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New York Yankees News and Notes: Freddy Garcia, Yankee Origins and Jolly 'Ole Tex

Perhaps the skies will open for Yankee baseball today?
Perhaps the skies will open for Yankee baseball today?

Good morning, Pinstripe Alley!


Although it was first reported after the game was postponed yesterday, has reported that Freddy Garcia will be skipped tomorrow and A.J. Burnett will take the mound in the finale at 1:05 pm. He'll be moved to the bullpen and won't make a start until the Texas Rangers visit Yankee Stadium next weekend. I like the move to keep the rotation in order, especially because the Yankees have an off-day on Monday. Props to Joe Girardi and co. The story also goes on to talk about how fans at last night's game can switch their tickets for a different game. So if you were there, check it out. 


This was written by a Yahoo Sports user, but I figured it was interesting enough (despite one spelling error). Paula Thompson takes a quick look at how the New York Yankees became... well, the New York Yankees. Click here for the scoop. To be honest, I never really bothered learning why this franchise became known as the "Yankees". It's a name that I definitely love. 

By far the best story of the day, Mark Teixeira steps up for the underprivileged. Teixeira announced he's donating $1 million to Harlem RBI. Harlem RBI is a charity "dedicated to helping the community's underserved youth". When Tex was asked about it... here is a preview of his response and reasoning of his incredibly generous donation. 

“We have a chance to really make part of Harlem revitalized,” Teixeira said. “When I saw what Harlem RBI was doing in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City and really making a difference in kids’ lives … I knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of,” Teixeira said. 

Hats off, Tex. I know you make more money than most ballplayers, but it's always good to see a MLB player give back to the community. 


As always, Bleacher Report was feeling extra sassy and decided to come up with the "10 Hottest WAGs of the Bronx Bombers". Basically, this is a list of the most attractive female counterparts of 2011 Yankee players. I suggest you take a look... you might be in for a surprise or two. 


Last bit of news this morning. Check out this SB Nation New York post by Jared Smith. This, taken straight from his article, sums it up well. 

"In major league history, which dates to 1871, 110 teams have started a season 0-5. Just two of those 110 went on to make the postseason, less than two percent," wrote's Cliff Corcoran Wednesday morning.

Do I buy into this all of a sudden? No. But VERY interesting bit of information. Let's hope Boston doesn't find their swagger when they return back to Fenway on Friday to face the Bombers. Oh yeah... Tampa Bay is 0-5, too. 


That's all I've got for news this morning. Be sure to check out jscape's "A Chance to Catch Your Breath" article at 10 am!