As the deadline approaches…

061210berkman.jpgThe Yankees already have one deal in the books, another expected to be completed and perhaps something else on the way as Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waivers Trade Deadline approaches.

By the time the clock hits the deadline, Austin Kearns should have passed through customs and have tried on his Yankees gear for the first time. Lance Berkman is also expected to be at Tropicana Field by first pitch and could be in the lineup, as soon as the deal for Minor Leaguers Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes is officially finalized. 
Berkman’s going to be an interesting fit here. He’s very close with Andy Pettitte and it’s believed that Pettitte helped convince Berkman to approve the deal to the Yankees, although Berkman admitted he’s “nervous” and “apprehensive” about the whole idea of playing home games in a city that isn’t Houston. It’s all he knows, and that’s understandable, but it’s also not exactly what you want to hear.
Then there’s this – Berkman is hitting .245 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 85 games this year, but he’s hitting .188 with one home run and four RBIs in 64 at-bats against left-handed pitching. Kearns’ right-handed bat can help balance that, along with covering for Curtis Granderson’s troubles against lefties. Berkman has also hit .194 away from Minute Maid Park this year, but the Yankees still consider him an upgrade over Colin Curtis.
So, is there anything else to keep on the radar? The New York Daily News noted that the Yankees are still talking to the Cubs about lefty Ted Lilly, but ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that the Yankees are not pursuing Lilly unless the Cubs want “to put him on a platter and give him away.” (Of course, the Yankees could have had Lilly back in 2007 but decided to go with Kei Igawa instead, but that’s an item for another day.
Olney also tweets the Yankees may be looking to pick up an infielder before 4 p.m. today. Also, I thought it was interesting that Joe Girardi said Kearns’ name wasn’t even mentioned to him in passing by Brian Cashman until Thursday — and that’s after New York just completed a four-game series in Cleveland. If that’s so, things move quick, huh?

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The Mariners wanted Smoak, Once he was offered they probably didn’t give the Yanks a chance to up the ante. They claimed a sprained ankle was the reason for us not getting LEE .
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The way I hear it the Mariners wanted Smoak, when he was offered they spurned the Yanks and grabbed their top choice.
NO WORDS NEEDED
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Lilly To Dodgers, Westbook gone, Who’s left??

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One of the problems the yankees has been having is timely hitting. We are coming to the dog days months and the heat has been grueling. So I expected the bats to slow down. Two new bats may take us over the humped until the rest of the hitters get it going. I was hoping for another starter or solid mid-inning relieve, but we are in good shape. And I don’t want to be a conpiracy thinker, but something went on with the Cliff Lee deal, maybe Bud Selig pulled a Bowie Kunh but something went smell with that deal. Diamond back got nothing for Lee.

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Berkman & Kearns??? What does this mean? Does Thames go, Does this mean Grandy goes in a trade?? Up to now Grandy has been a waste, AJ is out performing him in the field and at bat. He would make good trade bait for the KC reliever… Will we get Lilly and another backup infielder, We’ll soon know..
The Yanks again had opportunities and blew them last night, We still have a problem scoring W/RISP.. To me Jorge is just about worthless with runners on base, he hits into too many DPs, Now it appears Jete is having similar troubles. He’s not the same player at the plate. I miss the old Jeter, slicing one over first into the corner…
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TV NOTE:
Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay at 1:40 PM has been added to the YES schedule.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 30, 2010

Norfolk (Orioles) 1
Scranton/WB 2
W: Nova (10-2, 2.80); L: George (5-5, 3.88)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_noraaa_swbaaa_1
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New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 10
Trenton 3
W: Gonzalez (2-2, 7.22) L: Noesi (6-3, 3.16)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_nhmaax_treaax_1
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Charlotte (Rays) 9
Tampa 6
W: Oliveros (1-1, 2.40) L: Bartleski (2-2, 4.00)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_chaafa_tbyafa_1
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Greenville (Red Sox) 5
Charleston 6
W: Watkins (3-2, 3.86) L: Bayer (6-2, 4.48)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_capafx_crdafx_1
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Norwich (Tigers) 7
Staten Island 1
W: Lawson (1-0, 2.96) L: Gipson (2-1, 4.15)
HR: CT: Robbins, J (2), Roof (2)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_conasx_staasx_1
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GCL Phillies 7
GCL Yankees 11
W: Arias (2-2, 5.82) L: Nunez (1-2, 6.32)
HR: YAN: Sublett (1)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_30_phlrok_yanrok_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 31, 2010

Syracuse (Nationals) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:00 PM
Trenton

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Tampa
Fort Myers (Twins) 7:00 PM

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Greenville (Red Sox) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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Staten Island
Brooklyn (Mets) 6:00 PM

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GCL Yankees
GCL Phillies, 10:00 AM

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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