Take the money and run with Hughes this offseason

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Last night illustrates why I think the Yanks would be well served to consider trading Phil Hughes this off season, should the right deal present itself. I’m not talking about dumping him, but if I have a choice between building a deal around Phil or Ivan Nova, I’m doing the Hughes package even if it means giving up more elsewhere in the deal. Upton? Where do I sign? A solution at Catcher straight up? Sold.

Phil is the pitching version of the Yanks 2012 offense. He seems to allow most of his runs via the long ball, while giving up little else. Last night he gave up 3 HRs for a league leading 25 on the season, tying him with journeyman Jason Vargas. Other than that he flat out dominated the Red Sox offense, allowing just a walk, a ground ball single, and a ground-rule double while striking out five. Phil’s saving grace last evening was that all three were solo shots, which is something we’ve seen a lot of lately.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/27/12

Trenton lost to Harrisburg 7-4:
Jose Pirela started the bottom of the first with a double, scoring on a double play ball by Zoilo Almonte.  Harrisburg scored three runs in the second on four singles and a walk.  Dellin Betances replaced Mikey O’Brien in the top of the third, allowing Jimmy Van Ostrand to reach on an error.  Zach Walters singled to right and Destin Hood tripled them in for a 5-1 Thunder deficit.  Kevin Mahoney doubled in the fourth, scoring on a single by Jose Gil.  Harrisburg scored two more runs in the top of the eighth, and Trenton tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the inning.  Pirela drew a walk and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak.  A single from Melky Mesa plated Maruszak, but that was it for the Thunder, who fell 7-4.

Maruszak went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Mahoney went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  … Click here to read the rest

Yankees Slam The Red Sox, Win Series Opener 10-3

I’m not sure what’s more amazing: Russell Martin hitting a home run or the Yankees and Red Sox playing a game that only lasted two hours and 41 minutes. Well, both of those things happened tonight and what resulted was a 10-3 Yankees victory.

Actually, I thought of something more amazing. It’s July 27 and tonight was the first game the Boston Red Sox played in Yankee Stadium in 2012.

And it started off well for Boston as Dustin Pedroia hit a home run in the top of the first inning but the Yankees – as they seem to always do against the Red Sox – answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

The Yankees have scored 15 first inning runs in their last four games against Boston.

This time, Mark Teixeira grounded into a force out which scored Curtis Granderson from third – Granderson hit a double off starter Aaron Cook earlier in the inning.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Ichiro’s debut!

Ichiro makes his Yankee Stadium debut tonight against the Red Sox. Phil Hughes is on the bump for the Yanks and Aaron Cook (along with his 0.75 K/9 and 2.1 K%) takes the hill for the Sox.

Lineups:

NEW YORK:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
6. Andruw Jones (R) DH
7. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Russell Martin (R) C

BOSTON:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Carl Crawford (L) LF
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Cody Ross (R) RF
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
7. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
8. Daniel Nava (S) DH
9. Mike Aviles (R) SS… Click here to read the rest