NYY @ BAL – 5/18/11
The Yankees currently plan to keep Jorge Posada on the roster and have had “zero discussion” about releasing the switch-hitter, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. However, the Yankees are “extremely mad” at Posada for removing himself from the lineup over the weekend and will consider taking action if Posada’s numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.
Posada, who is hitless in 24 at bats against right-handed pitching this year, is out of the lineup tonight. It’s the third consecutive time manager Joe Girardi has held him out of the lineup against southpaws and a strong indication that Posada has become a part-time DH.
According to Marchand, the Yankees want Posada on the team when Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, a milestone the shortstop is 34 hits away from. Earlier today, Peter Gammons of MLB Network said he can see the Yankees releasing Posada, eating his $13MM salary and calling up top prospect Jesus Montero.
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Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74) vs. Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42)
From MLB.com’s Gameday:
Colon took a loss against the Red Sox on May 13, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings, but it could have easily gone the other way. His fastball maxed at an impressive 95.6 mph. He faced the Orioles out of the bullpen on April 14.
Despite pitching nine scoreless innings and not allowing a baserunner to reach second, Britton walked away from Thursday’s game against the Mariners without a decision. Britton continues to have the lowest ERA in the Baltimore starting rotation.
Posted on May 18, 2011, in Game Threads and tagged Baltimore, Bartolo Colon, baseball, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, MLB, New York, Orioles, Yankees, Zach Britton. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.