some of the reasons people like Steve Phillips and ESPN baseball tonight make those comments. Defense is Melky strongest abilty. You not going to play centerfield long if your defense is your strongest area. Right or wrong that is the thinking.

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Zito’s got a ways to go but he sure is TRYING to make the Pavano deal look like a steal………. Interesting stat on ESPN, Zito 2002 – 23-5, 2.75. Since 2002 his season average is 11-11, 4.07. Yep. Starting to make Pavano look good.

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Abreu is 34 and roams one of the smallest RF’s in the league. He’s got another few years in that position providing he remains healthy. By then our every day right fielder will be figured out. Unless Gardner turns into a perennial .315/40 guy, I can’t see Melky moving. Let’s not forget we’re going to need an everyday left fielder too.

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Steve Philips is a moron, and Melky is not a 4th outfielder. He’s one of the most consistant players I’ve seen at his age. Baseball Tonight believed Elsburry was the second coming and Melky has outperformed him vastly. Melky has made his own highlight real in his short tenure in the OF and has been showing some power that nobody really thought he had. 4th outfielder? Ha! He’s our best outfielder right now and would start on many other teams, he;s the perfect 9 hole hitter to bring the lineup around and a spot leadoff guy. The Melk Man is our CF and should be to stay unless Gardner can take the spot from him, Melky has earned it, Gardner has not.

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The reality is the Yankees are not convinced Melky is their guys. They continue to entertain trade talk with him, although none that I am aware of right now. The Twins like Steve Phillips and other baseball experts see Melky as at best a 4th outfielder. This could change though.

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Lets see Sheff was here for 3 years, Abreu is in his 2nd full season, Modesi well anyway, Melky could be here for 15 years, whos the stopgaps?

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I can’t believe I am actually posting this, but Farny is starting to look like he’s figured it out.

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Yesterday’s win was ALL about our pitching staff. The offense managed to get lucky and get a few infield hits (if you can call them that) to go their way. Nice effort all around: Moose, Farny, Joba, Abaladejo, and Sandman.

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The Yankee pitching staff is only allowing 4 earned runs per game (team era of 4.12). I keep hearing everyone blaming the either the starting pitching or the bullpen for our current standing. As far as I am concerned, a team with our offense doesn’t need a pitching staff with a 2.50 era to get it done. In fact, Boston’s team era is 4.61 right now, and they are winning games in spite of that because they are hitting the damn ball. Frankly, there have only been MAYBE a handful of games this young season, where the pitching staff has not put us in a position to win. This Yankee offense should be scoring 8 runs per game. With the exception of Hughes (who looked good in his last start), IPK (who had 1 bad inning in his last start, and otherwise looked fine), and Hawkins (who is starting to settle in) THIS PITCHING STAFF HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB OF KEEPING US IN EVERY BALLGAME. Yes, pitching is the most important part of a championship team, but you have to, and this is a new concept, have the ability to SCORE more runs than your opponent in order to win. Start hitting the damn ball, GO YANKEES!!!!!

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Sheffield: our clean-up hitter, a perrenial all-star, a perrenial 30/100 guy, and one of the most feared hitters in the game. Abreu, perrenial all star, prolific base stealer, perrenial .300 hitter, perrenial 100 rbi guy, and gold-glove calibur defenseman. These guys have been stop gaps? Bpark, Paulie was my favorite player after Donnie Ballgame hung ‘em up, and even I don’t think these dudes were/are temporary. Melky Cabrera is far more important to us as a centerfielder than he would be guarding the short porch. Why would we put our best defender in right? Did Mickey or Joe play in right? I am with Golf on this one 1000%. What exactly does Leche need to do to earn some f-ing respect, hit .500 and crush 80 dingers? The guy has hit in 23 out of 25 games, he’s leading this anemic offense in homeruns, he’s playing tenacious D (lol), he’s stealing bases, he’s gunning a-holes down trying to get extra bases, he’s a positive force in the clubhouse and in the dugout, he’s a switch hitter. For Christ’s sake, when is he going to finally earn that starting spot in center field? At every turn, someone is looking to trade him, bench him, or move him to a spot on the field where you could literally play a bronze statue with a glove on its hand. What is not to like about Melky?

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There is no relegation. We have had trouble finding a RF to replace O’Neill, Sheff and Abreu have been temporary options.

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Man you guys kill me. Melky is doing as much to carry this team this year as ARod did last year (ok, ALMOST as much) and you guys are still lamenting not making the Santana trade or relagating him to RF when Gardner is ready? Gardner may NEVER be ready (Eric Duncan anyone?) And Moose gave another decent start (for him) last night, again giving us a chance to win. And the ‘pen came on and held.
I see PH and IPK getting at least another start a piece to prove they can make it consistent. Otherwise, there is simply no way the Yanks can avoid the numbers that Rasner is putting up, now 4-0 with a .67 era at SWB. Let’s not forget, this time last year Rasner’s name was one of the 5 locked into the rotation for THIS season along with Karstens. I say he’s going to get another chance soon.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 28, 2008

Scranton/WB 2
Buffalo (Indians) 5
W: B. Buzachero (1-0, 6.00); L: K. Igawa (2-3, 3.58); SV: E. Mujica (2)
HR: SWB: C. Ransom (4). BUF: B. Francisco (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_28_swbaaa_bufaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Clearwater (Phillies) 3
W: E. Garcia (3-0, 3.34); L: I. Nova (0-5, 5.06); SV: S. Walls (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_28_tbyafa_clrafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Good to get that series back to tied from 0-2. Now to get some wins as the Tigers, Mariners & Indians hit town.

Another decent outing from Moose tonight – I really think he’ll be okay against anyone but the Red Sox (shifting him from the 2 spot might help). His next pitching matchup is against Felix Hernandez

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That’s not a bad question. Maybe Girardi can come back and catch.

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Good question even at once a week.

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Could JG even physically be able to – he’s 43, retired what at the end of 2003.

Well we’ve rallied, lets hope it doesn’t get chucked away

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If Posada is out for the season, would Girardi consider catching once a week with Rob Thomson managing things on the bench?

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