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Granderson “perplexed” by scheduling issues

Yankees player representative Curtis Granderson just released the following statement:

“Given the advance notice and the fact that other teams have adjusted their schedules ahead of time, we are perplexed at the current options we are being presented with in regards to making up any games postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

“The proposition to take away our only full off day in the final month of the season is not an option, even though the Orioles’ front office and the Commissioner’s office think this is an adequate solution. It’s a shame that the decision has now come down to possibly having to play four games in two days or having to come back to Baltimore for another makeup game.”

Game 96: Yankees at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Interesting read on the front page of the St. Petersburg Times this morning, on the criticism of Tropicana Field and how it affects attendance.

With CC Sabathia starting on his 31st birthday today, I filed a column on his recent stretch, his chances of winning 300 and the possibility that he’s only reaching his prime right now.

CC (pictured right by The Associated Press) said he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether or not to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract (though the popular belief is that there’s no way he wouldn’t, considering how well he’s pitching, how important he is to the Yankees and how slim the free-agent crop of starters will be this offseason).

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career in New York, he said: “Of course. This is definitely one of the storied franchises in baseball, and to be able to be a part of it and win a championship two years ago was great. Hopefully I can continue to be here.”

Asked if he feels the Yankees need to make a rotation addition before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, CC said: “We’re good. Of course, you can always try to do something, but with the way we pitched this year, I think we can be good enough to make the playoffs.”

Interesting lineup prior to the rematch of CC and James Shields. Curtis Granderson is out, as expected, after getting banged up on Wednesday. And Brett Gardner is leading off, with Derek Jeter batting second, as Joe Girardi hinted at prior to Wednesday’s game. The fact Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are both out made that a pretty easy decision.

Only time will tell if Gardner continues to lead off on a consistent basis moving forward, but Girardi did say he has no problem leading him off against a lefty starter now …

YANKEES (57-38)
Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Chris Dickerson, LF

Pitching: LH Sabathia (14-4, 2.64 ERA)

RAYS (51-45)
Ben Zobrist, DH
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B
B.J. Upton, CF
Justin Ruggiano, RF
Kelly Shoppach, C
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Elliot Johnson, SS
Sam Fuld, LF

Pitching: RH Shields (8-8, 2.60 ERA)

Some other links from last night …

* Yanks-Rays game story on redemption

* Yankees Notebook, on Granderson, Nova, lineups and roofs

* Preview for Shields and CC


Game 95: Yankees at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — So, on Sunday, Sean Rodriguez shattered a light bulb. On Monday, there was a power outage. And on Tuesday, Curtis Granderson lost a ball in the roof. What’s the next strange occurrence at this quirky Tropicana Field?

We’ll find out soon.

Joe Girardi called an audible with his lineup just before batting practice, opting to put Nick Swisher in as the designated hitter and start Andruw Jones in right field. Girardi said it wasn’t physical — “Just changed my mind.” — so he probably just wanted to give Swisher a break from the turf, since he hasn’t had one yet in this second half.

Derek Jeter is back leading off, which is no surprise but is interesting considering how much he has struggled (5-for-26 since that magical 3,000th-hit day) and how well Wednesday’s No. 9 hitter, Brett Gardner (.591 batting average in the second half), is hitting. Girardi talked pregame about the possibility of a top three of Gardner, Jeter and Granderson while Alex Rodriguez is out. As for Jeter dropping to the bottom third of the lineup? I’d think something really drastic would have to take place for that to happen.

The lineup’s below, but I’m curious as to how y’all would order things while A-Rod is out …

YANKEES (56-38)
Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Swisher, DH
Russell Martin, C
Jones, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Gardner, LF

Pitching: RH Freddy Garcia (7-7, 3.43 ERA)

RAYS (51-44)
Johnny Damon, DH
Robinson Chirinos, C
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Matt Joyce, RF
B.J. Upton, CF
Sam Fuld, LF
Rodriguez, 2B
Reid Brignac, SS

Pitching: LH David Price (9-7, 3.73 ERA)

Some goodies from the game notes …

* The Yankees have had 17 players on the disabled list, the most of any Major League team in 2011 . Their current total of 11 players on the DL matches their total from all of last season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

* The Yanks are 19-9 with a Major League-high 39 homers vs. lefty starters this season.

* New York has gone seven straight games without allowing a homer, which marks its longest stretch since ’08.

* With one more stolen base, Gardner will become the first Yankees player with back-to-back 30-stolen-base seasons since Alfonso Soriano did it in three straight years from 2001-03.

* Opposing batters have hit just .182 with runners in scoring position off Garcia this year.

Some links from last night …

* Yanks lose, but Colon looks good

* Yankees Notebook, on Soriano, Nova, Mo and Garrison

* Yanks expect bounceback effort from Garcia

* HBO special on Jeter to air July 28

(picture above courtesy of The Associated Press)


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


Yankees wrap up All-Star Game, prepare for second half

With the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League in the books, the four Yankees who participated in this year’s All-Star Game festivities here in Phoenix will get set to fly on to Toronto, where the Bombers open the second half on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

No one was more jazzed from the Yankees than David Robertson, who fired a scoreless second inning as an emergency fill-in for Josh Beckett, pitching around a Lance Berkman single and striking out Matt Holliday looking on a strike-out, throw-out double play.

“It seems like everything has been really quick, really fast,” Robertson said. “I’m glad I got to pitch in an All-Star Game. It’s something that if it never happens again, I still got to throw in an All-Star Game.”

Here’s some other Yankees reaction from the All-Star festivities as we depart the desert and head back to the regular business:

Dave Robertson, on his initial impressions of the All-Star experience

“Everything’s been great. It’s nice just to talk to thee guys, meeting new people. Even seeing your arch-enemies from the Red Sox and talking to them; they’re all friendly. At least, now we are. Things can change.

“The whole All-Star experience – everything we do, everyone’s in a good mood and laid back. It’s fun.”

Cano gives some love to Big Papi

Robinson Cano, on his Home Run Derby showing and the immediate reaction

“These guys are saying to me, ‘Wow, you’ve got power – I didn’t know you’ve got that kind of power.’ In this field the ball flies. You have to hit it but it helps you a lot.

“It was more than what I expected. To see my dad pitching, I felt like I was in my own backyard.”

Curtis Granderson, on Cano’s Home Run Derby shot that pelted a Miller Lite sign in right field

“It was definitely amazing how far it was. The only thing that took away from it was the estimated distance. We thought it was a lot further than [472 feet], based on some that were hit out there. But that’s amazing. That was a good one.”

“He got to show ev that power that he had that I’ve been telling everybody about.”

Russell Martin, on feeling as though he belongs more now than in his previous two All-Star appearances

“I definitely feel more established than before. I was a really young kid the first couple of times [in 2007 and 2008]. I feel like I’ve been around the block a little bit and know the ins and outs, and the guys that are here a little bit. It’s good to be back.

“I was nervous before. Now, I definitely won’t be as nervous. I was in a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and all those guys. It was pretty awesome.”


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