7/11 – Yankees at Angels
Pitching: Andy Pettitte (8-4, 4.53)
Matthews Jr. CF
Pitching: Jered Weaver (9-3, 3.15)
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FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Most of the pregame discussion today revolved around Joba Chamberlain’s poor start last night and his future in the Yankees mix, which as you guessed, is as a starting pitcher. Joe Girardi looked up Greg Maddux’s statistics from 1987 to prove a point that dominant starters don’t always immediately translate, but those Cubbies were headed to a sixth-place finish in the NL East. … Dave Eiland sums it up: ”He’s getting into a lot of deep counts, hitters are seeing a lot of pitches and he’s getting predictable at times.”He’s learning how to be a starter in this league. That’s not as easy as it looks. Joba came on the scene and set the world on fire, and people expect him to be perfect all the time. That’s not going to be.” … Courtesy of MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer, here’s Chone Figgins on last night’s entanglement with Jorge Posada: “He’ll be on highlight shows forever now. He should thank me.” … The first inning showed us career homer No. 569 for A-Rod, tying him for 10th on baseball’s all-time list with Rafael Palmeiro.
DRAFT UPDATE: The Yankees today announced the signing of two more players from their 2009 First-Year Player Draft – seventh-round pick, RHP Sean Black and 12th-round pick RHP Brett Gerritse…the Yankees have signed 17 players from their 2009 draft class, including seven of their first 12 selections.
And now, here’s a iPhone photo of the second inning, already in action: