Game 60: The start of a long West Coast trip

2013 Draft: Day One Liveblog
Yankees take Eric Jagielo with 26th overall pick
(Photo via flickr user henry alva)

The Yanks’ next ten games remind me a bit of my childhood. Before the unbalanced schedule sent the Yanks on multiple West Coast trips with ridiculous Mariners/Royals back-to-back sets, these swings through Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim used to be the norm, and I hated them. I couldn’t stay up to watch much, if any, of these 10 p.m. games, and I wouldn’t find out the winner until the morning. But the Yanks can’t play out a season avoiding the AL West, and well, here we are.

The series against the Mariners kicks off with my least favorite Yankee hurler on the mound. I used to love Phil Hughes, but I’ve grown tired of watching him. His good starts outnumber his bad starts this year, but his stuff hasn’t developed as we all hoped. He gives up predictable home runs, and I’m still expecting his change-up to become a viable pitch any day now. That said, he’s facing Aaron Harang. Here’s to offense.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C

Phil Hughes P

First pitch is at 10:10 p.m. Eastern, and the game can be seen on YES where Kenny Singleton and Bob Lorenz will usher you through the evening.

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2013 Draft: Day One Liveblog
Yankees take Eric Jagielo with 26th overall pick
  • trr

    So who’s ready for a little late night baseball?

    • CS Yankee

      I’m am, however it isn’t too bad when you live in Colorado.:-)

    • Wheels

      Me!

    • Havok9120

      I, one of the resident insomniacs, certainly am.

      FOR PRUSSIA!

    • forensic

      Works fine for those of us out west. :-)

      • forensic

        The only bad thing is when they go to the California cities and I’m stuck with their announcers because of MLB’s terrible blackout rules.

        • Havok9120

          Ew.

          Very much ew.

        • WhittakerWalt

          The Angels have the worst broadcast team in baseball. Even worse than Chicago.

          • forensic

            Yes, and the others aren’t that good either.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I can’t even remember the last time Kay bothered to make the trip to Seattle.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Kay will be on the 2nd WC trip (Dodgers/Padres,etc)

  • Kramerica Industries

    By the way, MLB.tv has been absolutely terrible tonight. All fellow subscribers have been forewarned.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Didn’t we just have Phil Hughes night? I really wasn’t looking forward to another one so soon.

    I guess if he’s going to succeed anywhere, its in this ballpark though.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    I used to love the west coast games when I worked nights. Now…not so much.

  • forensic

    I agree with you on Hughes. Kind of looking forward to the end of the season when he finally leaves via free agency (still would’ve liked to see a trade involving him have gone down earlier in his career, but oh well).

    • Havok9120

      “I agree with you on Hughes.”

      Gee, really? :D

      • forensic

        :-)

  • McLovin

    Aaron Harang has really shit the bed this year.

  • Havok9120

    That was a nice pitch on the K to Hafner. Very nice.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeez, Pronk. I’m all for showing patience, but you just took three average fastballs right over the plate.

  • Kevin

    Hughes pitches up in the zone & although he has had some great games he will never be able to win consistently with this style. I actually like him as a person but as a pitcher he just doesn’t have the velocity to pitch the way he does. We can only hope that we get the good Hughes tonite. I can’t see how the Yankees can keep him after this year & he may be traded by the deadline this yr.

  • Petebest

    Anyone hear the yankee fans in Seattle doin the roll call? The microphones on yes are picking it up

  • Wheels

    That was scary.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hughes is throwing more offspeed stuff than usual. Sure beats the 0-2 cookies he usually serves up.

  • Mike M

    Conversely, as I got older I loved the West Coast games.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice H&R

  • Eddard

    Genius hit and run. Now drive them home.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice hit and run.

  • Eddard

    HE’S BACK! ROBBIE CANO!!!!!!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    That’s the Robbie we all know and love.

  • SDB

    Hopefully that’ll break Cano out of that slump.

  • The Real Greg

    ARE MY EYES DECIEVING ME?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Robbie!!
    More of that now,please.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice to have you back, Robbie

  • Rolling Doughnut

    ROBBIE

  • forensic

    Who is that man that stole Cano’s jersey tonight? :-)

    Nice Cano! Good to see you show up tonight.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Cano, y’know?

  • Havok9120

    Dammit Cano. We were rallying.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Back to back, and ah belly to belly!

  • SDB

    TEX!

  • forensic

    TEX!!!

    Back to back, and a belly to belly…

  • Eddard

    BACK TO BACK BELLY TO BELLY!!!!!!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    TOO….MANY………

  • The Real Greg

    LOL at Lorenz.

    Here’s Hafner, I mean Teixeira,…It’s gone

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      The John Sterling school of broadcasting.

      • SDB

        That would be “It is HIGH! It is FAR! It is… hit straight to second base and there’s the double play.”

    • Havok9120

      This is wonderful.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Back to back.
    Glad it only took until the third for them to realize Aaron Harang was pitching.

  • Wheels

    Holy mackerel!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Mike would call that a Safeco cheapie…….

  • Havok9120

    See, Tex knows how to do it. No breaking up the rally from him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow how did that fall in for a hit?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Holy lack of OF range.

  • Havok9120

    Jeez. ‘Dat defense.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I like this inning

  • Eddard

    Aaron Harang is a sitting duck out there.

  • forensic

    Sterling: “And they are banging Harang… around.”

    Just barely caught himself and added the around late.

  • Havok9120

    So. This seems to be going well.

    I lay it all at the feet of the return of the Prussia references.

  • Wheels

    Time to break out of your slump Vernon.

  • Havok9120

    Again I say: ‘Dat defense.

  • Winter

    BABIP gods making up for that inning against CC yesterday.

  • forensic

    What are those weird numbers in the H and RBI columns next to Vernon Wells’ name? Must be typos…

  • The Real Greg

    Poor Austin Romine.

  • Eddard

    When Wells and Ichiro are getting hits it’s time to bring in a reliever.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice crooked number. pile.it.on.

  • forensic

    Well, this inning has gone swimmingly.

    Now just need Hughes to put them down somewhat quietly the rest of the night and start off the trip with a nice, easy win.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    This lead is Hughes-proof. Time to mess with their pen some more.

    • forensic

      It should be, but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s blown big leads. But again, against this lineup in this park he should be able to be ok.

  • Leg-End

    Harang was throwing BP in that inning, I would have fancied my chances.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’s a very high strike.

  • Anderson Silva

    it’s so nice to come home to a 6 run lead

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes it is. How’d it happen though?

      • The Real Greg

        Cano 3 run homer
        Tex solo homer
        Wells RBI single
        Ichiro RBI single

        • Dalek Jeter

          That’s too many homers.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Also, I don’t see Jayson Nix’s name there. What did he do, because every game he does something to win the game. Because he’s a baseball player after all.

            • The Real Greg

              He led off the inning with a single. And scored.

              • Dalek Jeter

                …god damnit.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                  He also made the only non-Romine out of the inning, if that makes you feel better.

      • forensic

        Six Yankees made their way around the bases and stepped on home plate while no Mariners have yet…

  • McLovin

    Romine has no luck at all.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    6 run lead in Safeco, Mariners lineup, Phil may just get a W

  • WhittakerWalt

    The Yankees were haranguing Aaron with those base hits!

    • forensic

      John Sterling made a similar joke with him name before.

      You should be ashamed of yourself…

      • forensic

        *his, not him…

      • WhittakerWalt

        The one night I’m not listening to Sterling and he’s still inside my head! I just wrote it because it sounded like the kind of lame pun he’d make. And I was right.

    • Havok9120

      Buh dum pissshhhhhhh

  • forensic

    Hope Beaven didn’t bother unpacking when he arrived today. This is the kind of game that he could find himself on his way right back to Tacoma afterwards.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Meh. He sliced up Cano and Teix pretty good.

      • forensic

        That doesn’t change the situation. Whether he pitches well or not doesn’t change that he’ll likely be pitching for a long time and useless for 2-4 days after it.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          yeah I know lighten up dude it was a joke

          • forensic

            I am lightened up. No biggie, thought you were serious. Sorry.

            • Havok9120

              How dare you??

            • Rolling Doughnut

              No worries, you Prussians are some scary people…

              • Havok9120

                Hehehe

  • WhittakerWalt

    Aaron Harang looks like Giovanni Ribisi crossed with Paul Giamatti.

  • Dalek Jeter

    It’s “facebook official” my longest-had friend is engaged. (middle of a blowout game, not much to talk about.)

  • The Real Greg

    Spurs win Game 1

    • forensic

      Sweet!

      As a tear drips down RT’s cheek…

      • Dalek Jeter

        Ha, the Fishman is on vacation, as much as he loves his Heat I doubt he cares.

    • Wheels

      Damnit Boone.

  • forensic

    So, I just took over someone else’s keeper league team, getting back into fantasy baseball for the first time in forever.

    I just had two trades offered to me. One I get Kelly Johnson and give up James Loney. The other I get Johnson and Dan Strailly and give up Loney and Alex Cobb.

    Turning down the one with Cobb seems like pretty much a no-brainer but I’m not sure on the other one.

    My two 2B’s currently are Zobrist and Everth Cabrera (who are also my only SS’s, along with Jimmy Rollins). I have several 1B, most notably Votto, Dunn, and Berkman (along with Lind and Ike Davis for now).

    Seems like I’d be pretty well dealing from a position of strength for a possible, but not definite, upgrade at 2B.

    Anyone with thoughts?

    • SDB

      Loney’s had a good first third of the season, but I’d say sell high right now (before he regresses) and get Johnson in that first trade.

      Cobb’s awesome. Don’t give him up. I’m regretting not starting him in my lineup this week – was worried the Tigers would tear him apart, so kept him benched while he went 7.2 IP for no runs.

      • forensic

        Yeah, that was my thought too as Loney’s numbers have already started dropping, though Johnson’s will likely drop a little too (but hopefully he’ll at least keep hitting righties a bit).

    • Dalek Jeter

      I agree with SBD. Depending on the rest of your roster, you definitely have 2 out of the 3 of Votto, Dunn, and Berkman at 1st and a Util position, plus Loney has been coming back to earth a bit of late.

      • forensic

        Yeah, there’s actually also a CI position where I have to put one of them everyday. My only 3B eligible guy is Adrian Beltre, so I’m almost tempted to see if I could get someone like Todd Frazier or Nolan Arenado (though he’s terrible right now) from him instead of Johnson. Don’t know if it really matters much though.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I’d definitely try to squeeze Frazier out of him, last time I checked Frazier has like 3 eligible positions, plus he’s a damn good hitter so he’d probably be a good get.

          • forensic

            Frazier had 1B, 3B, LF while Johnson has 2B and LF, so it’s just the 3B vs. 2B deal, with the little extra bit of 1B. Frazier also has the nice ballpark he gets to play his home games in (and it’s one less Ray I’d have to have on my team :-)). He’s got a slightly worse line than Johnson since his power disappeared in May for some reaon, but hopefully it’ll show back up again.

            • Dalek Jeter

              I think the 3B eligibility makes him a more valuable overall player for you because you have 2nd basemen for days but only 1 guy for 3rd base.

              • forensic

                Yeah, that’s also true.

                Should I also have mentioned that I have A-Rod on my DL? ;-)

                • Dalek Jeter

                  As an A-Rod supporter, why in gods name do you have him taking up a DL spot? There’s a chance he doesn’t play a game this season whether he gets suspended or not.

                  • forensic

                    Well, like I said, I only just got the team, literally about 3 days ago, so I’m still working on cleaning it up.

                    Also, it’s not a big deal right now. We have 5(!) DL spots so right now I don’t need another one open (though I do have all 5 occupied at the moment). Cory Luebke is also another possibility of someone on the DL I could drop if needed.

                    Kemp, Putz, and Pineda (also a drop possibility if really desperate) are the other 3 spots.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      5 DL spots?! Mine, JJ, and Manny’s league only has 2!!

                    • SDB

                      5 DL spots. Damn, I need to join a league like that next year.

                • SDB

                  A bit early to stash him, isn’t it?

                  Who are the other 3Bs available in your league?

                  • forensic

                    I don’t know at what point the initial owner ended up getting him, so I’m not sure when he arrived.

                    It’s a 12 team league with what seems to be large rosters, so free agency is pretty slim pickins all-around.

                    The top ranked 3B available are Eric Chavez and Mike Aviles. Then it jumps up to Descalso, Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, DeRosa, Ramiro Pena (!), Nick Punto. Mostly, these guys are just positional variability players who could move around for me.

                    Jose Iglesias after them isn’t a horrible choice the way he’s fluking into hits, but Middlebrooks will be back in a week and I don’t know if he’ll play after that. The only other interesting one is Jordan Pacheco because he also has C eligibility.

                    • forensic

                      So, to sum up, I countered with Loney for Frazier and we’ll see happens.

                      Thanks for the input guys!

  • Eddard

    Go Spurs! Duncan deserves another ring in his swan song. LeBron deserves nothing.

  • Dalek Jeter

    From the little review I just read on Ian Clarkin (our 3rd pick) it sounds a lot like if Kaminsky was still on the board at 32/33 the Yankees might have gone with him. Damn You Cardinals!!!

    • SDB

      Sadly, I think the Cards will do much more with a talented pitching prospect than the Yankees will.

      Then again, maybe I’m just jaded after the failures of the ‘Killer Bs’ and the regressions of Hughes and Jobber.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice camera work.

    • Havok9120

      There’s been a couple of those tonight.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Woah…baseball player showing some RANGE.

  • Havok9120

    Heck of a play by Nix.

  • Pat D

    I love how Lorenz called Ibanez “Hughes’ arch-nemesis.”

    But they were teammates last year!

    What happened? Did Ibanez throw Hughes through The Barbershop window?

  • Troll

    Typical Yankees. Score early on then put the bats to bed . . .

    • The Real Greg

      They know the fans need to go to sleep so they will get through their half innings quicker.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I swear I saw Hughes mouth “F— you, Axisa” as he walked off the mound ;)

    • forensic

      You mean Kabak, right?

      Maybe also forensic? :-)

      • Dalek Jeter

        Totally didn’t realize this was a Ben G/T, in retrospect though it did look a little wordsy for Mike. Sorry Mike, forensic’s right he mouthed “F— you Kabak.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    I guess you don’t crowd Pantston’s plate.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    lol Cano.
    Really not worth the risk there, though.

  • forensic

    Ok, guys. No need to make this a close game late. Please finish it off.

  • Cy Pettitte

    LNOGY

  • The Real Greg

    So hard to find good LOOGY help these days.

  • Wheels

    Should we be concerned here?

    • The Real Greg

      Not yet.

    • forensic

      Sure, a little, a single makes it 6-3 which means Robertson and Mo have to pitch in a game they shouldn’t need to. Not to mention how much worse it gets if one gets out of the park or if multiple more guys do somethin.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Blew it by Voldemort

  • The Real Greg

    Nasty breaking ball to Morales.

  • forensic

    Ok Logan, at least you settled down after the double.

  • Havok9120

    Have a cookie, Boone.

    • The Real Greg

      My god, I forgot all about that. Good LOOGY…..

  • Dalek Jeter

    …and that is why you don’t do Ecstasy and go to the ball park.

  • Havok9120

    What the heck is that guy doing??

    • The Real Greg

      Didn’t see it. What happened?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Dude was raving by himself. And I don’t mean dancing around, I mean letting it go in the middle of rolling face for the camera.

        • vicki

          **seattle**

          i like mdma (not as much as old schoool hallucinogens, still) but, yknow, decorum.

  • Wheels

    Four in a row

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hats off to Hughes. Nighty night.

  • forensic

    Solid first win for the road trip. Would’ve preferred them to not go to sleep against Beavan, but it is what it is.

    • vicki

      i wish you were here so i could grab you by the face and say Are you kidding me with this shut the hell up.

      from a position of love, as you know, but seriously.

      • forensic

        :-)

  • King George

    Kelley is really turning it around. Like him a lot.

    • vicki

      did you come here in a time machine?

  • Marc

    Maybe I’m wrong buttttt my guess is Hughes signs with the ChiSox and Coopee teaches him to throw a split and he becomes a vastly better pitcher than he is now… Why don’t any Yankee pitchers throw splits anymore (besides Hiro)… I’m calling it now, Hughes is learn one, use it and have 2-3 excellent seasons post-yanks.

    • forensic

      I’m sure it’ll be just as big a help to him as the changeup is…

      • vicki

        anything but the cutter.