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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Yankees Daily Briefing 06/28/11


Zack Greinke was considered a potential trade target for the Yankees by many last season, but questions about his ability to pitch in New York were much debated, and he ultimately landed in Milwaukee. On Tuesday, he'll be on the mound at Yankee Stadium, where he will face Freddy Garcia. Garcia is a career 0-2 with a 3.88 ERA against the Brewers.

Discussion of the Day: What Yankee do you most enjoy watching on defense? Share your answers in the comments below.

1) Andrew Marchand writes that Eduardo Nunez is making it easier to handle a declining Derek Jeter.

With an OPS this season of
just .662, two home runs in 97 at bats and nine errors in the field, it's hard to argue that Nunez is a long term solution at shortstop after Jeter leaves. That said, the ability to give Jeter days off while still retaining some value at the plate is the more important at the moment, and as the Yankees are 9-3 since Jeter's injury (small sample size caveat aside), Nunez certainly isn't hurting the team.

2) Mark Simon looks at the defensive hole between Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano.

The left side of the infield -- Alex Rodriguez and Jeter -- often get more attention when it comes to defensive shortcomings, but as Simon notes, Teixeira and Cano have not been as good defensively this season as they have in the past. As Simon writes, the drop off on its own might not be considered significant, but every out not made is added stress on an already depleted pitching staff. It can, of course, be argued that Teixeira and Cano make up for any defensive shortcomings with their production at the plate, but if the downward trend on defense continues, it will become a much more serious issue.

3) Mike Jaggers-Radolf at The Yankee Analysts examines the turnaround for Nick Swisher this season.

After an All-Star campaign in 2010, Swisher had a horrendous start to 2011, hitting just .204/.321/.389 through May 25th. Since then, however, Swisher has hit .312/.437/.613, making his numbers for this season much closer to his career norm. As players are more likely to play at the level of their career average than either extremely above or below it, there seems little reason to believe that Swisher will go back to slumping like he was in April and May.

4) There were wins across the board for the farm system.

Triple-A Scranton beat Durham, 2-1 in 10 innings.

Carlos Silva was again placed on the disabled list while Fernando Hernandez was promoted from Double-A Trenton to take his place.

Donnie Collins looks at the issues facing Andrew Brackman, who has taken a step back this year after what was thought to have been a significant step forward last season.

Jesus Montero had one hit in four at bats and struck out once.

Trenton beat New Hampshire, 6-4.

Chase Whitley was promoted to Trenton from High-A Tampa.

Josh Norris has video of a number of Trenton prospects, including the recently promoted Rob Lyerly.

Tampa beat Brevard County, 6-3.

J.R. Murphy did not play.

Low-A Charleston beat Augusta 3-0.

Gary Sanchez was hitless in three at bats and walked once.

Short Season Staten Island beat Hudson Valley, 7-3, while the Rookie GCL Yankees had their game suspended after one inning; they'll finish the game on Tuesday.