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When the Yankee bullpen is taxed, Joe Girardi knows that CC Sabathia has the ability to deliver lengthy, quality outings. In the rubber game of a three-game set against Tampa Bay, Big C just did that. Sabathia gave the Yanks eight innings of two run ball, striking out ten Rays, resulting in a 5-2 Yankee win. Sabathia threw 120 pitches and looked really dominant for the first time this season. Rafael Soriano closed it out, picking up his first save of the season. David Robertson wasn’t available as he threw the previous two nights. 

I didn’t write about David Roberston’s first blown save last night because in reality, it’s not a big deal. Robertson gave up his first earned run since last August (!!) and some growing pains are expected as he transitions to the ninth. I’m not here to make excuses for him, but Robertson threw 30 pitches the night before and will need time to get adjusted to the ninth inning. In addition, I tweeted a fun fact about one Yankee closer last night—

In 1997, Mariano Rivera blew two of his first four save opportunities as ‘The Man’

Despite initial struggles, Mariano hasn’t had that bad of a career (LOL). Lay off Roberston–he’ll be fine as the new Yankee closer. He has the best stuff in the bullpen and his strikeout rate is Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen-esqe. 

Overall, I’ll take two out of three against Tampa Bay every time. This weekend, the Mariners will come in for three games. The Yankees will get to see their old pal, Felix Hernandez tomorrow night as well. Jesus Montero will make his 2012 Bronx debut in a Seattle Mariner uniform. 

We learned tonight that Michael Pineda will have surgery on his right shoulder and will miss the entire 2012 season. Pineda suffered an anterior labral tear and will undergo surgery next week. Luckily for the Yanks, neither Pineda’s rotator cuff nor capsule was comprised.  

Brian Cashman spent a copious amount of time with the media explaining the injury. Cashman’s vehemently stated that Pineda’s physical and injury history checked out before dealing slugger Jesus Montero to the Mariners. Seattle GM, Jack Zduriencik stated that he was ‘shocked’ to learn about Pineda’s injury. 

On the surface, I don’t believe Seattle traded the Yanks damaged goods. It’s been well-documented that despite an overall poor showing in the second half of last season, Pineda’s average fastball velocity never dipped below 94.2 MPH. However, Pineda was struggling to break 92 MPH this spring and now we know why. It doesn’t help either that Pineda showed up to camp twenty pounds overweight, causing an obvious setback in his development. 

It’s difficult to find a silver lining in this situation. If anything, Jose Campos, the second player the Yankees acquired in the deal, is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in Single A Charleston. The 19-year-old is obviously years away from making the big team, but we’ve heard he has a lot of upside. As for Pineda, we can only hope he has a successful surgery and regains the All-Star talent he showed last season. 

For now, most of the naysayers will knock Cashman for giving up his prized prospect for the next ‘Mark Prior’. If anything, Cashman and the Yankees should have done their homework on Pineda’s workout habits. Showing up to camp overweight is never excusable and Pineda likely comprised his mechanics in order to generate more velocity. Now, the Yanks must move forward with their starting rotation and hope Andy Pettitte is ready to go. Speaking of Pettitte, he tossed six innings of three run ball tonight for the Trenton Thunder. Pettitte’s return will hopefully make Yankee fans forget about the failed Michael Pineda Year 1 experiment. 

Time is money. And Brian Cashman has all the time in the world to make the right move. Prior to trading for Michael Pineda, Cashman had the opportunity to sign CJ Wilson, bid for Yu Darvish, or trade for Ubaldo Jimenez, Gio Gonzlaez, or even Mat Latos. However, Cashman clearly didn’t like the associated cost. For some of these names, one could argue that the talent may be comparable, but in terms of player cost, there’s no comparison. More after the jump..

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Only four short days ago, I wrote an article about the Yankees’ quiet off-season. Funny how quickly things can change. In a blockbuster trade, the Yankees sent their top prospect, catcher/DH Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to Seattle for pitchers Felix Hernandez Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. Everyone is very familiar with Montero’s body of work and lack of position, but may not know much about Pineda. Pineda, 22, struck out 173 hitters in 171 innings as a rookie, the highest rookie strikeout total since Kerry Wood struck out 223 in 1998.

In a ‘lesser’ move, the Yankees signed veteran pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million deal. Kuroda, a pure control pitcher, posted the ninth-best ERA in the NL last year (3.07) and has given the Dodgers at least 195 innings in the last two seasons. 

To put it simply, the Yankees got the better end of the Montero-Pineda deal and signed a rock solid #3 pitcher for virtually no risk. Brian Cashman’s patience once again paid off and the Yanks will reap the benefits in 2012 and beyond…

Michael Pineda Is Bronx Bound--AP Photo

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We didn’t give you a full analysis of Thursday’s Yankee-Ray match-up. After trailing 12-0 after five innings, the Yankees made a little bit of comeback, but ultimately fell 15-8. Bartolo Colon pitched pretty poorly and probably pitched himself out of a post-season start. 

After Friday’s rain out, the Yankees squared off against Jon Lester on Saturday afternoon. Holding a 2.5 game Wild Card lead with six games to go, Lester came out and gave the Red Sox his worst performance of the year, yielding eight runs in only two innings. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs as the Yankees topped the Sox, 9-1. 

Big Blast By Montero

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For the second time this season, a New York Yankee hit a milestone. Mariano Rivera recorded his 600th career save tonight as the Yanks edged the M’s, 3-2. Rivera becomes only the second player in Major League history with 600 saves. Trevor Hoffman, who retired in the off-season, has 603 saves. Mo should blow by him next week. 

As for the game, AJ Burnett had probably one of the oddest outings I’ve ever seen. His command wasn’t that sharp and he threw two wild pitches, but recorded 11 Ks en-route to his 10th win of the year. More surprisingly, ten of the eleven strikeout came on curveballs. Odd stuff. Robbie Cano smacked his 26th homer as the Yankees improve to 90-57 on the season. The Magic Number sits at 8.

Another Day at the Office--AP Photo

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For years, we’ve been hearing about Jesus Montero’s raw power. For years, we’ve been hearing about the moon shot homeruns. For years, we’ve heard the comparisons to Miguel Cabrera. Well, Montero hit the first (and second) of many home runs to come. Robbie Cano added in a Grand Slam in the second inning as the Yanks out-muscled the O’s, 11-10. 

The First of Many

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays tonight by a final score of 6-4. Bartolo Colon was serviceable, but Boone Logan picked up the win and Dave Robertson picked up a two-inning save as the Yankees take a full-game lead over the Red Sox in the division. 

Career Hit #1 for Jesus - Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

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Every summer, the Yankees are tied to trade rumors for at least one stud starting pitcher. Last year, it was Cliff Lee and Dan Haren. This year, it’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The 27-year-old righty had a spectacular season last year, posting a 19-8 record with a 2.88 ERA. Jimenez has hit a few speed bumps thus far this season (5-8, 4.08 ERA), but has gone 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA over the last two months. The Rockies are 9.5 games out and are considering trading their ace for the right package. Young, stud pitcher rarely hit the open trade market, so the Yankees are rightfully doing their due diligence. Here are three postives and three negatives to trading for Ubaldo.

Bronx Bound?

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The Yanks are back to business tomorrow night in Toronto. As the second half kicks off, there are a few things to watch out for. Will the Yankees trade for another arm? What about a corner infielder? Bullpen depth? What will they do about Jesus Montero, who seems ready for the Show?

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