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Yankees vs. Seattle, Game 206.30.10

Update, 7:30: Milton Bradley hit that 75 mph 0-2 mistake a long way, to the retired number display beyond the fence in right-center, off Javier Vazquez. So it’s 1-0 here in the second.

Update, 7:47: Franklin Gutierrez checked out of the game in the top of the second inning with an upset stomach. Ryan Langerhans replaced him in the lineup but took over in left with Michael Saunders moving to center. Saunders’ homer here in the third made it 2-0.

Update, 7:54: The Mariners are second-to-last in the league in hitting, but you couldn’t tell by this series so far. They have three runs and five hits with two outs in the third after putting up seven runs and 12 hits yesterday.

Update, 8:02: Felix Hernandez looks tough, no hits allowed through three.

Update, 8:11: Finally, a Yankees hit. Mark Teixeira’s double leading off the fourth here extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Update, 8:32: There are two outs and two on in the Seattle fifth. Chad Gaudin is warming.

Update, 8:40: Big pitch by Vazquez to fan Ryan Langerhans with the bases loaded, 89 mph fastball. He’s up near 100 pitches now.

Update, 8:42: Second baseman Chone Figgins just lost a couple of popups up there. Colin Curtis had a gift double on the first one and Francisco Cervelli’s ball was caught by Ichiro in right. Hernandez just made a nice play on a comebacker by Jeter to end the inning. The Yankees’ best hope against Hernandez might be hitting popups toward Figgins.

Update, 8:58: Vazquez is done – six innings, three runs, six hits — a quality start by definition, although he didn’t seem that sharp. And yet he fanned eight and walked only two. He threw 113 pitches, 71 for strikes. Damaso  Marte is in.

Update, 9:10: Marte didn’t do his job to keep it close, surrendering that two-run homer to Russell Branyan in the seventh. Chad Gaudin is in.

Update, 9:53: It’s over, 7-0 Mariners. Quite a masterpiece by King Felix. A two-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

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Yankees pregame06.30.10

Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium again for Chad.

Dave Eiland finally had a chance to work with A.J. Burnett in the bullpen again. The pitching coach wants Burnett to keep his left side from flying open. Burnett went 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA in five starts during Eiland’s leave of absence. Mike Harkey couldn’t get Burnett to do it right while serving as the interim pitching coach.

“It’s not like I gave him anything new today,” Eiland said. “Mike Harkey was telling him the same thing.”

Brett Gardner again isn’t starting, but his bruised right wrist is feeling better and he is again available as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. Chad Huffman started for him Tuesday against lefty Cliff Lee and fellow rookie Colin Curtis is starting for him tonight against righty Felix Hernandez. Joe Girardi has three rookies on his bench right now, but he sounded like he’s more comfortable starting them than using them as pinch hitters.

Marcus Thames is supposed to begin his rehab assignment as the DH with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but Girardi said he would also need to play some games in the outfield before he returns.

Girardi also said he doesn’t expect Sergio Mitre back in the bullpen before the All-Star break and Alfredo Aceves is behind him on the comeback schedule. Both were supposed to throw off a mound in Tampa today.   

Here’s the Seattle lineup:

1. Ichiro Suzuki RF

2. Chone Figgins 2B

3. Russell Branyan 1B

4. Milton Bradley DH

5. Jose Lopez 3B

6. Franklin Gutierrez CF

7. Jack Wilson SS

8. Rob Johnson C

9. Michael Saunders LF

Felix Hernandez P

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Posada back at DH06.30.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis LF
Francisco Cervelli C

Javier Vazquez RHP

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Montero, Nunez and Albaladejo named Triple-A all-stars06.30.10

Three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have been named to the International League all-star team.

SS Eduardo Nunez (who leads the league in hits) and RHP Jonathan Albaladejo (who leads in saves) were each elected to the team. C Jesus Montero was selected by the league to play off the bench.

Former Yankees Cody Ransom and Mike Dunn were also chosen.

PLAYERS ELECTED (starters)
C TYLER FLOWERS CHARLOTTE
1B ANDY TRACY LEHIGH VALLEY
2B CHRIS VALAIKA LOUISVILLE
SS EDUARDO NUNEZ SCRANTON/WB
3B CODY RANSOM LEHIGH VALLEY
OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY COLUMBUS
OF JEFF FRAZIER TOLEDO
OF DUSTIN MARTIN ROCHESTER
DH DAN JOHNSON DURHAM
SP DAN HUDSON CHARLOTTE
SP CARLOS TORRES CHARLOTTE
RP JONATHAN ALBALADEJO SCRANTON/WB
RP SCOTT MATHIESON LEHIGH VALLEY

PLAYERS SELECTED (reserves)
C ERIK KRATZ INDIANAPOLIS
C JESUS MONTERO SCRANTON/WB
INF BARBARO CANIZARES GWINNETT
INF JOE DILLON DURHAM
INF ELLIOT JOHNSON DURHAM
INF CHASE LAMBIN SYRACUSE
OF BUBBA BELL PAWTUCKET
OF JOSE CONSTANZA COLUMBUS
OF JEFF SALAZAR NORFOLK
P NATE BUMP LEHIGH VALLEY
P MICHAEL DUNN GWINNETT
P ROBERT MANUEL PAWTUCKET
P PAT MISCH BUFFALO
P JAY SBORZ TOLEDO
P ANTHONY SLAMA ROCHESTER
P CHRIS TILLMAN NORFOLK
P TRAVIS WOOD LOUISVILLE

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Marcus Thames getting closer06.30.10

ph_407801It might not have made a difference, but last night would have been a good time for the Yankees to have Marcus Thames. With a left-hander on the mound, Thames could have started at designated hitter and beefed up the lineup a little bit. Instead, he was in Pawtucket.

Assuming he came through running drills with no problems on Tuesday, Thames is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tonight. That puts him a few games from rejoining the big league roster.

Thames season numbers started to drop when he was forced into everyday duty, but he’s still hitting left-handers to the tune of a .302/.412/.442 slash line. A lineup with Jorge Posada at catcher and Thames at DH would look pretty good against left-handed starters, and the Yankees remaining games before the all-star break are against Seattle, Toronto and Oakland, teams that have at least two lefties in the rotation.

As it stands, the Yankees have to play with at least one of Francisco Cervelli, Kevin Russo, Ramiro Pena, Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis in the lineup. No doubt those five have stepped up to help the team, but it’s an inexperienced group with two of the five primarily known for defense, and adding a platoon bat like Thames will bring some much needed pop. 

Speaking of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…

I went over there late Monday night to see some of my old friends, but before I met up with them, I stopped by PNC Field where Dustin Moseley had been pulled from his start with no reason given. Manager Dave Miley could only say Moseley is healthy. It seems that the Yankees are trying to make a decision on what to do with him before the out in his contract kicks in on Thursday. Moseley went through his usual pregame routine before finding out he wasn’t pitching, so the decision skip him wasn’t planned for very long before it happened.

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Yankees postgame06.29.10

The Joba Rules’ descendents, the Hughes Rules, meant Phil Hughes was pitching on nine days’ rest. He wasn’t sharp, leading to questions about the “Rules” and the Yankees skipping his last start. The 24-year-old righty gave up a season-high seven runs and a career-high 10 hits in 5 2/3 on the way to the 7-4 loss to the Mariners. It snapped his 10-game home winning streak, which had been tied for the longest active run in the majors with CC Sabathia.

Hughes said the rest didn’t throw him off, that it was a command problem, especially with his cutter. He also said that he supports the innings limit. The Yankees haven’t said what the limit is, but the speculation has been running at 170 to 180 innings. Hughes, according to Joe Girardi, will stay on turn for the his final two starts before the All-Star break, which may not be a break for Hughes, since even with this loss, he’s 10-2 with a 3.58 ERA.

“We understand all our fans want to win and we want to win, too,” Girardi said. “But where would be without him right now? We could be in trouble. We don’t want to take that chance moving forward.”

Cliff Lee, on the other hand, showed why teams would like to trade for him if the prospect price is right. This was free agent-to-be’s third straight complete game. This was his second complete-game win at the new stadium, including Game 1 of the World Series last Oct. 28. He’s the only opposing pitcher to do that here.

“I like pitching here,” Lee said.

The 31-year-old lefty actually walked a batter, Jorge Posada in the second, stopping a streak of 144 batters faced without issuing a free pass. Lee has walked five guys all season – in 95 2/3 innings.

“I’m a Mariner until they tell me otherwise,” Lee said. “I’m going to continue to help the Mariners win every time I take the mound.

Lee also said about the potential for a trade: “It’s out of my control, so I don’t even worry about it.” …

Mark Teixeira extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a ninth-inning double. … 

Curtis Granderson had two of the eight hits off Lee, the first time he has had two hits against lefty pitching in a game since Sept. 16, 2009, when he was dressed as a Detroit Tiger. …

Wednesday night, it’s Javier Vazquez vs. Felix Hernandez. That’s it from here tonight.

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Yankees vs. Mariners06.29.10

Update, 7:19: And the Yankees and Mets could be in the market for this Lee guy? He just gave up that solo homer to Nick Swisher in the first. Actually, this Lee guy is pretty good. Some World Series memories are coming back from last fall.

Update, 7:31: It’s 1-1 in the second after Curtis Granderson botched Franklin Gutierrez’s single to center to let the run score, but that was quite a throw by Francisco Cervelli to erase Gutierrez easily trying to steal.

Update, 7:55: Phil Hughes hasn’t been overly sharp so far — two runs, five hits in three innings. He had been saying that he hadn’t pitched lately as well as his record indicated, at 10-1 coming into the game.

Update, 8:07: Hughes looked like he got the ball in on Gutierrez, but obviously it wasn’t in enough since the ball landed in the left-field seats — 3-1 M’s in the fourth.

Update, 8:20: Mediocre start for Hughes. Ichiro’s sac fly here in the fifth makes it 4-1.

Update, 8:40: It’s 7-1 here in the sixth, two outs. Hughes is done. Boone Logan’s turn.

Update, 8:48: Swisher is the only one who can figure out Lee. That was quite a shot to left-center. It’s his 15th career two-homer game. So it’s 7-2.

Update, 9:09: Lee has given up just five hits over seven.

Update, 9:21: Lee has set down nine straight. He has passed the audition, like he needed to audition for anyone.

Update, 9:36: Brandon League is warming. Lee is past 100 pitches, and it’s 7-4 with one out and Jorge Posada on second in the ninth.

Update, 9:39: Lee finished what he started. Mariners win, 7-4.

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Dave Eiland, Cliff Lee and more Yankees pregame06.29.10

Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for Chad.

So Dave Eiland is back and ready to try to fix A.J. Burnett.

The Yankees’ pitching coach returned today from his 25-day leave. All he would say was that it was private family issue that everyone goes through at some point. Eiland also said he doesn’t plan to leave again.

Burnett has fallen apart on the mound from the day Eiland took his leace. Beginning with his start on June 4, Burnett has gone 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA. Eiland caught the last two starts on TV and said he can see what’s wrong, that it’s minor stuff that Burnett has been told about before. He relayed what he saw to interim pitching coach Mike Harkey. But Eiland and Burnett will get to work together in a bullpen session on Wednesday. Burnett is still away from the team today, dealing with his grandfather’s funeral.

Brett Gardner’s right wrist is still sore after getting hit with a Clayton Kershaw pitch Sunday night in L.A. Joe Girardi said Gardner is day to day and that it could be a couple of days before he starts again. He is available to pinch run and play defense, though.

Joe West is umpiring his first Yankees series since Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway in April, after which  he used words like “pathetic” and ”embarrassing” for the slow pace of those games. “I didn’t take it personal,” Girardi said. “The way I see it, our team is based on people seeing a lot of pitches.”

Girardi fielded a question about interest in tonight’s starter Cliff Lee, who should be available with the Mariners being such a flop and free agency coming after the season. Girardi basically said that any team would want him, be in the majors, in Japan or any other country. He called Lee “a strike-throwing machine.” The Mets are more in need of him now than the Yankees – unless Burnett can’t find his way – but you never know. The Yankees would figure to at least have interest when he for next year.

Marcus Thames, on the DL with his hamstring issue, is scheduled to be the DH Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Here’s the Seattle lineup:

1. Ichiro Suzuki RF

2. Chone Figgins 2B

3. Russell Branyan 1B

4. Milton Bradley DH

5. Jose Lopez 3B

6. Franklin Gutierrez CF

7. Jack Wilson SS

8. Rob Johnson C

9. Michael  Saunders LF

Cliff Lee P

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No Gardner in Seattle opener06.29.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Chad Huffman LF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Phil Hughes

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Pitching matchups vs. Seattle06.29.10

Mets Yankees BaseballTonight
RHP Phil Hughes (10-1, 3.17)
vs.
LHP Cliff Lee (6-3, 2.39)
7:05 p.m., MY9

Wednesday
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.16)
vs.
RHP Felix Hernandez (5-5, 3.28)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

Thursday
LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.49)
vs.
TBA
1:05 p.m., YES Network

After having his previous start skipped in an effort to cut down on his innings, Phil Hughes will return to the Yankees rotation tonight against Cliff Lee, who based on everything I’ve read, has already been pencilled in as the Yankees Game 2 starter in the ALDS.

Associated Press photo of Sabathia

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