Yankees Daily Briefing 07/03/11

Having won every interleague series they have played this season, the Yankees will attempt to win their eighth game in a row on Sunday, and sweep the Mets in the process. Freddy Garcia took the loss against the Mets on May 20th, a game in which Garcia allowed just two runs over seven innings. He'll be on the mound for the Yankees on Sunday, where he will face the Mets' R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77).

Discussion of the Day: When Derek Jeter returns, would you prefer to see Eduardo Nunez on the major league roster, or get guaranteed at-bats in Triple-A?

1) Andrew Marchand writes that Nunez's success filling in for Jeter makes for an awkward situation when Jeter returns.

This series alone, Nunez has had seven hits in eight at bats and the only out came on a diving grab by Justin Turner. Since June 14th, and not including Saturday's game, Nunez has put up a line of .309/.356/.418, better than Jeter's stats for the season. Nunez's recent success is still a small sample size, and his problems on defense shouldn't be overlooked. If Nunez is able to keep producing, however, and Jeter continues to struggle, the Yankees will be left to make some very difficult decisions.

2) Ian O'Connor writes that in addition to Jose Reyes, Brian Cashman's contract expires at the end of this season.

Brian Cashman has been with the Yankees since 1989, about as long as Jesus Montero has been alive, and it might be hard to imagine a Yankees team without him. Five World Series titles, seven American League titles are no small accomplishments. There are arguments that Cashman should walk away, but should Cashman choose to do so, he will not be easily replaced.

3) Brett LoGuirato writes that the Yankees bullpen has found success despite the injuries.

Despite the loss of Joba Chamberlain for the season and Rafael Soriano for the time being, the Yankees' bullpen still has the third best bullpen ERA in all of baseball (2.92), behind only Atlanta and San Diego. David Robertson, especially, has shined -- leading to calls that he should be headed to the All-Star Game. Joe Girardi has developed a good reputation for his bullpen management, a reputation that appears to be well deserved.

4) The minor league night was highlighted by Jeter's rehab appearance at Double-A Trenton.

Triple-A Scranton swept a doubleheader with Pawtucket, winning the first game 7-1 and the second 3-0.

Dan Brewer re-injured his hamstring and was once again placed on the disabled list.

Jesus Montero was the designated hitter in both games; he had two hits in four at bats in the first game and one hit in two at bats in the second.

Trenton beat Altoona, 4-3.

Jeter had one hit in two at bats and walked once. Mike Ashmore has video of Jeter's at bats, as well as postgame press conferences with Jeter and Cashman.

High-A Tampa beat Brevard County, 8-7.

Slade Heathcott and Jairo Heredia were both placed on the disabled list.

J.R. Murphy had one hit in four at bats, as well as a walk off sacrifice fly. He also committed a fielding error.

Low-A Charleston lost to Rome, 6-5.

Gary Sanchez had two hits in five at bats and allowed a passed ball.

Short Season Staten Island beat Brooklyn, 6-5, while the Rookie GCL Yankees split a doubleheader with the GCL Braves, winning the first game 4-1 and losing the second game, 3-0.