Yankees Daily Briefing 05/18/11

In his first appearance against Baltimore this season, Bartolo Colon held the Orioles scoreless over three innings in relief in a game the Yankees eventually won 6-5. He'll get the start against the Orioles on Wednesday, where he'll face Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, who has not faced the Yankees this season.

1) Low-A Charleston was the only affiliate to win their game.

Triple-A Scranton lost 7-3 to Lehigh Valley

Carlos Silva will start for Scranton on Thursday.

Jordan Parraz left the game with a hamstring injury and may miss some time. Given Chris Dickerson's call up, it's possible Scranton would call up an outfielder from Double-A, such as Austin Krum.

Jesus Montero had one hit in five at bats, and had a poor game on defense with a catcher's interference call and a passed ball.

Jorge Vazquez hit his league leading 15th and 16th home runs.

Double-A Trenton lost to Erie 1-0.

Manny Banuelos pitched six innings of two-hit baseball and did not allow a run. He walked three and struck out seven.

High-A Tampa lost to Palm Beach 10-4 while Low-A Charleston beat Savannah, 9-4.

Gary Sanchez had one hit in three at bats; he walked twice and struck out once. J.R. Murphy was hitless in three at bats, and also walked twice and stuck out once. Ramon Flores had his fourth straight game with a home run.

2) Wallace Matthews writes that the first Yankees win in a week offers encouraging signs.

Perhaps most notable are the two home runs Alex Rodriguez hit; the cleanup hitter had a WPA of .290 was the highest for the Yankees on Tuesday. Given Rodriguez's recent struggles, Yankees fans will hope that Tuesday's game is a sign of better things to come.

3) Daniel Barbarisi writes that the Yankees' offseason concerns are proving themselves warranted.

The biggest concern, that of an aging core, has perhaps received the most attention, and with reason. The Jorge Posada ruckus last weekend has been noted for being a precursor of what is likely to be a recurring problem: star players at the end of their contracts who are no longer hitting (or pitching) well enough to justify their spot in the batting order (or rotation).

4) The Rafael Soriano signing is turning into a disaster, writes Bob Klapisch.

Despite refusing to talk to the media after blowing a four run lead, and more recently calling out the Yankees' offense for not performing, the biggest issues with Soriano remain his poor performances when he has pitched in 2011, and the injury concerns when he hasn't. His absence puts more pressure on Yankees' relievers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, and with the Yankees' rotation often considered the weakest part of the team, the bullpen concerns are not unwarranted.

Speaking of Chamberlain...

5) Moshe Mandel of The Yankee Analysts writes about Chamberlain's resurgent season. As he explains, Joba's high ERA is likely due to his high home run rate; five of the ten runs he's allowed this season have come via home run. That said, his WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio are the best they've been since his early career -- which, as Mandel notes, is plenty of reason to be optimistic.