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Around the Yankee Universe, first-place edition

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All right, so it's really only a "share" of first place with those nuisance Boston Red Sox. But, it is the first time this season the Yankees can spend a day in first place. For the Yankees and their fans, that makes it a day worth celebrating.

“It’s where you want to be,” Joe Girardi said. “You want to be at the top all the time. We went through some times. It was two and a half weeks ago that we were really scuffling and we’ve bounced back very well. It has been a team effort.”

So, on this glorious day let's look around the inter-Google at stories making the news in the Yankee Universe.

  • It was only two mop-up innings, but the Yankees were thrilled with the way Chien-Ming Wang threw the ball last night. This from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

"Sinkerballers are contact pitchers, rollover, ground-ball type guys," Kevin Cash said. "He got swing-and-misses on his sinker, that’s how good it was tonight,. I know everybody harps on the velocity, but the big thing is the movement. You can pitch with that kind of movement at 88-91."

Wang believes he’s ready to go back into the rotation, but with the other five starters pitching relatively well, that’s not going to happen immediately. I figure Wang will make another couple appearances out of the bullpen to prove that he’s back in form, at which time the Yankees will have some decisions to make.

"That’s as good as I’ve seen him this year," Girardi said. "That’s the Chien-Ming Wang we’ve seen so often. That’s what we want to see from him. That’s a huge building block."

  • INJURY UPDATES: Melky Cabrera will miss at least 5-7 days, and might end up on the disabled list. Brian Bruney got good news from Dr. James Andrews. No surgery, and he should be able to pitch again this season.
  • Joel Sherman agrees with me that Jorge Posada should catch less and DH more when he returns to the Yankees.
  • Here is one of those little "inside" stories I love. Great moment from Kevin Cash during last night's game.when he visited the mound to 'speak' with A.J. Burnett.

See complete Yankee stats after the jump.


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Melky Cabrera 44 133 20 43 6 0 5 20 10 19 4 2 .323 .368 .481
Robinson Cano 47 194 33 62 13 1 9 28 10 13 2 1 .320 .351 .536
Jorge Posada 23 77 10 24 6 0 5 20 12 19 1 0 .312 .402 .584
Johnny Damon 44 179 37 54 11 2 10 29 20 31 5 0 .302 .373 .553
Francisco Cervelli 14 40 4 12 1 0 0 4 1 6 0 1 .300 .317 .325
Derek Jeter 45 192 30 57 11 0 7 22 21 26 10 1 .297 .372 .464
Xavier Nady 7 28 4 8 4 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 .286 .310 .429
Brett Gardner 40 101 19 28 4 2 2 8 9 17 9 2 .277 .339 .416
Mark Teixeira 44 171 33 47 10 0 15 39 27 36 0 0 .275 .382 .596
Jose Molina 16 44 5 12 2 0 1 6 4 6 0 0 .273 .333 .386
Alex Rodriguez 19 66 11 17 4 0 7 17 15 11 0 0 .258 .410 .636
Hideki Matsui 41 140 15 36 9 1 7 18 16 25 0 0 .257 .344 .486
Ramiro Pena 33 65 9 16 2 1 0 4 4 12 2 0 .246 .290 .308
Kevin Cash 10 26 1 6 2 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 .231 .250 .308
Nick Swisher 46 148 27 33 9 1 9 27 32 45 0 0 .223 .364 .480
Cody Ransom 15 50 4 9 5 1 0 6 3 15 1 0 .180 .226 .320
Angel Berroa 13 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Andy Pettitte 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brett Tomko 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alfredo Aceves 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Phil Hughes 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Anthony Claggett 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mark Melancon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Robertson 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mariano Rivera 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
A.J. Burnett 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chien-Ming Wang 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Veras 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Edwar Ramirez 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joba Chamberlain 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Damaso Marte 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Bruney 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Phil Coke 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jonathan Albaladejo 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
CC Sabathia 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Nick Swisher 0-0 46 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 2.00
Mariano Rivera 0-1 19 0 0 0 9 1 19.2 20 6 6 5 1 24 2.75 1.07
David Robertson 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 4 3 2 0 4 9 2.84 1.26
Brian Bruney 2-0 10 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 3 3 3 0 2 13 3.00 .56
Alfredo Aceves 3-1 8 0 0 0 0 0 16.2 15 6 6 2 3 15 3.24 1.08
CC Sabathia 4-3 10 10 2 1 0 0 71.0 60 29 27 3 21 48 3.42 1.14
Joba Chamberlain 2-1 9 9 0 0 0 0 45.1 46 23 20 6 25 46 3.97 1.57
Brett Tomko 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 5 2 2 1 2 0 4.15 1.62
Andy Pettitte 4-1 9 9 0 0 0 0 58.2 64 30 28 8 18 33 4.30 1.40
Phil Coke 1-2 21 0 0 0 1 2 20.1 16 13 10 5 8 12 4.43 1.18
A.J. Burnett 3-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 64.0 59 34 34 10 31 57 4.78 1.41
Phil Hughes 3-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 29.2 32 18 17 6 14 25 5.16 1.55
Edwar Ramirez 0-0 15 0 0 0 0 0 17.1 18 11 10 6 15 16 5.19 1.90
Mark Melancon 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 1 3.1 2 2 2 0 5 2 5.40 2.10
Jonathan Albaladejo 2-1 18 0 0 0 0 1 21.0 24 16 14 5 10 12 6.00 1.62
Jose Veras 3-1 21 0 0 0 0 0 19.2 17 14 14 3 14 15 6.41 1.58
Damaso Marte 0-1 7 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 9 9 9 3 3 6 15.19 2.25
Chien-Ming Wang 0-3 5 3 0 0 0 0 11.0 29 25 25 3 7 6 20.45 3.27
Anthony Claggett 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 9 8 8 2 2 2 43.20 6.60