Let’s start this Sunday with a few leftover notes and nuggets.
• Trying to win three out of four in Seattle, the Yankees will face Felix Hernandez this afternoon. “It’s big,” Joe Girardi said. “We know how tight our division is and we know how tough he has been on us. We’ve got to find a way to scratch some runs across.” David Phelps starts for the Yankees.
• Michael Pineda’s first rehab start was rained out yesterday. He’ll instead pitch for Class-A Tampa today.
• From MLB’s latest All-Star voting updates, the Yankees have just three players vaguely in the picture, but realistically only Robinson Cano is going to be a starting position player. He leads the voting at second base with 1,851,371 votes. Dustin Pedroia is second with 1,106,949. Derek Jeter is fifth at shortstop and Ichiro Suzuki is 15th in the outfield, but no other Yankees position player is even close enough to be mentioned in the announced voting results.
• The amateur draft is finished, the former Yankees first rounder Gerrit Cole — who refused to sign — is now about to make his major league debut with the Pirates. He’ll pitch in the big leagues on Tuesday. Other Yankees-related news out of Pittsburgh: Jeff Karstens just had shoulder surgery.
• Go check out Mark Feinsand’s latest Daily News podcast. There’s an interview with Mark Teixeira, and there’s also a roundtable discussion among myself, Feinsand and Sweeny Murti talking about the latest Alex Rodriguez situation.
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