Yankees Daily Briefing 08/30/11

CC Sabathia has struggled against the Red Sox this season; he'll get a chance to turn the trend around on Tuesday, when the Yankees go to Fenway to face Boston. The Red Sox will have John Lackey (12-9, 5.98) on the hill.

Discussion of the Day: Do you think Hector Noesi will be a part of the Yankees' rotation in 2012? Why or why not?

Behind Enemy Lines: Brian MacPherson writes that David Ortiz is picking up where he left off. Ortiz has consistently hit well against the Yankees, but as good as he may be, is not even the best hitter on his current team.

1) Matt Imbrogno writes that Robinson Cano is showing even more power in 2011 than he did in 2010.

The MVP award for 2011 might arguably be Curtis Granderson's to lose, but Cano has emerged as one of the most valuable players in baseball given his position and age. Outside of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, Cano is the longest tenured "homegrown" Yankee, and could very well emerge as the face of the franchise when the latter three have retired. He's always been able to hit for power -- he won the 2011 Home Run Derby in rather convincing fashion -- and may very well be turning himself into the most valuable second baseman the Yankees have had in decades.

2) Lucas Apolstoleris considers A.J. Burnett as a relief pitcher.

Burnett's struggles on the mound have left few satisfied with his hold on a rotation spot, and with one Yankees' starter likely soon to be removed from the rotation, Burnett might seem the best candidate. This, however, does not mean Burnett would be a good fit. The Yankees' bullpen has the best ERA in the American League (and third-best overall), and the somewhat improvised formula of Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera is not one the Yankees are like to play with any time soon. Burnett would be relegated to long relief work/mop work, certainly a long way to fall from pitching game two of the 2009 World Series.

3) Bob Klapisch writes that the resurgence of Derek Jeter has been a surprise.

Certainly, given Jeter's age, season last year and his pre-DL numbers this year, it would seem reasonable to have expected his decline to continue. In all likelihood, Jeter's current surge is likely unsustainable, but given Alex Rodriguez's injuries, it is impeccably timed. The longer Jeter can continue to hit, the better -- after all, there are still three more years on his contract.

4) It was another big day for the Yankees' top prospects.

Triple-A Scranton split a doubleheader with Pawtucket, winning the first game 3-0 and losing the second 2-0.

Jesus Montero had two hits in two at bats, including a home run, in the first game, and was walked intentionally.

Manny Banuelos pitched a seven inning complete game shut out (games in minor league doubleheaders are seven innings each), allowing just one hit and walking two while striking out six.

Dellin Betances pitched the second game, also a complete game, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking four and striking out eight.

Double-A Trenton lost to New Hampshire, 10-4.

Austin Romine had three hits in four at bats.

High-A Tampa lost to Brevard County, 13-3, in six innings (game called), while Low-A Charleston beat Savannah, 9-6.

Short Season Staten Island swept a doubleheader with Aberdeen, winning the first game 4-3, and the second, 5-0.

Mason Williams was named the top prospect in the NY-Penn League by the Penn League Report.

The Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Marlins, 12-3, in the first game of the best-of-three GCL Championship Series.