Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for July 02, 2008

Joba Chamberlain, New York YankeesLast Night: Texas Rangers 3, NY Yankees 2

The punchless New York Yankees dropped its third consecutive game, 3-2, to the Texas Rangers last night at the stadium. With the loss, the erratic Yankees are 7.5 games back of first-place Tampa Bay.

"It stinks," Joe Girardi told Fred Kerber (NY Post). "We've had two real good performances from our pitching staff and we can't score runs. . . . We got nine hits. We were just unable to have a big inning and we weren't able to bunch them together."

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (2-3) took the loss, entering at home in an non-save situtation. Ian Kinsler doubled to lead off the ninth. With Michael Young batting, Kinsler stole third against Jorge Posada (his third stolen base of the game). Young singled Kinsler home.

Rivera, who has not given up a run in 22 save situations this season, has allowed 10 hits and four runs in 13 non-save situations.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Wilson Betemit, who got a spot-start in lieu of Derek Jeter, walked to lead of the frame. Betemit was quickly erased by Melky Cabrera's momentum killing double play. Cabrera is on a career-high 0-for-19 skid and batting .240 (so he shouldn't have been swinging away).

"You consider a lot of things. We haven't had a lot of success with runners in scoring position so you think maybe we can get first and third with nobody out," Girardi told Kerber. "And then you have Johnny and Jeter (on deck to pinch hit), so I just didn't think it was the right move."
The Yankees are batting .250 with RISP after going 2-for-10 Tuesday night.

Joba Chamberlain struggled with his control in his sixth start. After throwing 114 pitches in 6 2/3 innings to earn his first win as a starter on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, he needed 91 pitches just to get through four innings Tuesday.
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Girardi said he thought Derek Jeter needed a night off:

"We're trying to make sure he stays strong and doesn't get hurt," Joe Girardi said. "He would never tell you he is fatigued, but you try to use common sense."
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Joe Girardi said he is "optimistic" about Hideki Matsui, who should take batting practice Thursday or Friday. Matsui is on the disabled list with a knee injury.

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According to Chad Jennings, Shelley Duncan separated his shoulder in yesterday's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre game.

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RHP Sidney Ponson starts tonight against his former mates. Ponson pitched six shutout innings on Friday night against the Mets in the debut outing of his second Yankees stint.

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