Game 94: Two More


Mariano Rivera Robinson Cano

Just two more games left in the traditional first half, and so far the Yankees have taken care of business on this ten-game homestand leading into the All-Star break. They’ve won five of eight games so far and are riding a three-game winning streak with two more to play against the Twins. Given the Yankees’ dominance of Minnesota over the last decade, it’s impossible not to feel good about the team’s situation this weekend. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Samuel Deduno:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Vernon Wells
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. SS Luis Cruz
  8. 3B Alberto Gonzalez
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound looking for his fourth straight start of two runs or less, right-hander Phil Hughes. One of those last three starts was rain-shortened, of course.

It’s warm and muggy in New York, and for once it looks like the rain will actually hold off until after the game ends. There are showers expected later this afternoon/early this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It’s the 7-9 of doom!

  2. trr says:

    Deduno is no flame thrower, but seems to be the type of pitcher who gives the Yanks trouble (I know, there’s a lot of ‘em this year) We’re gonna need “Good Phil” to win this one

  3. CONservative governMENt says:

    Showcase start for Hughes today.

  4. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    This over-optimism about the Twins is getting a little much. How the Yankees performed against the Twins in 2002 has nothing to do with how well they’ll perform against them now. The fact is that the Twins are a bad team, so the Yankees should do well against them, but it’s not like we should be expecting a sweep or consider a loss a big disappointment. Even great teams playing terrible teams only have like an 80% chance of winning, and the Yankees aren’t a great team.

    • The Real Greg says:

      But even when the Twins were a good team the Yankees did well against them. That’s what makes the stat interesting. The Twins have been a bad team for only the last 3-4 years.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        It’s an interesting stat. But it’s not predictive of what will happen in the future.

      • Elton Cod says:

        I do not understand what the Yankees’ record against the 2002-2008 Twins has to do with this game. So I do not find it very interesting.

        • Brian in MA says:

          Its definitely interesting. One Thing to note… The Twins, like the Yankees seem to have a mold for the type of players they want and the type of team they assemble. Historically, as Billy beans said, their shit doesn’t work against the Yankees. It also doesn’t help they are now getting much more inferior players to what they trotted out from 2002-2008. Just interesting is all..

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      There’s nothing wrong from expecting to beat a bottom feeder. The only thing that’s over optimistic is thinking that sweeping the Twins is actually an accomplishment that’s going to be carried over in other games.

      • Mikhel says:

        Beating lesser teams, and overall being a bottom feeder can actually build optimism in a team, just take a look at the best team in each league, Boston and Saint Louis have faced the less amount of teams with a winning record this year and look at where they are, while the BJays and Yankees are the two teams who have faced more teams with a winning record not only in their division but in the AL…

  5. Wheels says:

    Why are they wearing the camo hats and jerseys?

  6. RetroRob says:

    The Colonel thrown like a girl.

    Oh, wait…

  7. M&M Boys says:

    Off topic, but I’m wondering if Ian Clarkin is pitching yet? I assume he will pitch in the GCL this summer, but haven’t seen anything.

  8. nsalem says:

    Need these 2 games. 15 out of 18 next games are on the road. Can’t wait to see Joe’s reset of the starting rotation at Fenway. Wondering who slides into the Sunday start Nova or Pettitte. Have a strong feeling it will be Nova.

  9. sangreal says:

    why are the NY Padres on the field today?

  10. Memes N Themes says:

    Over/under on John & Suzyn’s first mention of Hughes pitch count?

  11. nsalem says:

    I like what Morneau said last night about the bat tossing incident. Imagine that a professional athlete feeling they should be held accountable for their behaviour,

  12. The Real Greg says:

    Good job by Ichiro not to go for 3.

  13. Wheels says:

    nice hit

  14. The Real Greg says:

    And yet again Cano beats the Twins.

  15. RetroRob says:

    Usually don’t see balls deflect off the pitcher and into the OF.

  16. McLovin says:

    Cano! Nice kick save though.

  17. Pseudoyanks says:

    That’s all Hughesy will need.

  18. nsalem says:

    He was embarrassed by his tantrum, because kids were watching and it leaves a bad impression.

  19. Mick taylor says:

    Carlos Beltran is having another great year. His signing by the cardinals was one of the best in baseball. He wanted to come to the yanks but idiot cashman exercised the option on swisher after he had another awful playoff performancein 2011. The yanks could really use the switch hitting Beltran now

  20. RetroRob says:

    Phil Hughes and a HR. Shocking.

  21. Snuke Swanky says:

    Well that was gone off the bat

  22. Wheels says:

    obligatory home run

  23. The Real Greg says:

    Horrible pitch

  24. trr says:

    Phuckin’ Phil phucks up again

  25. The Real Greg says:

    That seems to be Phil Hughes defines. He ‘s moving along nicely and then he throws up an egg.

  26. trr says:

    No way he’s on this team next year

  27. Elton Cod says:

    Is Nunez sitting because he’s coming off an injury? Otherwise I see no reason – he sat 5 games ago, he will get ASB off in two days. Nunie is no powerhouse, but he’s better than these guys.

  28. The Real Greg says:

    That is Hughes defined. 5 K’s and a home run

  29. Memes N Themes says:

    Solo homers don’t bother me one bit. I hate giving up runs, but I would rather that than the 2 walk, 2 bloop single/bleeder runs that some other pitchers give up.

  30. RetroRob says:

    Making a solid, but not spectacular play does not count as “taking an extra base hit away.”

  31. Memes N Themes says:

    Funny enough, the Yankees with the uniforms could be prepping Hughes for his Padre career.

  32. joefrombklyn says:

    military appreciation day !

  33. Robinson Tilapia says:

    For those out of NYC listening to ma and pa telling you what a nice day it is, they’re fucking lying to you. It’s still humid as heck out there.

    • joefrombklyn says:

      LMFAO !! yep

    • Pat D says:

      I really don’t get all this whining about the humidity. IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS. I live in eastern PA and I’ve come to accept it over the years. You wanna know how humid it was in Gettysburg last weekend? About 1000%.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Yeah well I’m from NY and I lived in Lima, Peru (the asshole of the universe) for three years. Lima makes NY look like Arizona. Any human activity you do for more than 5 minutes makes you sweat…all year round.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Oh, I grew up in Miami. I know what it’s about. I just found it silly that they’re talking about this breeze that doesn’t exist. I’m staring at the trees right now.

        It’s cooler than it was earlier in the week, but it is nasty. It’s like the heavens farted upon us.

  34. Snuke Swanky says:

    Mauer would look so so good in pinstripes

  35. Pseudoyanks says:

    I mean, wasn’t Jorge converted to C in Low A Ball? It’s not like he was converted in da bronx.

  36. HateMclouth says:

    7 Ks for Phil through 4 not bad. Also nice play by Cruz.

  37. Snuke Swanky says:

    Deduno really punding Cano inside…and then Robbie somehow swings and misses at a mistake out over the plate

  38. HateMclouth says:

    Seriously, ever since I changed my handle Vern has been pretty good. Hm.

  39. Memes N Themes says:

    Almonte’s ability and willingness to walk has been a very nice surprise. He may not become a star, but he can help a team.

  40. JMK says:

    So…that worked out pretty well.

  41. HateMclouth says:

    If Zoilo turned back towards first in order to stall the tag would Vern scoring count?

  42. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Coney, isn’t Almonte’s not causing a rundown less a “trick play” than just a rookie mistake?

  43. Murderer's Row Boat says:

    How about the Yankees keep Hughes and sign him to a contract and offer to move the fences back to non-little league depth?

    • Brian S. says:

      I remember a year ago thinking we should move the fences back. Then I watched the Yankees this year and realized that the park doesn’t actually make offense any better. A good offense will be a good offense regardless of park.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Meh, it’s easier and makes more sense to move Hughes.

    • VT Yankee Fan says:

      YSIII is 12th in MLB for HRs this year. 8th last year.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Right we aren’t in Colorado or something. Hughes is legitimately a bad pitcher regardless of ballpark.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      There’s more to it than home runs. xFIP decreased the amount of home runs Hughes has given up and his stats are still terrible (4.45 this year).

      Just let him find some success in the NL.

  44. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I missed the non-rundown play. What happened?

  45. Brian S. says:

    Since we’re playing the Twins, anyone else think that we should have drafted J.O. Berrios instead of Tyler “ow my shoulder and hip” Hensley?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Talk to me when either’s reached AA.

      That being said, I have no clue who Berrios is. He could be in AAA already for all I know.

      • Brian S. says:

        He was one of the high school pitchers that I thought the Yankees could target with their pick last year. He was the first pick in the supplemental round like three or four picks after the Yankees and is tearing it up in A-ball at 19 years of age (doesn’t turn 20 until next May).

      • nsalem says:

        He’s in A ball doing pretty well. Good fastball.

    • JMK says:

      It’s been a year. Hold on to your burrito, Brian.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Are you kidding me? Drafting Hensley is a miracle compared to the the previous two years of reaching with their first pick.

      No, Hensley was a fine pick there are a lot more valid things to complain about.

      • Brian S. says:

        Speaking of those previous two years reaching…Culver is still just 20 and his wRC+ is slowly creeping toward 100. Maybe not a lost cause after all? DBJ sucks though.

        • JMK says:

          Despite what the scouts/writers seem to be saying, I think Culver’s year is promising. His bat has improved, particularly with power. The knock on him has long been his bat. He still projects to stick at shortstop and now that he’s dropped switch hitting, can focus on one side.

          Meanwhile, Bichette has Angelini written all over him.

          • Brian S. says:

            His >27% K rate is kind of a concern. The increase in ISO is sort of offset by that. I still don’t think he’s a top 30 prospect in the system but he might be with a good year next season.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Jose Iglesias age 20: .295/.339/.379
          Cito CUlver age 20: .232/.321/.372

          Culver is in high A, Jose’s stats are from high A and AA. We all harp on Jose saying he sucks (which is valid because he does) and right now Culver is doing even worse. The bat is around the same but the defense probably isn’t.

          • Brian S. says:

            Well Iglesias has a completely legitimate 150 wRC+ so I’ll take this as good news.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              .436 BABIP. With only 1 HR to boot.

              Ichiro, who’s widely recognized as perhaps the best contact hitter ever, never posted a .400 BABIP season ever. His highest was .399

              I don’t think you’re even trying here.

  46. nsalem says:


  47. HateMclouth says:

    Nice throw!

  48. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Romine right on the money. Nice.

  49. ClusterDuck says:

    Yankee catchers holding down the running game this year, even without the improved Cervelli.

  50. Pseudoyanks says:

    So can the Yanks get $1.5 – $2 Million in International Signing cap for Hughesy? Could be the equivalent of an early first round draft pick (vs keep him and get the Supplemental pick if he turns down their QO.)

    • Brian S. says:

      Honestly if the White Sox can get a top 150 prospect for an old left handed reliever with a mid 3 ERA and worse peripherals than the Yankees might be able to get a top 100 prospect for Hughes after an outing like this. And that would probably be a better value than an offer sheet pick so yeah they should do that.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’ll be honest – I just woke up from a nap and missed half the game. Looking at the box score, though, I agree. Despite the score, it doesn’t look like an outing that would effect his value negatively. 7+ innings, 10 Ks, home run prone, which everyone knows already.

  51. Pseudoyanks says:

    I remember that f’n trade. Mets had so much f’n pitching at the time and that traded Hearn for Coney…I weeped.

  52. Brian S. says:

    Zoilo is turning into David Adams. All our prospects suck.

  53. Kramerica Industries says:

    Who would you say Coney is greater associated with, anyway, Mets or Yankees? Better stats and more innings with the Mets, but he won all his NY titles with the Yankees.

    • nsalem says:

      Well he exposed himself to teenage girls as a Met, but he made the El Duque commercial as a Yankee, so I think it’s a tie.

  54. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kind of expected this. Too bad.

  55. SDB says:

    3 hits and 2 runs in 7 IP. If the Yankees lose, it’s not because of Phil.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Phil looked sharp today. One maybe two mistakes.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      10 K’s, too.

      Yeah, can’t even remotely pin this on him. Yankees need to do better than one run against the Twins. Fortunately, still a chance to fix that.

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    yes the loss is on the offense but Phils HRs are still annoying. at least Kuroda gives up doubles and gives himself a chance to strand the runner.

  57. Frank says:

    Hughes Ks Doumit twice on sliders. Has him 1-2. Wonder what Doumit was expecting.

  58. Winter says:

    Is it really better to use Nunez as a PR for Hafner instead of as a PH for Romine?

  59. HateMclouth says:

    Ugh, this offense.

  60. Pseudoyanks says:

    Break for the Yankees.

  61. McLovin says:

    Weird play.

  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    Even when Hughes is marvelous, these home runs become fucking killer.

  63. Winter says:


  64. Frank says:

    Just brutal. Hughes beaten last 2 times with hanging sliders.

  65. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hughes and YS, very bad combo

  66. Elton Cod says:

    The third HR is a drag, but let’s face it, we weren’t scoring two more anyway. This offense is the worst thing since sliced bread.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Still…Phil…has to go.

    • Winter says:

      Any MLB offense can score a run at any time. A 2-1 deficit is surmountable by the Marlins or the Astros or even, believe it or not, the Yankees. A 4-1 deficit in the 8th is very different.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Agreed. That one home run changed the whole way this game will be viewed as related to Phil Hughes.

  67. Kramerica Industries says:

    Totally would’ve given up on this game entirely if those weren’t the Twins out there.

  68. brian says:

    Look they have to lose to the Twins sometime..

    I’m more saddened by the stadium… this is a sat day game in the summer and there is no life… it was a tie/one run game for most of it…

    Come on fans, I know we all miss El Capitan, the heart and soul of the franchise but show some passion

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s a pretty shitty day outside, despite whatever John and Suzyn see.

    • SDB says:

      Despite what Ma and Pa say about the weather, it’s fucking oppressive. Seriously hot, and humid as hell.

      With this weather and this sort of lineup, I can’t blame them for staying home.

  69. Matt says:

    Anyone else notice the Indian scout behind home plate?

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    Can the Twins have Joe Nathan back for this inning?

  71. John says:

    What’s up with the Indian scout behind the plate? Watching Phil?

  72. The Real Greg says:

    That Florimon homer just took all sympathy away from Hughes. Before it was… “Hughes was robbed by the offense” Now it’s “You gave up 4 runs to the Twins.

    And the worst part is that there is no way to tell when Hughes will give up his homers

  73. Kramerica Industries says:


    • The Real Greg says:

      I was with you until that Florimon homer. Now it’s more 50/50 in blame than it was before.

      And you can’t blame Girardi for leaving him in there, because the previous out was a ground ball out and there was no indiciation.

  74. trr says:

    a lifeless, lightless loss.

  75. The Real Greg says:

    But I think the Yankees to need to try and trade Hughes and Joba together for a bat. However, nobody seems willing to trade right now.

    This what having 2 WC’s does.

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