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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Yankees Daily Briefing 06/05/11


Former Angel Bartolo Colon will attempt to continue his run of stellar pitching for the Yankees on Sunday, although it may be hard to top the complete game shutout he pitched in his last start. He'll be matched up against Joel Pineiro, who is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in his career against the Yankees.

1) Minor league results were mixed for Yankees' affiliates.

Triple-A Scranton lost to Toledo 7-3.

Greg Golson was activated off the disabled list.

Jesus Montero was hitless in four at bats with two strikeouts.

Double-A Trenton beat New Hampshire 4-3 in 10 innings.

Dellin Betances struggled; although he allowed just four hits and three runs in 5.2 innings, he walked as many as he struck out (five), and just 49 of 97 pitches were strikes. Mike Ashmore has video and spoke to Cody Johnson after the game; Johnson had the game-winning hit.

High-A Tampa beat Lakeland 5-2 while Low-A Charleston lost to Rome, 5-4.

Gary Sanchez returned to the Charleston lineup after having been sent to extended spring training for
attitude issues. He had one hit in three at bats and walked once.

J.R. Murphy had one hit in four at bats, and Slade Heathcott was out of the lineup, and hasn't played since Wednesday.

2) Ben Shpigel takes a look at the seven pitchers who have stymied Derek Jeter, each of them facing the Yankees' captain at least eight times in the regular season, and not allowing a hit.

It might not be hard to imagine that any baseball player approaching 3,000 hits could struggle against certain pitchers, but perhaps what is surprising is the pitchers who make Shpigel's list. Only one of them -- Jeff Zimmerman -- has ever appeared in an All Star game, while on the other hand Jeter has decent numbers against Cliff Lee, Tom Glavine and Johan Santana. It is, perhaps, a commentary about the unexplainable in baseball; as much as advanced statistics can illuminate understanding of the game, things that cannot be explained will still occur.

3) Stephen Rhoads at River Ave Blues writes about the durability of A.J. Burnett.

Burnett, before coming to the Yankees, had a long injury history, including both elbow and shoulder injuries; when Burnett signed with the Yankees in December 2008, the question wasn't so much about the caliber of his stuff as it was his ability to stay healthy. As a Yankee, Burnett was integral to their 2009 World Series win while having an awful year in 2010, but still threw at least 180 innings in both years, something he's only managed to do three times before in his 13-year career (2002, 2005 and 2008); he threw more innings than anyone besides Sabathia in both 2009 and2010, even with his struggles. While one might argue about the quality of Burnett's pitching, it's hard to underestimate the ability to take the mound every five days, as Burnett has largely been able to do as a Yankee.

4) Cliff Corcoran writes that the Yankees' good hitting is beating good pitching. Indeed, as Mark Carig notes, on a road trip where the Yankees have faced Michael Pineida, Felix Hernandez, Jeff Weaver, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson, they have fared well, and it's likely no coincidence the Yankees have the best run differential in baseball -- and it's not close, either.