Daily Archives: July 22, 2011

NYY vs. OAK – 7/22/11

Lineup:

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada 1B
Nunez 3B
Cervelli C

Pitchers:

Phil Hughes (1-2, 8.44) vs. Trevor Cahill (8-8, 3.16)

Some rumor notes:

  • The Yanks have reportedly checked in on Joakim Soria, the Royals closer. Can’t imagine it being anything more than due dilligence, as it wouldn’t make sense to give up a top prospect (or two) for an extra closer.
  • This isn’t a very surprising piece, but Jon Heyman says the Yankees are looking for a starting pitcher, a left-handed relief pitcher, and a right-handed bat. Looks like the Marcus Thames signing is that right-handed bat.
  • According to Buster Olney, the Yankees have asked the Rays about James Shields’ availability, and the Rays said no. This is at least for the Rays’ division rivals: Boston and New York. Mike Axisa of RAB wrote a very detailed profile on James Shields and whether or not he’d be a fit.

Enjoy the game. And don’t forget, if you didn’t check out Ricky’s series preview podcast, here it is: Athletics-Yankees Podcast Preview

UPDATE:

  1. Joe Girardi said that it is “definitely possible” that Eric Chavez and Rafael Soriano return during this 10-game homestand.
  2. Lineup is posted.

Series Preview: NYY vs. OAK ~ 7/22/11-7/24/11

Fri., 7/22/11, 7:05PM EST

Phil Hughes (1-2, 8.44) vs. Trevor Cahill (8-8, 3.16)

Hughes’ Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 5.28, 9 K in 15.1 IP

Cahill’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 2.49, 16 K in 21.2 IP

Sat., 7/23/11, 1:05PM EST

A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.19) vs. TBA

Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 0-1, 5.00, 19 K in 18.0 IP

Sun., 7/24/11, 1:05PM EST

Bartolo Colon (6-6, 3.34) vs. TBA

Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 0-3, 6.39, 10 K in 12.2 IP

And here is Ricky’s Series Preview podcast: http://yanksgoyard.com/2011/07/22/athletics-yankees-podcast-preview/

 

And here is Ricky’s Series Preview podcast:

Yanks Sign Marcus Thames

YANKS SIGN MARCUS THAMES

by Mike D.

The Yankees have agreed to sign right-handed outfielder Marcus Thames, says George King of the New York Post:

The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The former Yankee hit .197 (13-for-66) for Los Angeles in 36 games and was designated for assignment. A year ago in 82 games for the Yankees, Thames hit .288 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs.

Not sure exactly why they have signed him, or what role they expect of him, considering how much Marcus has struggled this year. They may be hoping being back in the NYY organization he will go back to last year’s offensive ways.

Morning Bits 7/22/11

Good morning all.  Tough loss for C.C. as the bats went cold last night.  Hopefully they can hit the ball tonight.

Enjoy the weekend everybody.

and here are your morning links…

* Soriano and Chavez continued there Rehab work yesterday.

* Oakland’s young Ace’s look to end struggles against the Yankees.

* Luis Sojo has an unusual visitor in his office.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 59 37 .615 28-17 31-20 519 401 +118 Won 1 8-2
NY Yankees 57 39 .594 2 30-19 27-20 486 369 +117 Lost 1 6-4
Tampa Bay 52 45 .536 7.5 24-25 28-20 403 371 +32 Won 1 4-6
Toronto 50 49 .505 10.5 24-24 26-25 476 451 +25 Won 3 8-2
Baltimore 39 56 .411 19.5 25-26 14-30 394 497 -103 Lost 1 3-7

Sabathia Pitched Strong but Less so than Shields

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
NYY
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 7 0
TB
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x   2 5 0
W: Shields (9-8)
L: Sabathia (14-5)
SV: Farnsworth (19)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, CF-LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .290
Jeter, SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 .264
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .240
Cano, 2B 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 .294
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .253
Posada, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .224
Martin, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .218
Nunez, E, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .260
Dickerson, LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .261
a-Granderson, PH-CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
Totals 33 1 7 1 3 9 13 .257
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia(L, 14-5) 8.0 5 2 2 4 8 1 2.62
Totals 8.0 5 2 2 4 8 1 3.44

Game Review from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:

ST. PETERSBURG — James Shields has done many remarkable things throughout this impressive bounce-back season he’s having. But on Thursday night, he did something that has seemed virtually impossible over the last couple of months.

He beat CC Sabathia.

It took a herculean effort and a fight to the finish, but with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, Shields did it. He handed the Yankees a 2-1 defeat at Tropicana Field, and he snapped Sabathia’s seven-game winning streak on the ace left-hander’s 31st birthday.

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