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Game 94: Yankees vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s possible (though not likely) that two Yankees could make their Major League debut at Tropicana Field tonight.

Brandon Laird, called up yesterday after Ramiro Pena‘s appendectomy, is finally active after a flight delay forced him to arrive late yesterday. On Tuesday, it was lefty Steve Garrison who was called up from Double-A Trenton to take the place of righty Sergio Mitre, who’s battling a bacterial infection but was placed on the DL because of shoulder tendinitis.

More on all that soon, but here are the lineups prior to what most will agree is a very important start for Bartolo Colon …

YANKEES (56-37)
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

Pitching: RH Colon (6-5, 3.47 ERA)

RAYS (50-44)
Johnny Damon, DH
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF
Robinson Chirinos, C
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Sam Fuld, LF
Reid Brignac, SS

Pitching: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21 ERA)

Some links from last night …

* Patience a virtue as Yanks edge Rays

* Jeter passes Kaline on career hits list

Hurt corner: Pena to DL thins Yanks at 3B

Yankees Notebook on Chavez and the Trade Deadline

* Yanks hope Colon has tossed aside concerns

(Sorry there was no blog yesterday — technical difficulties.)

– Alden 

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

Alden 

Nova, Garcia in rotation; Colon to bullpen

The Yankees have announced their pitching plans to start the season, naming Ivan Nova as the fourth starter and Freddy Garcia as the fifth. Bartolo Colon will work out of the bullpen in a long relief role.

Joe Girardi said that Garcia had been the favorite for a rotation spot all along over Colon, who had better numbers this spring but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009.

“We’d seen what [Garcia] had done last year,” Girardi said. “We actually thought he had a chance to get better.”

Colon has only pitched in relief three times in 328 big league games, but Girardi said he warms up quickly and should adapt well to the role previously filled by Sergio Mitre.

“We’ll make sure that we use him properly and don’t abuse him,” Girardi said. “We understand that this is something he really hasn’t done a lot of.”

The Yankees also figure to make at least one other call today. Eric Chavez can contractually demand to be released today if he’s not told he’s on the roster, but he’s had a great spring and seems to be a lock as a reserve corner infielder.

Yankees deal Mitre to Brewers, pick up Dickerson

And suddenly the Yankees’ pitching mix looks a little clearer. Sergio Mitre has been deleted, leaving Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon to be selected for two rotation slots and a long relief role.

Here is the official press release:
YANKEES ACQUIRE OUTFIELDER CHRIS DICKERSON
The New York Yankees today acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sergio Mitre.
Dickerson, 28, has appeared in 173 career Major League games over three seasons with Cincinnati (2008-10) and Milwaukee (2010), compiling a .267 (121-for-454) career batting average with eight home runs and 35 RBI.  A left-handed batter and thrower, Dickerson has appeared at all three outfield positions during the course of his Major League career (73G in LF; 54G in CF; 24G in RF).
In 2010, he batted .206 (20-for-97) with no home runs and five RBI in 45 combined games at the Major League level. He played 20 games with Cincinnati before being traded to Milwaukee on August 9 for outfielder Jim Edmonds. He also appeared in 13 games with Triple-A Louisville, batting .442 (19-for-43) with five doubles, three home runs and 7 RBI.  A California native, Dickerson was selected by Cincinnati in the 16th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
Mitre, 30, was 0-3 with one save and a 3.33 ERA (54.0IP, 20ER) in 27 appearances (including three starts) with the Yankees in 2010. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent on November 16, 2008, Mitre went 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA (105.2IP, 59ER) in 39 games (including 12 starts) over two seasons with the club.
With this transaction, the Yankees’ 40-man roster remains at 39 players.

Cashman: Fifth starter will be decided soon

The Yankees have been saying, in Joe Girardi’s voice, that the battle for the two vacant slots in the rotation could go down to the final week of Spring Training. But general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that they may hurry that decision along sooner.

With Ivan Nova seemingly in line for at least one of the spots after firing six hitless innings against the Orioles his last time out and Sergio Mitre heading for a long reliever role, it appears to be down to Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia for the last slot. 
Both have outs in their contracts that could make them free agents, and it is unclear if both pitchers would accept assignments to the bullpen. 
“I think we’re going to have to make that [decision] sooner than later,” Cashman said. “Ultimately, we have guys who have outs in their contracts with Garcia and Colon. We have to stretch guys out and start defining roles sooner than later.”
Speaking before Garcia took the mound against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Cashman said that he has been pleased with the competition thus far. 
“Everybody’s working hard, they’re doing a good job,” Cashman said. “It’s probably the best scenario that we could have hoped for as we entered camp with everybody, having a good strong competition. Anybody can make their case and we’re going to have to make a call here shortly.”
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