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Teixeira scratched08.29.10

Mark Teixeira was scratched from the Yankees lineup. Nick Swisher will play first base, Austin Kearns has taken over in right.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

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Pettitte: “My arm bounced back big time”08.29.10

Andy Pettitte sounded much more encouraged today than he did on Friday. He threw 35 pitches in the bullpen, and despite a plan to throw with the same intensity as last time, Pettitte said the last 20 pitches or so were like a normal bullpen session.

“I heated it up pretty good,” he said. “I just felt good.”

Pettitte guessed that two weeks is the soonest he could possibly be ready, but he was encouraged by how strong his arm felt. He graded it a nine out of 10.

“My arm bounced back big time,” he said.

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Teixeira in the lineup08.29.10

Remember that gut feeling that Mark Teixeira wouldn’t play today. Nevermind…

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

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Teixeira’s status still uncertain08.29.10

Mark Teixeira just said his bruised right hand feels ok today, but he hasn’t really tested it, and he was on his way to the trainer’s room as he spoke. My gut feeling is that he won’t play today, but that’s based on nothing more than a guess.

Still no lineup posted. The Yankees are facing Gavin Floyd, who grew up right across from Teixeira. Floyd said yesterday he could have thrown a baseball from his house and hit Teixeira’s.

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Postgame notes: Ace in a hole08.29.10

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On a night like this, there’s a lot to be said for CC Sabathia — for the things he’s expected to do and the things he’s able to do. Tonight it was his changeup that betrayed him. It was too hard, cutting too far over the plate, and that’s the pitch both Andruw Jones and Paul Konerko hit for home runs.

But when he came off the mound after the fourth inning, having just surrendered the two-run shot that pulled the White Sox within 6-5, Jorge Posada had a message for him.

“Sado came in and said, ‘We’ve still got the lead, so let’s just go out there and work with that,'” Sabathia said.

Of his final 12 outs, seven came on strikes. He kept mixing in the changeup occasionally, but also started working his two-seamer inside and throwing more breaking balls early in the count. Sabathia said he was trying to grind through, trying to find a way to keep the score where it was. Joe Girardi said he was being an ace, through and through.

“I really believed he would settle in,” Girardi said. “CC has the ability to do that. If he gives up a couple of runs, he has the ability to shut it down, and that’s exactly what he did… That’s what aces are able to do, and that’s why they win so many games.”

Aces win games, and Sabathia is the only pitcher in the big leagues who’s won 18 of them.

Here’s Sabathia’s postgame.

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Yankees White Sox Baseball• When Eduardo Nunez got to his locker, he was given three baseballs: The one he hit for his first career home run, and two brand new, shiny white baseballs that would be the ransom. The guy who caught the homer wanted an autograph from Nunez, and an autograph from Derek Jeter. Just like happened with Colin Curtis, it was up to Nunez to ask Jeter to help him out. After some ribbing, Nunez said, the Captain obliged.

• Nick Swisher has homered in back-to-back games and continues to play well against his old team. “Sometimes you matchup good against teams too, but Swish is a competitor and I think he wants to do well all the time,” Girardi said. “I think he gets excited when he comes here.”

• Not a good day for the bullpen, but it’s hard to get too down on Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson. They’ve pitched pretty well lately and picked a good night to have a rough one. Between them, those two got one out and allowed four runs on five hits.

• Mariano Rivera got his 26th save, and started his night with a double play that loomed large when the next two batters walked and singled. “It looks real big now,” Girardi said.

• Mark Teixeira’s bruise isn’t exactly on the thumb. It’s in that meaty part of the palm, right next to the thumb. If you fold your index finger into your palm, the place where the fingertip goes is where the bruise is. Does that make sense?

• It seemed pretty obvious, but Austin Kearns said he did in fact lose that eighth-inning ball in the lights. It went for a triple. That was a big part of Robertson’s rough night.

• I’ll give the last word to Thames: “It was a great team effort. Last night was ugly from the start. It didn’t look good, and tonight we came out and played baseball.”

Associated Press photos of Sabathia and Nunez

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Teixeira day-to-day with bone bruise08.28.10

Mark Teixeira actually hurt his hand yesterday. He was diving for a ball in foul territory and slammed his hand into the hard ground. He felt it during batting practice but hoped adrenaline would take over. It didn’t. After one at-bat, he told Joe Girardi he couldn’t take another one.

“I wasn’t going to do the team any good today,” he said.

Teixeira is day-to-day with what he labeled as a bone bruise. His right hand was heavily wrapped in the clubhouse. While Girardi seemed optimistic Teixeira would play tomorrow, Teixeira seemed a little more uncertain. He’s going to test it when he gets to the park tomorrow.

“Will he play tomorrow? I hope so,” Girardi said. “I think it’s possible.”

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Offense picks up Sabathia, carries Yankees08.28.10

CC Sabathia hadn’t allowed five runs in a game since May 29, but on a night he and the bullpen finally struggled, the Yankees lineup stepped up for a 12-9 win in Chicago. The Yankees hadn’t scored 12 runs since July 25, and they did it this time without Mark Teixeira, who left after two innings because of a bruised thumb. Eduardo Nunez had four RBI, two of them on his first career home run. Marcus Thames had two home runs and has now homered in three straight starts. Nick Swisher hit a home run for a second straight day.

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Associated Press photo of Nunez

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Game 129: Yankees at White Sox08.28.10

YANKEES (78-50)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02)
Sabathia vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (70-58)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
Ramon Castro C
Andruw Jones RF
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B

LHP John Danks (12-8, 3.31)
Danks vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Tim Tschida, 2B Bob Davidson, 3B Alfonso Marquez

WEATHER: Another perfect day in Chicago.

GRAND IDEA: Curtis Granderson has been hitting pretty well lately, and has been playing even against lefties, but he’s out of the lineup tonight. Why? It could be his career .048 batting average in 21 career at-bats against John Danks. Granderson has one hit, no walks and three strikeouts against him. That is …. not good.

GOOD MATCHUP: CC Sabathia is 15-4 in 28 career starts against the White Sox. According to Elias, Sabathia is one of only two pitchers in Major League history with at least 25 starts and four-or-fewer losses against the White Sox. The other is George Pipgras, a Yankees pitcher from 1923-24 and again from 1927-33 who went 19-4 in 28 starts against the White Sox.

WHITE SOX MOVE: No, not Manny. Erick Threets, the reliever who was hurt in last night’s ninth inning, has been placed on the disabled list and replaced by Triple-A call-up Carlos Torres, who ranked second in the International League in strikeouts and innings and was ninth in ERA.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Well that was quick. Jeter draws a walk. Swisher goes deep. The Yankees have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: An infield single made the difference in the bottom of the first. After Juan Pierre reached, a ground out and RBI single were enough to get the White Sox on the board, 2-1.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: For just a second I was thinking Ramiro Pena was starting at third base today, so you can imagine my surprise. Instead it’s Eduardo Nunez who just went deep, his first major league home run for a 4-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: No clue what’s going on with Teixeira, but he’s out and Granderson is in. I assume Swisher will come in to play first base.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: On an 0-2 pitch, Marcus Thames just hit what feels like his 30th home run of the month. It’s a 6-1 Yankees lead, all of the runs on two-run homers.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: As expected: Granderson to center, Gardner to left, Kearns to right and Swisher to first. Still no work on Teixeira.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Konerko just tied Yogi Berra for 73rd on baseball’s all-time home run list. It’s a two-run shot to pull the White Sox within 6-3.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: What a shock, another two-run homer in this game. This time it’s Andruw Jones making it a one-run game at 6-5.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Big hand clap from Jorge Posada at second base. His two-out, two-run double has boosted the Yankees lead to 8-5.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Bruised right thumb on Teixeira.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: This Nunez kid might be able to hit a little bit. That’s a two-out, two-run double giving him four RBI for the night and giving the Yankees a 10-5 lead.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Eventually Sabathia and the bullpen were going to have one of these nights, but the Yankees have scored more than enough runs and still have a four-run lead even after a two-run White Sox eighth.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Make that a five-run lead after Thames went deep for the second time tonight. It’s 12-7 in the top of the ninth.

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Pregame notes: Girardi not anticipating any moves08.28.10

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It’s always hard to know how much to believe when a manager or general manager talks about trades or waiver claims or any sort of potential player move. For whatever it’s worth, though, Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he’s not expecting to add to his rotation options.

“I have not heard anything,” Girardi said. “I know Brian (Cashman) has stated this is what we’re going with, and that’s what I assume.”

Girardi said he’s made no decisions in the past 20 hours or so. He’s still planning to evaluation his rotation after the weekend, and at that point he might make changes. “Right now the rotation is what it is,” he said. Barring some sort of drastic change and significant surprise, Dustin Moseley will start Monday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

“These guys have done it,” Girardi said. “They’ve done it through the course of the season. Right now Andy is hurt, (but) we feel he’s making progress. You can’t always evaluate everything when you’re in a bit of a struggle. You have to evaluate in good times and in bad times, and we believe the arms are there to get this done. We just have to get it done.”

If the Yankees wanted to make a change, Girardi said Javier Vazquez is still 100 percent stretched out. One week in the bullpen has changed nothing with his pitch count. Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin could each go about 75 pitches, “but it would be 65 through 75 that you’d start to worry their stuff might drop off,” Girardi said.

If there are changes coming, Girardi either hasn’t settled upon them or isn’t ready to announce them. Either way, there’s little to do but wait and see.

Yankees White Sox Baseball• Alex Rodriguez is supposed to start hitting on Monday. Probably some swings in the cage and maybe some early batting practice on the field.

• Lance Berkman will try to run tomorrow. If that goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

• Speaking of rehabs on Monday, Alfredo Aceves will make another rehab appearance on Monday. The reports last night, Girardi said, weren’t good. “The numbers weren’t great,” he said. “He was up in the zone. He wasn’t sharp, they said.”

• Third base has become something of a platoon, with Eduardo Nunez starting against lefties and Ramiro Pena starting against righties. “We’ll continue to probably do that a little bit,” Girardi said.

• Andy Pettitte will throw another bullpen tomorrow. It should be around 30 pitches, at “a little bit” more intensity, Girardi said.

• Ivan Nova said he doesn’t know anything about reports of an MLB investigation into whether he injected B-12 last year in Trenton. “We’re unaware of any investigation,” Girardi said. “But we talked to him yesterday just to say you might be asked about it. I feel that his head will be in the right spot (tomorrow).”

Associated Press photos of Girardi and Rodriguez

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Day off for Granderson08.28.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

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