5/13 – Yankees at Tigers

Hello again from a surprisingly dry – for the moment – Comerica Park. The Yankees would love to play this one quickly and get out of town, if the weather will cooperate, so as to avoid coming back on a mutual off-day to finish their four-game series with the Tigers.

A roster move today, as Juan Miranda finally made it to Detroit. You’ll see him in the lineup today at first base. The Yankees had been toying with the idea for a while but wanted to keep the more versatile Kevin Russo through the day-night doubleheader yesterday. 
Nick Swisher (left biceps) is not in the lineup. He said that he considers assistant athletic trainer Steve Donohue his “road dog” for the day – meaning they’ll be spending a lot of quality time together. Swisher will be getting treatment in the hopes of returning to the lineup tomorrow.
Chan Ho Park came through his extended spring effort well on Wednesday and is scheduled to pitch Friday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Meanwhile, add this to the list of things I never thought I’d hear in a baseball clubhouse – Weird Al’s ‘Yoda.’ 
You can thank A.J. Burnett for that, who played a whole Weird Al compilation on his iPhone and said that he could listen to him all day. 
Thankfully, he didn’t.
YANKEES (22-11)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Juan Miranda 1B
Randy Winn LF
Greg Golson RF
CC Sabathia LHP (4-1, 3.04)
TIGERS (19-15)
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Gerald Laird C
Scott Sizemore 2B
Adam Everett SS
Justin Verlander RHP (3-2, 4.50)


It hurts when you get beat 3 games out of 4 by a team you traded Damon and Austin Jackson to who are hitting over 300 and we got Granderson who is out of the lineup for a length time and who wasn’t doing much offensively when he was in the lineup. It will be interesting to see how this plays out through the year.


My horrible pun of the day: That Boesch sure looked like a real spark plug!


Nice to be an optimist but I don’t have a real good feeling about this year’s Yankees. They won last year with character players that they have not signed this year, guys like Damon and Matsui and Cabrera. I don’t think what they’ve picked up to replace are in the same category. And not sure how great the bull pen is either this year. And ARod certainly hasn’t got untracked yet and Jeter is not the clutch hitter he has been in the past. Gardner is a pleasant surprise so far. But the 2010 edition of the Yankees I don’t think is going to get it done. I think the Rays are for real this year and are going to win the American league championship and go to the World Series. Anyway, that’s my prediction even though I hope I’m wrong.


Detroit has a pretty good team. I’m surprised that they only won 19 games.



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