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Today in The Journal News05.25.10

Good morning from the familiar Delta terminal at LaGuardia. This is one of those mornings when I’m hoping some coffee and a nap on the plane will have a huge impact on my day. Last night didn’t include nearly enough sleep.

The Yankees are hoping this is one of those days that makes them forget the previous week. As Rick Carpiniello wrote in today’s paper, the team is struggling up and down the roster. “You don’t want to see your players go through it,” Joe Girardi said. “But you know that they are, and every one of them is going to go through it. But sometimes it’s hard to watch them go through it because you remember what it felt like to go through those periods.”

Also from today’s paper: Yogi Berra is getting his own statue.

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Today in The Journal News05.24.10

Last night the Yankees wrapped up the Subway Series with their second straight loss, and today’s off day comes at a time when the team could use a chance to regroup. “This has been one of the tougher weeks on us during the course of the season,” manager Joe Girardi said. Rick Carpiniello has the story.

The notebook has a positive update on Javier Vazquez, plus items on Curtis Granderson and the Yankees bullpen.

Sam talked to CC Sabathia about pitchers in the batter’s box. Vazquez can vouch for the tricky nature of American League pitchers hitting, but most of them — including Sabathia — seem to enjoy it when given the opportunity.

My thanks to Carp and Sam for letting me more or less completely unplug yesterday. Enjoy today’s off day. Here on the blog, we’ll spend the day looking at what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong with the Yankees so far this season.

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Today in The Journal News05.19.10

One day after he played the role of hero, Marcus Thames dropped a fly ball, leading to a pair of unearned runs and a 7-6 Yankees loss against the rival Red Sox. For the second time in three days, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera combined to blow a late-inning lead.

Jorge Posada sat out the loss because of an odd foot injury, but he hopes to return to the lineup tonight against the Rays. The notebook also has items on Nick Swisher’s sort biceps, Nick Johnson’s wrist surgery, Alfredo Aceves’ bad back and a player move to add a reliever.

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Today in The Journal News05.18.10

Alex Rodriguez tied it with a two-run home run, Marcus Thames won it with a two-run home run and A.J. Burnett celebrated the Yankees 11-9 win against Boston with the first whipped cream pie of the season. The Yankees squandered a five-run lead, but their four-run ninth made all the difference.

Before the game, the Nick Johnson announced that he will undergo surgery on his right wrist. The notebook also has items on Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher, Javier Vazquez and Chan Ho Park.

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Today in The Journal News05.17.10

The Twins finally got a win at Yankee Stadium last night, getting  a Jason Kubel grand slam off closer Mariano Rivera. Brian Heyman has the story of a most unexpected Yankees loss.

Tonight the Yankees begin a two-game series against the Red Sox, and Javier Vazquez will be available out of the bullpen. Brian’s notebook also has some information on the rotation and the latest on Curtis Granderson’s groin injury.

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Today in The Journal News05.16.10

Andy Pettitte is pitching as well as ever this season, and in his return from a mild elbow injury he led the Yankees to a second straight win at home on Saturday. Pettitte pitched 6.1 scoreless innings before Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada went deep to put the game out of reach.

The Yankees remain hopeful that a cortisone shot will be enough to be enough to bring Nick Johnson back from a wrist injury that’s had him on the disabled list for the past week. The notebook also his items on the rotation, Nick Swisher, Chan Ho Park and Curtis Granderson.

Out in Detroit, former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson is taking full advantage of an opportunity to play everyday in the big leagues.

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Today in The Journal News05.14.10

A road trip that started with two huge wins in Boston ended on Thursday with the Yankees being shutout for the second time in as many days. The offense has gone silent this week and will attempt to make some noise again when the team returns home tonight against the Twins.

The Yankees finally made the Juan Miranda call-up before Thursday’s game, adding the left-handed hitter to what had become a right-heavy lineup. The notebook also has items on Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, Chan Ho Park and Sergio Mitre.

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Today in The Journal News05.12.10

Still no lineup posted in the Yankees clubhouse. For now, two links from today’s newspaper.

Alfredo Aceves will go on the disabled list today as the latest in a string of injuries that have hit the Yankees roster. The Yankees were optimistic that Aceves would return to the bullpen yesterday, but his back bothered him during a throwing session and he’ll got to New York for tests.

The Yankees will play two games today, with Javier Vazquez returning to the rotation for the opener of the doubleheader. The notebook also has items on Chan Ho Park and the team’s reaction to Jose Valverde’s on-field antics.

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Today in The Journal News05.10.10

Good morning from Boston’s Logan Airport. I stayed at my sister’s place last night and got to bed just in time for about three and a half hours of sleep before this morning’s flight to Detroit. I’m sitting at the gate with Ben Shpigel, Sweeny Murti and Pete Caldera, all of whom have the same blank look that I’m sure is on my face. Some of our colleagues lost their minds and caught a 6 a.m. flight that connects through Newark. At least the four of us were smart enough to avoid that one.

This was kind of a weird series against the Red Sox, only because the Yankees were so very dominant the first two games and never had a chance in the finale. Next up, a bunch of familiar faces in Detroit Rock City.

A.J. Burnett was a dominant Fenway Park pitcher before he signed with the Yankees, but he’s done nothing but struggle in Boston ever since. Burnett was on a roll this season before falling apart in last night’s series finale against the Red Sox. It was Burnett’s first loss of the season and it ended a six-game winning streak for the Yankees.

Now the team will head to Detroit where they’ll begin a four-game series against their former teammates Johnny Damon, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson. The notebook also has items on Andy Pettitte’s schedule, Francisco Cervelli’s move back to the bench and Chan Ho Park’s progress from a hamstring injury.

As Sam wrote in today’s column, baseball remains a uniquely unpredictable game. For proof, look no further than yesterday’s perfect game by Dallas Braden, a milestone that was of course framed by his bizarre back-and-forth with Alex Rodriguez.

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Today in The Journal News05.09.10

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The Yankees picked up their six straight win last night, getting five RBI from Francisco Cervelli and three home runs from Mark Teixeira. Filling in for one of several injured Yankees, the backup Cervelli has been outstanding with nine hits in his past four starts behind the plate.

As Sam wrote, though, much of the win centered on Teixeira’s on-going return to form after a rough first month.

Much of the past week has centered on the Yankees sudden string of injuries, including Nick Johnson who was put on the disabled list yesterday. The notebook also has items on Jorge Posada, Kevin Russo, Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves.

For the Sunday baseball page, I wrote that Brian Cashman’s December trades are so far working out to a definite disadvantage for the Yankees.

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