The Yanks hope to rebound after last night’s extra-inning, blown-save, blown chances debacle, with A.J. Burnett taking the bump against Josh Beckett in a top-flight match-up of hard-throwing ex-Marlins. [I may have just set the land speed record for the fastest insertion of the most hyphenated words on a Yankees blog.] As per The Great Abe, below are the lineups. Matsui returns to DH, Brett the Jet is back in CF, Swish is at clean-up, and Cano 5th. Angel Berroa, called up for the injured Ransom (who is on the 60-day DL, indicating his injury is indeed serious), is playing third–which he’s barely played.
Lots of moves today. As Nick posted on the previous post and Mike texted me while my son was at tennis, Bruney is on the DL for his injured elbow and Mark Melancon has been called up. According to Abraham:
Bruney has what they are calling a strained flexor mass. His ligaments are fine, it’s a muscle injury. He will not throw for a week and they’re hoping that takes care of it.
This is clearly bad news that the Yanks eighth-inning guy, and someone who had been so excellent to start the season, is on the DL. But on the bright side, this could have been worse news, thus far.
Humberto Sanchez, whom the Yanks acquired in the trade for Gary Sheffield, has been released outright. I’m glad to be rid of that selfish Sheffield, and his best days were behind him anyway but that trade has yet to pay dividends, primarily because of Sanchez’s health problems. Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett remain in the minors and might yet contribute.
Congratulations to Saif, whom I got to know from Bleeding Pinstripes and when I had the blog at MLBlogs, for posting the 10,000th comment this morning. He won the requisite washer-and-dryer combo, and the all expenses paid free tour around the blog. Depending on this year’s funding levels for the blog, he might also receive a scholarship to Oxford. Seriously, though, it’s good to see someone from the ol’ MLBlogs days post. Welcome aboard.
I might be around for chin-wagging. Enjoy the game.
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20)
Burnett vs. the Boston hitters.
RED SOX (10-6)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 3.79).