Daily Archives: June 24, 2011
NEW YORK — A minor franchise milestone served as little consolation to A.J. Burnett, who served up two homers in a wild outing and accepted a 4-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Burnett didn’t allow a wild pitch to hurt him as he became the first Yankee to strike out four batters in an inning, but he couldn’t say the same about big blasts from Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki.
Colorado got to Burnett for four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, as the right-hander lost for the third time in four starts.
After a promising beginning, the Yankees were held in check by right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who limited New York to two runs in seven innings as he made his first career start in the Bronx.
Jimenez walked two batters in the first inning before Alex Rodriguez ripped a double that rattled down the left-field line, scoring Curtis Granderson.
Third-base coach Rob Thomson waved Mark Teixeira home as well, seeing that left fielder Charlie Blackmon had trouble scooping the ball up, but Teixeira stumbled and held at third base, apologizing to Thomson after the play.
It could have cost the Yankees a run, as Robinson Cano then lined into an inning-ending double play. Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly in the third, but that was all the scoring the Yankees could manage off Jimenez, who allowed just four hits, walking four and striking out seven to win his second straight start.
Still a popular figure in New York after leaving the Yankees following the 2008 season, Giambi earned a rare acknowledgement from the right-field Bleacher Creatures while Colorado batted in the first inning.
Giambi delivered his own greeting in the second, belting a 2-0 Burnett fastball deep into those same seats for his eighth round-tripper of the year.
Todd Helton added an RBI single in the third, Ty Wigginton had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth and Tulowitzki teed off for a solo shot in the fifth, his 14th. That accounted for the scoring off Burnett, who walked five and struck out five.
Burnett’s sixth inning went into the history books after Chris Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez went down looking, and Chris Nelson waved at a third strike that bounced to the screen, allowing him to take first base.
Burnett recovered to strike out Todd Helton for the final out of the inning. It marked the second time in Burnett’s career that he had achieved the feat, having done so on July 5, 2002, for the Marlins against the Mets.
Written by Bryan Hoch/MLB.com
|Rodriguez, Al, 3B||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||.296|
|Gardner LF||Gonzalez CF|
|Granderson CF||Nelson 2B|
|Teixeira 1B||Helton 1B|
|Rodriguez 3B||Tulowitzki SS|
|Cano 2B||Giambi DH|
|Swisher RF||Smith RF|
|Posada DH||Wiggington 3B|
|Martin C||Blackmon LF|
|Nunez SS||Iannetta C|
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68 ERA) v.s A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05 ERA)
Enjoy the game.
Derek Jeter threw again for a third straight day in Tampa, but felt soreness in his strained right calf, which made Brian Cashman come to the conclusion that a June 29 return for Jeter seriously doubtful. Ever since Jeter hurt his calf on June 13 he has not been cleared by team doctors to do anything other than throw and he will not be cleared until his calf heals.
“He can’t do anything with his legs.” Cashman stated in a press conference. When asked if he was being pessimistic about Jeter returning in time Cashman stated, “I can’t say that I’m pessimistic but he’s not ready yet. By the time frame we made the right decision by putting him on the DL .”
The Yankees have not ruled out a rehab assignment for Jeter which could delay Jeter’s return and his quest to 3,000 hits but Cashman will stay open to the idea if Jeter is ready to come back without an assignment. Brian Cashman was also asked about Jose Reyes and if he would go to the Yankees after his contract is up. Cashman denied wanting anything to do with Reyes since he already has Jeter.
“That’s just not going to happen. We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter. And I think we have an everyday shortstop that could play for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don’t have a need now or in the future for a shortstop.”
In order for the Yankees to bring Jose Reyes to the Bronx, they would have to convince Jeter to move to another position such as left field something Cashman does not want to do. While the Yankees are doing fine without him so far, they will be more than ecstatic to get him back when he’s 100% healthy, it just doesn’t look like June 29 will be Jeter’s lucky day though.
Fri., 6/24/11, 7:05PM EST
A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68)
Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 4.82, 19 K in 18.2 IP
Jimenez’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 3.63, 15 K in 17.1 IP
Sat., 6/25/11, 1:05PM EST
C.C. Sabathia (9-4, 3.39) vs. Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67)
Sabathia’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 6.10, 14 K in 20.2 IP
Cook’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 4.67, 10 K in 17.1 IP
Sun., 6/26/11, 2:05PM EST
Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.13) vs. Juan Nicasio (2-1, 4.71)
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 3.05, 15 K in 20.2 IP
Nicasio’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 6.89, 19 K in 15.2 IP