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Yankees Daily Briefing 07/27/11

The Mariners, who have lost 17 games in a row, might have their best chance to snap the streak on Wednesday, when Felix Hernandez (8-9, 3.47) is on the mound. Hernandez is 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against the Yankees. Phil Hughes, who struggled so much in his last start that he couldn't get the win despite being staked to a 14-2 lead, will take the ball for the Yankees.

Discussion of the Day: If you were managing the Yankees, how long would you let a starting pitcher working on a no-hitter or perfect game wait out a rain delay before not allowing him to return? Share your answers in the comments.

1) Johnette Howard writes that CC Sabathia would be more likely to opt-out of his contract if the Yankees do not add another starter by the trade deadline on Sunday.

Sabathia, of course, can opt out of his seven-year deal at the end of this season, but it's important to remember that opting out of his contract doesn't necessarily mean he will leave the Yankees (Alex Rodriguez did a similar thing in 2007 before re-signing with the Yankees). Sabathia's season has been fantastic, even by his own standards, and it's hard to fault him for taking advantage of the opportunity to get paid as a pitcher of his caliber should.

2) Brien Jackson writes that Freddy Garcia is defying logic with his success.

Indeed, it would seem impossible for someone whose fastball is averaging 87 miles an hour to have a 3.23 ERA while pitching in the AL East, but Garcia has done just that. Hard as it may be to believe, the Yankees would likely not be within striking distance of the Red Sox without Garcia's contributions. Whether Garcia can help the Yankees in the postseason (he has been notably worse against .500 or better teams) remains to be seen, but his postseason contributions won't matter unless the Yankees can get there first -- something that they might not be able to do without Garcia's help.

3) Once again, almost every affiliate won their game on Tuesday.

Triple-A Scranton beat Buffalo, 11-2.

Jesus Montero had three hits in four at bats, including a double and a home run, and struck out once. He now has five home runs in his last 15 games.

Double-A Trenton beat Akron, 4-3.

Austin Romine was hitless in four at bats and struck out twice; he also walked once.

High-A Tampa beat beat Fort Myers, 2-1 in 11 innings.

J.R. Murphy is on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury.

Low-A Charleston lost to West Virginia, 6-4.

Gary Sanchez hit a home run and walked in three at bats.

Short Season Staten Island had a schedule off day; the Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Phillies, 12-9.