Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Snaphot: Yankees News and Notes for June 18, 2008

Last Night: NY Yankees 8, San Diego Padres 0

Yankees 8, Padres 0Andy Pettitte pitched brilliantly and Jason Giambi - the mustachioed menace - slugged two more home runs, as the Yankees pounded San Fiego, 8-0, last night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (38-33) equaled a season-high with five straight wins. During the stretch, New York has outscored opponents 35-6, with Pettitte securing two of the victories.

After a abysmal 10-run outing against the Royals on June 7, Pettitte (7-5) has strung together back-to-back dominant starts. He has allowed only one run over his last 15 innings.

"I've been pitching terrible here this year," Pettitte, who is 2-3 in The Bronx, told NY Post writer Mike Puma. "So it was nice to have a decent start in front of your home fans."

Alex Rodriguez also hit a home run and just missed a second that went for a double off the center-field wall. He made a pair of stellar backhanded fielding plays as well.

Giambi, who already has three more home runs then he did all of last year, went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs, picking up right where he left off after batting .333 on the Yankees' road trip through Oakland and Houston.

"I'm just taking good at-bats, seeing the ball and kind of keeping the game pretty simple," Giambi told Newsday. "Just seeing it and hitting it. Right now, it's going good."

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Mark Hale speculates that Willie Randolph could rejoin the Yankees.

Randolph, who was dismissed by the cross-town Mets yesterday, could return in either a permanent or temporary role - as a consultant, special assistant, or coach for the All-Star Game at the Stadium.

Randolph played for the Yankees from 1976-1988, served as assistant GM in 1993 and coached for them from 1994-2004.

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Within the NY Post Yankees Notes, Chien-Ming Wang says he hopes to rejoin the Yankees' rotation by September. Kristie Ackert (NY Daily News) has more.

The Yankees recalled lefty reliever Billy Traber from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Wang's roster spot. Last night, Traber worked one-third of an inning last night, retiring the only batter he faced. Joe Girardi named Dan Giese the starter for Saturday's game against the Reds.
GM Brian Cashman told the Daily News, "he's the logical choice and he'll get the first chance."

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The North Division defeated the South, 13-4, in the South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star Game last night at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro.

How did the Yankees fare? C/DH Jesus Montero finished 0-for-2. The slugging 18-year-old reached the finals in the Sally League Home Run Derby, edged 2-1 by Michael Burgess of the Hagerstown Suns. Montero hit 11 homers over three rounds.

Jason Stephens pitched a scoreless inning, Jonathan Ortiz struck out the only batter he faced, Lance Pendleton was tagged for three runs (only one earned) and 2B Justin Snyder went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

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