Game 69: Happy Father’s Day as the Yankees take on the Marlins in Florida

That's little Mark Teixeira driving a boat with his dad and his sister.

That's little Mark Teixeira driving a boat with his dad and his sister.

As the Yankees take the field at 5:05 this evening, they send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Chris Volstad:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia (who happens to be a decent hitter with a lifetime .261 AVG with 3 home runs and 13 RBI’s)

Mark Teixeira signs his first professional contract in 2001 as his father proudly looks on.

Mark Teixeira signs his first professional contract in 2001 as his father proudly looks on.

Burnett’s suspension lowered

A.J. Burnett’s suspension has been reduced to 5 games, and he started serving it today.

Damon out of the lineup

I haven’t seen any stories yet, but I get the feeling his headaches and fluttering eyes have not gone away. The dropped fly ball last night only further supports my theory.

The boys are back in town

Well, they never really left town, and they came in late last night during the game, but whatever. Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner are back in the starting lineup. Obviously Brett won’t be there every day, unless there is something wrong with Damon.

Happy Father’s Day! Make sure you talk to your dad today.

Update 5:45
Oh no. CC out of the game in the 2nd inning. He was getting pounded but only gave up 1 run. He left with an injury but it was not clear what was wrong.

Update 6:18
CC has left bicep tightness. No tests scheduled. Let’s hope he’s okay.

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12 thoughts on “Game 69: Happy Father’s Day as the Yankees take on the Marlins in Florida

    • Supposedly it’s not a big deal, and he has had the issue throughout his career. Sounds like the issue in the beginning of the season where he had that hot pack wrapped around his body, and everyone worried that he was injured.

  1. Can Phil Hughes be a starter instead of a reliever in the bullpen and call up Mark Melancon and designate Brett Tomko for assignment? In the past the Yankees used to beat up the National League teams in interleague play and now the Yankees have a losing record in interleague play!!!

    • I’m all for Hughes as a starter, but who do you take out of the rotation? Chien-Ming Wang belongs in the rotation and he pitched pretty well last time out. The rest of the starters are staying there, barring injury.

      • What happened to Joba Chamberlain velocity on his fastball? The only thing I frustrated about Joba is he throws too many pitches as a starter but I have to accept it because he is a strikeout pitcher and strikeout pitcher throws a lot of more pitches!! I am not so sure about Chien-Ming Wang let’s see him how he does against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night and that’s only one good start versus the Nationals five innings with three runs that not even a quality start in the definition of it!!

        • Joba is a starter, and while he isn’t throwing 98 mph. he is throwing between 92-96 which is faster than many starting pitchers. Joba does throw too many pitches but that is something that he will get better at each start around (being in the pen probably hurt him in that regard).

          Chien-Ming Wang is in the rotation until he flat out proves he can not be, which in that case they could easily slide Hughes back in. I think that even if Wang gets bombed vs the Braves, he gets at least 1 more start. However, I am not expecting him to get hit hard, the Braves’ hitting is worse than the Nationals, so if Wang can give up 3 runs (should have been only 1) against the Nats, he should do even better against the Braves.

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