On this date in 1923…

Yankee Stadium became The House that Ruth Built.

Fitting, perhaps, that the Yankees will be in Ruth’s home town of Baltimore for the weekend, opening a three-game series with the Orioles. While they’re there, some of the reporters who cover the Yankees are heading over to the Babe Ruth Museum for a tour.

If you’ve never headed down I-95 to ‘invade’ Oriole Park at Camden Yards, let’s just say that there are plenty of Yankees fans who do. You should definitely put this one on your travelogue. It’s a great ballpark and the Inner Harbor is quite nice for walking, shopping and eating, especially on a day as nice as this one.

Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Friday: Phil Hughes, RHP @ Daniel Cabrera, RHP (0-0, 5.94)
Saturday: Ian Kennedy, RHP (0-1, 8.74) @ Brian Burres, LHP (1-1, 5.40)
Sunday: Andy Pettitte, LHP (2-1, 3.38) @ Steve Trachsel, RHP (1-2, 5.65)

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elfman,

What you described is a pretty common thing in young pitchers who have next to no experience at this level, and right now have no confidence in themselves or the stuff they are throwing. It’s probably why Hughes can’t locate his fastball with any consistency, and why he can’t get his velocity up to the 95-98 mph range we know he can throw at. He’s holding back trying to be too fine afraid of getting hit. Same situation with Kennedy as well, he is unsure of himself, and trying to be too fine. It’s all part of the growing pains every young pitcher goes through. Does that mean they should go back down tho the minors? Absolutely not. At least not at this point, they have proven in the past they can pitch at that level, it wouldn’t be helping them to send them at this point, they don’t need to prove anything there.
With the shaky state of the starting pitching, and pen, I wouldn’t be surprised if they might be thinking of moving Chamberlain into the rotation fairly soon, especially if things keep going as they are. There hasn’t been a setup situation for him in a while to pitch in, regardless of his father’s situation.

As for the offense, it’s gone back into hybernation mode again, but what do you expect with three starters in the lineup ( Giambi, Cano, Damon ) hitting sub- .200, three players this team was expecting to be key players in the offense this season. That’s pathetic!!!!! How much longer is this team going to let this go on? I’m not concerned,yet. I am, however, very concerned about the state of the offense. Changes need to be made sooner rather than later. Maybe changes might light a fire under this offense as it did last season.

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No Runs, Our hitless wonders are still being shutdown again. We need hits in order to score runs. Averaging 4.5 runs a game doesn’t cut it, especially with so-so pitching. Kennedy does look too much like Moose, I can’t see why he does that crouch before pitching, Ohlendorf did good tonight. We are in desperate need of a good game from Andy Pettite. We’re being shutout again, GAME OVER and playing sub 500 baseball. Get the bats ready, We need a big win/////
“GO YANKEES”

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So I ask the same question with Ian that I did with Phil last night. Why are these guys so afraid of contact? I don’t think you should pour it down the middle everytime, but it seems once that first guy gets on, they get frazzled.

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That’s too bad those runs get charged to Ohlendorf. He looked pretty good tonight. I’ve liked the way he throws ever since last year and I hope he continues to improve.

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Moose a mentor? LOL!!!! IF this is the result of Mussina being a mentor, then they should get Kennedy away from him. KEnnedy looks too much like Mussina in all the wrong ways.

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Moose a mentor? LOL!!!! IF this is the result of Mussina being a mentor, then they should get Kennedy away from him. KEnnedy looks too much like Mussina in all the wrong ways.

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Hughes not a power pitcher? LOL!!!!!!

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You’re absolutely right joe, Hughes is a power pitcher who can generate 95-98 mph velocity, a true power pitcher. Just because he hasn’t shown it yet doesn’t mean he isn’t one. He is still learning to pitch at the major league level, and still trying to get comfortable, and learning the nuances of the game. Once he learns how to pitch, and get comfortable, and start spotting his fastball on a consistent basis, you will see him let loose more.

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Last year we had in MVP in April (Arod). Who is the MVP this time?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 19,2008

Rochester (Twins)
Scranton/WB 7PM
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Trenton 6:35PM
New Britain (Twins)
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Lakeland (Tigers)
Tampa 7PM
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Charleston 7PM
Columbus (Rays)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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.500 in April? I’ll settle for that after last year!

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Hi Guys and Gal,

I’m tired of 500..bal.
Here’s a though, all I heard this off-season is how Moose been a mentor for the young pitchers. Maybe new Joe should keep him away from mentoring them so they can start pitching and not leasing to a guy who can’t pitch to Manny.

Frankygg27

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Also, has anyone else noticed a recent trend for Yankee pitchers (and this includes relievers minus Mo) as far as putting hitters away? I mean in the last several years, it seems like few have had the stuff, guile, whatever it is to get that third strike. I’m not asking for a Roger Clemens juiced up 20 K game. I just mean pitchers who can throw quality pitches to get guys out with two strikes. Too many times we’ve seen nibblers or pitchers throwing TOO good of pitches. Think about it. We all talk about how great of a hitter Jeter is with two strikes, but his career average is .234. Arod is .223. Manny is .228. Papi is .207. You get the idea. Point is, no matter how good the hitter is, if you’ve got him at two strikes, he’s on the ropes.

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Yeah, we did HEAR about a 95+ fastball, but even from the first time I saw him he never had that. Obviously with his near no-hitter he doesn’t need a ton of velocity, but he does have to spot the fastball as Matt said. I’d like to see him finish off a few more of his two strike hitters as well. I mean Moose lately has had trouble, but that’s because he’s got an 86 mph fastball. Hughes was consistently at 92 last night. With that velocity and a nice curve, he can finish guys off. Hopefully he’ll learn. He’s got plenty of time (no matter what we crazed fans want, heh).

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Hughes never threw that had. He was 90-94 in the minors, and hes sitting there right now. He isn’t a flame thrower.

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Great! More .500 ball….. how nice.

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Hughes hasn’t been able to spot his fastballs for strikes consistently since coming back from his injury last season. He is still missing that velocity we heard so much about (95-98 mph). Like I said, I think he is holding back for some reason, maybe because he still isn’t comfortable at this level, and won’t let loose and let it fly.

Well, I think we all saw why so many of us have been critical, and nervous about Hawkins. Actually, it’s been obvious for a while. He just makes too many of us nervous with good reason. Hawkins, and Farnsworth really make this a shaky pen.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 18,2008

Scranton/WB 9
Charlotte (White Sox) 5
W: K. Igawa (2-2, 2.49); L: R. Bell (1-2, 11.25)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (4), C. Ransom (3), E. Duncan 2 (2). CHA: D. Wise 2 (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_18_swbaaa_chraaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 8
New Britain (Twins) 4
W: C. Wright (3-1, 2.92); L: O. Sosa (0-2, 5.84)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_18_treaax_nbraax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Lakeland (Tigers) 4
W: L. Marte (1-1, 2.25); L: I. Nova (0-3, 3.38); SV: F. Dolsi (4)
HR: LAK: J. Laster (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_18_tbyafa_lakafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 3
Columbus (Rays) 6
W: J. Ragan (3-0, 0.47); L: Z. McAllister (1-1, 1.50); SV: K. Boggan (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_18_crdafx_clmafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Well at least my Rangers won. That gives me one less sports thing to worry about for a few days.

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aaaaand Hawkins is back to normal.

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Now watching Hughes all of this season I have definitely noticed one major problem. He just won’t throw his fastball over the plate. He really tries to get too fine when I haven’t yet noticed him getting knocked around all that much. This outing shows it perfectly. He gets to the fifth inning and I’m saying to myself “hmm, he’s pitched pretty well.” I say that because no one’s really hit him hard. But then he goes and gets behind hitters and walks some hitters and bam, he’s got 5 earned runs. Arod’s play certainly didn’t help, but that basically just tacked on another run to the ones that would have scored anyway. Hughes gets enough swings and misses, he just seems to be too timid. Granted I always have to remember how young he really is, but I think it’s something he’s definitely gotta work on.

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Not sure the Mets would be interested in a 5th starter especially if Martinez can come back and be an effective starter with Santana, Maine, Pelfrey, Perez. That’s an effective, and fairly young rotation. If that doesn’t happen the Mets still go with Nelson Figueroa. I doubt the PHillies want two old guys bringing up the rear in the rotation. They could always two of their top prospects in Joe Savery or Carlos Carrasco.

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Matt,

I’m thinking the Mets or Phillies! To join either Moyer or Hernandez or Martinez! But, if he gains control of the fast ball or loses it entirely?

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Don’t mind pitching inside to Manny. Just wish it hadn’t been the meathead Farnsworth to do it. Considering no Yankees pitcher has been able to pitch to him successfully over the last 30+ games as he is hitting .460 against the Yanks, it needed to be done.

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No one said Mussina was done, just don’t think he has enough to get through the season like he failed to do last season. Also he has shown no ability to put a “great” game together at all. He has put together ok outings, but has shown no ability whatsoever to go deep in a game, which isn’t good news for the pen since Hughes and Kennedy haven’t shown that ability either, that’s 60% of the rotation which means this team will be leaning on the pen, once again, and could possibly risk burnout early in the second half of the season. Last I looked this team was second in the AL in IP by bullpens.

I seriously doubt a 39 year old pitcher like Mussina would have much trade value either, especially for another starting pitcher or prospects.

Another thing I’m liking Betamit more and more, as long as he is on the DL that is!!

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RSN

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Chaz,

Farnsworth missed his spot which was six feet over Manny’s head!! The only other people I see grumbling about it are all members of RSM. Are you a spy?(big smile)

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CORRECTION AGAIN: APRIL 18th!!!

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I hit the Babe Ruth Museum every time I am in Baltimore. I just really enjoy going through and watching the movie!

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Agreed, and honestly I hate Manny but he actually ran on both home runs and it wasn’t Farnsworthless’ problem. Thankfully Manny didn’t start a brawl but I kind of wish he broke Farny’s neck with his bat, he would have had a legit beef and we’d be done with him. We’re a class organization employing a classless talentless bum who can throw heat and get hit really hard. I like Wilson Betemit better than Farnsworth now.

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You know, I was just annoyed with Farny. Now, I flat out HATE his guts. He is dead to me.

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Throwing that pitch at his dome just made him a crappy pitcher with a crappy attiude. Why is he still a Yankee? Kyle Farnsworth is an asshat.

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We do need to get Hughes going. I’m not liking what I am seeing from him so far. His velocity and location are abysmal. He needs a good start to get his confidence back. I would like to thank Farnsworthless for making us look like a bunch of bush leaguers by throwing at Manny. Here’s a thought: STRIKE HIM OUT!

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Weird weekend. There is no place to move where I live because of the whole pope thing. It’s cool to have the pope at Yankee stadium. I think I’m Jewish though (it goes by your mom right?) I liked this whole series against Boston because of all the rallies. Even when the Yankees were losing or tied or whatever…they rallied. There was good situational hitting. Farnsworth’s pitch was so not by accident although he likes to think it was. And speaking of Farny…where was that Kyle we saw last night throughout the rest of the season. Boy if that guy shaped up this team would be rolling.
Get well Mr. Chamberlain!!

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Moose is not “done”. He certainly is hopping around on the last toe of his last leg, but he is still a better number 5 starter than about 90% of the number 5′s chucking it from the bump for everyone else. That said, we needn’t panic and start trading prospects to get some veteran starter to fill the 5 slot in the rotation. We need to allow for some (not alot) of growing pains. I agree with Elfman here, Moose will settle in when he gets slated back into that number 5 spot. We’ll be fine. The guys are scoring runs now, so maybe (just maybe) we will get back to how we were throwing the first week of the season, and then put it all together. That said, any trades this year need to be for a clear setup reliever. I don’t want to see Joba in the pen in 2009.

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CORRECTION!!!
YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 17,2008

Scranton/WB 7:15PM
Charlotte (White Sox)

Trenton 6:35PM
New Britain (Twins)

Tampa 7PM
Lakeland (Tigers)

Charleston 7PM
Columbus (Rays)

You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 17,2008

Scranton/WB 7:15PM
Charlotte (White Sox)

Trenton 6:35PM
New Britain (Twins)

Tampa 7PM
Lakeland (Tigers)

Charleston 7PM
Columbus (Rays)

You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 17,2008

Scranton/WB 2
Charlotte (White Sox) 10
W: W. Whisler (3-0, 1.08); L: J. Marquez (1-2, 9.82)
HR: CHA: B. Eldred (2), D. Wise (2), D. Lucy (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_17_swbaaa_chraaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Trenton 7
New Britain (Twins) 4
W: J. Jones (3-0, 1.50); L: J. Sawatski (0-2, 9.95); SV: E. Wordekemper (1)
HR: NBR: B. Peterson (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_17_treaax_nbraax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 7
Dunedin (Blue Jays) 1
W: A. Aceves (2-0, 2.70); L: K. Rodriguez (1-1, 3.86); SV: E. Soto (1)
HR: TAM: E. Gonzalez (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_17_tbyafa_dunafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 4
Savannah (Mets) 6
W: J. Stinson (1-1, 4.76); L: A. Olbrychowski (0-2, 6.39)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_17_crdafx_savafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Just because Mussina started the second game and thus fell into the second spot in our rotation he is not our #2 starter. He should still be capable of an occasional very good or even great start like he had in Cleveland last August!

He also should have some trade value in July when teams will be looking for adjustments to their rotations. It’s probable we’ll have to eat part of his salary, but he may be attractive to the Mets or Phillies. If we get no starter in return (very likely) we have the option of moving Joba to starting or a promotion from SWB or both!!!

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talk about lack of pitching options – even Jeff Weaver got a job. Watch the Brewers fly!!!

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I think Francessa just put Moose into perspective. He’s got enough to beat most teams, but definitely not the Red Sox. I agree with you Matt. We all kinda knew what Moose was going to bring. I don’t think ANYONE was saying “you know what? He might win 15 this year.” We all knew he was going to be hit and miss. That’s why even if you put Hughes up in that spot it would have been better. We have no clue what Hughes is all about. Honestly, we won’t even know after this year. If he gets lit up in the #2 spot, then he takes his lumps and chalks it up to experience. If he thrives in that spot, then he might be ahead of schedule. Either way, putting Moose there didn’t really do much.

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Also doubt he has much left in the tank to be a starter the entire season, he barely made it through last season. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced in rotation sometime during the season.

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Mussina is very close to being done. He is nothing more than a #5 starter, it was a huge mistake to make a pitcher like him a #2 with Pettitte’s injury, as we all see. Mussina’s problem as a pitcher is if he isn’t on his game he is going to get smoked, it’s going to be even more important for him to be on his game once teams see him for a 2nd or 3rd time ecause he has nothing to fall back on.

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ttvine, you comments make it sound as if the yankees are the only team with this issue. fact is, every single team in MLB needs more pitching, and to make it worse there really arent any good options out there right now as far as proven pitchers. There might be a name or two available at the trade deadline, but thats a long time from now.

Either way, I would much rather see some youthful pitchers with talent and upside than some washed up veteran pitcher on multiyear year . Besides, if Ian, Joba and Phil keep progressing, we’re going to be just fine.

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Of course, with all of that said, if the Yankees somehow land a good starter this year then welcome to the long relief role Moose! But for now he’s fine in the fifth spot.

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Like I said in the last blog, I don’t think Moose is “done.” I think he is done as far as being an above average pitcher is concerned, but he can still be used as a successful 5th. He’s at the point in his career where his bad days are going to be worse than they use to be, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have good days. I think he’s still got a few of those left. I think the biggest thing for the Yankees is to get that rotation set correctly with the off day. Moose has actually been pitching in the #2 spot because of Pettitte’s injury at the beginning of the season. That means he’s been facing pitchers who are clearly better. If he goes against the other fifth starters in the league he, and the Yankees, will be much better off.

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the yankees have bigger issues then this series.
they need pitching,we all knew that coming into this season.
mussina for one thing is done.his fastball has become a slowball.he can’t seem to find away around his aging arm.
the yankees can’t afford to wait to long,they need to trade mussina or let him go,but they need another pitcher.
if the yanks want to win,thats one area they need to address now ,not later.the bullpen is another issue.
good pitching stops good hitting.the way things are going at the moment ,i don’t see the yanks taking the east or getting into the playoffs at all.

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Looks like this series could go 2 ways. If the kids find their form we could sweep. If not, Petitte will have to stop a sweep.

Never mind, this uncertianty is the price we pay for future success.

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