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For the moment, Yanks going with Mitre

Some notes and quotes from around the New York media this morning as we gear up for the July 31 non-waivers Trade Deadline…

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News’ Peter Botte that “Cliff Lee was a special case” and that situations like this are why Sergio Mitre is on the team. It sounds like Mitre will get every chance to keep the rotation moving through until Pettitte returns in an estimated four to five weeks. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks doesn’t believe it.

  • The Yankees – as well as the Red Sox – have significant interest in Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs, according to AOL FanHouse’s Ed Price. Yankees scout (and former outfielder) Kevin Reese was watching the Blue Jays last night, writes the New York Post’s Brian Costello.

  • The Daily News also notes that the Yankees are not expected to pursue the Astros’ Roy Oswalt. Makes sense – Oswalt is owed $16 million for 2011 and has an option for 2012, and with Pettitte and Javier Vazquez no locks to return next year, the Yankees might be gearing to spend that money on Cliff Lee.

  • Mark Teixeira’s new batting stance is paying dividends, writes the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger’s Mike Mazzeo. Derek Jeter is getting frustrated with his slump, writes The New York Times’ Joe LaPointe, who quotes Joe Girardi as saying Jeter has “a few more wrinkles in his forehead.”

  • Remember Jon Weber? The career Minor Leaguer nearly made the Yankees this spring and retired on Thursday after playing his final game with the Toledo Mud Hens in the Tigers chain. Major League Baseball hit him yesterday with a 100-game suspension for “a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”
  • A-Bomb’s away!

    arod 32010.jpgAlex Rodriguez knew it as soon as ball met wood. This one was headed a long way.

    Rodriguez’s shot off the Tigers’ Rick Porcello cleared the left-field scoreboard at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday, letting the Yankees slugger glow a little bit about it: “That one felt good, because it wasn’t an everyday home run.”

    Actually, for A-Rod, it was the first home run in 2010, leaving the Yankees hoping there will be many more to come. He said that he has been spending more time in the cage now after focusing on conditioning early.

    “I’ve been swinging OK,” Rodriguez said. “My emphasis the first part of Spring Training is to make sure I get all my work in, and that [begins] early in the morning. As you get closer to Opening Day, you want to make sure you hone in on your swing, and so far so good.

    “I had a really good session with Kevin Long and Reggie [Jackson] on one of the back fields a couple of days ago, and we’re on schedule. … You just make sure that your legs are under you and you’re in
    great condition to play six or seven days a week every day.”

    Rodriguez said that there are still some limitations to what he can do one year after right hip surgery, but it is not that he can’t do certain things – he’s just trying for quality over quantity, as prescribed by Dr. Marc Philippon.

    “You’ve just got to work a little bit more diligently,” A-Rod said. “Overall, it
    was good to get back a full winter of training. You just cut your
    swings in half and ground balls, you just can’t go and do all the crazy
    things you did before and take 100 swings a day. Every swing, you’ve
    got to make it count.”

    Asked if that’s hard for him to swallow after doing it so many years his own way, Rodriguez said that these are the ‘Philippon Rules’ and he has to stick to them.

    “He didn’t give me an option,” Rodriguez said. “Philippon was very specific about the
    workload and I thought it was a plan that I put into play last year. It
    worked and I’m very comfortable with it. I’m used to it now.”

    • Notes & quotes: Mariano Rivera said “everything was good” in his 10-pitch inning and he’ll take the mound again on Sunday … Girardi said that he’s OK with Marcus Thames’ performance so far in a small sample size (3-for-25, .120), saying that he’s had good at-bats and some line-outs. He’s competing with Jamie Hoffmann (3-for-22, .136) to be the right-handed bat off the bench … Jon Weber (10-for-17, .588) is having a “great spring” and it would have been “very possible” that he could have been considered if he wasn’t left-handed, Girardi said. Termed a “survivor” by the skipper, Weber is slated to open at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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