Phil Hughes threw a 30-pitch bullpen session before yesterday’s game against the Mariners, starting off with 20 fastballs before incorporating a handful of curveballs and changeups. Everything went well and Hughes felt fine, no pain or anything. He will take today and tomorrow off before throwing another bullpen on Wednesday, and if all goes well there’s a chance that he could throw live batting practice before the end of the week. That would be pretty amazing, but the real test won’t come until he makes a minor league rehab start.
Record Last Week: 3-3 (29 RS, 24 RA)
Season Record: 28-23 (264 RS, 209 RA, 31-20 pythag. record), tied in the loss column
Opponents This Week: @ Athletics (Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, @ Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The week started off with a three game series against the Blue Jays, but a stinker by Bartolo Colon resulted in a loss on Monday. The Yankees walked off with a win the next day, then they took the rubber game behind a pair of Andruw Jones homers.
- The first west coast trip of the season started off with a pair of blown leads and losses, though the Yankee salvaged things with a big win on Sunday.
- Injury News: Rafael Soriano will miss six-to-eight weeks with an inflamed elbow ligament following a setback. Phil Hughes threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a setback off his own. Pedro Feliciano will begin a throwing program this week.
- Kanekoa Texeira came back to the organization on a waiver claim. Minor leaguers Andy Sisco and Brian Anderson were both released, and the Yankees tried to acquire Franklin Morales.
- The Yankees have been heavily linked to draft prospects Tyler Goeddel, Jake Cave, Dillon Howard, and Brandon Martin.
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This one got out of hand early. Nick Swisher put the Yankees on top with a solo homer in the second, then Andruw Jones broke things open with a bases clearing double to the opposite field in the third. Eduardo Nunez also chipped in a run scoring triple, though he only gets a two for the slide into the base. T’was ugly. The Yankees were up seven-zip before the Mariners came to bat in the fourth, and CC Sabathia made it a non-issue the rest of the way. The big guy gave up just one run (a garbage time solo homer by Justin Smoak) in eight innings, and did exactly what the team needed him to do after a pair of rough losses and early exists by A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova.
It’s off to Oakland now, and you’ll be able to watch the Yankees while chowing down during your Memorial Day cookout at 4pm ET on Monday. Bartolo Colon will take on the amazingly awesome Trevor Cahill. Enjoy the holiday if you’re not going to be around. Here’s the box score and WPA graph of Sunday’s game, by the way.
Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Louisville) mounted a four-run, ninth inning rally off the $30M man
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Ramiro Pena, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 13 for his last 36 (.333) with two doubles and a homer
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K – 16 K in his last nine games
Jorge Vazquez, 1B, Brandon Laird, DH, Kevin Russo, 3B & Doug Bernier, 2B: all 1 for 4 – JoVa scored a run … Laird doubled in a run and came around to score … Bernier scored a run, drove one in and whiffed twice
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 2, 2R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – third straight game with a jack … nine for his last 18 with two doubles and three homers
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K
David Phelps, RHP: 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-5 GB/FB – not a perfect outing, but he only needed 82 pitches (57 strikes, 69.5%) to complete eight innings even with all those baserunners
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – half of his dozen pitches went for strikes
That one doesn’t need an introduction. It’s probably the best individual Yankees moment of my lifetime, and Boone will never have to buy himself dinner in New York again. Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game features the Reds at the Braves (Cueto vs. Jurrjens), but talk about whatever your want. Have at it.