New York Yankees: Stephen Strasburg

Manuel to Strasburg: Wait'll next year

July, 4, 2010
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Washington Nationals sensation Stephen Strasburg was left off the NL All-Star roster by manager Charlie Manuel, an announcement that is likely to satisfy Joe Girardi for more than the obvious reason of not having to face him. Asked before the game if he thought it would be fair to displace a deserving pitcher in order to include one with only six major league starts, Girardi said, "I think the all-Star game should be about the players who deserve to go. I know the fans get involved and vote, and they do a good job . . . and he is a great young talent, he has pitched very well in his six starts. But there's a lot of guy who've made 15, 16 starts. To me, that's what the All-Star Game is all about.''

Pregame notes: Mitre making progress

July, 3, 2010
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Right-hander Sergio Mitre threw in the bullpen on Friday in Tampa and is scheduled to throw two "innings" in the bullpen on Monday. Mitre was placed on the 15-day DL on June 15 with a strained left oblique. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be "reasonable" to expect Mitre back soon after the All-Star break.

Girardi said Mitre is further along in his rehabilitation than righty reliever Alfredo Aceves. Aceves is slated to throw 40-45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday, using his full repertoire of pitches. He went on the disabled list on May 12 with a strained lower back.

STILL NICK'ED UP: DH/OF Nick Johnson will take swings with a fungo bat today and hit 20 balls off of a tee. If Johnson doesn't suffer any setbacks, he will head to Tampa to continue rehabilitation from right wrist surgery. There is no timetable for Johnson's return.

Johnson had surgery on May 18 to repair the injured wrist.

"I just want to keep moving in the right direction," said Johnson, who has been on the disabled list nine time in a 10-year career.

ALL-STAR ALMOST ALL DONE: Girardi said he has done his due diligence regarding All-Star selections and is nearly through with the process. Girardi will manage the American League team in the All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13 in Anaheim.

The starters for the game are selected by a fan vote. The remaining reserves and pitchers are selected by a player vote and Girardi. The team will be announced on Sunday at noon.

"I've made my decisions for the most part," Girardi said.

If Girardi were managing the National League, it sounded as if he'd bypass Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg (2-2, 2.27 ERA) has 48 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

"The kid is a great talent, but there are a lot of guys who have logged in 100 innings already," Girardi said.

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WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
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ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
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