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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.

A Wahoo welcome from Harry Doyle

HarryDoyle.jpg“Good evening and welcome to Teepee Talk!  Hey, in case you haven’t
noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t … the Indians have
managed to scrape together a few wins and are threatening to climb out
of the cellar!”

I can never pass up an opportunity to quote Bob Uecker or Major League. Here in Cleveland, the Yankees are a little bit reconfigured, having placed Brian Bruney on the 15-day disabled list with a potentially season-ending Lisfranc injury and adding pitchers Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton. Catcher Chad Moeller has been sent out into baseball limbo, where he’ll reside for the next 72 hours to see if a team claims him. If not, he’ll report to Triple-A. In the meantime, Moeller gets to fly home to Arizona and see his 2-year-old and 4-year-old children for the first time in a month.

big-buck-hunter-pro-new.jpgThe Progressive Field (still getting used to that name) visiting clubhouse has to be one of the coolest in baseball. I walked in today around 3:30 p.m. ET and saw Kyle Farnsworth sitting in a chair, cocking a shotgun and blasting various woodland animals on the arcade version of Big Buck Hunter Pro. We all crowded around and watched Farnsworth really give it to all of these poor virtual animals. Joe Girardi checked in and said, “A four pointer? That’s not even worth it. That’s like shooting Bambi!”

For those not inclined to violent guns and ammo games, the Indians also provided an arcade standup of Golden Tee, the golf game. The high score belongs to “VER.” Could that be the Tigers’ Justin Verlander?

For me, though, the kicker was seeing the original Nintendo Entertainment System sitting on the floor below a flat-screen HDTV. The 8-bit Bases Loaded cartridge was there, begging to be played, but I guess the guys just aren’t that old school anymore.

Sunshine at Yankee Stadium

Hello again everyone from Yankee Stadium, where the weatherman couldn’t have been more wrong about today. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day and I had almost forgot what sunlight felt like. It’s been a long time since Tampa.

Once in a while it’s good to get out on the field and watch batting practice, just to be humbled by the raw power these guys have. Alex Rodriguez hit three balls in a row on top of the netting covering Monument Park, and to watch how fluid his swing is, he made it look absolutely effortless. It’s just amazing to see that pure talent flow.

One person not watching BP today is Joe Girardi, who’s still confined to his office with an upper respiratory infection that apparently is fighting all medications known to man. I’m sure he’s feeling awful about it, but since this is probably the last chance I’ll get to say this … Girardi is now at the 60% attendance mark in his first week on the new job.

Rob Thomson has the reins for a second consecutive day as Andy Pettitte makes his 2008 debut. In a corresponding roster move, Jonathan Albaladejo – hours after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings – will make his way up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (who neither play in Scranton nor Wilkes-Barre, mind you. The stadium is in Moosic, Pa.).

Pettitte blanks ’em in the first. Enjoy the game, everyone.

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