Here is the lineup:
Hughes (2-1, 4.96)
Pregame chatter: Derek Jeter has a sore right knee, a problem that first cropped up in Anaheim. He’s 0 for his last 9 as a result. … Giambi was inserted into the lineup to provide some pop with Jeter and a resting Jorge Posada on the bench. … Torre said the Yankees would probably call up an infielder, a catcher and a few pitchers on Sept. 1. Ian Kennedy is not on the list. … Yankees are facing 21-year-old Jair Jurrrjens (1-1, 3.29).
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Hughes has to find a way to keep the Yankees in the game here because they can, and probably will, score a few runs off Durbin.
Hughes is in a tough spot. I wrote in April when they called him up that he needed more time in the minors and one great game against a bad Texas team didn’t change that. The plan for him this season was a season in AAA and they tossed that out of the window a few weeks into the season because they were desperate for starters.
He’s still in his infancy in terms of development and here he is facing the defending AL champions. It’ll be good for him in the long run but he’s going to take some bumps now.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: I apologize if this was already mentioned by one of your minor-league mavens. But Austin Romine, Brad Sutttle, Taylor Grote and Carmen Angelini were assigned to the GCL Yanks and are playing this weekend.
The baseball draft is a funny thing. Teams select 50 kids, sign 35 of them or so and in four years you see who can play. If you’re lucky, three or four can.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Nice move by Leyland there, going to the lefty to get Abreu and A-Rod with two runners on. But this game isn’t ending 5-4. Whoever scores next wins it.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: Well, Hughes has done his part for the last three innings. Now the Yankees have to get something done soon.
UPDATE, 3;22 p.m.: I do believe we are seeing the redemption of Kyle Farnsworth. He has now thrown seven scoreless innings in a row, allowing one hit, two walks and striking out eight. I’ll tell ya, I was always in his corner. 🙂
Meanwhile, Melky Cabrera needs to get fined $100 every time he slides into first base. Unless you’re getting tagged, it’s a stupid, inefficient thing to do. That’s the third or fourth time he has done it this season.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: The Tigers have retired 11 batters in a row. Great relief pitching and great choices by Jim Leyland, who used Bobby Seay and Joel Zumaya for multiple innings.