Three quick items to end the night:
- In 8 IP, Andy Pettitte was perfect for 6 2/3 of them until a Jerry Hairston Jr. error and a Nick Markakis single ultimately ended the fun. Andy was still stellar, though, striking out 8 and giving up 1 ER on 2 hits (0 BB). The Yankee offense, led by Nick Swisher, took care of the rest as the team won, 5-1. Andy hasn’t just been the best Yankee pitcher since the break, he’s been the best pitcher in the AL, period. Let’s hope the ride continues into September.
- Tyler Kepner informs us that Mike Dunn, who is already on the 40-man roster, will be one of Tuesday’s callups (EJ listed Dunn as a possibility last week). Dunn, a lefty, was originally an outfielder before the Yankees converted him to a starting pitcher in 2006. He was then transitioned into the ‘pen. As a starter, he usually threw in the 90-93 mph range, but, since making the move to the bullpen, Dunn has been able to top out in the 94-95 mph range. He features a fastball, a slider and a changeup and should be a force for the Yankees during his stint with the team (10.24 K/9 in Scranton in ’09).
- Brett Gardner could begin a rehab stint on Thursday. According to Bryan Hoch, it looks like Gardner will eventually return as Melky Cabrera’s backup and as a bench weapon (i.e., speed, defense), although that could always change if Melky has himself a terrible September.
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