Here are the lineups:
Hughes RHP (1-1, 3.38)
Davies RHP (4-8, 5.76 with Atlanta)
Pregame chatter: This will be the first time Betemit has played first in the majors. He has played there in winter ball. Torre was swayed by his being 2 for 2 with two home runs against him. Check out this stat:
Most wins since start of 2006 season
Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees) 32
Carlos Zambrano (Cubs) 30
Johan Santana (Twins) 30
Josh Beckett (Red Sox) 29
Brad Penny (Dodgers) 29
Roy Halladay (Blue Jays) 28
Finally, Scott Boras is here and I had a chance to speak to him for 10 minutes or so during batting practice. The short version is this: They will not talk to the Yankees about an extension during the season and he believes Alex Rodriguez is worth $32-35 million a year. “Signing Alex is good business,” he said. “That has been proven. The Yankees are one of the team who can afford him but there are a lot of those teams.”
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Ron, a loyal reader from way back, just sent me his eyewitness account of seeing Jason Giambi last night:
Saw both SWB games last night. I have to say Giambi looks pretty good. Crushed a ball for his homer just to the left of center field. One of his walks was in the bottom of the last inning of the first game with 2 outs pushing a runner into scoring position who scored on Durazo’s game winning single. In the nightcap he made a diving stop toward the first base line in the final inning and threw out the potential tying run at the plate. Yanks then won in extra innings.
UPDATE 1:29 p.m.: Well, there you have it, No. 500. All it took was Scott Boras showing up.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Here are a few facts on No. 500
A-Rod is the 22nd player in history to hit 500.
A-Rod joins Bonds, Sosa, Griffey and Thomas as the only active players with 500.
A-Rod joins Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle as the only players to hit their 500th home run while Yankees.
A-Rod is the youngest player to hit 400. He is 32 years, 8 days old. Jimmie Foxx was 32 years, 338 days.
In terms of games played, it took McGwire 1,639 games, Ruth 1,740 and A-Rod 1,883.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Oh, by the way, Phil Hughes is absolutely dealing. But he’s throwing way too many pitches, especially on a hot day.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Phil Hughes’ no-hit streak ended at 8.1 innings.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: I’m digging the people who are commenting from their seats at the Stadium. Stay cool, guys. Drink that free water.
Meanwhile, I see some people are disappointed in Hughes. Two words: Get real. He’s 21, making his third MLB start and it’s an oven on the field. Two of KC’s four hits were flares. He has five Ks in four innings and one walk. He’s doing just fine.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Torre said before the game that they would star to keep an eye on Hughes once he got around 80 pitches, which is where he is now. I suspect he’ll pitch no more than six innings. It’ll be very interesting to see who gets the 7th inning.
I figure Nobody Beats the Viz for the 8th and Mo in the 9th unless they blow it open. This is a game to get with Meche pitching tomorrow.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Well, that fell apart quickly on Hughes. The homer was the first he has allowed all season, majors or minors. A 4.1 7 6 6 2 5 line is not what anybody expected. Brings to mind his first start this season: 4.1 7 4 4 1 5 against Toronto on April 26.
UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: Betemit is the 10th player to have played first base for the Yankees this season. … Counting that last double, Robinson Cano is an insane 32 of 64. I went to public school but I’m pretty sure that’s .500.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: There are levels of untrustworthy people in life.
5. Your buddy the addicted gambler who wants $20 “to get a few drinks” at the casino.
4. The girl who tells you the guy she has lunch with at work is “only a friend.”
3. Cab drivers from Nowhereaztan who say they know a shortcut to Union Square.
2. Ticket scalpers who assure you, “these are great seats!”
1. Kyle Farnsworth
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: People were chanting “501” when Alex came to the plate. Scott Boras was chanting “$40 million, $40 million.”
I never thought I’d write this but they need to give serious, serious consideration to keeping Abreu next season. He fits into their offense very well.
Meanwhile, the Yankees at this moment have 63 runs in their last six games. They’re on a pace for 956. It’s not going to stay that high, but this team is going to win 93-96 games with this offense.
UPDATE, 4:46: I’m record as saying Joe Torre gets too much criticism. But Luis Vizcaino in a 9-run game? Really? Jeff Karstens can’t suck up a couple of innings here? Ron Villone?
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: As Ron Villone pays tribute to Kyle Farnsworth, it’s worth noting that the Mets are down 6-1. Should they lose, they would be 63-48 and the Yankees 60-50, a 2.5 game difference. Remember all those spring columns about how the Mets were dominant team in the city? It amazes me how easily some people forget how long the season is.
Anyway, back later with some A-Rod audio and whatever else I can come up with.