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Yankee News – August 24 edition

- Andy saved the Yanks hide Wednesday night, providing seven innings of one run ball to prevent the sweep. He’s been doing that his whole career. Joba pitched the eighth and struck out the side on 15 pitches (including a three pitch K of Vlad Guerrero). He hit 99 mph on the gun and hitters have yet to make contact with his slider – unreal.

- A 16-year-old Dominican shortstop named Edward Salcedo, represented by none other than Scott Boras, is expected to sign with the Yanks for $4.5 million (a record for an international free agent). I really have no idea if he’s worth it, but the scouting report is high on him, and I’d be fine with the deal as long as it’s not a major league deal.

- Mark Melancon, one of the Yanks top relief prospects, is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery throwing bullpen sessions down in Tampa. He has nasty stuff and could be a major factor in the Yanks pen next year, ala Joba Chamberlain (although not quite to that extent).

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