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Morning Bits 8/5/11

Good morning all.  A Yankees sweep plus a Boston loss = a tie for first.  Today starts a three game series in Boston. Should be a good series.  Boston has owned the Yankees so far this season but hopefully things will change tonight.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

And here are your morning links…

* The obvious article of: there is much on the line for the Yankees and Red Sox during this series.

* The Yankees might start to turn to the kids very soon.

* Prior set to pitch Friday in a Gulf Coast League game.

* The Yankees became just the 3rd team in modern history to complete a 4 game sweep without allowing a walk. Buster Olney says the others were Boston in 1965, and Boston again in 2005.

* Mark Feinsand looks at why Burnett is struggling so much, and it might be because he doesn’t get enough dissatisfied with himself.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 68 42 .618 35-21 33-21 602 464 +138 Lost 1 6-4
NY Yankees 68 42 .618 37-22 31-20 594 421 +173 Won 7 8-2
Tampa Bay 58 52 .527 10 26-26 32-26 471 434 +37 Won 2 5-5
Toronto 56 55 .505 12.5 28-26 28-29 520 510 +10 Lost 2 6-4
Baltimore 43 65 .398 24 26-28 17-37 444 577 -133 Lost 2 3-7

NYY @ CWS – 8/4/11

Lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C

Pitchers:

Ivan Nova (9-4, 4.01) vs. Philip Humber (8-7, 3.44)

And here are some notes to kick off the evening:

Yankees prospect catcher Austin Romine is getting an MRI on his his back Thursday.

Romine was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup due to back stiffness. The 22-year-old is batting .283/.351/.381 with five homers, 44 RBI and a .732 OPS over 319 plate appearances with Double-A Trenton this season. He is reportedly nearing a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

— As you know, A-Rod began some baseball-related workouts today. Reportedly, it went well (without any problems). Rodriguez said, “I had an encouraging day today. I will have a better idea of a timetable in four or five days. The most important thing is to go back healthy.” (Quote from Lohud)

— Mark Prior was hit by a ball on his left forearm yesterday during batting practice. Prior is scheduled to pitch for the Gulf Coast League team on Friday. The guy just never can stay healthy. He’s made just one minor-league appearance this year due to a strained groin and sore back.

— Alex Rodriguez’s publicist, Richard Rubenstein said today that the accusation placed on him “contains numerous factual inaccuracies.” He added that “Alex is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball’s investigation.” SI’s Jon Heyman reports that unless “something unexpected comes out”, the MLB will most likely not suspend Rodriguez. The MLB will however try to warn Alex about the situations.

Enjoy the game.

Mil vs NYY 6/28/11

Here is the yankees lineup

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

Garcia P

UPDATE: SOME INJURY NEWS

 

Eric Chavez (foot) took batting practice again on Monday and reported feeling fine.

Chavez began a running program last week and could be nearing the start of a minor league rehab assignment. The veteran corner infielder is aiming to return to the Yankees’ bench right around the All-Star break.

 

Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) made 15 soft throws off a bullpen mound Monday in Tampa, Florida.

It wasn’t technically a bullpen session, but it represents a big step in the right direction for the veteran left-hander. He has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a torn shoulder capsule and is hoping to join the Yankees’ bullpen in late July.

 

Mark Prior (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound again on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida.

Prior tossed a successful bullpen session on Saturday, reporting no pain or discomfort in his groin. The 30-year-old is hoping to reach the majors at some point this season but must first do some serious proving in a minor league setting. He’ll report back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once fully healthy.

 

Derek Jeter (calf) ran the bases Tuesday.

Jeter continues to make strides in his ongoing recovery from a right calf strain. He ran from home to first four times, first to second three times and first to third once at the Yankees’ spring training complex. The hope is that he will be ready to return to the bigs in early July.

 

Bartolo Colon (hamstring) practiced bunting Tuesday.

Sweeny Murti of New York’s WFAN suspects that Colon was working on his bunting in anticipation of returning to the Yankees’ starting rotation this weekend for an interleague series against the crosstown Mets. The big right-hander has been sidelined since early June with a strained hamstring.

Off Day Open Thread

Here are some notes on this off day for the Yankees.

Derek Jeter jogged Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a calf strain.

Jeter told reporters after the light workout that he feels like he is finally taking “steps in the right direction.” The veteran shortstop should progress to sprints by the end of this week and remains on track to return to the Yankees’ starting lineup sometime in early July. He’s been on the 15-day disabled list since June 14.

Bartolo Colon (hamstring) threw a four-inning simulated game Monday without any issues.

Colon allowed only two hits and struck out three, tossing 60 pitches in all. The Yankees have not announced whether he is going to make a minor league rehab start. If they decide he’s ready right now, Colon will return to the Bombers’ rotation this weekend to face the Mets.

Eric Chavez (foot) took batting practice again on Monday and reported feeling fine.

Chavez began a running program last week and could be nearing the start of a minor league rehab assignment. The veteran corner infielder is aiming to return to the Yankees’ bench right around the All-Star break.

Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) made 15 soft throws off a bullpen mound Monday in Tampa, Florida.

It wasn’t technically a bullpen session, but it represents a big step in the right direction for the veteran left-hander. He has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a torn shoulder capsule and is hoping to join the Yankees’ bullpen in late July.

Mark Prior (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound again on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida.

Prior tossed a successful bullpen session on Saturday, reporting no pain or discomfort in his groin. The 30-year-old is hoping to reach the majors at some point this season but must first do some serious proving in a minor league setting. He’ll report back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once fully healthy.