LAA: Garland (9-6, 4.30 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (12-7, 3.76 ERA)
LAA: Santana (11-5, 3.57 ERA)
NYY: Ponson (6-2, 4.59 ERA)
LAA: Weaver (9-8, 4.11 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (13-7, 3.56 ERA)
LAA: Lackey (9-2, 2.93 ERA)
NYY: Rasner (5-8, 4.92 ERA)
The Trade Deadline is approaching
So far the Yankees have acquired:
A starting pitcher would be nice. We will see.
The New York Yankees have found a replacement for Jorge Posada.
New York acquired catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers on Wednesday for right-handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.
Rodriguez, who is in the final year of his contract, waived his no-trade clause to join the Yankees, sources told ESPN.com.
"He's hitting over .290 I believe and he's been hot so we're looking forward to having him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after New York's 13-3 rout of the Orioles on Wednesday.
Farnsworth played for the Tigers in 2005. (Source)
The Yankees dropped their third in a row after an eight-game winning streak. They fell to four games behind the first-place Rays.
"It's frustrating," said Alex Rodriguez, who struck out in the ninth inning as the potential tying run when the Yankees were down three. "That's a game that we need right there and we have to have."
Darrell Rasner, perhaps pitching for his rotation spot before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, was the losing pitcher. But Damaso Marte, who the Yankees picked up from Pittsburgh on Saturday, was the real culprit in his third Yankees appearance.
Rasner (5-8, 4.92 ERA) went six innings plus two batters and was charged with four runs. Marte allowed a three-run double to lefty-hitting Aubrey Huff and an RBI double to Melvin Mora in the Orioles' four-run seventh. Those runs turned a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 cushion, which really hurt when the Yankees rallied in the final two innings.
Yankees 6 O's 7 (Box Score)
Picture of Yankees 4th Outfielder Melky Cabrera
Yankees lose 2 in a row.
NEW YORK (AP) -- If the New York Yankees are going to earn a 14th consecutive playoff berth, they'll have to do it without Jorge Posada.
The five-time All-Star catcher will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the lineup for New York's postseason push.
Posada has struggled with shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his throws and limiting his playing time behind the plate. Sports Illustrated
The Yankees have acquired outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for four Minor League prospects -- right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander George Kontos and lefty Phil Coke.
Nady was having his best year ever with the Pirates.
I've seen Nady play a bunch with all-the time he spent with the mets in 2006. He definetely displayed power and some cluth abilities. He crushes left handed pitching. But don't expect him to walk much. He can play all three outfield positions. This will help the yankees out a bunch.
FROM BASEBALL INTELLECT.COM
"With Hideki Matsui out for the year and Jorge Posada's health this season in doubt, the Yankees' lack of depth has been exposed recently. Brett Gardner, Wilson Betemit, Richie Sexson, Shelley Duncan...all have been have been used as options and not one has worked out (though to be fair, Sexson has only had 5 ABs).
However, in Nady, the Yankees get a player that can move all over the field. He can start out at first base with Jason Giambi moving permanently to DH or shift to left field as Damon moves over to center to give the Yankees line-up a bit more potency. If there is a particularly tough lefty that Bobby Abreu can't handle, Nady could be shifted over to right field to take his place for the day."
NYY: Chamberlain (2-3, 2.52 ERA)
BOS: Beckett (9-6, 3.97 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (11-7, 3.86 ERA)
BOS: Wakefield (6-7, 3.69 ERA)
NYY: Ponson (6-1, 4.02 ERA)
BOS: Lester (8-3, 3.20 ERA)
Yankees 12 Twins 4
Yankees 8 Twins 2
Yankees 5 Twins 1
Mussina continues to pitch well.
His line: 105 PC, 8 INN, 6 HA, 7 K, 0.750 WHIP, W, QS