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New York Yankees News - August 17, 2011

Late last night, the Yankees beat the Royals 9-7 and moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East. They're also up 10 games in the loss column on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Before a few morning links, here are some stats to brag about. 

  • Derek Jeter since July 5: 34 games, 47 for 140 (.336), .390 OBP, .470 SLG, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 25 runs batted in. 
  • David Robertson's last nine outings: 8.2 innings, 10 strikeouts, two hits, zero walks. Improvement, folks. 
  • The Yankees have played a grand total of 40 series this year, winning 26 of them, splitting six (three of them were the two-game series type) and only being swept twice. 
  • Since 2006, the Yankees are 15-6 against the Royals at Kansas City. 
The latest news on Alex Rodriguez and his continuing rehab assignment: 

Rodriguez lined a single to right field in the first inning, was robbed of an extra-base hit after ripping a deep fly ball to left center in the third and popped out to second in his third and final at-bat in the sixth.

Hitting may not have been an adventure for Rodriguez. But chasing foul pops down the third base line certainly was.

Rodriguez botched a pair of foul popups, failing to catch up to one in the fourth, and then overrunning one in the fifth. Both gaffes drew boos from the majority of those in attendance.

Glad to hear that he's hitting the ball with authority. Rodriguez is scheduled to play another game tonight with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning to the Yankees on Thursday in Minnesota for a four-game series against the Twins

According to Marc Craig of The Star-Ledger, Freddy Garcia could be back on the mound this weekend in Minnesota. 

More from Craig on the Yankees signing eight of their top nine draft picks. 

For those that remember Don Mattingly being benched in August of 1991 for having hair too long, here's a walk down memory lane. 

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