Game 110: The Big Three Two

Kennedy's on the left. Name the other two. (Aaron Houston/NY Times)

Kennedy’s on the left. Name the other two. (Aaron Houston/NY Times)

Six years ago, the Yankees had arguably the best trio of young right-handed pitching prospects in baseball in Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy. Not a single one of them turned into a legitimate above-average starter. Kennedy had an excellent year with the Diamondbacks in 2011, sure, but he’s trending downward and comes into this afternoon’s start with a 5.23 ERA (4.59 FIP). Hughes is consistently mediocre and Joba is a (bad) reliever. Something about the best-laid plans grumble grumble.

Anyway, the Yankees have a chance to win this three-game series against the Padres today after winning last night’s game, and a win would give them a winning record on a five-game West Coast swing before heading to Chicago to play the awful White Sox. Kennedy will be making his first start for the Padres following last week’s trade, the second of his career after the Bombers shipped him to Arizona as part of the Curtis Granderson three-team deal. He has never faced the team he originally broke into the big leagues with. Here’s the lineup that will face IPK:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Alfonso Soriano
  4. CF Curtis Granderson
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. SS Eduardo Nunez
  7. 3B Jayson Nix
  8. C Austin Romine
  9. RHP Phil Hughes

It’s another perfect baseball weather day in San Diego. You can’t not get jealous even watching on television, but then again the weather in New York is damn near perfect today as well. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Derek Jeter (quad) had an MRI last night, nut the results are not available yet … David Phelps (elbow) will see the doctor on Monday … in case you missed it earlier, Michael Pineda is headed for tests on his stiff shoulder.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

    Alan Horne? Not sure about the guy on the right.

  2. Nate says:

    Jeff Marquez?

  3. D-Lite says:

    Jeff Marquez

  4. Kevin says:

    The guy on the right is Jeff Marquez, no idea about the guy in the middle.

  5. Ben says:

    Horne and Marquez, how times have changed. Good reminder how ‘prospects’ can turn out.

    • Gonzo says:

      Yeah, I remember a writer saying that Kenny knew something about Marquez nobody else did because he was in the Swisher trade.

  6. DERP says:

    Horne and Marquez. Their names are on their gloves.

  7. dkidd says:

    i read somewhere that kennedy was “a cancer” in arizona

    anyone know details?

  8. Carlos Danger says:

    So latest report from MLBTR A-Rod will be in the line-up Monday, good stuff! As The Yankee Season Turns

  9. DERP says:

    I once envisioned a rotation of Hughes, Joba, IPK, Horne, and Brackman. LOL at me

  10. trr says:

    Let’s just win this goddam game and series

  11. Jeety says:

    On the right is Jeff Marquez…

    and the last one, I’ll guess Tyler Clippard? Alan Horne?

  12. jjyank says:

    I applaud the sentiment behind those uniforms…but I sure am glad I don’t root for a team with such ugly uniforms.

  13. Winter says:

    So apparently provides the game notes that every MLB team gives to the media before each game:

    • Jonathan says:

      Yeah, in KC you get those when you walk in for the Early Bird Tour..aka autograph heaven. They’re awesome.

  14. Wheels says:

    Gonna see good Phil today.

  15. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Perhaps we get to see all three of the Big Three in one game today, something I gather has never happened before.

    • fat jeter says:

      If joba pitches the game will probably be out of reach. the way hughes is going, the game will probably be out of reach.

  16. Anderson Silva says:

    Why is Gardner not playing? They just had 2 days off this week.

  17. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Sounds like there are more Yankee fans there today than Padre fans.

  18. SDB says:

    WTF was Nunez doing there?

  19. BigBlueAL says:

    So much for a promising inning. Runner on 1st with 0 outs, Overbay with a 3-0 count leads to a K then a GIDP.

  20. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Also today, the Yankees reported that Manny Banuelos is not expected to be ready for the 2014 season after suffering a spontaneous combustion incident.

  21. BigBlueAL says:

    2 strikes hits and sac fly, Hughes at his finest.

  22. BigBlueAL says:

    From 0-2 to ball 4 to the 8th batter. Hughes never ceases to amaze me.

  23. Eddard says:

    “Trust your pitcher Phil Hughes…” Does Flaherty even watch the games?

  24. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    There will either be an agreement between A-Rod and MLB by tomorrow, or he will be suspended but not under the best interests clause. That means he will play tomorrow. Obviously just a guess.

  25. SDB says:

    Game over.

  26. Wheels says:

    God Hughes sucks.

  27. mac1 says:

    I’m going to miss the efficiency of Hughes.

    Want to personally thank Bud for waiting till Monday to suspend Cabrera as well.

  28. BigBlueAL says:

    Cant even get thru 2 fucking innings w/o feeling like turning the game off already.

  29. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Another 0-2 Phil Phuck up

  30. Anderson Silva says:

    Pitching in a big ballpark against a crappy O, whats the excuse now?

  31. SeventhAce says:


    So did anyone else read about Garza’s dumb twitter fight?

  32. Eddard says:

    The Yankees aren’t going to win more than 2/5 ballgames for the rest of the season. They’ll win Nova/Hiroki starts but lose the other 3, partly because of the offense but partly because CC, Hughes and Andy just aren’t any good. Andy at least has an excuse being old, the other two shouldn’t be starting for this ballclub.

  33. Frank says:

    Third batter in the inning Hughes had 0-2 that either got a hit or made a productive out. Listening to T. Gwynn on Padres broadcast who said what has been so obvious and yet Yankees brass or myopic fans fail to recognize: Hughes is nothing but a 2 pitch pitcher.

  34. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    Phil Hughes has the “stuff” to be an above average major leaguer. That 2nd inning shows me his lack of …, dare I say…, baseball acumen ?! He never shakes his “rookie” catcher off. Isn’t animated regarding check swings, much less his “rookie” catcher, and just seems like he’s waiting for impending failure. The guy has good f’ing stuff ?! I could see Hughes going to…… Let’s say….. The Cardinals, and having good success. Coaching related ? Maybe. I’m not remotely “qualified” to “pitch-coach”, but I wouldn’t be surprised if…., once he left…., Hughes had success. (cough, cough…., The Cardinals).

    • Anderson Silva says:

      good stuff? He has a straight-as-an-arrow fastball, a decent curve and nothing else. How’s that good stuff?

      • Shittyshittybangbang says:

        Hides the ball well, always has. Do you recall his success as a relief pitcher ? He’s got the “stuff”. His problem(in my very, unqualified opinion) is confidence and intestinal fortitude – not to mention that Romine (imo) did a horrible job calling receiving, and framing pitches. The guy wouldn’t even ask umps on check swings, and as we saw, a couple of those were un-called check-swing strikes. Coaching ? Maybe.

  35. Anderson Silva says:

    why is Hughes still in this game? why is he still on this team? What a joke

  36. stuart a says:

    hundley swung and stuck out but the umps suck par for the course.

    hughes still sucks, cannot put anyone away. had a chance to be a very good starter but never developed…

    nunez is a moron. I pull him fro mthe game after that non move..absolutely disgraceful.. he went to the cano school of hustle.

    cano sucks btw, in a big slump… the 330 hitter who is hitting 290…

  37. Eddard says:

    I don’t care if the Yankees had to pay someone to take Phil Hughes, they should have traded him away at the deadline.

  38. CashmanSUXShit says:

    Can we at now least dispense with all the “It’s the Stadium’s fault” nonsense as it relates to Pathetic Phil Hughes?

    The guy is facing a crap lineup under national league rules all while pitching in a CANYON, and he’s STILL a worthless pile of dogshit!

  39. CashmanSUXShit says:

    “Phil Hughes has the “stuff” to be an above average major leaguer.”
    The gutters of Major League Baseball are positively LITTERED with scrubs who “had the stuff” to be good to great pitchers.

  40. Eddard says:

    Intentionally walking a guy with Phil Hughes on the mound. That’s just asking for another 3 runs to score. Take him out now, Joe.

  41. A-Rod's Fancy Pants Sham says:

    If only we could suspend Phil Hughes.

  42. CashmanSUXShit says:

    What do you get when Brian Cashman and Co. find a can’t-miss, blue chip,”front-of-the-rotation” starting pitching prospect, who is going to be “the next Roger Clemens”???

    You get Phil Hughes!

    Brian Cashman for President of Baseball Operations! What an amazing executive. And not the least bit of an organizational embarrassment in his personal life, either.

    • Stanislaw says:

      Your act is tired.

      • Duh Injuries says:

        Your Cashman can do no wrong act is tired.

        Oh yeah, tell me about the four World Series titles the Yanks won with him as GM…where he had The Core Four Gene Michael developed for all of them and the last title was the only one definitively constructed by Cashman thanks to big checks to Sabathia, Teixiera, and Burnett.

        Cashman has been a piece of shit GM since 2001 when he failed to get the setup man the team needed because if he got one Mo doesn’t pitch the final two innings of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, he pitches the ninth inning only and most likely collects the save pitching only one inning.

        One World Series title in thirteen years (assuming this year’s team doesn’t win one) is shit considering all the money spent on players and talent.

    • jjyank says:

      What do you get when you combine drugs, and obsessive personality disorder, and lack of ingenuity?


  43. forensic says:

    Breaking news from the stadium:

    Phil Hughes sucks even more in person.

    That is all.

  44. Winter says:

    Octavio Dotel has also played for a team in all six divisions. Not sure who else.

  45. Anderson Silva says:

    He will do so much better in a big ballpark! If only they could get him to pitch at Polo Grounds

  46. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Should have pinch hit for him when it was 3-0 and only nearly impossible for the Yanks to win.

  47. John says:

    Now we don’t even have Pineda or Phelps to replace him.

  48. Kosmo says:


  49. Leg-End says:

    Can we not start Hughes anymore? Please. Pretty please.

  50. Eddard says:

    And they’re stuck with him for the rest of the year. Phelps and Pineda are shut down. This is what you get when you don’t know how to manage a ballclub. Nova and Kuroda – W, W. CC, Phil and Andy – L,L,L. That’s how the rest of the season will go and they’ll finish under .500

    • Winter says:

      Clearly the Yankees should hire Eddard, since he know how to run a baseball team.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Eddard is over the top and you can toss the “don’t know how to manage a ballclub” stuff but there is some truth in what he says. CC has been mediocre to just plain bad,and Andy, except for his last start, has been shitty since he came off the DL. So indeed if there are five starters and only two of them pitch well then it’s most likely the Yanks will finish under .500

        • Not sure where the status on Andy is. He’s given up hits, but only 2 runs his last 2 starts. If it keeps going that way, I think there will be at least a top 3 stability.

          Can’t promise it.

      • Mikhel says:

        He is just telling the truth.

  51. umbrellaman says:

    Good chance we’ll see Joba today to complete Generation Trey.

  52. dkidd says:

    phuck this phucking season

  53. Anderson Silva says:

    Cano is absolutely awful right now. I sincerely hope they let him walk, he will not age well

  54. your mom says:

    Phil Hughes surely is a useless pile of steaming shit. Now let’s get Joba in there so the Padres can tack on 5 more runs.

  55. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    It’s appearing more and more likely that A-Rod will be starting for the Yankees tomorrow, since the Commissioner is most likely not going to suspend him under the best interests clause. He can play during the appeal.

    Of even more interest, three players to be suspended whose names have yet to be announced. Let’s hope A-Rod buddy Cano is not one of them. Hard to believe that wouldn’t have leaked yet.

    • Leg-End says:

      The way this season has gone, I can half imagine him playing under appeal, tear the cover off the ball resulting in a winning streak, then getting injured or banned anyway.

  56. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    Yankees should have traded Hughes away when people believed he would succeed in bigger ballparks.

    Time to face reality we won’t make the playoffs.

    Get something for Overbay, Wells, Hughes and Chamberlain,

    Personally I wouldn’t give a peanut for Chamberlain or Wells but at lest save some money and give a chance to the young kids.

    A team contending could offer something for Overbay bat and Hughes relieving.

    • Mikhel says:

      Nobody wanted Hughes nor Chamberlain, let alone Overbay and Wells.

      Here’s the thing: the yankees will obtain money in their favor if they keep him in the payroll, so, he will be “playing” next season just to give ownership more money to… erm… sorry I was gonna say “to invest” but they don’t know how it is done, so Cashman will resort to acquire long overdue veterans as he has been doing since 2010, but only until this season things went as they planned.

  57. nsalem says:

    Latroy Hawkins has played in all six divisions.

  58. SeventhAce says:

    Phil is Phil, I expected him to suck or expected him to surprise us.

    But man this offense is…

  59. John says:

    At least Grandy is playing well

  60. Jacob the OG says:

    1. Ian Kennedy won the big three battle and is the best of them all!

    2. Take the padres off the list of teams that want hughes XD

    • 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

      Phil is probably causing the Yankees some pain here. They want to make him a QO so they can get the draft pick, yet if he keeps pitching like this they may be concerned he’ll take it.

  61. jmpnyy says:

    Rather see Warren starting than Hughes. Stick him in the pen for the rest of the year.

    • your mom says:

      Just stick him on the phantom DL for the rest of the year. Lets close the book on him and Arod at the same time.

  62. Kosmo says:

    time to move Hughes to the pen and let Warren start.

  63. KP says:

    Did Tony Gwynn have a stroke??

  64. yeayo says:

    If Phil can’t pinpoint his fastball, he needs to go to the bullpen. He can’t be expected to be a starter when he has a low 90′s fastball with no movement that he can’t locate.

  65. Duh Injuries says:

    The Yanks lose no ground to the Os but are in danger of losing ground to the team tied with the Os (the Rangers.)

    They gotta sweep the Chi-Sox.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      For the past few weeks Ive constantly said that every time it seemed like it was time to write this season off they would win a game you didnt expect or get on a decent little run to give us hope again.

      But this definitely feels like the tipping point if for no other reason the calendar says so. We are almost a week into August already. A sweep is almost a necessity but considering they are facing Sale in one of the game 2 out of 3 would be acceptable. Problem is going 3-3 vs the Padres and White Sox isnt acceptable.

  66. Kosmo says:

    on a positive note outside of 2 very bad innings this could be a close game.

    • SeventhAce says:

      I’ve given up on trying to dig for the good in the bad…

      On another positive note, the whole team didn’t simultaneously combust…

  67. Bronx Bombers23 says:

    Somebody please tell again how Homerun Hughes is gonna get an “Edwin Jackson type deal” this offseason. There’s no way I would offer his sorry tail the QO this offseason. He just might take it.

  68. YankeeFan says:

    Does Tedy Lilly have anything left in the tank after shoulder surgery? Honestly, I would rather see him every 5th day than Hughes.

  69. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Strange but true: Phil Hughes still has a lower ERA than IPK.

  70. Tommmysmith says:

    When was the last series the Yankees won?

  71. Wheels says:

    Well, at least there won’t be a shutout.

  72. Leg-End says:

    Finally some runs off Bill Burr.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    getting killed all series by a guy who’s getting suspended for roids tomorrow. that’s annoying.

  74. Leg-End says:

    Romine with a bomb.

  75. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Please play Romine more.

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    Romine >>> Stewart. Can he please start getting at least 1/2 the starts.

  77. YankeeFan says:

    Amazing how superior Romine is to Stewart.



  79. Slu says:

    I never want to see Hughes pitch for the Yankees again. He flat out sucks. I would never give him a QO either. He will be lucky to get a multi-year MLB deal at all.

  80. YankeeFan says:

    Now just need Adams over the dynamic duo of Nix/Lillibridge

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Ive been saying this for awhile now. Let Romine and Adams play for the rest of the season and see what you have in them. Although if Arod can actually play while appealing his suspension he obviously should play 3B so that would make playing Adams a moot point for the time being.

      Still though, have him up and let him play 1B vs LHP like he has done a couple of times already and when Arod DH’s let him play 3B.

    • stuart a says:

      agree also. why not???

      • Crime Dog says:

        Yep, I’d much rather see Adams getting a chance to play everyday over Nix. Either way that’s not happening though because A-Rods taking some ABs away from Nix.

  81. your mom says:

    Romine showing some promise.

  82. DavidAdamsIsGod says:

    Michael Kay ladies and gentlemen

  83. Jacob the OG says:

    Fun Fact: Dale Thayer gave up Austin Romine’s first big league HR, he also gave up Juan Miranda’s first HR

  84. Crime Dog says:

    Real bad time for Nuno and Phelps to be hurt because I could easily see one of them taking Hughes’ spot in the rotation if they were healthy right now.

  85. BigBlueAL says:

    Believe that is now 6 for his last 44 for Cano. Slump is reaching epic proportions now. SLG% is down to .490 and he hasnt homered since before the All-Star break.

    I assume though he will have a hot streak before the season is over to get his numbers back up to where they have been at the end of the season the past few years. If not would be his lowest OPS since 2008. Im a huge fan of his and hope the Yankees re-sign him but not exactly great timing for him to have a bad 2nd half leading to arguably his worst season in a few years on his contract year.

    • Lukaszek says:

      He’s also capable of going 24-for-39 and having a week where he carries the entire offense on his back. He’s a frustrating player in that a guy who can hit so well for a couple of weeks can be absolute crap for a month

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Yup. Im not sure he is any more streaky than any other great hitter but man it certainly feels that way watching him.

    • Mikhel says:

      Canó is a very streaky player who ends up having good numbers but will never be THE GUY in any team because he just is not consistent for long periods of time.

      This season illustrates how he has batted all his career:

      Canó’s batting average (Y) vs games (X)

  86. Wheels says:

    Sure, throw Joba out there, what the hell.

  87. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    As predicted.

    A-Rod starting tomorrow.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Sure sounds that way since reports from Twitter are that the Yankees have been told Arod will be suspended tomorrow but he can play if he appeals. Certainly adds some much needed intrigue to a season that is becoming not worth watching anymore lol.

  88. Leg-End says:

    Swing the bat Gardy, you had 2 decent pitches to hit in that AB and he gawped at both.

  89. Frank says:

    Hey Joe, how about a little more PT for Romine? Say 3 games a week. Would that be too much to ask? Oh, and how about moving Hughes to the BP? You can start Warren if Phelps or Pineda are hurt? Just try something? It’s not like this team is playoff bound.

  90. Wheels says:

    Tying run to the plate.

  91. BigBlueAL says:

    Street has nothing. Cant believe Gardy struck out like he did w/o bothering to swing the bat once.

  92. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    If only A-Rod was here a day early.

  93. BigBlueAL says:

    4 sliders to Lillibridge, swung at all of them.

  94. Anderson Silva says:

    This team sucks. Why not let Adams play over scrubs like Lillenbridge and Nix? He may turn out to be a scrub, but it’s not guaranteed.

  95. your mom says:

    Lillibridge sucks

  96. BigBlueAL says:

    Ending of this game typifies this season. Tying run comes to the plate in back-to-back at-bats in the form of Lillibridge and Wells who both shockingly strike out. Sigh.

  97. Wheels says:

    Stand a little closer to the plate Vern.

  98. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    Struck out the side.

  99. your mom says:

    Wow fuck this team.

  100. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Bad. Horace Clark bad.

    • 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

      Horace was better than any of the Nix/Lillebridge/Nunez/fill in the blank crowd.

    • trr says:

      Enough with the Horace Clarke!
      He’d be better than at least 5 hitters on this team.
      Jack him up on steroids, which half the posters here by their own admission don’t
      give a shit about, and you’ve got a switch hitting Brett Gardner

  101. 24/7, 365 A-Rod says:

    So will anyone be watching tomorrow? : -)

    • trr says:


    • David Brown says:

      When it comes to Rodriguez, I am at the similar point of disgust where I was at Penn State over Sandusky and Paterno. I am sick of the Cancer’s those individuals brought to my teams (making them laughingstocks and making them pay long after they depart the scene (Salary Cap issues with Rodriguez and no Bowels and lower Scholarships with Sandusky/Paterno)), and I know they will basically suck for quite some time. If we could have eliminated the salary cap issue, and paid him to retire, I gladly would have paid what we owe to his sorry ass, just so we do not have to see his f***ing face in Pinstripes again (like paying off the Paterno Estate and Graham Spanier (former Penn State President)). But instead, we have to deal with Arbitration and Trials and other BS instead of Yankee Baseball and Penn State College Football. If Rodriguez is on the roster tomorrow, I am not watching the rest of the Season. Steeler and Penguin Season cannot come soon enough.

  102. dkidd says:

    lillibridge and wells = the worst representatives of the tying run in MLB history

  103. stuart a says:

    gardner with some great BA’s today.

    he strikes out a ton for a leadoff batter.

    early in the game 1 on overbay at bat, 3 and 0 count, he swings at ball 4, ball 5, and then strikes out..

    offense is dreadful what did they score for the series. 7 runs or so…say all you want about the pitching but scoring 6 runs would take an act of g-d…

    give crapo the 10 year deal, else he will wak. give him what 200 mill.. imagine how slow he will run to first when he is 36???

    this offense is so bad when cano and gardner are in slumps they have virtually no chance. wells no homer in what 15 days.. what a great ballplayer. imagine they suck so bad I wanted him to pitch hit for little brett lillibridge who may not have read the scouting report on street.. he likes the slider…

  104. stuart a says:

    75 days for wells and the homer…

    talk all you want about how awful hughes is and that is accurate but there offense has been putrid awful almost all season.

    2nd worse offense in AL, only whitesux are worse….

  105. stuart a says:

    joba with a 1,2,3 inning. what was that his 3rd of the year? he get his ERA under 5?

    what a dope.. no idea on pitch selection, imagine about 6 years ago he was virtually unhittable and now…..

  106. Lukaszek says:

    Wil Myers hit his eighth homerun already. It’s kinda surprising that he has so much power, his arms are really small, he doesn’t have big hips, he looks like someone who might spend days playing WoW, and yet he’s in the majors and he’s hitting homeruns like he’s Arnold Schwarznegger gym partner

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