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Pregame notes: One decision down, another to go

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees made one rotation decision today. The rest remains as unsettled as ever.

“Our plans right now are to keep Phil on rotation for Tuesday,” Joe Girardi said. “We want Nova to throw well, and if he continues to throw well, we’re going to have to answer some questions of exactly what we’re going to do, but Phil was real good last night.”

As he’s done the past few days, Girardi ruled out nothing for Ivan Nova. The Yankees could stick with some sort of six-man rotation for another turn. They could move Nova to the bullpen. They could option him back to Triple-A, with plans to have him start a doubleheader later this month. Girardi ruled out nothing today, but he did acknowledge that Monday’s off day would make it difficult to keep a six-man rotation going without significant changes. As it is, Hughes’ start on Tuesday is coming with six days rest.

It’s easy to point to tomorrow’s start by Nova as a significant turning point one way or the other, but Girardi said it’s more complicated than that. What happens this weekend could also play a role, as could the desire to keep the other guys on a fairly regular schedule.

“I always say, the big-leagues is the big-leagues,” Nova said. “Nobody wants to be in the minor leagues. If they need me in the bullpen, I’ll go to the bullpen. I’m not saying I want to go there, but any decision that they make, that’s what I gotta to do.”

• Alex Rodriguez remains on schedule to begin baseball activities tomorrow in Tampa, but there’s still no schedule in place for when he might begin a rehab assignment or return to the big leagues. “I’m not exactly sure what he’s going to do,” Girardi said. “I would think he would start with tee and toss. That would be my guess… I think you’ve got to see how he’s doing tomorrow and the next couple of days before you can say he’s this many days away.”

• As you might expect, Girardi had nothing to say about the Rodriguez gambling story.

• The most significant big leaguer still rehabbing in Tampa is probably Damaso Marte, but Girardi said he had no update on him. The assumption seems to be that he’s still just throwing bullpens.

• A.J. Burnett went winless in July. He made five starts, allowing either three or four runs each time, but he never got a win. That’s not a great month, but it’s not a terrible month either. “I think it’s important (that he get a win) because I think everyone wants to feel like they’re contributing,” Girardi said.

• Girardi on Mark Teixeira’s recent hot streak: “This guy has put up big numbers for a long time. That’s what he does. You look at his RBIs, his homers, they’ve very good. You hope he can carry it out, what do we have, eight weeks left? That would be awesome. The chances of a guy staying hot for eight weeks, sometimes you’re going to go through some little blips, but this guy’s a good hitter and he’s capable of doing it.”

• I guess because the game is on ESPN, first pitch is actually scheduled for 8:20 ET tonight.

Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquez 2B
Carlos Quentin DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexi Ramirez SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios CF
Alejandro De Aza RF
Brent Morel 3B

Associated Press photo





25 Responses to “Pregame notes: One decision down, another to go”

  1. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Forgive me. I’ve been out all afternoon and am trying (badly) to catch up.

    First, what is it that makes a poker game illegal? The AMOUNT of money being gambled or that money is being gambled at all?

    Second, does baseball have anything better to do than (obviously) trail ARod?

    Third, does no other baseball player play high stakes poker?

    Fourth, if ARod knows he is a target, why the heck does he keep thumbing his nose?

    Fifth, is playing poker against MLB rules? I know you can’t bet on baseball games, but why shoudl anyone care if ARod is willing to risk his personal fortune in a poker game?

    Thanks for the indulgence. I know I’m about 4 posts too late with this. Went to see Harry Potter and had dinner out.

  2. JobaTipsHisCap August 3rd, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hopefully aj won’t choke tonight.

  3. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    “First, what is it that makes a poker game illegal?”

    If its Arod…..then its illegal …..if it were Big Sloppy or elf then it would be equivalent to a friendly game of scrabble between friends.

  4. xcv August 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    instead of banishing hughes or nova how about demoting burnett? this freaking guy’s been stealing too much money for too long. wish him & his tired act would just disappear. this hump needs to go

  5. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    blake -

    It really sound ridiculous. As if MLB has a game of “gotcha” going on with ARod.

    Papi is still looking into those steroid accusations, right?

    While Alex went on MLB and, though imperfectly, admitted to his “indiscretions,” but Papi is Mr. Baseball still.

    It’s beginning to look like a witch hunt and frankly, when do the Yankees play their hand here?

    I mean, the YANKEES are going to be the team to christen the Marlins new stadium, right? Why is that? DRAW = MONEY.

    The YANKEES NEVER get to play day games on get-aways days. Why? MONEY.

    Maybe the Yankees need to start calling in their chips here.

  6. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Um. No pun intended. LOL

  7. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Sherlock Papi is on the case to find out how he got busted for steroids.

  8. Tar August 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    It seems things were getting testy in Milwaukee last night. The Dog Days are here. This weekend should be some good clean baseball :twisted: .

    BTW I am expecting a very good AJ performance tonight.

  9. Bronx Jeers August 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    True the Ysnks may seem to be “exploited” by MLB but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  10. Pat M. August 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Michael Jordan ran into a similar gambling situation back in the early 90′s which led him to try baseball until the heat died down….Only then there was no internet and Alex has always had a bullseye on his back……Check into the golf bets Bud during spring training or better yet during the winter

  11. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Edwin Jackson had a stellar debut for the Cards. 8 ER

  12. Jacob Ruppert August 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    lmao @ sherlock papi. Nick, can you give me advice on moneyline plays?

  13. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Here’s the thing.

    You pay baseball players more money than anyone can imagine.

    They have more free time than the average American worker.

    They also have fame.

    Put all of that together and baseball has set the stage for situations like this.

    It is ARod’s money, sanctioned by the Players Union and MLB. When you have more money than you know what to do with, it becomes devalued to the person (depending) and a high stakes poker game is the result. However, “high stakes” is relative. I doubt that High stakes for ARod is the same as high stakes for you or me.

    But I am very bothered by MLB’s seeming vendetta against ARod, as if he did something to it personally.

  14. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Pat M,

    yea Jordan always resented the fact that the media tried to use that to bring him down…..

  15. randy l. August 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm


    about that swing speed stuff. i think part of what is so pretty about cano’s swing is he generates what looks like effortless power. he really must accelerate through the ball to have it jump the way it does.

    when i first saw montero swing i just stopped iin my tracks. you can see the incredible swing speed with your eyes. it’s a gift. very few players have it. montero’s swong speed looks like canseco’s though canseco’s wasn’t natural.

    i can’t wait to see cano and montero hitting back to back.

  16. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    And believe me, I know what it is MLB thinks ARod did. MLB was COUNTING on ARod wiping out Bonds’ HR record and restoring it to a “clean” player in record time, and ARod let them down.

    That’s why they care more about ARod than Papi.

  17. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Now, thank you for letting me have my rant.

    Let’s go AJ. Let’s go Yankees!

  18. Jacob Ruppert August 3rd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Villa, they care more about ARod than Papi because ARod is a Yankee and sherlock papi is a red sox.

  19. Villa Nova-Ya August 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Jacob Ruppert -

    That may figure into it, but I think it really has more to do with ARod’s letting them down vis-a-vis the HR record.

    Papi doesn’t figure into that. He’s really a non-figure in that regard.

  20. blake August 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm


    the first thing I noticed was how incredibly hard he swings while staying on balance….he also keeps the bat in the zone a pretty long time with a fairly flat swing plane for a power guy. Cano has incredible balance and unreal hand eye coordination…..almost too good because he can get the bat on anything.

    Being able to swing as hard as Montero does and keep an intact and controlled swing is a special ability.

  21. Nick in SF August 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    MLB is investigating me for saying I was going to have gelato last night and having this instead:

    What advice do you need, Jacob Ruppert?

  22. Nick in SF August 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    oops, :arrow:

  23. Benny Blanco August 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Of course he gives up a lead off double. Of course!!!!!!

  24. randy l. August 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    “According to Elias, the last Yankees pitcher — before Phil Hughes last night — to be credited with a shutout despite not pitching nine innings was Sam McDowell in 1973.”

    neil allen in 1988 threw a shut out , but not a complete game.

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