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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Yankees Daily Briefing 08/27/11


After a loss on Friday, the Yankees had their Saturday doubleheader with the Orioles postponed because of Hurricane Irene. The Yankees are not happy with the decision, and will try to find an alternate option.

Discussion of the Day: Do you believe Derek Jeter can maintain his second-half pace for the rest of the season? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Behind Enemy Lines: Jeff Zrebiec at The Baltimore Sun offers the Orioles' take on why they did not want to plan a doubleheader on Friday, even though the forecast for Irene clearly indicated Saturday's scheduled doubleheader would be problematic.

Ian O’Connor writes that Joe Girardi needs to change his ways to last as manager of the Yankees as long as Joe Torre.

Girardi has come under fire recently for lashing out at the media in Minnesota, but the success of the Yankees on the field make it hard to argue that Girardi has not been successful as a Yankees’ manager. Girardi’s teams have won at least 95 games in two of the three seasons he has been manager, and they are on pace to do so again this season.

William J. at The Yankee Analysts takes a look at Derek Jeter’s resurgence.

Jeter, who was hitting only .260 when he hit the disabled list with a calf injury in June, has improved his average up to .299 by the end of Thursday’s game. While it’s unlikely he’ll maintain his torrid pace for the rest of the season, he has shown that he can still help the Yankees at the top of the order, especially against lefties.


Jeff Bradley writes that A.J. Burnett deserves a few more starts.

It may be hard to agree. Burnett struggled again on Friday, allowing nine runs (tying a career high) on nine hits over five innings, and he has still just won one game in August. While Burnett has managed to stay healthy over the course of his time with the Yankees, the innings he has given the team recently have not been good ones, and it’s hard to argue that Adam Warren or David Phelps wouldn’t be able to give the
Yankees more quality innings. There seems to be little likelihood Burnett would make the postseason rotation at this point; including him in the six-man rotation may simply be delaying the inevitable.

It was mostly a down night for the farm system.

Triple A-Scranton Doubleheader with Pawtucket, losing the first game 6-1 and the second

Jesus Montero had one hit in three at bats in the first game.

Double-A Trenton lost to New Britain, 4-2.

Austin Romine had two hits in four at bats, and struck out once.

High-A Tampa lost to Brevard County, 8-7, while Low-A Charleston lost to Savannah, 7-6.

Short Season Staten Island beat Aberdeen, 8-6, while the Rookie GCL Yankees lost to the GCL Pirates, 10-1.