Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81).
Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees return home having won five straight and finishing 10-8 in interleague play. They’re 11 games over .500, matching the high-water mark of the season.
PITCHING PROWESS: The Yankees have a 2.50 ERA in their last four games. Over 36 innings they have allowed 30 hits with 15 walks and 46 strikeouts.
FATIGUED NO MORE: Alex Rodriguez in the last seven games: 8 of 23 (.348) with two homers, 11 RBI, five runs scored and nine walks.
MO MOTORS ON: In his lasts seven appearances, Mariano Rivera has allowed one run on two hits over 7.1 innings. He has walked 1 and struck out 11. Just FYI: Mo has a WHIP of 1.01 and Jonathan Papelbon is at 1.35.
WHAT A RELIEF: Phil Hughes has appeared in seven games out of the bullpen. Over 12 innings he has allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .122 against him.
CANO’S SLUMP: Robinson Cano is 8 of 37 (.216) with no RBI over his last nine games.
OFF THE MARK: Mark Teixeira has gone 55 at at-bats since his last home run, which came on June 12. He is 12 of 54 (.222) with six RBI over his last 14 games.
MATSUI MISSING: Hideki Matsui is 2 of his last 16 with no RBI over 11 games.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Hinske’s plane is delayed in Pittsburgh. He may or may not be here. Hence, no roster move.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Girardi just said that Hughes is a “full-fledged reliever” who can be used in any sutuation.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Bad weather rolling in.
UPDATE, 5;58 p.m.: Raining here in the Bronx but they’re hopeful it’ll move past. … A few notes for you:
• Cashman and Girardi both said that Phil Hughes is still considered a starter moving forward. But for now he’s needed in the bullpen. “It’s a balance and the main requirement is winning as many games as it takes to make the playoffs,” Cashman said.
Hughes said he would feel differently if he were 26 and not 23. But he pointed out, quite correctly, that he has proven he can get AAA hitters out. He thinks he’s better off here learning how to get big-league hitters out in high leverage situations. “Then when the times comes, I’ll start,” he said. “If I get 100 good innings this year, I’ll be fine,” he said.
• Nick Swisher was in the hospital for a few hours today with a left ear infection but says he’s OK.
• The Hinske move was directly related to Nady going down. Pena will be optioned out once Hinske arrives (which may not be tonight) and he worked as a super-sub type. They want to see if he can play the OF.
I’m sure this move will be over-analyzed, as always. To me, he’s a better offensive threat than Pena off the bench and Pena had played very sparingly in recent weeks. If it doesn’t work out, try somebody else. It’s a low-cost move.
• Brian Bruney shaved his mustache. He wanted to lose it a few days ago because he hasn’t been pitching as well as he wants. But he had a bet with Phil Hughes that he would keep it until the All-Star break and didn’t want to give in.
But Hughes, being a magnanimous guy, cut a deal with Bruney. So Bruney shaved it off 15 minutes ago and Hughes will soon get a black Bose Sound Dock for his iPod. No fool is Hughes.
• Tony Romo (and an entourage of dozens) watched batting practice. To his credit, he was with a sick child.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Here is Brian Cashman on the field before BP talking about the trade and Phil Hughes. The sound quality isn’t so good because it was windy. Did the best I could:
It’s raining steadily here. We’ll keep you posted on the game.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: This from the Yankees:
The Yanks will make every attempt to play tonight’s game vs. the Mariners. Weather updates will be posted as they become available.
Meanwhile, guess who is throwing out the first pitch? Mariano Rivera. Pretty cool.
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: We’re not starting on time, that much I can tell you. It’s raining and the tarp is down. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: Yankees projecting a 7:45 p.m. first pitch.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Rain has stopped, about to pull the tarp.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: 8:05 first pitch now.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: That was great, Mo threw out the first pitch and Jorge came out from behind the plate like he was an old man. Funny stuff. Cool idea whoever came up with it.
We’re about to get underway.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Do Johnny Damon’s bats come pre-broken? Seems that way.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hinske is not here, apparently. Or not on the lineup card at least.
According to assorted excited e-mailers, Jesus Montero has homered twice for Trenton tonight in support of Jeremy Bleich.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Somebody just threw back a ground-rule double. Enough is enough. Eject that dope.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Brutal at-bat for Swisher with the bases loaded and no outs. They should have sent a jet for Hinske.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Yankees up 3-1 and it feels like it they’ve been sleeping. It could be 6-1.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: This has nothing whatsoever to do with who is catching. Joba, for whatever reason, refuses to challenge hitters at certain points of the game. He has such good stuff and he nibbles like a he’s a washed-up vet trying to hang on.
UDPATE, 9:58 p.m.: Cano leads off two innings and gets hits. Then he comes to the plate with two on and whiffs.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Yankees 0 for 9 with RISP and have left seven on base, four in scoring position.
Meanwhile, Joba works his usual 5.1 innings. He has made 15 starts and failed to get beyond the sixth inning 12 times. One was because of injury. But, as always, he has the team in the game. The Yankees are 9-5 when he starts.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Hughes in with a 3-3 score. Big spot for him. Lots of pre-game talk about how well he has taken to this role.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Isn’t that how Mo started? 13 innings, 2 runs, 16 Ks. Filthy. He fanned Junior with 96-mph cheese.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Hey, it’s a hit with RISP. Better yet, it’s a two-run bomb by A-Rod. Yankees lead 5-3.
I’d leave Hughes in, but they won’t.
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: That’s 13 RBI in eight games for Alex. Pretty amazing that he has 39 RBI already.
Bruney in. I’m saying in advance I don’t like this. Hughes was lights out, leave him in.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Like I said.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Here is what I don’t get: If you’re going to pitch Hughes in relief, then pitch him in relief. Let him pitch two innings, it builds up his innings and serves the purpose of winning games. Everybody wins.
He threw nine pitches in the seventh. Leave. Him. In.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: New game. Girardi managed them right out of a win there, at least for now.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Winning pitcher—Brian Bruney (3-0). Makes a lot of sense, right?
As bad as Bruney was, Sean White is even worse. Holy cow. Clutchy Cabrera does it again.