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8/5 – Yankees at Blue Jays

The roof is open, the weather’s great, and that’s really all you need to know heading into tonight’s series finale between the Yanks and Jays. Well, and this:

The Yankees designated Cody Ransom for assignment prior to the game and promoted Anthony Claggett from Triple-A Scranton, in a move that most anticipated earlier this week. With the more versatile Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the roster now, it just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to keep Ransom around — and the Yankees can certainly use extra pitching heading into what’s sure to be a draining four-game series against the Red Sox. Yes, the Red Sox — pretty much all the pregame talk centered on those guys, despite the fact that there’s still a game to be played here in Canada. Should be an interesting weekend.

Hairston, by the way, is playing third base tonight, with A-Rod taking a DH day.

YANKEES (64-42)
yankslogo.gifJeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Hairston, Jr. 3B
Molina C

Pitching: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.90)

BLUE JAYS (51-55)
bluejays.gifScutaro SS
Hill 2B
Lind DH
Overbay 1B
Wells CF
Rios RF
Encarnacion 3B
Barajas C
Inglett LF

Pitching: Marc Rzepczynski (1-2, 3.25)

NOTES: A sad moment at the ballpark, when the Yanks learned that George Murray, one of the people the Yankees honored during their recent Hope Week, passed away yesterday at his home in South New Berlin, N.Y. Murray, who was told when he was diagnosed with ALS three years ago that he had three to five years to live, was 38. “I was shocked,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was among those who surprised Murray in a suite last month at Yankee Stadium.

TWITTER: Once again, you can follow along tonight @anthonydicomo.

–Anthony DiComo

A possible explanation for Ransom

There have been a lot of e-mails filtering in about Cody Ransom — specifically, why he was kept on the team Saturday and Shelley Duncan took the cut to add Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the roster.

A lot of us here in Chicago were wondering the same
thing, since Hairston was acquired for a utility role, which is what Ransom was doing for the club. Matters weren’t helped much when Joe Girardi started Ransom at first base, only to watch him go hitless in what was generally an all-around poor 14-4 loss for the Yankees.

Girardi has pledged a certain amount of loyalty to Ransom for what he contributed in 2008. And there’s no question that this has been a tough year marked by injury for Ransom, who – remember this? – was the Yankees’ Opening Day third baseman and actually had a pullout poster in the first gameday program at the new Yankee Stadium. 

The plan, as far
as we can tell, is that Ransom would stay on the roster until Brett
Gardner returns from his fractured left thumb. As for Duncan, his silver lining should be that he’s on the 40-man roster and could be back up in the big leagues this year.

The best athlete on the Yankees…

… is Cody Ransom.

At least, that’s the opinion of Johnny Damon, who dropped that one on the beat writers in the dugout here in Orlando. He was discussing how no one can replace what Alex Rodriguez means to the Yankees, but then touted Ransom’s athletic abilities as being tops on the team.

“If Alex couldn’t go, we have a kid named Cody Ransom who is probably the best athlete on this team,” Damon was saying. “He can throw, he’s got power. No one can really do what Alex does, but we’d just have to switch around the lineup and move forward.”

A few more questions followed, and Tyler Kepner of the Times brought the conversation back.

“Have you gone to YouTube yet?” Damon said. “And tell him to put you in a headlock.”

I’ll pass on the headlock, but here’s the jump. Judge for yourself.

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