Hughes makes a triumphant return

Phil Hughes was dealing against the Tigers at Comerica Park, showcasing his best stuff in limiting them to two hits over six innings. He would have stayed in the game longer if not for that pesky little 10-run seventh inning, which rendered the rest of the night a laugher.

It was the shot in the arm the Yankees needed to snap their four-game slide and, now, it begs the question – can he stay the entire season? Obviously he will make his next turn on Sunday vs. the Angels and, with Chien-Ming Wang banished to Billy Connors’ care in Tampa, there’s no timetable when the Yankees would even have to consider a move.

dunder-mifflin.jpgBut at some point, the Yankees could have six starters to fit into five slots. Hughes loves the adventures of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and the gang as much as anyone in the Yankees organization (go ahead, try to quiz him on Office trivia), but he also wouldn’t mind saying goodbye to Scranton for the rest of the 2009 season.

“If I pitch as well as I can, I think I have a good shot,” Hughes said. “Obviously, Wang has been a big part of this rotation for the last few years. When he gets straightened out, he’s going to be back to where he was. I guess it’s a good problem, to have six guys that are throwing the ball well. We’ll see what happens.”

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Just because a player is sent to the minors , doesn’t mean that the team is giving up on him.
By matthew_saiki@gmail.com on April 29, 2009 2:23 PM

Ummmm…. Kei Igawa?

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Don’t be so quick to give up on a player by Peter Abraham
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/04/29/dont-be-so-quick-to-give-up-on-a-player/

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Go Hughes. We can worry about the 6 pitchers 5 spots problem when we actually have it. No one knows when Wang will return and by then someone else might have gone down.

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I think they need to keep Hughes up with this rotation. Last year was rough especially since they tried to go with so many young arms. With this group especially a guy like Burnett who really has seemed to come into his own mentally as a pitcher it could be great if Burnett was able to pass on down the knowledge to Hughes. I still personally believe Joba is the next closer for the Yanks. He’s got that fire and the physical attributes to be a great closer.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 29, 2009
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Connecticut (Giants) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Lakeland (Tigers) 7:00 PM
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Charleston
Asheville (Rockies) 11:05 AM
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 28, 2009
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 6
Scranton/WB 0
W: R. Lopez (1-1, 2.70); L: E. Hacker (0-1, 7.50)
HR: LHV: J. Mayberry (5), J. Ellison (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_28_lhvaaa_swbaaa_1
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Connecticut (Giants) 0
Trenton 2
W: G. Kontos (1-1, 2.66); L: J. Foppert (0-1, 5.79); SV: A. Sanit (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_28_nrwaax_treaax_1
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Tampa 3
Lakeland (Tigers) 1
W: W. De La Rosa (1-0, 0.00); L: D. Below (1-2, 1.86); SV: J. Ortiz (4)
HR: TAM: J. Montero 2 (4). LAK: K. Kaiser (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_28_tbyafa_lakafa_1
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Charleston 6
Asheville (Rockies) 7
W: A. Jorgenson (1-1, 3.38); L: P. Venditte (1-1, 0.00)
HR: CSC: M. Abeita (1), B. Baisley (1). ASH: J. Cesario (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_28_crdafx_ashafx_1
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Man, Phil Hughes was outa sight last nite…great pitching…good for him and hope he continues to be effective.

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No comment on the new ticket prices?

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Congrats on the start Phil!! Congrats to the team on a great win. Let’s take tonight’s game too!

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i know this argument has been made, and im sure this scenario thought of, but if wang comes back and he is doing amazing, and phil is still doing amazing at this point, why not move joba to the bullpen. he really is at his best when he is pitching the 7th and 8th…. and then when mo decides to retire, the closer position is his. and i think he would make an excellent closer.
he is a lackluster starter and you cant hit off of him out of the pen.
sounds like an easy decision to me.

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i know this argument has been made, and im sure this scenario thought of, but if wang comes back and he is doing amazing, and phil is still doing amazing at this point, why not move joba to the bullpen. he really is at his best when he is pitching the 7th and 8th…. and then when mo decides to retire, the closer position is his. and i think he would make an excellent closer.
he is a lackluster starter and you cant hit off of him out of the pen.
sounds like an easy decision to me.

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I think that Giradi should go to a 6 man rotation, if Wang adjust and hopefully become effective. The reason I say a six man rotation, Andy Pettite. Andy has been outstanding pitcher for the yankees over his career, but he has thrown a lot of innings. He will still be an effective pitcher by missing a start every other week. We as fans love our players but they can’t last forever. I remember when teams had four starters but they had a very large bullpen. Posada is being (in my opinion) played the right way for a players who have gave so much to the team. But the outfield defense must improve. Hitting in baseball is like shooting in basketball, it comes and goes, but if your defense stays strong, the hitting will come around and your pitiching is much stronger.

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I’m glad that Hughes had a great night – there was so much pressure for him to do well.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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