Results tagged ‘ Brett Tomko ’

8/17 – Yankees at Athletics

YANKEES (74-44)
Jeter DH
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pena SS

Pitching:
A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71)

ATHLETICS (52-65)
Kennedy 3B
Davis CF
Suzuki C
Hairston LF
Sweeney RF
Ellis 2B
Cust DH
Crosby 1B
Pennington SS

Pitching: Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE: Isn’t it funny that Brett Tomko can resurface as a starting pitcher exactly as the Yankees open a three-game series against the A’s, having departed saying how he was happy to be leaving because it never seemed like he got a chance in New York? Well, now he gets his opportunity here to pull off an upset. Said Joe Girardi: “We know Brett and Brett knows us.” … 

With Hideki Matsui out until at least tomorrow after having his left knee drained, Derek Jeter got to jump in the lineup as the designated hitter. Good timing, considering his nearly unpublicized pursuit of Luis Aparicio’s record for hits as a shortstop concluded Sunday. …

The Yankees are anxious to see how Matsui responds to treatment and Girardi said he will not use him at all on Monday. …

A couple of other small items — the name Russ Ortiz did come up briefly in discussions about helping the big league team, but never seriously. Ortiz elected free agency from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in hopes of latching on with a playoff contender that would call him up. Brett Gardner is set to see a doctor on Wednesday about his left thumb and wouldn’t rejoin the big league team until September.

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

Closing thoughts from Clearwater

Just finishing things up here in Clearwater, where the skies are still overcast and it’s beginning to look like a good thing that I’ve been keeping a fleece sweater in the trunk of my car since … oh, say, February 11.

It appears that Derek Jeter has taken to the friendly skies after Team USA’s loss, hoping to make it back for the Tuesday night game against the Red Sox.

“He’s planning on being here tomorrow night,” Girardi said. “Are we surprised?”

Girardi said that he’s planning on accommodating Jeter and re-writing his lineup card. They don’t necessarily have to do anything special with Jeter for the rest of camp – all things considered, Girardi said Jeter should be able to have had close to 60 at-bats this spring, which is enough.

Chien-Ming Wang took Brett Tomko’s innings today, so the Yankees will stretch out their long relief candidates on Saturday against the Braves. Tomko and Dan Giese will both get a lot of work while Wang stays behind in Tampa … weather permitting. The Yankees didn’t take a long reliever out of camp last year, but this year one may be more crucial because of the limitation on Joba Chamberlain’s innings.

Brian Bruney (7.42 ERA) is having a rough spring. He was half-joking today when he said that he hopes he can still make the team, and Girardi said that he doesn’t need to worry about that – they still want him to be the eighth inning man. But they’d also like to see him not give up two-run bombs to Matt Stairs.

Girardi said the Yankees need to find a way to get him going. If they don’t (me talking, not Girardi), imagine how quickly the ‘Joba needs to be in the bullpen’ crowd will take it to the next level?

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