Hughes picks up first win: Yankees 4, Athletics 2

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Weather-wise today is probably one of the nicest days we’ve seen here in the Northeast so far in 2013 and baseball-wise, Phil Hughes easily had his best performance of 2013.

He pitched eight scoreless innings, gave up only four hits, walked two batters, struck out nine and 82 of his 118 pitches were strikes. Better yet, his velocity was hovering around the 93-94 mark in some spots. He pitched like a guy who had confidence in his stuff and after not lasting past the fourth inning in his first two starts, Hughes has lasted longer in his past four starts – today’s included. His shortest outing was his six innings against Toronto on April 28. The two starts prior, he pitched seven innings. He’s also striking out more batters. He had nine in his last start as well.

Offensively, the Yankees were aided by two home runs, one by Chris Stewart and the other by Lyle Overbay. I know, it’s really unbelievable what these guys are doing. Every time you think, okay, the other shoe is going to drop and the Yankees will start losing games, someone provides a spark and they win.

Travis Hafner also contributed with an RBI single in the sixth off A’s starter and old friend, Bartolo Colon. He picked up the loss and left the game after that Hafner single with the Yanks up 3-0. Brett Gardner made the score 4-0 in the seventh with an RBI single which scored Eduardo Nunez who had tripled and lost his helmet somewhere between first and second. I swear, I was going to keep a “Nunez Helmet Tally” in the sidebar of the website this season and I am mad I didn’t do it.

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Today’s Yankees lineup: 5/4/13

May the fourth be with you.

Gardner 8
Cano 4
Wells 7
Hafner DH
Ichiro 9
Nelson 5
Overbay 3
Nunez 6
Stewart 2

Hughes RHP

You’ll notice that Chris Nelson is making his debut today and that Austin Romine is among the missing. Why bring him up if he’s not going to catch? I get that he had a bad night with Pettitte against Houston but it’s a day game after a night game. Doesn’t Chris Stewart need to rest?
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The Farm Report: 5/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 6-2:
The RailRiders jumped out ahead early. David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles in the top of the first and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak for a 2-0 lead. A solo homer by Brian McCann in the bottom of the fourth brought the Braves within one run, but Scranton got the run back in the top of the fifth. Luke Murton grounded a single to second and scored on a single by Corban Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier connected with his first hit of the season, driving a double to left in the top of the sixth. Marusazk laid down a sac bunt, but was safe after an error by Gwinnett pitcher, Yohan Flande. Melky Mesa doubled in the runners and scored when Bobby Wilson hit into a double play. A homer by Joey Terdoslavich gave the Braves a little life in the seventh, but the RailRiders held on for the 6-2 victory.

Everyone in the Scranton lineup had one hit, except Bobby Wilson (0-4) and Luke Murton, who went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Adams, Almonte and Mustelier went 1-4 with a run scored. Maruszak went 1-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Mesa went 1-4 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and three Ks. Graham Stoneburner went five innings and allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Mark Montgomery went 1.1 with a run scored, two hits and three Ks. Same Demel and Ryan Pope both pitched an inning, allowing one hit.

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Athletics 2, Yankees 0: Knicks Win!

I’m sorry, I didn’t watch the Yankee game at all. I was too busy nearly having a heart attack watching the Knicks nearly blow a 26-point lead to the Boston Celtics.

Thankfully, they didn’t. They won their game and their series and have advanced to the second round to meet the Pacers.

As for the Yankees, nothing good happened in tonight’s game. Obviously, because they were shut out by a guy who had a 4.65 ERA coming into tonight’s game.

Not that ERA is the be all, end all of pitching stats but a 4.65 is still pretty terrible. CC Sabathia gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw and it didn’t get better for the Yankees after that.

But as they say, and as I’ve said many times before, on to the next one. And the next one is tomorrow afternoon when our old friend Bartolo Colon faces off against Phil Hughes.

Some notes:

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Game 28: Happy Anniversary Robinson Cano

It was eight years ago today that Robinson Cano was called up to take over second base from the woeful Tony Womack. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Kevin Brown was shellacked by the then Devil Rays, giving up eight runs in five innings – six in the first alone. The winning pitcher for the Devil Rays was Doug Waechter. Remember him?

The Yankees are welcoming the Oakland A’s for a three game set before heading out on a road trip to Denver and Kansas City. Hopefully those places won’t be expecting any snow.

Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Hafner DH
Ichiro RF
Nunez SS
Overbay 1B
Nix 3B
Stewart C

Sabathia P

ATHLETICS
Rosales SS
Smith LF
Lowrie 2B
Cespedes CF
Donaldson 3B
Norris C
Reddick RF
Freiman 1B
Montz DH

Griffin P

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I love Jeter, but c’mon

Like many of you, I’ve borne witness to the entirety of Derek Jeter‘s career, a Hall of Fame career, and it’s been a glorious ride. But I will never make a leap as far as Tracy Ringolsby made today at MLB.com, capturing the headline and subtitle here:

Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod

Future Hall of Famer’s highly distinguished career makes him worthy of fans’ vote

MLB All-Star GameRingolsby is trying to use the “ambassador” concept to make the case that Jeter should be selected by the fans, even if Jeter then begs out due to his injury.

So what if the game is in NY (at Citi Field)?

So what if Jeter “won five Gold Gloves. Only four shortstops won more — Ozzie Smith (13), Vizquel (11), Aparicio (9) and Mark Belanger (8).”

So what if Jeter has “been an All-Star 13 times, the same as Ken Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio and George Brett, and he has hit .440 in the midsummer event, tied with Griffey for the eighth-highest average in All-Star history.”

Look, I have miles of respect for Derek Sanderson Jeter. I miss him playing now. I will miss him whenever he decides to retire. However, I would not vote for him as a 2013 All Star. That’s just silly. Continue reading I love Jeter, but c’mon