Here is the lineup:
Hughes RHP (2-1, 4.44)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are facing RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.84). … Huge game for Phil Franchise, as he grew up just a few miles away. His folks live in Tustin and he will have several dozen friends and family at the game.
The Yankees also will face Kelvim Escobar (13-6, 2.68) and John Lackey (15-7, 3.32) in the series, so tonight would be a good one to get.
Alex Rodriguez had a weird homestand. He was 9 of 25 at the plate but had one RBI. … The Yankees have 10 or more hits in 28 of 38 games since the All-Star break.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Here is the bulk of Joe Torre’s pregame session with the media:
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Just noticed that we went over 100,000 comments on the blog since it was switched to the Word Press format in mid-January. I have no idea whether that is any good or not but it seems pretty good to me. Thanks to everybody for commenting.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: I love being in California. But the deadlines make for a hectic few hours. Basically I need to have two stories into my paper by 10 p.m. We’re getting Joe Torre around 8 p.m. (5 p.m. here) so you have to hustle to write those 1,200 words. The first game of the trip is the worst because you usually don’t have anything gathered from the night before.
Meanwhile, many of the local writers wanted to speak to Jose Molina today. I listened in and he was interesting.
“When youâ€™re in the other dugout, you think of the Yankees having a lot of superstars that are probably playing for themselves,â€? he said. “When I got inside, I just ate my words. I did. Itâ€™s the opposite of what you see from the outside. You have to be inside to know these guys. The way they treated me when I came in â€¦ Iâ€™m going to change the way I think now.â€?
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Phil Hughes went to Foothill High in Santa Ana, which is only 7.5 miles away from Angel Stadium. Ed Price of the Star-Ledger and I were researching the school a bit and learned that Hughes played the Bambino in high school.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: As soon as Mike Bootcheck came into the game, I checked his record because I knew he was soon to be the pitcher of record before too long.
That’s 40 home runs for Alex Rodriguez. Check out this stat:
Most 40-home run seasons
Babe Ruth 11
Barry Bonds 8
Hank Aaron 8
Harmon Killebrew 8
Alex Rodriguez 8
UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.: Strange outing by Phil Hughes, who allowed only four hits in 6.1 innings but walked five. He had thrown only 81 pitches through six, so sending him out to face the bottom of the order was not out of the question. Torre also is trying to limit the exposure of the bullpen and the only way to do that is to get innings out of the starters.
That said, I wouldn’t have sent him out there. Let him leave with the lead after six.
UPDATE, 12:37 p.m.: You knew getting used as much as he has been would catch up to the Viz and it seems that day has come. But the Yankees aren’t done yet.
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: Like I said, they aren’t done yet.
UPDATE, 1:09 a.m.: Kyle Farnsworth put two runners on with no outs and lived to tell the tale. Never expected that.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Mo Rivera vs. Vlad Guerrero at 1:28 a.m. This is great stuff.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Darren Oliver figures to go a while for Anaheim if it comes to that. The Yankees have Ramirez, Henn and Villone left. Chamberlain is unavailable. But it is technically Tuesday, so he had all day Monday off.