Offense still thin but Hughes, bullpen win it for Yankees

The offense still remained toothless for the Yankees and the tone was set early. Hochevar has taken his share of lumps from the Yankees over the years and the first inning has been his trouble spot all season. He quickly fell behind Derek Jeter, who led off the bottom of the first, 3-0 and was not close with any of the pitches. But then Hochevar threw three perfect sinkers on the outside corner at the knees to strike Jeter out. Thus, the first batter of the game for the Yankees raises the question of whether the Yankees simply cannot hit or are facing an extraordinary run by the pitchers they face. Jeter’s strikeout was a microcosm of that debate. Hochevar could not have thrown three better pitches.

Hughes had an easy time of it through the first two innings, retiring the side in order in both frames. But he ran into trouble in the top of the third. Irving Falu led off the inning with a single.…

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Phil Hughes Officially A Bright Spot, Beats Royals 3-2

Who is the best Yankee pitcher at the moment? Over the last three weeks, the answer is probably C.C. Sabathia. However, Phil Hughes really isn’t all that far behind. Over his last 4 starts, Hughes has pitched 25 2/3 innings (6.4 per start) with an ERA of 2.80. During that time, he has 23 strikeouts...

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May 21st Recap: Yankee struggles continue

The Yankees are currently mired in a stretch of mediocre play that has seen subpar contributions from the offense, defense, and pitching.  It has been very frustrating to watch as a fan, and presumably equally frustrating for the players.  The Yankees looked to get themselves back on track today against the Royals.

Hiroki Kuroda was on...

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Cueto quiets Yankees as Reds win series

The Yankees dropped the rubber game of their three game, Interleague match up with the Cincinnati Reds, 5-2. After winning the first game of the series behind Andy Pettitte‘s eight shutout innings, the Yankees fell a bit short of a comeback on Saturday, and just came up short overall on Sunday.

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Yankees leave tying run at third, fall to Reds 6-5

The fun started from the word go, as Ivan Nova allowed two runs in the first two innings on the way to recording the first seven outs of the game by way of the strikeout. Nova walked Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto in the first inning before allowing an RBI single to Brandon Phillips, then allowed doubles to Devin Mesoraco and Chris Heisey in the second. The latter came with two outs, while the former looked like a playable ball but fell just out of the reach of (who but?!) Raul Ibanez as the wind blew out to right field. The Yankees returned the favor by scoring a run each in the third and fourth innings via a Russell Martin home run and an RBI double by Ibanez respectively, to even the game at two runs apiece.

By that point, Nova looked like he might have settled down. Though the Reds finally managed to put a few balls in play, Nova recorded 9 of the Cincinnati’s first 12 outs via strikeout, and sitting the Reds down in order in the third and fourth innings.…

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Pettitte great for eight – Yankees win, 4-0

Bronson Arroyo nearly matched Pettitte for the first seven innings. The Yankees are struggling on offense right now and despite the two late homers and the four runs, this was a very frustrating offensive performance. Here are some lowlights:

  • In the second inning, Alex Rodriguez led off the inning with a booming double. Went to third with one out and died there.
  • In the fourth inning, Curtis Granderson singled and Robinson Cano singled, but was thrown out trying to go to second. Granderson was on third with one out and scored on an A-Rod grounder.
  • In the fifth inning, Nick Swisher singled to lead off the inning, but nothing further happened.
  • In the sixth inning, Derek Jeter singled, Granderson singled and Cano walked to load the bases with no outs. A-Rod grounded to third and Jeter was out at the plate. The replay showed the catcher’s foot was off the plate. Ibanez grounded to first and Granderson was forced out at home.
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