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Pregame notes: Posada available “in a pinch”04.29.10

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If the Yankees absolutely needed him, Jorge Posada could catch tonight.

“No question there’s improvement since last night,” Posada said. “Still some swelling we need to get out, but if need be, in a pinch, I can play tonight.”

Joe Girardi said he spoke to Posada this morning, and when Posada told him he could be the team’s emergency catcher, there was no longer an consideration of making a move. Posada won’t pinch hit tonight, but he could play if something were to happen to Francisco Cervelli.

“He’s just black and blue,” Girardi said. “Fortunately, it didn’t hit him on the bone.”

Girardi said he’s not sure how when Posada might return to the lineup, but it doesn’t sound like the sort of thing that will take more than a couple of days. Posada had his knee wrapped and went through some treatment this afternoon.

“I would think (hitting) would probably be easier (than catching),” Girardi said. “Running is probably not going to feel great, but that was never one of his strong suits.”

• The Yankees are excited to finally get back to New York tomorrow. This is their 21st game of the season, and they’ve played only six in the Bronx. “I’m not sure we ever went home,” Girardi said.

• The decision to sit Nick Johnson had more to do with lefty Brian Matusz being on the mound than with Johnson’s struggles. “He is a tough lefty and Marcus (Thames) has swung the bat extremely well against lefties,” Girardi said. Johnson’s back is fine and he’s available to pinch hit.

• Curtis Granderson broke out of an 0-for-17 slump yesterday. Now it’s Alex Rodriguez who’s stuck in an 0-for-16 slide. “Bad luck,” Girardi said. “He’s hit the ball hard. What are you going to do?”

• Girardi on Robinson Cano leading the league in hitting: “If he doesn’t chase pitches, he’s going to hit really, really high.”

• Speaking of Cano, he now has 15 career home runs against the Orioles. That’s tied for the most he’s hit against any team. he also has 15 against the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: The Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

LHP Brian Matusz

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Still waiting for Posada04.29.10

Two hours before game time, there’s still no word on Jorge Posada and his banged up knee. Posada was in the clubhouse briefly, but he walked in and out without really talking.

There were no new lockers in the clubhouse, so I assume the team did not make a call-up to fill the spot. We’re talking to Girardi in a few minutes. Hope to have something then.

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Lineup for Orioles series finale04.29.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP A.J. Burnett

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Paintball highlights online04.29.10

While we’re waiting for a lineup and an update on Jorge Posada, go to the YES Network website and kill a few minutes watching highlights of this spring’s paintball outing with the Yankees media and coaching staff.

There are a few a good shots of Bryan Hoch running and sliding for cover, but there’s also video evidence of Hoch being shot in the leg, ignoring it and getting popped in the chest.

About a minute and 20 seconds in, there’s footage of my disputed win in the third game, when I ran to the base but was shot about a half dozen times in the chest by Kevin Long.

We all had a great time that morning, and the beat has been very eagerly waiting for the video to get online.

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Girardi happy with all-star rule changes04.29.10

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Major League Baseball has announced four fairly significant rule changes for the all-star game, and they will be in effect this year when Joe Girardi manages his first midseason classic.

“I think it’s good because the last thing you want to do is get in a situation like they had a few years ago where there’s a tie,” Girardi said. “Sometimes a catcher goes down or a player goes down, you don’t want to get in a bind where, to me, the fans aren’t seeing the best product. The reentry rule I like. I like the extra player because it’s gives you more flexibility on your roster.”

All-star voting has begun, but Girardi said he hasn’t started thinking about the decisions he’ll have to make to round out the roster.

“Because I haven’t done it, I really don’t have the experience to tell you when I’ll start thinking about it,” he said. “Probably mid to late June is the time that starts to make sense. You’ll start looking at the numbers and how your roster is going to be made up. You’ll probably have a better idea of how the voting is going.”

Here are the four changes:

• The designated hitter rule will now be utilized by both teams regardless of whether the All-Star Game is played in an American League or a National League ballpark. The National League’s starting DH will be selected by the N.L. All-Star manager, while the American League’s starting DH will continue to be selected via fan balloting.

• Any pitcher selected to an All-Star Team who starts a regular season game on the Sunday immediately preceding the All-Star Game will not be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game and will be replaced on the roster. The pitcher who is ineligible to play in the All-Star Game will be recognized as an All-Star, will be welcome to participate in All-Star festivities and will be introduced in uniform.

• Rosters will be expanded from 33 players to 34 players, consisting of 21 position players and 13 pitchers. Last year’s 33-man rosters consisted of 20 position players and 13 pitchers.

• In addition to the existing injured catcher rule, one additional position player who has been selected to an All-Star Team will be designated by each All-Star manager as eligible to return to the game in the event that the last position player at any position is injured.

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Today in The Journal News04.29.10

Having lost four of their past five games, the Yankees got back on the winning track with an 8-3 win against the Orioles on Wednesday. CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season, getting big outs when he needed them and continuing his strong start to the season.

The downside was a second-inning pitch that hit Jorge Posada just above the right knee. Posada left the game and is unlikely to play tonight’s series finale. The notebook also has items on the all-star game, Chan Ho Park and the return of HOPE Week.

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Postgame notes: Sabathia once again works deep04.29.10

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CC Sabathia has five starts this season. He’s pitched into the eighth inning in three of them. The only games when he pitched fewer than seven innings were Opening Day and the rain-shortened game against Texas when he pitched all six innings that were played.

“I was getting behind a lot early in the year last year,” Sabathia said. “So you just try to focus on being aggressive in the strike zone.”

Through his first five starts last season, Sabathia was 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA. This year he’s 3-1 with a 3.12. His command wasn’t especially sharp tonight, and he allowed 11 hits, but Sabathia walked only two batters, he stranded seven and the Orioles went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

“Even though he was struggling with his command, he was still finding a way to throw strikes and getting them to put the ball in play and not walking people,” Joe Girardi said. “To me, that’s why he won the game.”

Here’s Sabathia talking about his outing.

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And here’s Posada talking about his banged up knee.

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• Derek Jeter said he didn’t know his first-inning double tied him with Don Mattingly for the third most doubles in Yankees history. “Nobody told me that,” he said. “I had no idea.”

• Girardi on the possibility of adding a catcher from the minor leagues. “I’ll talk to Cash after the game and talk to him tomorrow and see if we have to do something.”

• Robinson Cano hit his sixth homer of the season and raised his average to .390.

• Nick Markakis hit a home run in the seventh. It was the first home run of the season for Markakis, and it was the first home run Sabathia had allowed in eight starts at Camden Yards.

• Nick Swisher has tied a career high with two triples this season.

• The bottom of the Yankees lineup — spots 6 through 9 — combined for nine hits, four runs and three RBI. All four had at least two hits, with Swisher getting three.

• Let Jeter have the final word: “We had some good at-bats and we scored some runs and CC was on the mound,” Jeter said. “So it was a good day for us.”

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Posada: “Just need to get the swelling down”04.28.10

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After being hit by a pitch and running the bases in the second inning, Jorge Posada got into the dugout and told Joe Girardi that he was done. His right knee was numb and he knew he couldn’t finish the game behind the plate.

“He’s probably not a player for us tomorrow,” Girardi said.

Posada said he doesn’t expect any sort of long-term impact, but Girardi said he would talk to general manager Brian Cashman tomorrow to determine whether the team needs to call-up an extra catcher from the minor leagues. There is no other catcher on the 40-man.

“The knee is fine,” Posada said. “Just need to get the swelling down.”

The pitcher who hit Posada — Jeremy Guhrie — is the same guy who hit Mark Teixeira this spring, leading to a rare moment of public frustration from Girardi.

“He hits a lot of people, and it’s frustrating for us,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he’s hitting our guys on purpose. I just get frustrated.”

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Yankees get back on track in Baltimore04.28.10

The Yankees got back on the winning track tonight in Baltimore, where the offense scored eight runs and CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth inning for an 8-3 win against the Orioles. The Yankees had lost four of their past five games, but this one was reminiscent of the team’s strong start to the season, with the lineup scoring in bunches and the starter working deep into the game. Robinson Cano hit his sixth home run and Curtis Granderson broke an 0-for-17 slide with two hits.

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Game 20: Yankees at Orioles04.28.10

YANKEES (12-7)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.00)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (4-16)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Nolan Reimold DH
Lou Montanez LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B James Hoye, 3B Wally Bell

WEATHER: By the middle innings, this place was way too cold last night and tonight seems like it’s going to be more of the same. The wind is blowing in a little bit. Temperature reads 58 degrees, but it feels much colder.

WIGGINTON vs. SABATHIA: It might be a regular thing for the Orioles against a left-handed starter, but I was a little surprised to see Ty Wigginton batting third tonight. Then again, he has a career line of .318/.400/.500 in 22 career at-bats against Sabathia. Nick Markakis has a .118/.105/.118 line.

CANO CAN: Robinson Cano leads the majors with a .389 batting average, and he’s tied for fourth with nine multi-hit games. The past two Aprils combined, Cano is hitting .376 with 35 runs, nine doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBI.

HE’S GOING THE DISTANCE: CC Sabathia has pitched a complete game in each of his past two starts, one of them cut short by rain and the other a loss in Oakland. Jorge Posada is catching him for the first time since Opening Day.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: After some back-and-forth, the Nick Johnson hit was ruled a single with an error on the left fielder. Jeter scored and Johnson took second on the error. Jeter’s lead-off double tied him with Don Mattingly for the third most in Yankees history. It’s 2-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: There are some places that you don’t think about where it must really hurt to get hit by a pitch. The back of the knee might be one of them.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: How many times are we going to see Nick Swisher nearly catch up to Curtis Granderson on the bases? It just happened on that two-run triple — the runners had to hold up to see what would happen to the ball in the outfield — and the Yankees now lead 4-0.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: And the unreal April continues for Robinson Cano, who just went deep for a 6-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: I failed to mention that Jorge Posada is out of the game after being hit by a pitch. Francisco Cervelli is now catching.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: The Orioles are on the board, but Cano made a nice charging play to get the out on an RBI grounder to the right side. It’s now 6-1, Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Jorge Posada has a right knee contusion. No tests are currently scheduled and he is considered day-to-day.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Down in Triple-A, Kevin Russo just hit a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli. The guy just keeps getting it done. His RBI single makes it 7-1.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: This is more like the kind of game we were used to seeing the first couple of weeks of the season.

UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: A couple of hits and a sac fly cut the lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning, but Sabathia hasn’t even reached 90 pitches yet. He looks strong tonight, and the offense has done more than enough.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Nick Markakis is quietly a triple away from the cycle. He just homered to make it 8-3.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Sabathia back out for the eighth with Chamberlain and Mitre getting loose in the Yankees bullpen.

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