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Melancon called up

Mark Melancon has been summoned to join the Yankees bullpen for tonight’s game against the Angels, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

After yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters that adding an arm to the bullpen would be “something we’re going to have to talk about,” after five relievers backed up an ineffective Alfredo Aceves and helped the Bombers post an 8-6 victory over the Twins, completing a three-game sweep at the Metrodome and running New York’s road winning streak to eight games.

A roster move will be announced before tonight’s game. Dave Robertson walked in two runs yesterday and did, in his words, “a terrible job,” so he could be the leading candidate to be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jonathan Albaladejo picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Phil Coke recorded two outs and Phil Hughes added four more to get the ball to Mariano Rivera.

The right-handed Melancon, 24, was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.50 ERA in 25 appearances at Triple-A. In 39 2/3 innings, Melancon allowed 25 hits and 14 runs (11 earned), walking nine and striking out 42 while holding opponents to a .175 batting average.

He made four appearances with the Yankees from in late April and early May, allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings (5.40 ERA).

3/28 – Yankees at Braves

The Great American Long Relief Battle gets underway this afternoon at Disney World, as Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves and Dan Giese will – in that order – try to convince Joe Girardi and the coaching staff that they should be the Yankees’ long reliever.

The idea is that each pitcher will get three innings to showcase his stuff. Tomko has had the best spring of the trio, but he’s coming in at a disadvantage since both Aceves and Giese are on the 40-man roster and had opportunities last season to showcase their wares.

Girardi said that today is “important for all of them” and lauded Tomko’s health after arm surgery last year. All three pitchers are strike-throwers and can pitch multiple innings, and Girardi said that he is not leaning any one way consdiderably.

“That’s probably why it’s so even in my eyes,” he said.

Think the long reliever role isn’t important? Well, first, consider how many starts a guy like Darrell Rasner made last year … and then now think that Joba Chamberlain still has an innings limitation where he may only pitch five innings some games.

In other decisions, Girardi said he plans to meet with his coaches and Brian Cashman either Sunday or Monday to hammer out some other lingering items, including the utility role (Angel Berroa vs. Ramiro Pena) and assorted choices in the bullpen.

“There’s going to be some tough send-downs,” Girardi said. “But that doesn’t mean those guys aren’t going to be up during the season.”

On to the lineups:

NEW YORK YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Xavier Nady RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Cody Ransom 3B
Kevin Cash C
Brett Tomko RHP

ATLANTA BRAVES

Jordan Schafer CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Chipper Jones 3B
Brian McCann C
Greg Norton 1B
Matt Diaz RF
Brandon Jones LF
Martin Prado 2B
Jair Jurrjens RHP

Are the Yankees done?

telephone.jpgBrian Cashman may be on vacation this week, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees aren’t done yet. At FOXSports.com, he wonders if they’ll make a few serious calls about Ben Sheets and/or Juan Cruz before all is said and done.

The Yankees did kick the tires on Sheets back at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Sheets has had trouble finding a club willing to take a chance after he experienced injury problems late last year.

With the Andy Pettitte standoff dragging on and his chances apparently dwindling by the day, Sheets represents another choice should the Yankees really not be comfortable with selecting their fifth starter out of the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.

Cruz would be an addition to a back end of the bullpen, and a welcome one to those who have their doubts about Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney setting up. The rest of the relief corps is certainly amenable to an upgrade, with contenders like Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras not promised anything heading into the spring.

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