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New York Yankees News - August 24, 2011

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing loss last night, the Yankees will look to get back on track behind their ace, CC Sabathia. Before the game starts tonight, let's examine some morning links. 

Alex Rodriguez missed last night's game with an injured left thumb. The x-rays were negative and he's apparently day-to-day with a slight sprain. (Insert joke about poker being the reason he injured his finger here). 

"It felt pretty painful," said Rodriguez, who said his thumb began to swell up on Monday, before the Yankees lost to the A's 6-5. "Hopefully it's just a day or two."

Hopefully he's back tonight or for tomorrow's matinee. 

Ian O'Conner of ESPN calls out Joe Girardi out and says he needs to change his protective ways. Definitely take a look at this one as it's a good read. Here's a gem of a comment taken from it. 

"If a player is giving max effort and doing everything possible for us to succeed," the GM said, "then we'll have his back. But if a player puts himself ahead of the Yankees, then we don't have his back. I don't think A.J. put himself ahead of the team."

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the Yankees rotation that's full of arms and question marks as we head into the stretch run of the season. 

If New York is on the fence about Burnett's role come October, perhaps it should take a look at the defending champions and see how they handled their own overpaid enigma last season.

The San Francisco Giants left Barry Zito, the $126 million man, off the postseason roster and it proved to be a wise decision, as they turned to rookie Madison Bumgarner to fill his void and we all know how the rest of the story unfolded.

Not a terrible point. 

Even more from ESPN on the starting rotation dilemma. That's pretty much what we'll be hearing about from now on, so quickly get used to it. 

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