Saturday, June 21, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 21, 2008

Last Night: Cincinnati Reds 4, NY Yankees 2

Cincinnati Reds 4, NY Yankees 2 New York’s seven-game winning streak came to an end last night at the Stadium. Cincinnati right hander Edinson Volquez pitched seven strong innings, dropping the Yankees, 4-1, for his tenth win of the year.

Jolbert Cabrera had four hits and Joey Votto a home run for the Reds. Volquez, who recorded his 12th straight quality start, lowered his ERA to 1.71.

Mike Mussina (10-5) went eight innings but surrendered four runs on 10 hits.

Possibly playing in his last series at Yankee Stadium, Ken Griffey Jr. receiver a warm reception from the sellout crowd of 53,421. Griffey notched an RBI single to cap a three-run fifth inning.

Jay Greenberg says the Yankees need pitching. He says Derek Lowe, Jarrod Washburn, Erik Bedard and Randy Wolf makes sense.

Yankees starter Ian Kennedy, on the disabled list with a strained muscle near his right rib cage, was expected to throw three innings or 50 pitches in a minor league rehab start in Florida on Monday.

With an off-day on Monday, Joe Girardi may shuffle his rotation so RHP Joba Chamberlain starts against the Mets on June 29.

"I will sit down the next couple of days and map out a schedule and see where we're at," Girardi told Newsday’s Anthony Rieber. "There's a lot of different things we can do. That's why I'm going to play with it."

Cincinnati Reds 4, NY Yankees 2 ***
At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Cuban 1B/DH Juan Miranda went 5-for-5 (2 doubles). The Yankees lost though, 8-4, to Toledo.

Scranton starter Daniel McCutchen (1-5) took the loss. The righty was tagged for nine hits and served up three home runs.

In other AL East news, the last-place Toronto Blue Jays fired manager John Gibbons yesterday. Having repeatedly stated that Gibbons should not be a scapegoat, General Manager J.P. Riccardi replaced his manager with former Jays skipper Cito Gaston, winner of two World Titles (1992 and 1993).

Red Sox starter Curt Schilling, 41, will have season- (perhaps career-) ending shoulder surgery on Monday. Schilling's bullpen session last Friday did not go well. He was examined Monday by his personal physician, Dr. Craig Morgan, who had recommended surgery during spring training. The Red Sox insisted on a more conservative approach of rehabilitation.

Dan Giese makes his big-league starting debut today.

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