A.J. Burnett has some interesting splits. For example, he has a better WHIP and ERA in losses than he does in wins -- and the splits were even more stark before his meltdown in the sixth inning against the Rays last Monday. On Saturday, he'll take on the Mets' Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78), as the Yankees will attempt to even the series.
Triple-A Scranton lost to Lehigh Valley, 6-5.
Carlos Silva allowed five hits and four runs (all earned) in 5.1 innings; he struck out four and hit 88 mph on the gun.
Jesus Montero had one hit in four at bats, a bases-clearing double. Jorge Vazquez was hit in the hand, but remained in the game. Vazquez also made an appearance on Baseball America's prospect hot sheet.
Double-A Trenton beat Portland 3-1.
Manager Tony Franklin made his return to Trenton, after having had chest pains earlier this month.
Steve Garrison has begun to throw in Tampa, Garrsion has been on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Dellin Betances pitched five innings of three hit baseball; he allowed one run while striking out five and walking four.
Manny Banuelos was included on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet (linked above).
High-A Tampa beat St. Lucie 5-4 in 12 innings while Low-A Charleston beat Augusta 4-2.
In Charleston, Slade Heathcott had three hits in four at bats and stole a base. Gary Sanchez had a hit in three at bats and walked once. Eric Shultz of The Yankee Analysts wrote about how Sanchez is turning his season around, certainly a pleasant development even if struggling as an 18-year old in Low-A is not unexpected. J.R. Murphy had a double in four at bats and drove in a run. Ramon Flores had a hit and RBI in three at bats; he now has a 10-game hitting streak.
Sanchez and Flores also made Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet (linked above), rounding out a very impressive representation for the Yankees' system.
2) Katie Sharp takes a look at the statistical oddities for the Yankees over the past week. The most interesting nugget is perhaps that Wednesday was just the second time in Mariano Rivera's career that he was called upon to finish a game where a starter had thrown eight scoreless innings and the Yankees led 1-0.
3) Steve S. at The Yankee Analysts takes a look at how some other Yankees careers have ended. Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio are included, as are more recent Yankees such as Bernie Williams.
Many players on the list went on to play on with other teams, even Ruth and Berra, but perhaps the most interesting here is how young many of the Yankees were when they retired -- DiMaggio was done at 36, as was Mickey Mantle; Roger Maris was only 33 at the end of his career.
4) Brian Costa writes about the relationship between the Mets' Carlos Beltran and Yankees' hitting coach Kevin Long.
Among Yankees fans, Long may be best known for his work with Curtis Granderson last August, and his success with Granderson makes it very easy to believe that his influence has played an important part in Beltran's successful career.