Sunday, June 29, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 29, 2008

NYY 3, NYM 2Yesterday: NY Yankees 3, NY Mets 2

36-year-old lefty Andy Pettitte outpitched Mets ace Johann Santanna as the Yankees defeated their cross-town rivals, 3-2, at a rain-soaked Shea Stadium yesterday.

Pettitte (9-6) has won four consecutive starts.

Jose Veras and Kyle Farnsworth each worked a scoreless inning before Mariano Rivera got three quick outs to remain perfect in 22 save chances this season.

The Yankees won for the 11th time in 15 games overall, one day after the teams split their two-stadium doubleheader. This one was delayed 26 minutes at the start and 53 minutes in the middle of the sixth because of rain.

Derek Jeter went 0-for-4, snapping his 15-game hitting streak.

Mike Puma (NY Post) says that 23-year-old right hander David Robertson is first in line for this year's "bullpen boy wonder." Robertson was summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before yesterday's game.

After beginning the season at Double-A Trenton, Robertson was promoted on May 2 to SWB, where he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.64 ERA in 20 relief appearances. In 33 innings he struck out 48 and walked only 16.

Robertson throws a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, but his curveball is regarded as his best pitch.

Yankees CelebrateTim Bontemps' Beating the Bushes highlights OF Brett Gardner, the 24-year-old speedster causing a stir at Triple-A.

Having entered the season as the Yankees' 8th rated prospect (Baseball America), Gardner has had a banner year with SWB, hitting .293 with 81 hits, 58 runs, 11 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs, 29 RBI and 30 stolen bases through Friday's action.

"He's a contact guy . . . a leadoff guy who could get on base," a scout told Bontemps. "He sprays the ball around, he steals bases . . . his arm is below average, but he goes and gets the ball in the outfield."

Although Brian Cashman and the Yankees medical staff views surgery for Hideki Matsui's swollen left knee "a last resort" they"can't rule it out."

Matsui underwent tests and had his knee drained for the second time on Friday, when he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 23. "Hopefully, this is a 15-day thing, but it could be more," Joe Girardi told the Daily News.

The NY Daily News' Roger Rubin writes that Robinson Cano is showing signs of life.
When the Yankees were really struggling, Cano's performance was a real sore spot. On May 20, when the Yankees fell to a season-worst 20-25, the second baseman was hitting an anemic .200.

He has steadily climbed out of that funk. His average now stands at .244 and he is on a legitimate tear. Over the past five games he is 10-for-22 (.455) with two home runs and seven RBI.
Phil Hughes, rehabing a fractured rib, wont rejoin the Yankees' rotation before the end of August.

"[Hughes] will be back this season, but whether he'll be back at the major league level, I can't say that," Cashman told the NY Post, noting that Hughes will have to earn his way back into the rotation.

Cashman and Girardi said the plan is to use Ross Ohlendorf (6.53 ERA) as a starter for now at Scranton to help him refine his secondary pitches, especially against lefties. The Yankees still project Ohlendorf as a bullpen arm for the future.

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