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Yankees Daily Briefing 06/25/11

In an odd quirk, CC Sabathia has allowed eight hits in each of his last four starts, while the runners that have scored have ranged from two (in LA) to six (against Boston). Although the Yankees won three of those four games, it's not a trend Sabathia will be looking to continue as he takes the mound for the Yankees on Saturday. He'll face Aaron Cook (0-2, 4.67), as the Yankees will attempt to take the second game of three from the Rockies.

Discussion of the Day: When Phil Hughes and Bartolo Colon return from the disabled list, how would you structure the rotation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

1) Ian O'Connor writes that the Yankees simply can't count on A.J. Burnett. Burnett is now 30-30 as a Yankee, balancing a decent 2009 with a historically bad 2010 and, so far, a so-so 2011.

Burnett's inconsistency may not be new, but when he signed with the Yankees in the 2008-2009 offseason, the biggest concern was his injury history. As Burnett has managed to stay healthy as a Yankee, one might be attempted to argue his signing was successful for that reason alone, but Burnett has not shown the consistency one would expect of a number two starter.

2) Katie Sharp takes a look at statistical oddities for the Yankees over the past week. The most interesting among these might be the similarity between Ivan Nova's last start and a game Dave Righetti pitched in 1983. Righetti's, a no hitter might be more memorable, but as Sharp notes, Nova is the only other Yankee under 25 to have pitched a game of eight or more innings, strike out seven, and allow four or fewer baserunners.

3) Mark Feinsand writes that David Robertson is becoming the most important reliever outside of Mariano Rivera.

After injuries to Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain, Robertson has become the "eighth-inning guy" by necessity and has put together a fantastic season, often pitching in high leverage situations. While some of those situations are self-created, his 1.19 ERA and strikeout-per-nine ratio of 14.2 are remarkably good.

4) The minor league night was highlighted by Hughes' rehab appearance in Trenton.

Triple-A Scranton beat Durham, 14-3.

Addison Maruszak was demoted from Scranton to Double-A Trenton.

Jesus Montero had just one hit in five at bats and struck out three times.

Trenton lost 3-2 to New Britain.

Justin Place and Warner Madrigal were both released (Place, Madrigal).

Adam Warren and Corban Joseph made Baseball America's prospect hot sheet.

Phil Hughes threw 72 pitches in 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three, but most attention was on his velocity, which sat 92-93 early. GM Brian Cashman said Hughes would will make "a few more starts".

High-A Tampa lost to Dunedin, 4-1.

Mikey O'Brien was promoted from Low-A Charleston to Tampa.

J.R. Murphy was hitless in four at bats.

Charleston got swept in a doubleheader with Kannapolis, losing the first game 5-1, and the second 5-0.

Corey Maines was sent down from Charleston to Short Season Staten Island.

Gary Sanchez had one walk in two at bats in the first game while not reaching base in the second.

Staten Island beat Aberdeen 6-5, while the Rookie GCL Yankees won 9-0 over the GCL Phillies.

Josh Norris has video of a number of Staten Island prospects.