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In a press release issued today, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have announced that four of their players, Shelly Duncan, Austin Jackson, Chris Stewart and John Rodriguez currently lead their respective positions in all-star votes.  At this time, Juan Miranda and pitcher Mark Melancon trail by only a few votes.

In AAA baseball, the fan’s votes count 33%.  The Media (33%) and managers (33%) make up the final voting percentages to choose all-star starters.

Melancon was on the Yankees staff earlier this season and did pitch well.  Jackson is in his first year at Triple-A and is doing well.  Duncan was a major leaguer for awhile and has a ton of potential, which unfortunately has been unrealized everytime he is on the Yankees squad.

I can’t speak about the other players – I don’t know much about them – but take 2 minutes and head to this website to vote Yankees!

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After being activated from the DL and then informing the team he still has pain in his elbow, Brian Bruney will be visiting the ever-popular and ever-important Dr. Andrews tomorrow. Tyler Kepner has this information:

But now Bruney is back on the disabled list, and he has an appointment Wednesday with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. It makes sense, because Bruney has already had an M.R.I. and an arthrogram, trying to find out why his elbow hurts. Nothing has turned up so far, but whatever is in there, Andrews will find it.

The Yanks feel Bruney wasn’t 100% honest with them, and Girardi made that clear yesterday after the game.

“I just think he wasn’t totally forthright in how he was feeling,” Girardi said. “We’ve had many talks with him over the last couple of weeks about how you have to tell us exactly what’s going on. It could be that by rushing himself back, he’s never given himself the amount of time he’s needed.”

The Yankees have some options what to do if Bruney is out for the long stretch. They could call Mark Melancon up, keep Dave Robertson, stick with who they have, or even possibly get Huston Street from the Rockies. Street is pitching well for the Rockies and is trade bait.

Its still early, but after two straight no-hit appearances in relief, pitcher Mark Melancon is a welcome addition to a struggling Yankee bullpen.

Since being called up to play the weekend series in Boston, Melancon as faced the powerful Boston lineup and a decent Detroit lineup, holding both hitless through three innings.  Melancon has allowed one walk and struck out two.

Considering the pitching issues of Damaso Marte, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Jonathan Albaladejo and the injury to Brian Bruney, Melancon might be the rock the Yankees need.

The Yankees were busy Saturday, moving three players to the Disabled List, while picking replacements for them in the 25-man roster.  Brian Bruney, Chien-Ming Wang were placed on the 15-day disabled list, while Cody Ransom was placed on the 60-day DL.

David Robertson was recalled and Mark Melancon had his contract purchased to fill in the slots left behind by the pitchers.  Angel Berroa was called up to replace Ransom on the roster and was given his first start Saturday against the Red Sox.

Bruney injured his right elbow somehow (can anyone shed light on this) and Wang is headed to the DL due to hip issues – which is just a way to get him off the rotation and away from allowing blowouts everytime he pitches.

So the Yankees lost for the fifth time in the last 6 games. they are now 2-5-1 during this spring training season.

With the Yankees missing 1/4 of their lineup due to the WBC, this gives the minor leaguers/lifers a chance to prove themselves.

The Yankees lost to the Braves, 3-2.

Ian Patrick Kennedy started the game for the Yankees and in three innings two earned runs on three hits and a walk. Dan Giese also pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three.

Andrew Brackman threw one perfect inning, and Mark Melancon also threw one scoreless and allowed just one hit.

The bulk of the Yankees’ offense came from Johnny Damon who went 1-for-2 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI, and Juan Miranda who went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

The only other Yankee to pick up hits were Xavier Nady who went 1-for-3 with a run, Angel Berroa who went 1-for-3, and pitcher Dan Giese who went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

The Yankees host Canada at 1:15 tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field. Joba Chamberlain gets the start.

PS: The box score of the game earlier today is here.

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