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Rodriguez returns to Yankees lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi said he might give Curtis Granderson a day off against one of the upcoming lefties, and it looks like today is the day.

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

UPDATE, 10:27 a.m.: I don’t have the full Cleveland lineup, but Shelley Duncan is getting the start at DH.





30 Responses to “Rodriguez returns to Yankees lineup”

  1. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    No Winners in Today’s GTLU.

    I mean, was there any indication Grandy would get TODAY off?????? Gardy, yes, Grandy, no. Sheesh, Joe Girardi!!!


  2. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I’m not really that surprised that Granderson is sitting out. Not because of the left hander, but, I’m sure that they want to see how the injured groin reacts to the running from last night.

  3. Steve May 29th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I like Swisher in the No. 2 hole.
    Better off to go the slow but sure route with Granderson. If Girardi really needed him in today’s game, he’d be available.

  4. blake May 29th, 2010 at 10:10 am


    I think that’s probably it as well.. The next lefty they see I’d say Gardner will get a rest day.

  5. Wave Your Hat May 29th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I hope Joe continues to give CG days off against lefties, and the Yanks continue to look for a right hand hitting fourth OF.

  6. Mark in Tampa May 29th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Joe West finally fined for his actions:
    “West is the head of the umpires’ union. He was penalized after his publicist revealed West’s schedule and told the media the veteran umpire was available to revisit April comments about the New York Yankees and Boston playing so slowly.

    Asked about the fine before Friday night’s game between Kansas City and Red Sox at Fenway Park, he said: “I will say that’s none of your business.” ”

    Why does an umpire need a publicist? And shouldn’t an umpire having a publicist be a red flag? This guy has been a problem for years.

  7. YankeeRay May 29th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Fine with CG getting the rest against a LHP after a long first night back.
    Would still like to see Arod 3rd and Tex 5th. That puts your 2 best hitters in the 3/4 holes doesn’t that make sense?

    I am afraid that Joe is not wanting to get in Tex’s head or attack the ego, hopefully thats not the reason. Tex is a big boy and belongs in the 5 hole at this time.

  8. antisocial scrooge May 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I’d like to see gardy get a day off.

  9. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    BTW -

    My lineup comments above are with relation to nobody winning GTLU today, not a complaint about Girardi’s lineup.

    I thought about the fact that he might – MIGHT – rest Grandy today, but thought he’d rest Gardner first. :(

  10. Erica in NY May 29th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hi Everyone-

    Just wanted to wish everyone a good weekend. I won’t be around very much this weekend. Hope you all enjoy your plans and let there be some great Yankee baseball!

  11. Carl May 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    How we gon’ score runs with this lineup.

    I said it.

  12. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Arod is on pace for 21 HR. Tex is hitting .220. Granderson is hitting .220. Posada is injured. That’s 1/2 the lineup.

    If we get those 4 hitters back on track and healthy, Cashman won’t trade for a bat. We really need a reliever. I wonder if they try to trade Vazquez to the NL for an 8th inning guy. It would be selling low but it saves prospects and preserves the farm.

  13. Tarheelyank May 29th, 2010 at 10:34 am


    We had a little discussion last night about hitting Alex 3rd. I think you bat your best hitter 3rd. Even if Tex wasn’t struggling that’s where I would put him.

    But the consensus is (and I agree with) Joe is not going to move him out of the clean-up spot.

  14. Joey Vegas May 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I think if anything, they should flop Tex and Cano.

  15. 86w183 May 29th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    David Huff is 1-5, 6.82 in his last six starts. How are the Yanks NOT going to score runs might be a better question.

    I think it’s smart to ease Granderson in, especially with a day game after a night game. He’s not going to become a platoon player, but sitting him against the tougher lefties does make sense.

    Joe West is a mediocre ump with the Messiah complex that afflicts many of the men in blue. If baseball had someone other than Commissioner for Life Baby Doc Selig in charge he would have been suspended for his comments about the Yanks and Sawx.

  16. Mark in Tampa May 29th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    “We really need a reliever”

    I would love to see Matt Thornton with the Yanks. They may blow that team up in month to 6 weeks if they keep looking like they do now. Guillen may be close to getting fired, and they have a pretty good sized payroll.

    If I was Kenny Williams, though, one of the last guys I would get rid of is Thornton, but stranger things have happened. He wouldn’t come cheap, but he would take this pen from good to maybe the best in the AL, at least.

  17. crawdaddy May 29th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Why on earth would the White Sox give up their best reliever that’s not making big money?

  18. Tarheelyank May 29th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    ‘I would love to see Matt Thornton with the Yanks.”

    Mark in Tampa

    Maybe Cash could re-sign Betamit as trade bait. :D

  19. the gay Yankee fan May 29th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    You folks with your dismissive comments always jinx the Yanks.

    Every time you guys say the lineups is “weak” like yesterday, they score in bunches.

    You guys were saying earlier in the season how the Red Sox were washed up and then they made a serious charge.

    Now you guys are saying how the Cleveland pitcher is lousy and how we should have no trouble scoring off of him.

    Now watch him shut down the Yanks today.

    Sometimes you guys need to keep your mouths shut!

    Or at least say something the opposite of what you want to see happen. :wink:

  20. GreenBeret7 May 29th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Some good reading, numbers and info on this weekend’s Cleveland series.

  21. timo May 29th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Trading Vazquez hurts the farm if it means losing the draft picks he might generate if he goes FA.

  22. Steve May 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Mark in Tampa :

    Teams are not quite ready to deal and wave a white flag to their fans that a housecleaning is in order but I agree that Thornton in the Yankee pen sounds good.

  23. Mark in Tampa May 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “Why on earth would the White Sox give up their best reliever that’s not making big money?”

    I just said he is one of the last guys they would be looking to deal, but he would be very high on the wish list, all things being equal.

    Looking at the other non-closer relievers in baseball I can’t see one other pitcher that I would be willing to give up anything of value for. Thornton is about the only guy who has more upside than risk.

  24. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I know the Yanks most likely won’t be able to acquire a hurler of Soria’s caliber but take a look at Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs:

    17.88 K/9

  25. Mark in Tampa May 29th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Also, Kenny Williams has made several questionable, impulsive type decisions. Trading Swisher for Betemit, bringing on Ken Griffey Jr and thinking he was going to put them over the top, bringing in Thome when they already had Konerko, etc. I think Thornton is unlikely, but worth a few inquiries.

  26. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    The relievers I most want (but admittedly never gonna get):

    Joakim Soria
    Carlos Marmol
    Matt Thornton

    Thornton is getting up there in age. Soria is 26. Marmol 27. Thornton 34 in September.

    I would want someone more long term since Mo is 40.

  27. rj May 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Gotta love Ozzie, he speaks the truth no matter how ugly it is.

  28. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 29th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Best quote from the pitcher Sipp who came in with 15 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
    “I was fortunate to have the run that I did,… games like this brings you back to reality.”
    As we all know he failed to retire any of the five batters he faced, giving up 4 runs and 3 hits.

  29. 86w183 May 29th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Soria and Marmol are pretty much untouchable. Huge talent and small contract.

    Thornton, because of age (34 in Sept.) is more realistic and I love the guy, but be prepared to surrender something like Robertson and Nova if not more.

    And I still think Ty Wigginton would be a great get for this club.

  30. champ809 May 29th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Kenny Williams is not going to trade Thornton….Jenks and Putz will be made available and Thornton is being made the closer….

    In order to pry Thornton away from him you’d have to severely overpay for him to do what be the 7th inning guy?

    Joba is the 8th inning guy on this team and I doubt that Ca$h goes into the trade market for a relief pitcher as the trade/FA market has never worked out well for him the past when he brought back bullpen arms. They have had much more success recently solving those problems from within the organization and I suspect will continue that route before looking outside.

    look to guys like Romulo,Melancon,Ring,Nova or Alby if they feel they are an arm short in the ‘pen.

    Everybody loves Thornton including the Sox…

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