Here is the lineup:
Hughes RHP (2-1, 4.64)
Pregame chatter: It turns out Jim Brower agreed to an option when he signed with the Yankees, so he has been optioned. … Mike Myers was officially released. … Roger Clemens is at the park today, his suspension having ended. … Alex Rodriguez is filming a cameo on the field for a Garth Brooks video. Garth Brooks? I thought he had retired. … The Orioles are reportedly displeased that Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis got hit last night, so don’t be surprised if a Yankee gets drilled today. … Brian Cashman was on the field during BP and reported he has made progress with several draft picks. But no details.
When asked about “the Joba rules” Cashman got borderline angry. “There’s no reason for that to be made public,” he said. “Then if we need to make an adjustment, it’ll get thrown back in my face. That stuff should stay in house.”
Perhaps. But the Joba for Dummies version is that he will get a day off for every inning pitched and not go back-to-back days.
Of course that’ll end once they really need to win a game.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: 81 degrees at first pitch, beautiful day here in the Boogie Down.
Keep an eye on the Franchise’s pitch count, the Yankees want him to work on getting in counts and going deeper into games. He tossed 10 in the first inning, 8 of them strikes. So he’s off to a good start.
We were coming off the field after batting practice when a young fan asked Kim Jones for an autograph. Kim, being very gracious, agreed to sign a ball for the kid. Mark Feinsand of the News and I immediately started giving her a hard time.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: There you go, I knew somebody would get drilled. In baseball justice, hitting Jeter evens it out for Markakis and Tejada. I suspect the Yankees won’t retaliate. If they do, it could get ugly.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: I’m not telling you Baltimore is right or wrong. But Tejada and Markakis got really drilled yesterday and in a 12-0 game, it looks suspicious. Baseball players, more so than any other athletes, get riled up about such things. So Bedard hits Jeter. It’s just how it is in baseball, stupid as it seems.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Wow. Hughes has a great hook. Not enough pitchers his age have a great 12-to-6 curveball. Most of the young kids these days are fastball/sinker/slider and maybe a change. He’s a complete pitcher. Sort of a young Mussina in that he throws hard.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: The Yankees have three hits (all singles) and one run in their last 16 innings. Is that a concern? It seems like a concern.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: I was about to post that Hughes was doing a good job of working out of trouble. Then he was late covering first.
You have to sprint to the bag. Tough to learn a lesson that way. So many of these major prospects, they go through the minors dominating hitters and never have to learn the little things.
3-0 against Bedard isn’t impossible. But it sure is unlikely. Meanwhile Hughes may have only one more inning in him.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Hughes is at 94 pitches by my count yet there is no action in the pen. Meanwhile, perhaps big Shelley can get them going with that throw and now the single.
Bedard just threw his 75th pitch. They need to work him into some counts and get him out of the game.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Hideous call by Bruce Froemming there. Not only was Cabrera not on the bag, he never had the ball. Other than that, Duncan was out.
Meanwhile, Bedard could another two innings now.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: I guess Sean Henn was done warming up, as he is in the game for Hughes.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.:
Hughes at home (3 games): 14 20 13 12 5 14
Hughes on the road (2 games): 12.1 4 1 1 4 12
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: * * * BRACKMAN SIGNS WITH YANKEES * * *
Word is that the Yankees and Scott Boras have agreed on a deal that would pay the right-hander a minimum of $4.6 million and possibly as much as $13.8 million.
More on this as it becomes official later today.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Bedard against the Yankees his season: 21 11 2 2 3 21.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: Nice job by Edwar Ramirez, who retired seven of the eight batters he faced, three swinging. He spoke before the game about having more confidence in his fastball. Torre said they considered calling him last week but the minor-league people didn’t feel he was ready. Based on how he looked today, he’s ready. The greatest change-up in the world is useless unless there’s a fastball to create deception.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: The Yankees haven’t pulled victory out of the clutched of defeat lately. This could be an interesting inning, especially with Giambi, Abreu and Damon available.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: It’s Shelley Duncan’s world and we’re all just living in it. You have to give it up to him, he knows how to hit in the Bronx.
I can think of only two words:
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: There can be no complaining if Boston rallies against Tampa Bay. The Yankees are 6-2 against the Devil Rays since the break. Tampa’s bullpen is dreadful. You can’t expect the Red Sox to lose often against a team that bad.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Well, this is a shocking turn of events as Mariano Rivera gets blasted. His line in his last three appearances: 3.1 9 5 5 0 2.
You have to wonder whether he has some sort of injury. It was around this time last season when he came down with the mysterious forearm/elbow injury that was never fully explained.
Back later with some postgame comments from the Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Time for one more. The Yankees do catch a break as Boston loses to Tampa Bay 6-5.