Yankees Daily Briefing 07/31/11

After sweeping a doubleheader, the Yankees will attempt to take the final game of the four game set with the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. Freddy Garcia has not faced the Orioles since April, in a start where he allowed just two hits and no runs over six innings, while striking out seven. Jake Arrieta (10-7, 5.12) has faced the Yankees twice in 2011, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings in both starts and getting no decisions in both games.

Discussion of the Day: Is there an area, besides the rotation, where you think the Yankees should attempt to improve before the trade deadline on Sunday? Share your answers in the comments.

1) Andrew Marchand writes that the Yankees and Red Sox are in a direct stare down as the trade deadline approaches. Ubaldo Jimenez, likely the biggest pitcher name on the market, was supposedly being targeted by both teams, but appears to be heading to Cleveland.

Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could clearly use pitching help, and one could argue that with Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, the Yankees have more trade pieces to play with. Still, just because the Yankees have the ability to make a move doesn't mean they will -- something GM Brian Cashman has admitted as much. The Jimenez deal reportedly fell apart because the Rockies would not let him undergo a physical -- a clear reminder that just because a deal can be made doesn't make it the right decision.

2) Christina Boyle writes that Derek Jeter and Babe Ruth tiedin a poll for the greatest player for the New York Yankees.

Statistically, the argument is clearly in Ruth's favor, but it's hard to quantify Jeter's success in an era of mass media, where every game is televised and every performance scrutinized. Still, it's been argued that Ruth, who with a career OPS+ of 206 was a player well ahead of his era, saved baseball after the Black Sox scandal of 1919; even though the steroid era might linger in the minds of current baseball fans, it's hard to argue that it has threatened to destroy the game the way the 1919 scandal did.

3) There were mixed results for the minor league affiliates.

Triple-A Scranton lost to Rochester, 6-2.

Jesus Montero had a hit in four at bats.

Double-A Trenton beat Richmond, 17-5.

Austin Romine was hitless in three at bats; he walked once and struck out once.

High-A Tampa lost to Charlotte, 5-3, in 11 innings.

J.R. Murphy is still on crutches, so it's unlikely he will return soon.

Low-A Charleston lost to Greenville, 4-3.

Gary Sanchez did not play.

Short Season Staten Island lost to Jamestown, 15-1, while the Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Phillies, 1-6.

For the GCL Yankees, 2011 draft pick Dante Bichette Jr. is 26 for his last 42 (.619), including five doubles, a triple and three home runs.