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Yankees Daily Briefing 05/05/11

After losing two in a row to the Tigers, the Yankees will look for a series split on Thursday. They'll send A.J. Burnett to the mound; Burnett last faced the Tigers in 2009, where he allowed three runs over six innings in a Yankees win. He'll face Rick Porcello, who had mixed success against the Yankees in 2010.

1) Light day for the farm system; only Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa were in action.

Trenton beat Portland, 7-1.

Mike Ashmore spoke to starter Dellin Betances after the game. Betances allowed one run (a home run) in five innings, striking out five and walking none. His ERA on the season actually went up -- to 1.38. There is also video of Betances' start.

Steve Garrison and Brian Anderson were placed on the disabled list while Josh Schmidt was sent down from Triple-A Scranton to help fill out the roster.

Tampa lost 7-5 to Daytona. They have now lost 13 of their last 14 games.

Carlos Silva pitched three innings, giving up a two run home run to Jae-Hoon Ha. The veteran Silva may find himself replacing Freddy Garcia should the latter significantly falter.

2) Wallace Matthews writes about the slumping Yankees offense. Although offenses can hit a lull, the Yankees have already been shut out three times in 2011. The 2010 Yankees were not shut out until May 12th and the 2009 Yankees were not shut out until June 9th.

One of the Yankees having the most trouble of late is Alex Rodriguez; since his last home run on April 23rd, he is hitting at a .139/.205/.167 clip, hardly an acceptable pace for a cleanup hitter. Fortunately, it's likely not a sustainable pace, either.

3) Matthews and Andrew Marchand face off on whether Derek Jeter should be moved down the order.

If one ignores sentimentality, the easy answer is that Jeter, whose .310 on base percentage is better only than Jorge Posada's (.255) among Yankee regulars, should be moved down. That said, while Jeter continues his quest for 3,000 hits, it's hard to see the Yankees demoting their most iconic hitter of the last two decades to eighth or ninth in the lineup.

4) Robinson Cano marked the sixth anniversary of his Yankees debut Tuesday night. Mark Feinsand writes that he has a chance to end up as one of the greats in Yankees history. As Feinsand says, only Joe DiMaggio had more hits (1,183) than Cano's 1,107 through his first six years.

Cano had an off year in 2008, but even with 2008 included, he is a .309/.346/.493 career hitter, and has only hit the disabled list once. Staying healthy is the most crucial aspect to a long career; if Cano can continue to do so while maintaining his current pace, he should enjoy a very long career with the Yankees.

5) George A. King III writes that intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera was a good move.

Cabrera, going into Wednesday's game, was a carer .390/.452/.760 hitter against the Yankees, and is easily the best hitter on the Tigers. Although King makes the argument in the context of Tuesday's game, it's hard to argue against intentionally walking Cabrera any time there is a base open.