Daisuke, The Topsy-Turvy North, Yanks and Wings Teaming Up

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #109 (“Home” #57) vs. Pawtucket

7-30 Notes

The Yankees will face Daisuke Matsuzaka in the opening game of the two game series with Pawtucket on Monday night at Frontier Field in Rochester.  Matsuzaka is expected to throw 50 pitches or three innings in his Major League Rehab start with the Paw Sox.  Monday will be his seventh start and appearance of the season with Pawtucket.  Matsuzaka is 0-2 with a 3.90 ERA for the Paw Sox and will be making his first appearance with the team since June 5th vs. Indianapolis.  The start on the road will be his second for the Red Sox with the first coming on May 17th in a loss at Durham.  The rehab appearance for Matsuzaka is his second with Pawtucket, the first six were following Tommy John surgery.  This current start is due to neck stiffness (a right trapezius strain) which placed him on the DL on July 3rd, one day after his most recent start for Boston (July 2nd) at Oakland.  With Boston in 2012 “Dice-K” is 0-3 in five starts with a 6.55 ERA (17ER/23.0IP) with 8BB and 20K.

In the last 10 days of being on the road, covering nine games with a Saturday rainout, the Yankees went 6-3 and spent six days atop the IL North Division standings.  The top of the IL North has been a little bit turbulant for the team leading the division with the lead having changed hands six times over the last 10 days.  The Yankees were the first place team on July 21st-22nd, 24th, 26th-28th, with the Pawtucket filling the top spot on July 20th, 23rd, 25th and 29th.  The Yankees are currently leading the Wild Card standings in the IL by 2.0 games over both Columbus and Lehigh Valley.

Francisco Cervelli
and Ronnier Mustelier are back in the Yankees lineup for the opening game of the two game series with Pawtucket on Monday night.  Cervelli was taken out of the Yankees game at Charlotte on Friday night after getting hit in the head with a broken bat in the bottom of the first inning in the Yankees 6-4 win over the Knights.  Cervelli was able to walk off the field at Knights Stadium under his own power and was held out of Sunday’s loss at McCoy Stadium as a precationary measure to give him an additional day of rest.  Mustelier was activated off the SWB DL on Sunday prior to the 4-0 loss at Pawtucket but did not see action in the game.  He was placed on the DL on July 16th after injuring his thumb in a game on July 15th vs. Syracuse.

The SWB Yankees and Rochester Red Wings will have more in common than just sharing Frontier Field during the four game series upcoming August 6th – 9th.  The two teams will be teaming up to participate in HOPE Week (Helping Other Persevere and Excel) the initiative originally started by the New York Yankees in 2009.  The Minnesota Twins (the parent club of the Red Wings) have started their own HOPE Week based on the Yankees example and both Triple-A clubs will host events at Frontier Field on August 8th and 9th.  It will be a most unique event with two opposing teams combining forces in a charitable endavour during the day before competing on the field that same night.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

#5 Ryan Kalish* CF
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#26 Lars Anderson* – 1B
#34 Mauro Gomez – DH
#17 J.C. Linares – LF
#10 Andy LaRoche – 3B
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – RF
#3 Nate Spears – 2B
#18 Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP

#24 Chris Dickerson* – RF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#5 Darnell McDonald – CF
#25 John Maine – RHP

Umpires: HP – Kelvin Bultron, 1B Mark Lollo, 3B Sean Barber
Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly sunny with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

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