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Shelley returns

Cleveland.jpgShelley Duncan is back with the Yankees and back in the lineup, playing right field today. Judging by the force with which he shook all of the reporters’ hands, I’d say it’s safe to say he’s happy to be back. There was a stretch there where he single-handedly destroyed International League pitching. Duncan said playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was like playing for a Triple-A All-Star team.

The corresponding roster move is Billy Traber, who’s been sent to Triple-A. With Traber out, the Yankees will lean on their right-handers to retire left-handed batters, something that Girardi believes they will be able to handle. The Yankees opted to keep both Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton – recalled Friday – for those purposes.

Albaladejo has retired 12 of 14 lefties (.143) faced this year in the big leagues, while lefties were hitting Traber for a .375 (6-for-16) mark. The Yankees need a reliable hurler against lefties, especially with Kyle Farnsworth (.438, 7-for-16) and LaTroy Hawkins (.421, 8-for-19) appearing vulnerable.

Morgan Ensberg checked in with a guest blog over on Phil Hughes’ site. Ensberg is a funny guy, as you’ll see, as I would expect of a fellow Ron Burgundy aficionado. Still wondering about his rowboat question. By the way, I absolutely love these old-school retro Indians uniforms. I’m waiting for Rocky Colavito or Bob Feller to show up on the field.

One last item. For the second day in a row, the printed lineup sheets the Indians provided list the Yankees leadoff batter as “Jhonny Damon.” That’s how you know you’re in Cleveland.

Random in-game musings from Progressive Field

As we watch Billy Traber have a bit of trouble here in the sixth inning, I’m reminded of last week in New York, when I rattled off a Q&A with the left-hander that — for one reason or another — never made it into print. Here’s an excerpt that is appropriate given where this game is being played…

MLB.com: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen associated with baseball?

Traber: That would have to be in Cleveland, my first season. I had fans following me home from Jacobs Field. The ballpark was downtown and it’s obviously a great city because everything was so close, so I didn’t drive. The fans would follow me home sometimes. I’d sign autographs, and you’d think that after a couple of blocks they’d get bored, but there were a lot of days that I’d get followed all the way from Jacobs Field to West 9th Street, which was like 10 blocks away. It was definitely an eye-opener.

Back to the action. I noticed today that, with Chad Moeller on his way out the door, Morgan Ensberg had quickly stowed a mask back in his locker. He’s the third catcher around these parts and he’s not letting anyone forget it.  Last year the Yankees’ emergency catcher was Doug Mientkiewicz, though you’d think Shelley Duncan would do a bang-up job if they ever would let him strap on the gear.

And while I’m on a rant (hi, Dennis Miller), see if this makes sense to you. Why would a Continental Airlines flight attendant wake me up this morning to tell me the plane can’t take off if I have the little plastic blind down in front of my window? Is the pilot going to come back and steer the plane from Seat 2A? Just a thought. By the way, the same flight attendant came back upon landing. Planes that can’t land or take off with a window shade down seems to me like a huge design flaw.

Last day in K.C.

One more day remaining in Kansas City and the Yankees are still looking for a masterpiece. Then again, the way things are going, they’d settle for an ugly victory. The Yankees will be back at it again tonight at Kauffman Stadium, sending Andy Pettitte to the mound in search of the sharpness that eluded him last time out. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s raining in Kansas City again.

It seems a pretty safe bet that Joe Girardi won’t try using his bullpen to start this game. You think he might have wanted a do-over on that idea? Actually, the plan worked pretty well through the first four innings with Brian Bruney and Billy Traber, and then they did get a scoreless frame from Kyle Farnsworth.

But John Buck’s home run leading off the fifth changed all that, and as Girardi would later say, it’s impossible to win when you don’t score. That’s another problem they need to rectify immediately if they want to avoid months like they had early last year.

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