Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for July 01, 2008

Texas Rangers 2, NY Yankees 1Last night: Texas Rangers 2, NY Yankees 1

Scott Feldman and an effective Texas bullpen shut down the Yankees, leading the Rangers to a 2-1 win. New York wasted a fine start from Mike Mussina, managing just four hits.

The 25-year-old Feldman (2-3) earned his first career road victory and his first win in his last nine starts. He entered the game with an 0-3 record and 6.91 ERA away from Texas this season.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 16th homer of the season, a solo shot that sailed deep toward Monument Park in the fourth.

Jason Giambi tripled in the sixth (his first triple since 2002) but was stranded when reliever Frank Francisco struck out Jorge Posada to end the threat.

The ninth inning provided drama as the Yanks sent up Rodriguez, Giambi and Posada against Ranger closer C.J. Wilson. But Wilson got A-Rod on a bullet one-hopper to third, Giambi on a grounder to short and Posada on a pop to short right for his 18th save.

OF Brett Gardner was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game. He went 0-for-3 with a stolen base as the leadoff man.

According to the NY Daily News, Joe Girardi says Gardner is "here to play."
"He's a guy that can make things happen at the top of the order. We're going to play him," Girardi said. "Being able to rotate the DH a little bit, we can do a lot of different things. He's going to get some playing time."

"I want him to be aggressive. You want guys that are able to change the defense, change the pitcher's mind-set where they have to worry about him. You don't want him to be station-to-station. We have catchers to do that."

To make room for Gardner on the active roster, the Yankees optioned OF Justin Christian back to Triple-A Scranton. They also designated C Chris Stewart for assignment to open a spot for Gardner on the 40-man roster.

Alex Rodriguez will not participate in this year's Home Run Derby. A-Rod ripped a solo blast in last night's game moving him into a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 14th place with 534 homers.

Next in his sights? Mickey Mantle (536) and Mike Schmidt(548), and Reggie Jackson (563).

Around the Minors

Here is last night's minor league roundup:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5, Buffalo 4 -- Triple-A
● 1B Juan Miranda was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
● OF Jason Lane went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his 14th.
● DH Eric Duncan had three singles in four at bats.
● C J.D. Closser also homered. He drove in three runs.
RHP Daniel McCutchen pitched six effective innings; he gave up one run on six hits and struck out five.
● LHP Kei Igawa (8-4) got the win despite allowing three runs in three innings.

Trenton 6, Portland 1 -- Double-A
● OF Austin Jackson tagged his 8th homer of the season.
● 2B Reegie Corona also homered. He went 2-for-3.
● RF Jose Tabata had one hit in four at bats.
● RHP Eric Hackner (3-1, 1.85 ERA) earned the win with seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball.

Palm Beach 4, Tampa 3 -- Class A Advanced
● C Jose Gil was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
● 3B Mitch Hilligoss was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
● LHP Michael Dunn (3-4) took the loss. He allowed three runs in five innings.

Charleston 5, Savannah 3 -- Class A
● LHP Jairo Heredia (3-2) hurled seven innings of two-hit ball (one unearned run) for the win. He struck out six.
● C Austin Romine homered and doubled in four at bats.
● OF Abraham Almonte was 1-for-4 with a double.
DH Jesus Montero (.302) had one hit in four at bats.

Staten Island 5, Aberdeen 3 -- Class A Short-Season
2B David Adams was 2-for-5 with a double.
● LF Melky Mesa (2-for-4) had a homer and two RBI.
RHP Brad Rulon pitched three shut out innings of relief.
Patrick Venditte picked up his third save of the year. He walked one and struck out one.

Later today, I'll go through and update the existing player pages. I hope to do this (at minimum) on the first of every month to keep the information fresh and up to date.

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