Change of plans: Hughes to start tonight

Per the various beat writers, the Yankees will start Phil Hughes instead of Dustin Moseley tonight. I guess they remembered that they haven’t clinched anything yet.

2010 Instructional League Roster

Via Josh Norris, the Yankees have officially announced their Instructional League roster for 2010. Usually finding a complete list of players that will attend is like pulling teeth, but that thankfully Josh made it nice and easy.

The Instructs roster is basically a who’s who of Yankee prospects, featuring everyone from Manny Banuelos to Bryan Mitchell to Gary Sanchez to Cito Culver to Slade Heathcott and everyone in between. I’m not sure how long it lasts, but it’s basically just a Spring Training crash course down in Tampa. There’s also an Instructional League in the Dominican each year, but good luck finding who will be there and for how long. Once Instructs are over, most players will go home until the spring, others to various winter ball leagues.

Football Open Thread

The Giants are taking on the Titans at home at 1pm ET, but the Jets don’t play until later tonight at 8:20pm. They’re in Miami to take on the Dolphins. Use this thread to talk about any and all of today’s football action, we’ll have regular old Yankee content up throughout the day as well.

Sunday Morning Links

Here are some links while we have to wait all day for the Moseley vs. Dice-K pitchers duel (good luck to ESPN selling this game).

Here’s a good read on maple bats and the potential fix to the very real problem of them breaking.  Within the piece there are several other links to good articles.  Barry Bonds being one of the first players to use maple bats might end up having a bigger impact on the game than Bonds being one of the thousands to have used PED’s.

An update on Mark Mulder and the cautionary tale of pitching . Mulder’s career is a great reason why the Yankees are cautious to lock up their young arbitration eligible pitchers early and will likely continue to do so with Hughes going forward.  Through the age of 27 Mulder already had 97 wins and seemed to be well on his way to a great, Pettitte like career. He won just 6 more the rest of his career and is now trying his hand at golf, still just 33 years old.

I think instant replay in baseball is just a matter of when, but not if at this point.  Still, the more it’s talked about, and the more awful calls that cost teams games, the quicker it will be here.  Bob Costas was recently on the Dan Patrick show and ripped Bud Selig over the lack of replay in baseball.  Here is a quick rundown of what he had to say, and here is full audio of the segment.  I certainly will celebrate the day there is a good replay plan in place in MLB.

Jon Heyman took a look at some of the question marks plaguing all of the playoff contenders.  People that focus solely on the Yankees can certainly point out their flaws, but there’s certainly no perfect team out there.  Heyman also notes that the Yankees aren’t likely to go all out for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.  While this makes sense to anyone who’s paid attention this year, many in the MSM still are fitting Crawford for pinstripes in the offseason.  I just don’t see it myself.

Yanks lose

This picture could act as the recap (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The short, short version:

Jon Lester is one of the top five pitchers in the AL, but the Yanks hitters were still underwhelming. Nova predictably got rattled when he put men on base. Chad Gaudin is terrible. Romulo Sanchez has trouble throwing strikes, but when he does guys have a hard time hitting it. A-Rod likes his 30-homer streak.

That’s about it. Last chance to put the magic number at one tomorrow night.

Open Thread: There’s always tomorrow, right?

Nice try, Austin. NOT. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Don’t worry guys, Dustin Moseley gets the ball tomorrow. I’m sure this latest losing streak will end there. Maybe the White Sox will do the Yankees job for them next week since the Yanks seem to have zero interest in doing it themselves. They’re playing a completely unwatchable brand of baseball right now, and it absolutely sucks. They look like garbage and the results match the process. I sure hope they can just flip a switch and turn it on again for the playoffs like they seem to believe they can.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing out the rest of their schedule and have a date with the Phillies tonight, but the Giants and Rockies will be on MLB Network in a game that actually means something (albeit a small something). I’m sure there’s college football out the wazoo on as well, plus there’s preseason hockey on MSN tonight as well (Rangers vs. Devils). If you’re a Rangers fan and need a site to get your fix, check out Blue Seat Blogs. If you’re a Devils or Islanders fan … too bad I don’t care about you and your blogging needs. You know the drill, so have at it.

Game 155: You know, a win would be nice

Seriously, knock them on their ass. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Yankees failed to move any closer to securing a playoff berth last night, and they haven’t made any progress on that front in the last few days either. It’s time for that nonsense to stop. Yes, resting players is important, but it would be nice to win a damn game and actually clinch something first. Cut the crap and come to play. For my sanity.

Here’s the starting nine…

El Capitan, SS
Swishalicious, RF
Texual Healing, 1B
A-God, 3B
RBInson, 2B
Mr. Thames, DH
Austin Powers, LF
Grandyman, CF
You Got Cerv’d, C

And on the bump, it’s Ivan Manuel Nova.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 4pm ET, and this gem will be on FOX. I don’t think the Yankees have won a FOX Saturday game against the Red Sox since Bump Hadley outdueled Rube Walberg a few days before the Hindenberg burst into flames. Yeah, it’s been a while. Try to enjoy the game.