Hughes Da Man

The result was an impressive 10 strike outs against just two bases on balls and a great win.  It’s too bad that he lost the no-hitter the way he did:

He had set down the next 20 batters, struck out a career-high 10, and now stood just six outs shy of throwing a no-hitter.

And then, Eric Chavez got his bat on a fastball, the ball took a hop off the grass in front of Hughes, smashed into the fleshy part of his left forearm, caromed off his chest and — to Hughes, at least — disappeared.

And while literally everyone in the ballpark stared and screamed and pointed, Phil Hughes was vainly searching the skies for a baseball that was lying right there at his feet.

I’m yelling, ‘It’s in front of you, it’s in front of you,'” Mark Teixeira recalled.

I’m screaming, ‘Down! Down! Down!,'” said Jorge Posada.

We were all yelling,” Joe Girardi said.

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Minors Notes, 4/21

Scranton defeats Syracuse, 8-2

  • Eduardo Nunez was 2 for 4 for the Yankees, walking twice, and raising his average on the season to .380.  Nunez has faced high expectations since putting up a .313/.365/.427 line as an 18 year-old in Staten Island in 2005.  Since then, he has largely underachieved, and it wasn’t until his 2009...
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Jeter Needs To Talk To Nick Johnson

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And, here’s another interesting stat on the day, this time in relation to the Yankees’ beloved captain, Derek Jeter. This season, Jeter has walked 1.8% of the time. That’s just one measly walk over 13 games (again, this is a post lightly discussing numbers derived from an extremely...

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A quick bit on Robbie Cano

Here’s a random item on the day. Currently, Robinson Cano’s batting average on balls in play – not his batting average, but his BABIP – stands at .300. On his career, Cano’s BABIP is a robust .321, meaning that his current BABIP is actually lower than the norm...

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Mariano Rivera May Never Age

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A lot of ink has been spilled over the last few seasons discussion the Yankees plan of succession at closer once Mariano Rivera begins to age and retires. Joba Chamberlain’s name is the most common suggestion, Mark Melancon has gotten some support, and future free...

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Vazquez Better, But Still Not Quite Right

Javier Vazquez turned in a solid performance last night, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. The last two runs came on one swing from Kurt Suzuki on Javy’s final pitch of the night, and followed a misplayed popup that dropped between Cano and Granderson. In all, it...

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