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Brett Gardner seeing team doctor tomorrow06.28.10

Brett Gardner took himself out of tonight’s game when he realized he wouldn’t be able to swing a bat. He was hit by a pitch in the lower part of his right forearm, close to his wrist. He stayed in for an inning but had to come out.

“It got tight and it swelled up,” he said.

Gardner was evaluated at Dodger Stadium and so far it seems like a relatively minor injury.

“Their doctor saw no reason for x-rays,” Joe Girardi said. “However he’s going to see our doctor tomorrow.”

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Yankees come back in series finale06.28.10

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Associated Press photo of Robinson Cano after his game-winning home run.

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Game 75: Yankees at Dodgers06.27.10

YANKEES (46-28)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Andy Pettitte LHP

LHP Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48)
Burnett vs. Dodgers

DODGERS (40-34)
Rafael Furcal SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Casey Blake 3B
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Reed Johnson CF
Clayton Kershaw LHP

LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24)
Kershaw vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / ESPN

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Jerry Crawford

WEATHER: I’m looking at a blue sky for our last day in Los Angeles. Weather couldn’t have been better this weekend. I expect more of the same when I land in New York!

OLD FOES: The two Dodgers with the most career at-bats against Andy Pettitte are also the two with the most success against him. Manny Ramirez is 32-for-77 (.416) with four home runs and Garrett Anderson is 33-for-82 (.402) with three home runs. No other Dodgers hitter with more than 10 at-bats against him has better than a .133 average.

COMPLETE STRANGERS: Aside from one at-bat by Nick Swisher, the Yankees have never faced Clayton Kershaw.

THREE WITH NINE: When CC Sabathia got the win on Friday, he became the third Yankees pitcher to reach nine wins this season. The Yankees are the first team since the 1998 Braves (Glavine, Maddux and Millwood) to have three pitchers with nine wins within the first 73 games of the season. This is the first Yankees team to do it since 1976 (Ellis, Figueroa and Hunter).

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Andy Pettitte hasn’t had a ton of success against Manny Ramirez in his career, but he won the battle here in the first. With runners at the corners, Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play to let Pettitte off the hook. Scoreless after one.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Well that was a debacle. Fielding mistakes and throwing errors just cost the Yankees in a three-run third inning. Dodgers are up 3-0 and Pettitte has suddenly thrown a ton of pitches.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Huffman is in for Gardner in left field. No word on why. Could be connected to that HBP in the third inning.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Double. Sac bunt. Sac fly. Home run. Another bad inning for Pettitte and the Dodgers are up 5-0.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Initially Pettitte was charged with only one error in the third inning. The second was charged to Cano. That has been changed so that Pettitte has two throwing errors in the inning, Cano has none.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Brett Gardner is out with a bruised right forearm. No x-rays necessary. Day to day.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Looks like the power is still there for Rodriguez. He just hit another home run, a two-run shot to pull the Yankees within three. It’s 5-2.

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Dave Robertson and Damaso Marte combined for a scoreless bottom of the sixth. The Yankees now have three innings to score three runs.

UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Chad Huffman at the plate with the bases loaded, one out and the Yankees down by one. Biggest at-bat of his life? I’d say so. Probably by a lot.

UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: What do you know, the kid comes through. That’s a huge two-run single for Huffman, now the Yankees have Colin Curtis and Derek Jeter coming to the plate to try to win it.

UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: Well, Curtis was able to tie it with a ground out. Now Rivera is in with the game even at 6-6.

UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: I wonder if Torre misses Rivera.

UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: Robinson Cano, two run homer to put the Yankees in the lead. Unreal.

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Pregame notes: Whole again06.27.10

Yankees Dodgers BaseballDave Eiland might be coming back to the team just when they need him. He helped get Javier Vazquez back on track, and on Tuesday he’ll surely get to work on A.J. Burnett, who’s struggles began on exactly the same day Eiland began his leave of absence.

“It could (make a difference) and I sure hope so,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously it’s important for us to get A.J. back on track.”

Girardi said he let Eiland have his space these past few weeks. The two have talked several times, but Girardi didn’t try to pick his brain about the pitching staff or try to push him to come back at a certain time.

“I think you’d have to put someone on a deserted island with no TV and papers if you’re a baseball guy not to have an idea what’s going on,” Girardi said. “As much as he was taking care of the stuff he needed to take care of, he was aware of what was going on.”

Girardi said he anticipates Eiland being with the team the rest of the season.

“It’s good to be whole again,” he said.

• It’s hard not to notice a trend with Chan Ho Park lately. “We don’t feel that multiple innings is an issue, but it seems like the last couple of times it’s been the second inning that’s gotten him,” Girardi said “We might have to (limit him to one inning), but when we acquired him we thought he was a two-inning guy and it wouldn’t be an issue, because that’s what he’s done in the past.”

• Girardi said he’s comfortable starting Curtis Granderson against a left-handed starter today, even though he pinch hit for Granderson against a lefty last night. “Kuo’s numbers against left-handers are probably better than anyone in the major leagues, and I was going for the three-run homer,” Girardi said. “I have no problem with him in there today. I’ve been pretty happy with his at-bats against left-handers.”

• Girardi’s not sure when he’ll do it, but it’s fairly certain Alex Rodriguez will DH at least one game on the upcoming home stand. Might not be Tuesday, though.

• As Girardi was talking to the media, the Dodgers pitching staff was going through batting practice. “I wonder if this is a sad day for CC,” Girardi said. “No more BP.”

Rafael Furcal SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Casey Blake 3B
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Reed Johnson CF
Clayton Kershaw LHP

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Dave Eiland coming back Tuesday06.27.10

Pitching coach Dave Eiland will return to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Eiland has been away to handle a personal matter. Joe Girardi said there have been talks for the past three days that Eiland might be close to returning. He’ll join the team in New York.

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No more splitting the lefties06.27.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Andy Pettitte LHP

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Making a list but not yet checking it twice06.27.10

2010-All-Star-Logo-Anaheim2One week from today, the All-Star Game rosters will be announced, meaning Joe Girardi has some work to do.

“The first 26 players are chosen (by fans and players),” Girardi said. “To get really into it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because certain guys might be picked that you were going to pick. You kind of have to wait and see.”

But Girardi said he has begun studying, and as a matter of course he checks nightly results from around the league. Basically, Girardi gets to pick two position players and five pitchers, plus he can choose the five players who go on the online ballot for the final roster spot.

He’s hoping most of his deserving players will be voting into the game before the decision falls to him, but in his decision making, he said all things being even, he would likely break a tie by choosing his own players.

“You would like to,” he said. “I see them every day. I know exactly what they can do. The other thing is, in a situation where you’re really trying to win a game, you know exactly what you’re guys can do.”

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Sticking with Burnett06.27.10

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Earlier this season, when Javier Vazquez was struggling, the Yankees rotation was adjusted so that Vazquez would skip a start. The Yankees arranged extra time for Vazquez to work in the bullpen and get himself straightened out.

There are no plans to do the same with A.J. Burnett.

“I don’t think he’s necessarily going to benefit from it right now,” Joe Girardi said. “We need A.J., and A.J has the ability to pitch well. And I believe he’s going to pitch well. We just have to keep working.”

Girardi said the Burnett struggles — five straight losses — are not all that different from the Vazquez struggles from earlier this season, but Girardi seems to think the root cause is different.

“We thought it would be good for Javy to miss a start,” Girardi said. “I don’t see a lack of velocity (in Burnett). I don’t see a lack of bite in his breaking ball. It’s just execution, pitch after pitch. And that’s something we need to work on.”

It’s hard to fix a pitcher’s execution without putting him in games.

“I wish there was a way I could get out there tomorrow and throw,” Burnett said. “I can’t wait to pitch my next start.”

Associated Press photo.

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Postgame notes: Trying to get more out of him06.27.10

Yankees Dodgers BaseballJoe Girardi acknowledged that — with a lefty on deck and a lefty loose in the bullpen — it’s entirely “possible” he would have pulled A.J. Burnett in the third inning had he not induced a double play that let him intentionally walk a batter to face the pitcher. Had that Russell Martin at-bat ended differently, Burnett might have been done after six or seven outs.

Instead he stayed in, and a half inning later — with one out and runners on the corners — Girardi decided to once again stick with Burnett. For me, it was the most perplexing moment of the night. Needing only a sac fly to tie the game, Burnett was not lifted for a pinch hitter. He laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved a runner to second, and Derek Jeter struck out to end the inning.

“We were trying to get more out of (Burnett),” Girardi said. “Depending on what the situation was, we might have pinch-hit. The situation was I could sacrifice a runner over. Jeet had a hit the last time and had pretty good at-bats.”

Getting more out of Burnett meant facing two batters in the bottom of the fourth, each of whom reached base and one of whom scored.

“I had unbelievable stuff today,” Burnett said. “I had velocity. I had movement. I had a good hook. I got some broken bats early, but that third inning, I was overdoing it out there… “I know I’m better than that. We all know I’m better than that. And I will be better than that.”

Here’s Girardi’s postgame interview.

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Yankees Dodgers Baseball• Pinch hitting for Curtis Granderson was strictly because of the match-up. Granderson is not hurt.

• If you missed it during the game, Chad Moeller has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s filling the roster spot opened by Juan Miranda going on the DL.

• Girardi said he has no intention of skipping Burnett’s next start. He doesn’t think it would help him because this is all about execution, not about needing his stuff to get better. “I don’t want to skip A.J.,” Girardi said. “I want A.J. to go out there and pitch, and pitch like he’s capable.”

• Burnett talked a lot about how much the other Yankees have been talking to him through this bad month. Andy Pettitte and Francisco Cervelli both pulled him aside after tonight’s game. “I’m with him,” Cervelli said. “If he loses, I lose too.”

• The Dodgers 10 walks tonight were a season high. Not exactly the stat you want to be giving up.

• The Yankees fell to 30-6 when scoring first. That’s the best in the American League.

• Dave Robertson has allowed one run through 8.1 innings this month. He’s struck out nine and walked three and allowed seven hits. He hasn’t allowed a home run since May 5.

• Birthday boy Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, but he also struck out in his last three at-bats.

• Mark Teixeira has an eight-game hitting streak, he’s hit three home runs in the past seven games and he’s raised his average 19 points since June 6.

Associated Press photos of Burnett with Mike Harkey, and Teixeira with Jeter.

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Burnett’s struggles continue in L.A.06.26.10

A.J. Burnett’s bad month of June reached a new low this afternoon. For the first time in more than a year, Burnett failed to get a single out in the fourth inning. He pitched three-plus innings, walked a season-high six batters and took his fifth straight loss, 9-4, against the Dodgers. Burnett has not pitched more than four innings in any of his past three starts, but his was the first time since June 9 of last year that he failed to get more than nine outs. On the bright side, Mark Teixeira hit his third home run in the past seven games and extended his hitting streak to seven games.

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Associated Press photo of Francisco Cervelli tagging out Matt Kemp on a play at the plate.

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