Good morning everyone! Today’s a pretty big day; not only is it the series finale between the Yankees and the Twins but tonight we’ll find out the players who are going to the All-Star Game (you can find that in a post later this evening on the blog). For now, let’s start the day off a little light and focus on some morning notes.
— Well, it’s time to say goodbye to Dean Anna. Yes, the same Dean Anna who pitched for the Yankees, played the infield and had a bases loaded walk during an extra inning game against the Rays. He was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Raccoon”…we hardly knew ye.
— Bruce Billings was scratched from the Triple-A roster last night which probably gives indication he’ll be sent to the majors as a long man. The only question is who will be the move for Billings? I guess it could be David Huff since he can’t be used after Friday’s game. If it is Huff, pitching well is not the right way to go back down to Triple-A.
— Brian McCann had issues with his sore foot like I wrote in yesterday’s pregame notes and Joe Girardi said he wasn’t going to use McCann for today’s game. Girardi spoke about McCann’s sore foot after yesterday’s 2-1 loss.
“From a long-term aspect, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Girardi said. “But short term, he may be out a few days
— I usually sugarcoat things but there’s no sugarcoating this: Alfonso Soriano has been bad this season. He didn’t help matters yesterday when he made two misplays in the outfield and went 0-for-4 at the plate before being lifted for Brett Gardner (who by the way, did not get an at-bat). Girardi put Soriano in the lineup yesterday with hopes of him using his power to drive the ball, but Soriano just did the opposite. He’s in a bad slump and it’s hard for him to get his timing down because he’s not playing every day, nor should he be until he gets on a hot streak.
“It’s tough,” Soriano said. “To not play for two days, then play today, there’s no rhythm. It’s hard for me to make adjustments. If I don’t see another pitch for two days, it’s very hard for me to make adjustments and get my rhythm.”