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Granderson being eased in05.29.10

Joe Girardi said Curtis Granderson felt no soreness in his groin, but the Yankees manager wants to ease him back onto everyday duty.

Granderson never played a full nine innings during his rehab assignment, and today the Yankees have a day game after a night game, so Granderson is getting the day off.

Girardi said he might give Granderson one more day off during the upcoming Toronto road trip.

“He’ll be full go after that,” Girardi said.

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Rodriguez returns to Yankees lineup05.29.10

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.

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Today in The Journal News05.29.10

Robinson Cano stepped into the cleanup spot last night and delivered the third grand slam of his career, lifting the Yankees to an 8-2 win against the Indians. Phil Hughes pitched seven strong innings and picked up his sixth victory.

Curtis Granderson was back in the lineup for the first time in almost four weeks, and to make room for him the Yankees designated Randy Winn for assignment. The notebook also has items on Jorge Posada, Alfredo Aceves, Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli.

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Postgame notes: A sure thing05.28.10

Indians Yankees BaseballWhen Joe Girardi posted the Yankees lineup this afternoon, Robinson Cano had one question for his manager.

Are you sure?

“I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure,'” Girardi said.

Cano batted cleanup for the first time in his career and rewarded his manager’s confidence with a three-hit night that included the third grand slam of his career. For the past week the Yankees had struggled to put together big innings. Cano changed that with one swing.

“I was real surprised because A-Rod is the kind of guy that you never see him take a day off,” Cano said. “It’s always good to taste and feel what it’s like to be a cleanup hitter. It feels great. It means you’re more mature and get more experience.”

It’s hard to imagine where the Yankees might be without Cano. He’s played every game, and since the middle of April, he’s never gone more than back-to-back games without a hit. For a Yankees team that has battled injuries and prolonged slumps from its superstars, Cano has been the one constant, no matter where he’s hit in the order.

“He’s been a big part of our winning, definitely,” Girardi said. “And it’s not just his offense, it’s his defense as well. His defense has been excellent. He made a very tough play again tonight. He’s an all-around complete player and he’s been a big part of this.”

Girardi hit on quite a few topics tonight, so we’ll go with his postgame audio.

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• Good news on Jorge Posada, who got a good report from Dr. Ahmad. Posada played catch today and he’s ready to begin motion exercises. Girardi said he could be hitting off a tee within a day or two.

• Phil Hughes was terrific tonight, and he did it primarily with his fastball and curveball, especially early in the game. Hughes noticed that the Indians were late on his four-seamer, and he thought going to the cutter might actually help them catch up, so he stayed with the hard stuff. He said going to his cutter too often has gotten him into trouble a few times this year, and he wants to keep it more of a complimentary pitch.

• One huge curveball from Hughes came in the fourth inning, when he struck out Luis Valbuena to strand runners at second and third. It was a full count, and the first thing Chad Moeller called was the curveball. “I was like, that’s a good idea,” Hughes said. He dropped it for a strike and Valbuena went down looking.

• Mark Teixeira at first base. You know the guy is good over there, and then he has a night like this that reminds you exactly how good he really is. “I’m not even sure what was the most impressive one,” Girardi said. “It might have been the one from Choo that kind of shot back. He was able to change the direction of his glove and his upper body. We’re used to seeing that but he seemed to get a lot more plays tonight.”

• Nick Swisher had his second home run in the past three games and he’s hitting .351 with seven home runs in May. He hit .164 with four home runs in his previous two Mays.

• Cano has 10 home runs this season, seven of them against lefties.

• Derek Jeter is batting .455 in his past five games.

• Curtis Granderson was encouraged by all of the stopping and going he did tonight. He chased a ball to the gap, went first to third, hit a double and one had to reverse direction after starting toward third base on a wild pitch. He said he’s not worried about the groin, just needs to make sure his legs are back to 100 percent. He said he was going to stretch one more time when he got home. “It’s just how the body comes back,” he said.

• Some minor league news: Five Tampa Yankees have been named to the Florida State League all-star game: C Mitch Abeita, OF Jack Rye, INF Corban Joseph and starting pitchers Adam Warren and Hector Noesi (who has already been called up to Double-A).

Associated Press photos of Cano and Hughes. By the way, if you’re wondering what Hughes’ curveball grip looks like, that’s it in the picture.

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Hughes and Cano lead the Yankees past Cleveland05.28.10

Phil Hughes put the Yankees in a position to win. Robinson Cano removed all doubt. After Hughes pitched seven strong innings — including five straight strikeouts to start the game — Cano put it out of reach with the third grand slam of his career. The Yankees lineup hadn’t scored more than four runs in six games, but they doubled that number tonight with a convincing 8-2 win against the Indians.

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Associated Press photo of Cano.

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Game 48: Yankees vs. Indians05.28.10

YANKEES (28-19)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Chad Moeller C

RHP Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72 ERA)
Career vs. Indians

INDIANS (17-28)
Trevor Crowe CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Travis Hafner DH
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Luis Valbuena 2B
Mike Redmond C
Jason Donald SS

RHP Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45)
Career vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Kerwin Danley, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Doug Eddings, 3B Dana DeMuth

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s. Very slight chance of rain, but the sky doesn’t look threatening.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Yankees are 13-6 at home this season, tied with Atlanta for the second-best home record in baseball. Detroit has the best home record at 14-6. The Yankees lead the majors in home batting average (.301), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.502).

GETTING STARTED: Robinson Cano is batting .421 with six doubles and two home runs when leading off an inning. For the year he’s hitting .342, which is so far the highest pre-all-star-break batting average of his career.

TIME CHANGE: The Yankees have announced that the start time of their June 21 game against Arizona has been moved from 9:40 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. ET.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Striking out the side in the first inning. Not a bad start for Phil Hughes.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Hughes struck out the first five batters, then gave up a fly ball that Granderson caught in center field. So you have to ask yourself, what went wrong there?

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Nick Swisher with a towering home run off the foul pole for a 2-0 Yankees lead. That was his ninth homer of the year.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Chad Moeller just missed a home run in his first at-bat. Hooked it just a little bit foul. I actually said out loud, “Are you kidding me?” while the ball was in the air. Apparently the answer was yes, I was being kidded.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Wow. What a catch by Trevor Crowe. I never thought he had a chance until the ball was in his glove.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Four-pitch walk to Juan Miranda with the bases loaded. Is this the Indians team from Major League? Brett Gardner followed with a sac fly and the Yankees finally have some breathing room, ahead 4-1.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Give Ramiro Pena credit. He just battled through an 11-pitch at-bat before striking out.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Russell Branyan does one thing really, really well. He just took Hughes deep to cut the lead to 4-2. Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Two missed calls at first base tonight, both went the Yankees way.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Robinson Cano just crushed a grand slam, which led to a curtain call and an 8-2 Yankees lead. The next batter was Swisher, who was hit by a pitch, and when the camera zoomed in on his face at first base, the big screen in center field showed Swisher mouth one of the phrases you can’t say on television. The crowd managed to read his lips just fine. Pretty funny.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Hughes is done, and he’s in line for his sixth win. Sergio Mitre is in from the bullpen.

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Amauri Sanit suspended05.28.10

Major League Baseball just sent this press release.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees Minor League pitcher Amauri Sanit has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Mephentermine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Sanit, who is currently on the roster of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League, is effective immediately.

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Pregame notes: A move was going to be made05.28.10

Yankees Twins BaseballRandy Winn was not caught off guard today. He knew Curtis Granderson was coming off the disabled list, and he knew someone had to come off the roster. Joe Girardi told Winn he was being designated for assignment, and Winn was not surprised.

“Not at all,” he said. “A move was going to have to be made. Curtis was coming back. I played terrible. It fits.”

After building a career as an everyday player, Winn never seemed to find comfort in a bench role, but he said that wasn’t a factor. “I don’t think that’s an excuse,” he said. “I just didn’t play well, period.”

The Yankees chose to dump Winn in favor of Kevin Russo, who emerged as a replacement in left field and can now slide into a super utility role.

“He’s played well and he gives us a ton of versatility,” Girardi said. “When we looked at that, we thought it made sense to keep Roose.”

Here’s Randy Winn talking about what could not have been the best day of his life.

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Jose Lima Wake Baseball• Robinson Cano and Tony Pena went to the wake for Jose Lima in New York today.

• Jorge Posada is not longer wearing a protective boot, but the Yankees want to meet with Dr. Ahmad before deciding when Posada can resume baseball activities. “He does feel better but before we let him do a lot, we want to sit down with Dr. Ahmad and see what the next course of action is,” Girardi said. Posada got a second MRI, but the team doesn’t have those results yet.

• Alfredo Aceves got a second epidural today. “(The first one) didn’t take the way we wanted it to,” Girardi said. “Obviously he’s not where we want him to be, so you give him another.”

• Russo will not be used as a defensive replacement in the outfield. That’s probably the most noticeable thing the Yankees have lost in Winn. “I’m comfortable with Swish out there,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said he might not keep Granderson in the No. 2 spot in the lineup against left-handers, but he didn’t say who might takeover that spot. He did seem to take exception to the idea that Brett Gardner was running less because he was in the No. 2 hole. “Gardy is aggressive wherever he plays and he’s been told to be aggressive,” Girardi said. “But when you have guys that are 1.2 to home, Gardy is not one of those guys that’s just going to run to run. He’s going to be wise about his decisions. He’s not a guy that plays out of control.”

• Girardi considers Granderson to be ready to play every day, but he might give him a game off against one of the lefties they’re facing in the next few days.

• Chad Moeller will not be catching Phil Hughes for the first time, but he said he expects this to be a different version than the Hughes he caught in 2008. “He’s more aggressive now,” Moeller said. “He’s grown up more.”

• Francisco Cervelli was going to take either tonight or tomorrow off, and Girardi decided to give him today because the team got in so late last night (a little before 5 a.m.).

• Same deal with Alex Rodriguez, who was due for a day off and Girardi decided to give him a full day because of the travel last night. Rodriguez acknowledged that he’s felt “not real good” at the plate lately. “Sometimes you stink it up for no reason,” he said. “I’ve just been a little inconsistent, just fighting it a little bit.”

• As expected, it was awesome to see Shelley Duncan, who nearly knocked me down. Duncan got his World Series ring in the mail, and said he feels like he fits in better with his father and brother, each of whom already had one. “I love these fans here,” Duncan said. “They’re the best. I truly mean it.”

Associated Press photos of Russo and Cano.

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Winn designated05.28.10

Randy Winn has been designated for assignment to make room for Curtis Granderson.

“It’s the worst part of my job,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees chose to keep Kevin Russo for his versatility.

Also, Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli just have standard days off.

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Lineup vs. Indians05.28.10

Right now the Yankees have five bench players listed, meaning they haven’t announced a move for Granderson who is in the lineup.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Chad Moeller C

RHP Phil Hughes

Also, Yogi is in the house.

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