First some good news. I exchanged a few e-mails with Phil Hughes tonight and he said he felt great after his second rehab start. He will start for Trenton again Wednesday then make a start for Scranton (probably on July 23) before joining the Yankees around July 27.
“Everything is good,” he said. “My fastball command was there.”
Brian Cashman was at the game in Trenton and said there would be no rushing Phil Franchise.
“There is nothing he could do to get (immediately) back into our rotation,” Cashman said. “We are not looking for shutdown results – it will be the follow-up starts that will obviously allow him to get closer to doing what he needs to do more consistently.”
As for the major-league team, there wasn’t much to say about this game. Scott Kazmir had not won a game at home since last July and he pitched well tonight. They Yankees were lucky he lasted only six innings.
Roger Clemens is 2-4 after seven starts. If you’re the Rocket, you can’t let Josh Wilson crunch a two-run triple off you.
Here is some audio from The Rocket:
Here is Joe Torre’s take:
Meanwhile, I will leave you with this: At least you don’t root for the Devil Rays. As I sit here in the press box, there are 12 people sitting in left field (I counted) watching Night of the Living Dead on the scoreboard. The Devil Rays are celebrating Friday the 13th.
Tomorrow, you can catch Carlos Pena at Checkers in Pinellas Park at 10:30 and James Shields at the Wal-Mart in Tampa. It’s also “Festival Latino” night at the game and Mexican wrestler Blue Demon will be on hand.
I’m not kidding about any of this.