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Around the Yankee Universe: Bronson Arroyo?

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As our New York Yankees continue to roll merrily along, let's see what stories are making news around the Yankee Universe.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is mum on talk about Bronson Arroyo

In typical late-July fashion, trade rumors continued to circulate around the Web Monday, including one that had Bronson Arroyo heading from the Reds to the Yankees. A baseball source dismissed the rumor, saying the Yankees were not engaged in talks for the 32-year-old starter who is due roughly $17 million by the end of 2010.

The Yankees have been pleased with Sergio Mitre since he moved into the fifth starter role, making it unlikely that they would deal for a fill-in pitcher with that much money left on his deal. Yankees GM Brian Cashman declined comment, but the Reds did their part to squelch the rumor via the team's official Twitter page.

"Ignore the Internet rumors," read the team's official Tweet last night. "Bronson Arroyo will start for the Reds tomorrow, as scheduled."

My take: Arroyo is a workhorse, having pitched 200 or more innings four straight seasons. He is also familiar with the AL, of course, having pitched for Boston. He has a 5.21 ERA, though, so how effective he would be is questionable.

The great Mark Melancon conspiracy

Yes, Mark Melancon is still on the Yankee roster. It sure doesn't seem that way, however. Here's Pete Abe on the Melancon situation.

I’m getting a lot of e-mails about Mark Melancon’s inactivity. He hasn’t pitched since July 10. It’s circumstance, not some dark plot by Joe Girardi.

There have been a lot of close games and/or a need to get other guys going. Melancon is the last guy in the bullpen and that’s how it goes sometimes.

They still think very highly of him.

Look at this way: The Yankees have won 10 of 11 and 23 of 29. If they’re biggest problem is not getting a rookie reliever enough work, that’s a good problem to have.

Pete is probably right. I would, however, have liked to see Melancon get an opportunity last night instead of Jonathan Albaladejo.

Damon reflects after latest milestone

Johnny Damon hit the 200th home run of his career last night.