Yankees Daily Briefing 07/14/11

The Yankees return from the All-Star break by starting a four game series in Toronto on Thursday evening. Bartolo Colon, who is trying to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season, will be on the mound for the Yankees. He'll face Toronto's Jo-Jo Reyes (4-7. 4.57), who lost to the Yankees earlier this season.

Discussion of the Day: Do you think Robinson Cano will take over the face of the franchise role after Derek Jeter leaves? If you think it will be someone else, who? Share your thoughts in the comments.

1) Andrew Marchand wonders if Cano can replace Jeter as the face of the franchise after Jeter leaves the team.

Cano, after all, did finish third in MVP voting in 2010 before winning the home run derby this season. Still, the issue here has less to do with Cano's abilities as a player (which, aside from plate discipline are unquestioned), and more to do with the impact that Jeter has had on the Yankees. Cano has been with the Yankees for just seven seasons, as opposed to Jeter's 16, and Cano's off-field life certainly receives less attention. Still, should Cano continue to stay healthy and perform at an All-Star level, it's well within the realm of possibility that he will be the most recognizable Yankee the latter part of this decade.

2) Larry Koestler at The Yankee Analysts compares the 2011 Yankees rotation with the 2005 team to emphasize how important Colon and Freddy Garcia have been for the team, while Marchand wonders if the two pitchers can maintain their success for the rest of the season.

Without question the two pitchers have been vital for the Yankees this season; the two boast the two lowest ERAs on the Yankees outside of CC Sabathia, but the concerns with each pitcher are different. The concerns with Garcia largely center on his "stuff", and whether or not he can essentially get by with smoke and mirrors, while the concerns with Colon have more to do with his health, and his recent hamstring injury, though it did not sideline him for long, does not augur well. Still, with Phil Hughes' a question mark in the rotation, the Yankees will be relying on their two bargain-bin offseason pickups to help support Sabathia in the AL East race.

3) The minor league day was dominated by the All-Star games at the upper levels.

Triple-A Scranton is off for their All-Star break. In the All-Star game, Adam Warren allowed a hit and struck out one in two innings of work; he was the only Scranton Yankee at the game.

Double-A Trenton is off for their All-Star break as well. In the All-Star game, Corban Joseph had two hits in three at bats, while Austin Romine had one hit in two at bats. Manny Banuelos struck out the side on 13 pitches in an inning of work while Dellin Betances had a seven pitch inning with one strikeout.

High-A Tampa beat Palm Beach, 2-1.

J.R. Murphy had one hit in four at bats.

Tamar Chalker profiles Murphy, who is having a breakout season -- perhaps the biggest breakout in the Yankees' system this year.

Low-A Charleston lost to Greensboro, 11-6.

Gary Sanchez did not play.

Short Season Staten Island beat State College 9-2 while the Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves, 10-2.