Friday, July 4, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for July 02, 2008

Last Night: Boston Red Sox, 7, New York Yankees 0

Boston left-hander Jon Lester hurled a five-hit complete game shutout as the Red Sox defeated the hapless New York Yankees, 7-0, last night. With the loss, Joe Girardi’s club dropped to eight games back of the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays. And according to NY Post’s George King, he was none too pleased about it.

Sick of watching his team embarrass the most prestigious uniform in sports, manager Joe Girardi blistered the Yankees' ears last night.

"He laid the hammer down," somebody with knowledge of the meeting said. "He
challenged them."

Girardi refused to discuss what he said to his team, which has lost four of five and never mounted a threat against lefty Jon Lester (7-3) after the first. The Yankees have dropped a season-high eight games behind the AL East leading Rays.
Lester struck out eight and walked two, and used three double plays to win his fourth straight decision. The lefty's lone problem came when he walked Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter to start the game, but Lester escaped by getting Bobby Abreu on a grounder and striking out Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi.

Andy Pettitte (9-6) never looked comfortable and lasted just 4 2/3 innings as his six-game winning streak came ended. He allowed six runs (five earned).

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The Yankees are ranked 12th in the AL hitting with runners in scoring position and were a horrid 0-for-10 last night.

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Melky Cabrera returned to center field after resting his ice-cold bat Wednesday night when Brett Gardner started in his place.

Cabrera, who was hitless in 19 at-bats, went 2-for-3.

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Ian Kennedy has been elevated from Tampa (Single-A) to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A). Reliever Chris Britton worked two innings in a rehab outing yesterday for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. Britton is on the DL with a strained left rib cage.

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Hideki Matsui is unlikely to return before the All-Star break (NY Post).

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