Game 91: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO — Joe Girardi didn’t expect his bullpen to log so many innings so quickly into the second half. But two games removed from the All-Star break, the Yankees’ skipper already finds himself needing a long, bullpen-saving start from ace CC Sabathia. The Yankees’ relief corps logged 7 1/3 innings on Thursday, then three more on Friday. In that span, five different relievers were used, with Sergio Mitre going twice. Because of that, Mitre won’t be available today, and there’s a good chance neither will Hector Noesi, who’s two days removed from pitching 3 1/3 frames.

“It happens during the course of the season and you just have to prepare for it,” Girardi said. “You need some distance out of your ace today, and that’s the bottom line. And I think we’re covered. But if something were to happen to CC in the first inning, then it’d be a little tough today.”

Lucky for Joe, Sabathia is one of the best second-half pitchers in baseball.

Or perhaps the best.

In terms of second-half performance from 2006-10, Sabathia leads all Major League starters who qualify in ERA (2.64), wins (41) and strikeouts (490). For his career, the burly left-hander has a 3.67 first-half ERA and a 3.31 second-half ERA. Now, he’ll be looking to get the Yankees back on track after they dropped back-to-back games, and look to snap the Blue Jays’ five-game winning streak.

A lot of the talk pregame, once again, centered on signs. Russell Martin claimed the Blue Jays were picking up his signs on Thursday. Then last night, Girardi opted to go with multiple signs even with nobody on base, which led to a lot of mound trips and some confusion that may have taken Freddy Garcia out of rhythm (though nobody really used that as an excuse). Pregame today, Girardi vaguely addressed the issue of teams taking other measures besides their own baserunners to pick up signs, saying: “Sometimes we have inclinations that things might be happening in certain ballparks. We’re aware of it, and we try to protect our signs.” Blue Jays skipper John Farrell then denied that any of that is going on at Rogers Centre.

More on that soon.

For now, here are the lineups, with Jose Bautista still out for the Blue Jays and day-to-day with a sore ankle. It’s looking like he won’t play on Sunday, either. Curtis Granderson has the day off from the turf, and Martin gets a blow behind the plate with the quick turnaround …

YANKEES (53-37)
Derek Jeter, SS
Granderson, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Brett Gardner, CF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C

Pitching: LH Sabathia (13-4, 2.72 ERA)

BLUE JAYS (47-47)
Rajai Davis, CF
Eric Thames, RF
Yunel Escobar, SS
Adam Lind, 1B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Travis Snider, LF
J.P. Arencibia, C
John McDonald, 3B

Pitching: LH Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA)

Some links from last night …

* Garcia bested on night to forget for Yanks

* Yankees Notebook, with stuff on Nunez’s learning curve, Jeter’s popularity and Colon’s health

* Martin blames himself if Blue Jays knew signs

Alden 

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/17/2011
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SCRANTON/WB @ Toledo (Tigers) 6:00 PM
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Reading (Phillies) @ TRENTON 1:05 PM
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Jupiter (Marlins) @ TAMPA 4:00 PM
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CHARLESTON @ West Virginia (Pirates) 2:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Tri-City (Astros) 5:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/16/2011
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SCRANTON/WB 4 @ Toledo (Tigers) 7
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Reading (Phillies) 13 @ TRENTON 2
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 3 @ TAMPA 2
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CHARLESTON 6 @ West Virginia (Pirates) 13
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STATEN ISLAND 3 @ Tri-City (Astros) 5
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GCL YANKEES 14 @ GCL Blue Jays 12 (13)
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It’s not 3 up 3 down for Mo anymore in the 9th. He’s lost something on his velocity and dominance. he now has to depend on location. He is starting to keep you on the edge of your chair wondering if he get the side out and prevent any runs. They’re hitting him this year like he hasn’t been hit in the past. This could be Mo;s last year as the closer. I think that’s why they brought in Soriano as set up to replace Mo eventually, but he has been injured all year and hasn’t made a contribution at all. Whether he’ll be ready for next year who knows? Anyway, the usually reliable CC gives us one win in the series. What will happen in the finale whoknows?

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Take care guys! CC ya!!!

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That’s all folks!

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Damn bloopers!

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Mo ‘em down!

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The last two years Tex has been concerned with getting a quicker start than normal. Maybe that’s a mistake!

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Tex pops out. he’s terrible at the plate in the last few weeks. There’s something wrong with his mechanics. He has the uppercut swing all the time which is great if he gets ahold of it but if not he swings over the ball. Long needs to watch tapes and break it down and figure it out and soon. With ARod out this guy needs to earn his money.

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certainly should be hitting higher than he currently is, less time taking grounders and more time in the cage might be what the doctor ordered.

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When he signed I expected Tex would hit .300!

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Tex has been swinging a bit wild of late, but he makes up in defense some of the balls he’s missing at the plate and as we know you can go from freezing cold to hot in 2-3 series. Nunez is making a few errors of late, i’ll give you that, but here are your options – Eduardo Nunez or Ramiro Pena, i’m sure Robert will know a lot more about the guys in the minors, but it’s doubtfull any of them will be ready to play in the bigs right now or they’d be there. The problem with the trade idea is simple, we have highly rated prospects which it would cost us to get the players we need right now – but it’s not really so simple. When the places we’re short of (3B, relievers) are because guys are injured but are A-grade talent, so any trades are likely to be short term with expensive consequence.
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I’d like to see Golson getting in there for atleast a game or two, from what i saw last year he has potential and well, we all saw the cannon he displayed at the Trop. (as i type that hes come in on D for the 8th) Should also be pretty interesting come September to see what the callups bring up to show for next season.
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and personally, i’m pretty happy we can’t face the Phillies until the World Series, that rotation puts the fear of god into me the way precious few things can!

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This team doesn’t need to give up any top prospects just to get bench players. That will never happen. The only real option in the system is Brandon Laird at 3B, e is capable of producing more offense than Nuinez is and has more experience as a 3B.

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What is the west coast opinion of Ubaldo Jimenez Matt?

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Pitcher who has great stuff. Can dominate a game, but is having a down year. His velocity was down earlier this season from what I’ve heard and he has not been happy about not getting an extension on his contract. i’ve heard the Rockies have been eyeing Jesus Montero since the Rockies need a 1B and Helton is getting old and is near the end of his career. That’s the position Montero likely will be playing to start out his career, at least how the Yanks and Rox see him along with most other people. He could be the most likely to be traded since the Yanks are getting thin in the rotation.

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We can’t face the Phillies until the World Series!

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Yeh he got a hit but we’re not paying him millions to get a hit once in a while. His batting average has gone down to the low 200s. He’s been stuck at 25 home runs for ever. It’s not happening often enough and certainly not in critical situations with men on base. We need to do something with the trade deadline coming up. if we have to play the Phillies any time in the playoffs we don’t have a starting rotation who can pitch with them, other than CC.

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Didn’t we know Tex would get a hit?

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Tex should be hitting 40-50 points higher.

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Anyone tell me what’s wrong with Tex. he’s swinging wildly at the plate like he can’t pick up the ball. He hasn’t hit for power for 2 weeks at least. Is he feeling the rejection of not being voted to the All Star game? He is certainly not a hitter any pitchers are fearing at this point. They don’t need to pitch around him and then of course ARod is not hitting behind him. Gardner has been on 3rd base now 3 times in this game and noone can bring him in. What a waste of runs Gardner is going all he can but the Yankees hitting behind him can’t get him home.

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He is that RobertG. And robert G. Moulton you are right Meat Tray will not be on the mound today. Of course the only thing I’d give him is his release. Girardi maybe not that concerned about Nunez’s errors at third but I am. IF he is Arod’s replacement until Arod’s return somebody better be hitting Nunez some infield grounders. WAY to many errors for a PT starter.

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seeknay,

You’re right about Nunez, this is why that getting Chavez was a big mistake and was a RISK. Now the Yanks are trying to fill A-Rod’s position with a player who is more of a natural SS who had a questionable glove to begin with and only had 17 career games at 3B. This team needed to do better than get Chavez who can’t even answer the ball to backup A-Rod and improvise with a player who has little experience as a 3B. To say that this team wasn’t expecting anything from Chavez is right and they are seeing for themselves.

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Matt,
Didn’t Bryan Hoch give you the facts on Chavez?

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Robert,

My point doesn’t really have anything to do with Chavez himself. The point I was making was that this team need to look for better depth at 3B. Chavez won’t do that while he is on the DL and Nunez has a shaky glove who played very few games at 3B and won’t provide much offense. It would be less of a risk to try to upgrade the depth at the position with someone other than Nunez.

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Hey Allan!

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CC is crusin’.

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It might be early, but CC looks like he’s doing the ‘pen a favour today

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Robbie on 2nd and what does Jones do? He strikes out on a pitch that was a ball. He never seems to want to walk. He’s got to swing no matter what kind of pitch.

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I’d answer you directly if I could Bob.

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Yeh, all with left handed pitching. Robert, what is it with you and Jones? You feel you need to defend him all the time. Last time we left Gardner on third base with one out. Are we going to do the same? Not getting runs in is what is killing us. Cervelli strikes out swinging at some really questionable pitches. If it continues CC is going to have to keep the Blue Jays runs where they are now because the Yankees are not going to get very many more if they keep hitting like they’re doing with men on base.

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OK Jete!

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Go Gardy!!!

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Andruw has five RBIs since Golson was added!

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So you’re listening to Buck today Robert?

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Robert: I don’t think Golson’s presence affects Jones that much. Jones is only good with left handed pitching. he can’t hit righties at this stage of his career, so when they’re up against right handed pitching they could bring Golson in if they wanted to DH one of the other outfielders.

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We’ll take the gift!

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The Yankees need to get runners on base home. jeter didn’t get it done with runners on 2nd and 3rd. He struck out. And Swisher strikes out with runners on base. This has been a Yankee problem all year.

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Hey everyone. Take solace in the fact that Meat Tray won’t be brought in from the bull pen today because he pitched the last two games. it shouldn’t be because he pitched two games but because of how he pitched two relief appearances. I don’t think anyone would care if Mitre ever got into a game again for the Yankees. Come on CC. We’ve got to get a win today and the Yanksneed to give him some run support.

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Nice shut down inning!

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Foo!

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Let’s go Jete!

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I think Golson’s presence is pushing Andruw a little!

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There goes the shutout!

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/16/2011
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SCRANTON/WB @ Toledo (Tigers) 7:00 PM
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Reading (Phillies) @ TRENTON 7:05 PM
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) @ TAMPA 6:00 PM
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CHARLESTON @ West Virginia (Pirates) 7:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Tri-City (Astros) 7:00 PM
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GCL YANKEES @ GCL Blue Jays 10:00 AM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/15/2011
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SCRANTON/WB 7 @ Toledo (Tigers) 3
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Reading (Phillies) 1 @ TRENTON 3
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 0 @ TAMPA 1
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CHARLESTON 4 @ Greensboro (Marlins) 8
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State College (Pirates) 2 @ STATEN ISLAND 1
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GCL Blue Jays 6 @ GCL YANKEES 12
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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