CC Sabathia has been on a roll for the Yankees this season, having made 19 starts for the Yankees and still with an ERA under 3.00, and he will be on the mound for the Yankees on Sunday as they attempt to head to the All-Star break with a winning streak. James Shields, (8-6, 2.47 and six complete games), will start for the Rays; the Yankees beat him earlier this season.
Discussion of the Day: Do you believe Alex Rodriguez should get surgery on his torn meniscus now or after the All-Star break? Why? Share your opinions in the comments.
1) Rob Parker writes about what Derek Jeter's 3000th hit means for the fans.
Although Jeter's hits (and, by extension, his career) have most tangibly benefitted his team, the fans, also have marveled at his career. Fans might never get to hit the World Series winning home run, but they have been able to watch Jeter's entire career, from his rookie year in 1996 through his 3000th hit on Saturday afternoon, and there are not many other players who have experienced such success -- especially with just one team, as Jeter has.
2) Carl Bialik writes that most members of the 3,000 hit club did not experience much success after their milestone hit.
Indeed, the ability to amass 3,000 hits indicates perhaps abnormal longevity -- certainly a long career with good health. It would follow that most who are able to reach the milestone do so at the latter part of their career, when they are past their prime years. Jeter is no different -- with the exception of 2009, he has posted a lower OPS every year since 2006, and the same is true with his WAR. No one can have 3,000 hits without an exceptional career, but not even the greatest baseball players can play forever.
3) Eric Schultz argues that Rodriguez should get the surgery on his torn meniscus now, as opposed to waiting until the end of the season.
Sabathia had a similar injury last season and had surgery in the offseason, but for Rodriguez surgery now might be more beneficial. With the All-Star break, Rodriguez would only miss about three weeks' of games, and could be back healthy for the team's September stretch run, which now has no off days after September 15th. For an older team, that is not an insignificant hurdle, and the addition of a healthy and rested Rodriguez would be extremely beneficial.
Triple-A Scranton swept a doubleheader with Rochester, winning the first game 9-0 and second 6-4.
Jesus Montero is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Monday.
Double-A Trenton lost to Reading, 6-4.
Melky Mesa was a triple away from the cycle, and Austin Romine is temporarily away from the team for the Futures Game.
High-A Tampa split a doubleheader with St. Lucie, winning the first game 3-1, and losing the second 6-5 in 12 innings.
J.R Murphy played third and had two doubles in four at bats in the first game; he caught the second and had one hit in five at bats.
Low-A Charleston was rained out.
Short Season Staten Island won, 2-1 while the Rookie GCL Yankees lost both ends of a doubleheader to the GCL Tigers, losing the first game 9-4 and the second 3-1.