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July 26, 2006

Messin' with Texas Again
by SG

The Yankees beat Texas again last night, 7-4 in large part thanks to Bernie Williams's "platoon" partner Aaron Guiel. Moose got his 12th win, Scott Proctor pitched well again, and Mariano Rivera lowered his ERA back under 2 where it belongs.

I want to believe Proctor is legit, but I still feel like a moron for believing that Tanyon Sturtze was legit and that first month Proctor was legit. It's great to see him doing well, but I will remain skeptical, although zero walks since the All Star Break is extremely encouraging. Skepticism will make his inevitable dead arm or injury less painful.

Any other team would be going for the sweep today, but the Yankees will instead trot out the House Money lineup. House Money lineup plus Jaret Wright pitching sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Don't forget to vote in the new DFA survey. Bubba Crosby and Sidney Ponson are neck and neck.

Update: According to the New York Post the Yankees have picked up Sal Fasano (thanks to Mike K.)
Looking to upgrade their backup catching situation the Yankees acquired Sal Fasano from the Phillies last night for an undisclosed minor leaguer, The Post has learned.

Fasano had been designated for assignment by the Phillies last weekend and immediately caught the Yankees' attention because he was with them in spring training in 2004 and spent the season with Columbus (Triple-A).

Fasano, 34, is expected to replace Kelly Stinnett.

It's great that a career .225/.300/.404 hitter is an upgrade. Defensively, Fasano's been about -2 runs over average over his 366 innings, compared to Stinnett's -2 over 221 innings, so it's not going to be a very big defensive upgrade either, apparently. It can't hurt to get rid of Stinnett anyway.

Update part deux: Stinnett DFA'd, Hector Made sent to Philadelphia for Sal Fasano
ARLINGTON -- Looking to improve their backup catcher position, the Yankees acquired Sal Fasano from the Phillies on Wednesday morning.

New York sent Minor League infielder Hector Made to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

To make room for Fasano on their roster, the Yankees designated Kelly Stinnett for assignment.
Thanks to J for the link.