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Yankees Daily Briefing 08/15/11

After being rained out of his emergency start on Sunday, A.J. Burnett will now start on the day he was originally scheduled to pitch. He'll look for his first August win as the Yankees take on the Royals and Felipe Paulino (1-8, 4.06). Paulino left his last start with a minor back injury, but should be okay for Monday's game.

Discussion of the Day: What is your favorite moment from Jorge Posada's career? Share your choice in the comments below.

Behind Enemy Lines: Will McDonald at Royals Review argues that the Royals should consider demoting Mike Moustakas, who is hitting .191/.246/.240 over the course of 49 games. Yankees fans might be used to the bumps in the road that come with pitching prospects after the last couple of seasons, but it's been about half a decade since they've had a serious position prospect, and Moustakas' struggles may be a warning worth heeding.

1) Steve S. at The Yankee Anaylsts considers life after Mariano Rivera.

Rivera's been a Yankee for so long now that for an entire generation of fans, he's the only closer the Yankees have had. To put it in perspective, during his rookie year in 1996, Bill Clinton had yet to start his second term, and Phil Hughes was just 10 years old. The candidates Steve S. considers for Rivera's replacement include Rafael Soriano, who has previously been a closer but hasn't always been healthy, David Robertson, who's enjoying a breakout season, Hughes who has pitched out of the bullpen in the past, and Joba Chamberlain. The problem, however, with ascertaining a future closer is that relievers are in such a volatile position that the best reliever this season could be the worst next year -- something no one has had to worry about with Rivera's consistency. If Rivera were to retire at the end of this season, Soriano or Robertson would likely be the favorite, but at this time next year -- assuming Rivera plays out his contract -- the outlook might be very different.

2) Joel Sherman writes that the remainder of the 2011 season for the Yankees will be a preview of what to expect for 2012.

Sherman is right in the respect that September will likely offer the Yankees and fans their first glimpses of Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos at the major league level, but as the adage goes, you shouldn't judge a team in Spring Training or September. The Yankees, barring a complete collapse are all but assured of a playoff spot; while the division title might come down to the last day of the season, there is considerably less on the line than if the Yankees were looking just to make the postseason. One must also consider whether or not they believe Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Russell Martin and Cory Wade, among others, will return next season -- all players with a pivotal role this year that may not have one with the Yankees next. The Yankees may get a glimpse of their future in September, but the performances and roles of the young players who are called up might not represent the long term future of the club.

3) It was another rain-filled day for the minor league affiliates.

Triple-A Scranton and Short Season Staten Island were both rained out; the Rookie GCL Yankees had a scheduled off day.

Dellin Betances was promoted to Triple-A Scranton.

Double-A Trenton lost to Harrisburg, 4-2.

High-A Tampa lost to Dunedin, 7-5.

Alex Rodriguez played in a simulated game and is supposed to join the Yankees in Minnesota.

Low-A Charleston beat Hickory, 4-1.