Game 45: The scene of the crime

AL East Roundup: 5/18 through 5/24
Game 45 Spillover Thread

On May 1, 2007, a 20-year-old Phil Hughes had it all working as the Yankees were in Arlington. Through 6.1 innings, he had not allowed a hit when his hamstring gave out. Hughes would be out until August, and the Yanks had a glimpse of what a Hughesian future could be.

Today, the Yanks and Hughes return to the scene of the crime. For the first time since his near-no-hitter, Hughes will take the mound in Texas, looking to finish what he started two years ago.

This year, Hughes has not pitched as badly as his 7.06 ERA indicates. While not dominant, Hughes has kept the Yankees in the game for four of his five starts. The other was a disastrous 1.2 inning, 8 earned run appearance in Baltimore. Outside of that one start, Hughes has thrown 20 innings with a 4.05 ERA. He’s averaging around one strike per inning and at 22, has been a fine fifth starter. He is coming off of a nine-strike out performance.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are heading to Texas a little short-handed. They used Jose Veras, Mariano Rivera and, painfully, Brett Tomko yesterday. Brian Bruney is seemingly unavailable again, and Phil Coke has been worked at a Scott Proctor-like pace recently. Chien-Ming Wang won’t be able to pitch until tomorrow, and Al Aceves may be limited as well. Angel Berroa, meanwhile, hasn’t had at-bat since May 4 and has appeared in just four games over the last three weeks. Roster construction has not been the Yanks’ forte this season.

But it is what it is. This is, after all, the same team that just went 8-2 on the homestand and is just one game behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Game time is 2:05 p.m., and the Yanks will be wearing the Fred Durst-inspired Memorial Day hats.

Jeter DH
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Swisher RF
Pena SS
Cash C

Hughes P

Update by Joe: Bruney’s going on the DL. Look for Robertson or Melancon tomorrow.

AL East Roundup: 5/18 through 5/24
Game 45 Spillover Thread
  • daneptizl

    Too bad we can’t have both Robertson and Melancon… with Tomko being sent down.

    • Tom Zig

      Correct me if I am wrong but Tomko cannot be sent down

      • daneptizl

        Is it part of the contract he signed or something?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I’m guessing he is out of options.

  • Accent Shallow

    It’d be nice to have Robertson/Melancon today. I wonder why they weren’t able to make a determination about Bruney in time to get one of them here?

  • DCR

    Who do I have to bang to get Kevin Cash off this team?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’ve been wondering the same thing for a while, but the truth is that he’s here to stay. When Posada is activated later this week, Cervelli will be optioned down and Cash will stick around until Molina comes back. That’s just the reality of the Yanks’ roster construction.

      • daneptizl

        I think Cervelli might stick around until Molina comes back, because wasn’t he the backup when Posada went down, anyways?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Yeah, but that’s because Cash wasn’t on the 40-man then. Now that he is, it makes more sense to send Cervelli down for regular work. Cash can just be released when Molina is ready.

          • radnom

            Depends in what role Posada comes back. If he is going to DH a lot/rest a lot, I would rather Cervelli take ~ 50% of the games behind the plate instead of Cash.

            But yeah, if Posada is jumping back in full time you definitely want Cervelli back in the minors.

  • Tank the Frank

    Why Kevin Cash continues to catch EOD is amazing to me.

  • Tank the Frank

    So, who IS available to pitch today?

    Tomko? It’s not like we care if we blow out his arm. Aceves should be able to go an inning.

    Guess we just have to hope Hughes goes 7. Eeehhhhh.

    • zs190

      Veras, Coke and Mo are all available for 1 inning today, possibly Aceves for 1 as well. I’m actually not sure about Tomko, who threw like 30 pitches in 2/3 of a bad inning. Bruney and Wang are not available.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Bruney is off the active roster. He’s most decidedly not available. I wouldn’t count on him for a bit.

        • zs190

          At least they are putting him on DL pretty fast, unlike keeping Marte on roster for a week when he’s not available to pitch. I hope he did not re-aggravate his injury by coming back and pitching that 1 inning.

    • radnom

      I’m free today.

      I’ll be waiting by the phone, in case they call.

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        Rowengartner, you’re going in.

        • radnom

          Great! But I gotta ask my mom first.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I don’t get the criticism of keeping Angel Berroa on the roster. Alex Rodriguez is obviously not ready to play the field every single game, so wouldn’t you want an extra utility infielder on the bench in order to pinch-hit Hideki Matsui for Ramiro Pena late in the game?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m not sure how you can say he “obviously” isn’t ready to play every day when he (a) hasn’t missed a game since coming back and (b) has played 14 games at third and just two as the DH. He seems ready to me.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        There’s the fact that both Rodriguez and Joe Girardi themselves have stated that the former is not 100% at this time, and the fact that he is visibly sluggish in the field.

        Also, looking at the 2007 season (not counting 2008 because he suffered the quad injury and missed 20 games), ARod played in 63 games before starting one game as the designated hitter. When ARod is fully healthy there is no question about him playing the field every day without fail. That is not the case now as just a week or so ago Girardi stated to the media that he has to ask ARod almost every day if he’s up to the task of playing the field or at all.

        All things considered, Berroa is necessary on the active roster until Girardi can pencil ARod’s name in at third base without hesitation.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          I still disagree. The Yanks have Ramiro Peña and are far more willing to use him at third. They need another bat more than they need Angel Berroa.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            No, I think you’re misunderstanding me. I know Pena is second on the depth chart, I’m saying that in a high-leverage situation, I want the option of a pinch-hitter to for Ramiro Pena and having an infielder on the bench to play third base instead of losing the DH spot and having ARod play third, or not being able to PH for Pena at all.

            • cult of basebaal

              Berroa’s hitting .167/.167/.167.

              I don’t think losing the DH spot is that big of a deal when the alternative is that you’re essentially filling it with a player that hits like a pitcher.

      • cult of basebaal

        and the reality is, as i said in the other thread, something happens to Arod playing 3rd one day, bring in Pena and make a move that night. If Pena’s playing 3rd while Arod DHs and something happens, move Arod to 3rd, you lose the DH for the rest of the game, but again, you make a move that night.

        essentially, the downside of losing Berroa is putting 1 game (theoretically) at risk, while the upside of bringing up an actual bat (say Rodriguez) is flexibility and the ability to patch over several of the current holes in the lineup …

    • cult of basebaal

      at this point, i’d rather pinch hit Pena for Matsui late in the game …

  • daneptizl

    They failed with bringing Wang to the bullpen and keeping him there.

    • radnom

      Certainly looks like it.
      It blows my mind that they would fuck around with Wang like that, not to mention just how much it weakens the bullpend.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Who comes up: D-Rob or M-Squared?

    • radnom

      My heart says M-Squared but my brain says D-Rob.

      • cjc

        we’re not that lucky my heart tells me Cashman goes with Albie and I just cried a little

        • radnom

          Link?

          That would suck.

          • cjc

            sorry but there just isn’t a link to my heart

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    May 1, 2007 is an interesting date for contrafactual history. Where would Phil be today if not for the hamstring injury? Had he pitched well for the rest of 2007? Would that have made him a better pitcher in 2008? Would the Yankees not have signed Pettitte or Burnett this offseason?

    Not sure, if the rib injury in 2008 was a result of altered mechanics or the other way round and how this play into this.

    I doubt we have seen the the Phil Hughes of May 1, 2007 again after the hamstring injury with the Detroit start the closest.

    • Jake

      A Kayian fallacy of the predetermined outcome I’m afraid.

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Yes, but he’s pretty slow and with somewhat diminished range/agility. I think keeping Berroa around until those elements of A-Rod’s game improve isn’t a terrible idea, although you can make the case that a 13th reliever is now necessary.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Reply button fail ;)

    • radnom

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooob

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    How can anyone watch ESPN anymore? I usually try to put up with it, but it’s getting ridiculous.

    The games in April and May don’t mean the same as the games at the end of the year? Ya. Ok. Tell that to the fucking Win/Loss Column.

    The Rays didn’t know if they are going to keep Price as a starter or put him in the bullpen? Really? I’m pretty sure they know where they are putting him.

    God damn it ESPN. Stop making shit up.

    • cjc

      it doesn’t help that they hire the handicapped just look at skip bailess(sp) he is retarded

  • Accent Shallow

    Any messing with the Yankees’ uniform is awful.

    DFA whoever came up with this idea.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I actually like the umpires’ version.

      • Accent Shallow

        Despite what fans of other teams would have you believe, umpires do not play for the Yankees.

    • Jake

      You’re right the Yankee’s looks are far more important than showing solidarity for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. /Sarcasm off

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Go New York Limp Bizkits Yankees!

  • manimal

    Red Yankee Hat= Epic Fail

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I don’t like the red hats.

    • teix is the man

      eh, at least its a good cause

    • cjc

      awful they should stick up their yeah sticking up their yeah

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I love watching Sir Phillip of Hughes pitch. Look forward to every start, and do so with great anticipation. I plan on following him every step of the way on his path to being a stalwart of this franchise for many years to come.

    It’s real easy to jump on the bandwagon once he figures it out, but I intend to support him every step of the way.

    • Accent Shallow

      I am filled with apprehension whenever he pitches for similar reasons.

      • Zack

        I do too, only because I know if he has 1 bad game everyone flips out and says to send him to the minors/bullpen

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          If you saw yesterday’s “Joe Giarardi Show” he’s not going anywhere.

  • Accent Shallow

    Matt Harrison is not very good, although he does have two record CG SHOs.

    • cjc

      woot woot

  • zs190

    You know, it hasn’t been talked about a lot, but the Captain is quietly having a pretty good month.

    • Accent Shallow

      Jeter really is underappreciated among us, I feel. When he does well, it’s expected, and when he does poorly, there’s a lot of bitching.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Tex fields that ball cleanly.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, I chuckled watching Chris Davis scurry to the ball on all fours.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Couldn’t do that yesterday, asshole? ;)

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Tex!

  • radnom

    Good start good start.

  • Accent Shallow

    Am surprised that didn’t score Damon. So it goes.

    • Dave

      Bet it has something to do with the fact that Damon has been thrown out twice at the plate recently.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Nope. It has everything to do with outs. With no outs, you hold the runner. With two outs, you send the runner. That’s how it works.

        • radnom

          Bingo. Chances are much better that he will score some other way than that he will beat it out.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Damn, we have a LOT of Former Texas Rangers on our team.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What, two? Three if you count Veras?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        That’s two too many if you ask me.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Way to go, Alex!!

  • Accent Shallow

    A-Rod doing his best to be unclutch, ha.

    Chris Davis is having a rough game so far, isn’t he? Certainly looked like he managed to stay on the bag.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Wow, great play Kinsler.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nothing you can do about that, huh? I thought Kinsler was supposed to be a lousy fielder?

    Also, Robbie almost got punched in the face by the ump.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I saw that. I would not be too happy with the ump if I were Robbie.

    • cjc

      this year he has shown up and been awesome channeling Vizquel or something

  • cjc

    arg rally killer lets go melky

    Harrison is fooling no one

  • Accent Shallow

    If Hughes pitches well today, think the Yankees will let him wear a red hat in future starts?

  • teix is the man

    Phranchise Time!

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Good God the Yankees look awful in red hats.

    • Accent Shallow

      Seriously, this is terrible. I thought the flag NY was bad enough. No reason whatso ever to changed the uniform.

      • Zack

        anything to make a few extra bucks right MLB? it’s like when the Jets wear those black/gold uniforms

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Actually, the proceeds from the sales of these hats go to the Welcome Back Veterans fund. It’s for a really good cause.

          • Zack

            Alright good cause, but they didnt need to go and change the whole thing, last year’s hat was ugly but better then all red.

            • SF Yanks

              It’s only one day. I have a hard time getting worked up over it especially since it goes to a good cause.

  • zs190

    Watching the game on Gameday, was that really a slider? I thought Phil scrapped the pitch.

    • Accent Shallow

      Gameday will occasionally classify the cutter as a slider. I’ve even seen it called a curve.

    • daneptizl

      Probably cutter.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Matt Harrison: that’s how you cover first.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hughes now has 7 1/3 consecutive hitless innings in Texas. Still, 2/3 balls were semi-solid contact.

  • teix is the man

    0 strikeouts? BUST

  • Accent Shallow

    Odds on Harrison going 1-2-3 this inning: very high.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Damn, Phil Hughes is pumping that cutter up to 91 MPH.

  • cjc

    holy shit did the world just stop turning is this a sign of the apocolypse Cash with a clean single next comes locusts

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    How long before Ranger pitchers start dropping like flies? I mean, that mentality Singleton just described can’t last all season with that heat.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d settle for them resuming the beatdown of Harrison in the 3rd.

  • mikr tty

    Swisher has not had a multi-hit game in almost a month. Just throwing it out there.

    • Zack

      i’ll settle for just a single hit game

    • Accent Shallow

      Ice cold. Hopefully he can heat up soon.

  • Accent Shallow

    No hitter done.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow Swisher really couldnt cut that off????

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Dammit, Swish. You’ve gotta take a better route to that. If he gets around that ball instead of running right at it, it’s a single.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Fuckin’ a. Battle back, Phil.

  • Accent Shallow

    Pretty sure this is not how you want to start an inning.

  • Chris K.

    I love when Singleton does the “LOOK OUT!” call.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I don’t know about you guys, but I love having ads that stretch more than half of the screen’s length go across the bottom.

  • Accent Shallow

    Just don’t give him a cookie, please.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Who sends the RAB tweets?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      All three of us.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nice pitch for the K. Just needs a grounder now.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    GREAT location on that strikeout pitch.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice K there. Ump really Enrico Palazzo’d that.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’d like to see him drop the change low and away here on 2-0.

    • daneptizl

      LOL at the change. I wish…

  • Accent Shallow

    Strikes, plz.

  • radnom

    For anyone watching on mlb.tv, who else like the Rangers announcers?

    Refreshing after a long homestand of Kay.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      On YES, we’re taking the good (Singleton) with the bad (Flaherty).

      • Accent Shallow

        Flaherty brings nothing to the table, except for analysis of catcher defense and banjo hitters.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Tell me about it.

          He tops that off with his sparkling personality.

  • daneptizl

    Damnit Cash… wtf..

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    NIIIICE curve, Phil.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Another nice K by Hughes. Cash wouldn’t have been able to throw anyone out on the breaking ball anyway.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nice here’s the big spot. He’s done well, but the inning isn’t over yet. Gotta bear down.

  • Will (the other one)

    DAMN, that’s a hammer. Nice work by Philly there.

  • Accent Shallow

    Cash’s one selling point is supposed to be his defense, but he really hasn’t impressed me much with it.

    • daneptizl

      Is he supposed to be good defensively?

    • Zack

      he’s a 4th string catcher, he doesnt have any selling points

  • BigBlueAL

    Helluva last name. Teagarden.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      JB Cox’s catcher at Texas.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Could be worse. Could be ‘Teabagger’.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    HUGHES!! Nice!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Phantastic inning from the Phranchise.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nice rebound. Awesome. Whatever Eiland said, say it again.

    • Accent Shallow

      “Listen dickface, strike out the side or we’re optioning you to Charleston,” maybe?

      • radnom

        hahaha

      • Some call me…tim

        IETC!

  • daneptizl

    That curve went to another universe and then came back in the dirt…

  • Nick L

    that’s a big league pitcher right there fellas

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The Phranchise says no to runs allowed.

  • Dave

    So, I don’t know if it has been brought up before, but what is the rationale for not letting Cervelli catch everyday?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Because he’s a catcher and they can’t catch every day.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        And if he did catch every day, he’s get exposed real fast.

        • Zack

          And then get hurt and we have to see Cash everyday

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Day game after a night game while flying halfway across the country in between, no way he would catching today.

      • Dave

        Alright cool, I sorta thought that may be the treatment reserved for older catchers (Jorge). Didn’t realize it was common practice for catchers of all ages.

  • daneptizl

    I think Cash is working as Hughes’ catcher for now since they started AAA together, I think.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well the Sox are losing 1-0 and Jays tied with the O’s at 1.
    If they both lose and if we win we’ll be tied for 1st I think.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    A fist pump? Bush!!!

    • Nick L

      gotta love it

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Bush league from Hughes and Eiland.

  • Quikksand

    Guys, this is great composure by Hughes!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      We are watching him grow up right before our eyes, and against a terrific hitting team.

  • Accent Shallow

    Not bad, Johnny.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Aaaaaand Damon almost slides off the base, haha.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Tex, hit another broken bat homer (I still can’t believe he did that).

    • cult of basebaal

      it’s rare, but not unprecedented.

      hell, people have hit check swing broken bat homeruns before …

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Harrison vs Tex, and the cycle is complete.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I hope all the Yankees start fist pumping.

    • Dave

      Heh that fist pump was just a weeee one.

  • TJ

    Hughes has his chance to turn it around and maybe stay in the rotation. He seems to be an in-between type pitcher (between AAA and the majors). If the team can score 5-7 runs for him, he may be able to get some wins, gather some confidence, and fianlly make the transition. He could be a very solid fifth starter. Wang as a long reliver is a great luxury, but he was supposed to be a front end starter.

    First in May means nothing. best to hang around, assess needs and make some additions to the bullpen from AAA and within.

    • daneptizl

      I lol’d.

  • Quikksand

    walk for Tex, go Yankees.

  • daneptizl

    Choke they necks.

  • TJ

    Really, we need to stock the pen or add another starter.

    Or just bash everyone to death like we’re doing today.

  • Quikksand

    3-0 Yankees! A-rod with an RBI Double!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Shut ’em up, Alex.

  • Accent Shallow

    Somehow I don’t think Harrison is going 9 innings today.

  • Accent Shallow

    Not bad, Robbie.

  • TJ

    Who needs the bullpen, just bash

  • Quikksand

    And that’s an RBI TRIPLE!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Great swing by Robbie.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Harrison isn’t fooling anyone.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees ripping liners down the 3rd-base line this game.

  • Dave

    Yikes Marlon Byrd…

  • TJ

    Byrad ran after the ball like he was in little league

  • radnom

    Most important thing with all the runs being scored…Hughes needs to pound the zone and swallow some innings to pick up the pen.

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed. Don’t give them cookies, but no reason to nibble and be too fine.

      (Which he hasn’t been doing so far, so kudos to him)

  • TJ

    Byrd is top heavy, a bit suggestive of juice of some sort

    • Dave

      Apple.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Come on, Swish. Just get him in.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I’ll take it.

  • Ivan

    I know im late but, have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

  • BigBlueAL

    Lucky there but we’ll take it!

  • cjc

    I’ll take it

  • Accent Shallow

    Swisher really has nothing, huh? Yikes. At least Andrus’ bobble got the run in.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Elvis Andrus: Not Michael Young. ;)

  • TJ

    Peavy is such a chick, glad the Yanks didn’t touch him. he’d rather play for a team that wants to be rid of him than win. Scared of the AL too. Who knows, maybe he has a squeeze in SD.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      He’s a “chick”? Really? What an asshole he is for choosing to stay in a comfortable setting. Yes, how dear this prick choose the comfort level of his life over something like winning a bunch of God damn baseball games!!1! What a female!1!!1!

    • zs190

      It’s not like the White Sox is a sure bet to win, the Padres are doing better than them. I think he wants out but wants to make sure it’s a winning team, can’t fault him for that.

    • cult of basebaal

      A squeeze?

      He’s got a wife and 3 sons under the age of 8.

      Think that *might* have something to do with his reluctance to move 1/2 way across the country???

      /fiery oaktag’d

    • radnom

      Yeah, because he would definitely win in Chicago……

      more like winD….am I right??

  • Quikksand

    Damn pena, why did you have to ruin the fun :(

  • Dave

    Rather see Harrison stay in or Kris Benson come in?

  • Accent Shallow

    You know you’re a lousy pitcher when Pena takes you to the track.

  • TJ

    Xavier Nady is scheduled to return in a couple weeks, will he play the field with that arm issue or just hit?

    • daneptizl

      Hit.

      • TJ

        I would think so, and does that make Matsui trade bait or does he have no worth?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah I think he’ll just DH for his first few games.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    OK, just got back from painting my patio. Did I miss anything?

    • Dave

      6 runs scored, NO HRs. I’m actually kinda glad about that.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I was kidding. Watching as I paint.

  • Quikksand

    CC and A.J. would love this kind of run support.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      CC and A.J. Every pitcher would love this kind of run support.

      Fized that for ya.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They don’t need it as much as Hughes.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      A.J. Burnett gets 5.94 runs of support per game. He’s getting this kind of support.

  • TJ

    This team with Nady and Posada, potent to say the least. if health issues resolve then the AL East should be a walk in the second half.

    The pen is concerning.

    • Accent Shallow

      Bullpen is a concern at the moment, but the next couple series will determine if the solutions are internal or if a trade is necessary.

  • BigBlueAL

    Look at Arod with the web gem.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Nice play, A-Rod.

  • Mark

    Im only following on gameday. His curve seems to be more effective now. Is that really the case for those who can watch?

    • daneptizl

      He’s doing better at keeping it down.

  • teix is the man

    Hughes looking like Halladay

    • Accent Shallow

      Ornery with awful facial hair?

  • TJ

    Stooping the game is ridiculous when we have a war that makes no sense in Iraq. How about just bringing them home instead of stopping baseball for a few seconds.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Well, Memorial Day is for the war dead.

      • TJ

        Too many died that did not have to. Let the politicians send their own kids.

    • Dave

      I don’t know if Major League Baseball has that power.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The Player’s Union does. It can do anything.

      • TJ

        Obviously, but they do have the power to make a real statement. Why not add that the war makes no sense and that kids could die today for corporations and greed. They would never do that because they are part of the elite themselves (the owners).

  • Accent Shallow

    7 pitch inning for Hughes. I’m unsure if we’ve seen something so efficient from him yet this year.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Hughes is smiling!!! No fun, win first!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Jorge needs to teach a lesson to the kid.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      How DARE he! Somebody throw a pie in his face!

  • BigBlueAL

    Maybe there is something to having Cash catch Hughes.

  • Quikksand

    Forget the offense, how about the awesome pitching performance by Phil Hughes!

  • TJ

    We’re watching baseball in freedom? Really. While corporations gobble up money and cut jobs?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Alright, I may agree with you, but can we please leave politics the fuck out of the game? RAB is not the place for a political discussion.

      • TJ

        fair enough

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Agreed. I come here to watch and talk about the Yankees, not about politics or the economy unless of course it is Yankee related.

        • TJ

          I won’t go into the economics of baseball, really would ruin it. i throw that aside with the Yanks, if they win I could care less how.

    • Bob Stone

      Jeez TJ – Just enjoy the frigging game – This is a baseball site not a political debating site!

      • TJ

        Agreed, I teach social and political theory, not east to turn off, enjoy the game boys.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I took an intro to political theory class a few semesters ago. I think i got a B.

  • teix is the man

    boston’s winning. dammit!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s Brad Penny pitching. The Twins will hopefully score more.

      • Dave

        I dunno, i heard on TV a couple months ago that Brad Penny was the smartest, grittiest, free agent gamble of all time.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh yeah that’s right. He adds great depth to the Red Sox. He has grit and grit >>>>> talent according to ESPN.
          He’ll probably pitch the rest of the game perfectly.

  • BigBlueAL

    I think I know the answer.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Is the answer Juan “Gone”?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I think it might be Pudge in ’99.

      /runs to B-R.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Yup, Gonzalez won it the year before I-Rod.

    • BigBlueAL

      The question I believe was 1st ever AL MVP for Texas so I think the answer is Jeff Burroughs, father of Sean Burroughs.

      • Accent Shallow

        I had never heard of him until now. Huh.

      • BigBlueAL

        Im the man!!!

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I thought it was who was the last to win it before A-Rod.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Why is there a guy in a Red Sox hat? I always think that’s stupid.

    • Bob Stone

      Why? If he’s a Red Sox fan, he should wear his team’s colors wherever he wants.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Agreed, wearing a Red Sox hat is always stupid.

      • Bob Stone

        You are being as parochial as LiveFromNewYork!

        • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

          I was joking though.

          • Bob Stone

            Whew!!Glad to hear that!!

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Nolan Ryan would stare into the opposing dugout, as if to say “I’m going to walk so many of you motherfuckers that your head will spin”

  • TJ

    OK back to the game, 6-0 should hold. looking at the SOX I would say we blow them out and win the east by about 10 games. Really. This may be the best team we’ve had since ’98.

    • Bob Stone

      From your lips to God’s ears – Still the operative words in your statement are “may be”. I hope you’re right. The team needs to be healthy for it to happen though.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I really can’t wait for Nady, Jorge and Molina to come back. That would be a tremendous boost.
      Then there’s the bullpen issue but hopefully Bruney comes back healthy for the year. Robertson/Melancon should hopefully do the job and maybe Marte could do something when he comes back.
      but one more dependable reliever wouldn’t hurt for exchange of Veras.

  • Accent Shallow

    That wasn’t an awful pitch.

  • Accent Shallow

    Looked like he did manage to check. But you have to offer at the next pitch, ha ha.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Sit down, Hank!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Hank Blalock’s bat paying respects on Memorial Day with that moment of silence.

    • Accent Shallow

      +1

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      IETCVM.

  • Dave

    Phil Hughes says “get back in the pen Wang”

  • Accent Shallow

    A ten pitch inning with a leadoff double and a full count strikeout. I like it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Check out this Phil Hughes character. Who does he think he is pitching around lead off doubles and striking guys out and shit? Leave that to the vets.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    47 pitches through 4. He’s cruising.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    4.0 IP 47 pitches 31 strikes

    Very nice

  • BigBlueAL

    Hughes’ curve is nasty today. If he keeps this up CMW will be the long-man for a long time.

  • Bob Stone

    Wow – Phil Hughes has 4IP, 2H, OER and 4K on only 47 pitches! And Texas is not a bad hitting team.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And in other news Chris Carpenter is perfect in 5. I hope he gets a no hitter or something since he’s on my fantasy team <_<

  • Accent Shallow

    YES just cut to Sox/Twins. When does Jason Bay come back to Earth? Or is this a new baseline for him?

  • Nick L

    i don’t think there is anything better than seeing Hughes pitch like this.

  • Dave

    RedSox without Jason bay = 4th place in AL east?

  • Tom Zig

    Did Teix raise his batting average like 70 points this week?

    • handtius

      yes

  • Accent Shallow

    How many more runs before A-Rod starts tipping pitches?

    • handtius

      He started last inning.

  • Ivan

    I thought Pitchers like Hughes are suppose to be Busts.

  • BigBlueAL

    Arod 3 for 3 with no HR’s???? Wack!!!! LOL

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      They’re paying him to hit homers, not singles. What an asshole.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    BABIP correction, meet Alex Rodriguez.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Yo, Gallardo and Carpenter are throwing matching no-no’s.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And there goes Gallardo’s, just as I type it.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        More like Mike Kay, am I right?

      • Accent Shallow

        Clearly, you have to use euphemism in this situation. “Gallardo and Carpenter are both pitching really well.” Have you been hanging out with Michael Kay?

        ;)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Eh, I really don’t worry too much about jinxes when it comes to other teams.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yep following that game since I picked up Carpenter.
      But Gallardo gave up a walk to Pujols so he can’t get the perfect game.

    • BigBlueAL

      Thankfully someone had cut Carpenter when he got hurt in my fantasy league and I picked him up a week before he was due back. So far since returning 10 scoreless innings.

  • teix is the man

    If only we can beat the shit outta lester like we are with Harrison- I know they are 2 completely different pitchers, but hard-throwing lefties nonetheless.

    • zs190

      Harrison is 88-91, that’s not a hard throwing lefty…

      Jon Lester is 93-96

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Eh, you can smile about it when you’re up 6-0 Melk.

  • BigBlueAL

    Melky on his way to catching Joe D’s hitting streak!! The CF tradition continues….

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    More laughing? Jorge is furious.

  • handtius

    RAB, What do the Yankees do with the Wang/Hughes problem? If Hughes continue to pitch like this and Wang is stuck in Bullpen limbo, what the Hell do you do. I really think they screwed the pooch calling up Wang.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Wait until Wang comes back into form and let Hughes take the 5th spot. When Wang is completely ready, send Hughes down to AAA.

      • handtius

        That sounds like the right path, but how do you straighten out Wang in the bullpen? He’s not going to get the work he needs out there. Nother DL stint?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What problem? Hughes is pitching well so he stays in the rotation. Wang isn’t so he stays in the bullpen. Where’s the problem?

      • handtius

        Really, that simple? Wang has earned his place in the rotation with his past performances. He’s stuck in a place where he can’t really get his form back. You just waste a 2 time 19 game winner in the bullpen, when he won’t really help the team?

        • Accent Shallow

          They’re not going to leave Wang to rot in the ‘pen. He’s either going to get some work in a blowout at some point, or he’ll go back on the DL.

          (Or he’ll be shoehorned into the short relief role and kill everyone, and we’ll have a problem in ST 2010)

  • teix is the man

    cano looked retarded in that picture

  • Dave

    2 out RBI would be nice here for swish

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Nice rip, Swish!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Even Swish is getting in on the fun.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      The way Swish is going, I thought it was gonna stay up long enough for Byrd to catch it. I think I would’ve cried.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wishes for this series:

    -Cano to walk at least once, regardless of his hitting
    -Swisher to heat back up
    -Starters to pitch well, and most importantly, not get hurt

    2 and 3 are in progress, 1 is on hold.

  • Dave

    Make sure to get Matsui some serious Abs this trip, Texas is the tonic for all your hitting woes.

  • Trapped In El Duque’s Glove

    Looking at Hughes pitching today I wonder if he sometimes over thinks things on the mound? When he’s facing a more patient lineup than the Rangers does he try too hard to make the perfect pitch at the perfect time instead of trusting his stuff?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Pretty much.

    • Tank the Frank

      Good point. Common for a young pitcher IMO.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I have always felt its all about confidence with Phil. From Day 1, back in 2006.

  • BigBlueAL

    Pena with no pop.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Pena’s getting closer and closer with each swing. Next time, it’s going out.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s hit 3 homers is 1,424 minor league plate appearances.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Don’t pop my (non-existent, never to be) bubble.

  • Accent Shallow

    Peña taking Harrison to the track twice? Man. Who does he have to face to get his first big league jack?

  • teix is the man

    Texas Rangers-Property of Phil Hughes

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Ah damn, 0-2 hits suck.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jonathan Papelbon is the epitome of a “little bitch”: http://tinyurl.com/p2swa3

    • Dave

      He is not hard to dislike.

    • Tank the Frank

      “I guess he missed with two pitches.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I thought that it was pretty classy for him.

    • handtius

      That’s great…take that towel!

  • Accent Shallow

    Now that wasn’t a great pitch. Backed up a bit.

  • Tank the Frank

    Have you seen this pitch?

    Wanted – Phil Hughes’ changeup. If you or anyone you know has seen this pitch, please call 1-800-getmeover.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
      • Tank the Frank

        Hey, that was my best effort.

    • Accent Shallow

      Ha ha.

      Still, the way he’s pitching today, he doesn’t really need it. Today has been practically all fastball-curve.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      I called that number to say that he’s throwing 5 shit out innings against one of the best offenses in baseball but it didn’t work, there are to many digits.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I love how blog commeneters swear they are experts on the intricacies of pitching in Major League Baseball. Hey, guess what, if he’s not comfortable with the God damn pitch, why would you advocate him using it so much? He’ll use it if he needs to, relax.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    The Phil Hughes ball-spinning in his hand before he throws the pitch.

    Love it or hate it?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’ll go first, I love it. Its like “How would you like me to get you out?”

    • Nick L

      i was looking at that to, i think its cool

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Sit yo’ ass down, Ian.

  • Accent Shallow

    Swinging strikes on fastballs are so awesome.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Ian Kinsler’s pride just got hurt.

  • Dave

    Phil Hughes <3 Texas.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Phil Hughes messes with Texas.

  • Ivan

    He smoked Kinsler there.