Problems? What problems?

Funny how a single victory patches over all the ill will that oozed toward Javier Vazquez and company from the stands at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, isn’t it? Phil Hughes helped restore order to the Yankees universe by pitching strong ball and getting plenty of help as the Bombers pounded the White Sox, 12-3. 

That’s four out of five and nine of 14, if you’re counting … and some of you are, I’m sure of it. Some other things that popped up in the postgame wraps:
? The 12 runs and 18 hits were a season high for the Yanks, who saw their 2-3-4-5 hitters go 10-for-18 with 9 RBIs.
? Phil Hughes is the youngest Yankee to win his first three decisions of a season since Andy Pettitte started 3-0 in 1996.
? Brett Gardner hit his first career HR off a left-handed pitcher and snapped a 167 at-bat homerless stretch. He last homered on 6/26/09 at the Mets off Elmer Dessens.
? Robinson Cano has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .455 (20-for-44) with 12 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers and 11 RBIs.
? Nick Swisher has homered twice at Yankee Stadium this season. He did not hit his second homer at Yankee Stadium last season until his 27th home game (6/7/09 vs. Tampa Bay).
? Francisco Cervelli came in the game defensively in the eighth inning at third base, marking his first career game at a position other than catcher. (He looked pretty slick on a Spring Training grounder there, though.)
Now the Yankees get to see the Orioles again, very quickly after taking two of three at Camden Yards, and Jeremy Guthrie will be on the hill for Baltimore against CC Sabathia. You’ll remember that Guthrie’s command was an issue with a fastball that hit Jorge Posada’s right knee last time around, and they’ll get to renew acquaintances with a pitcher who has proved frustrating for that reason over the last two-plus seasons. 


Appreciate the discussion about Vasquez’s situation. Bottom line is this, Girardi, Eiland and Vasquez NEED to do their jobs right now. Something is up with this guy whether its mechanical, physical or mental. This team NEEDS Vasquez to pitch better than he has. Vasquez NEEDS to look at last year’s tape and figure out his mechanics etc. These three are paid a lot more $$$$ than probably all of us on this board put together. Time to earn that $$$$$ guys. Like the commercial says DO IT!!!

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MON - MAY - 3 - vs Orioles - 7:05 PM - YES
TUE - MAY - 4 - vs Orioles - 7:05 PM - YES
WED - MAY - 5 - vs Orioles - 1:05 PM - YES
THU - MAY - 6 - - - - - -
FRI - MAY - 7 - at Red Sox - 7:10 PM - YES
SAT - MAY - 8 - at Red Sox - 3:10 PM - FOX
SUN - MAY - 9 - at Red Sox - 8:05 PM - ESPN

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Scranton/WB 4
Norfolk (Orioles) 0
W: Hirsh (2-3, 3.06); L: Erbe (0-5, 6.66)
Trenton 3
Erie (Tigers) 4
W: Wise (1-0, 0.66); L: Duff (0-2, 2.84)
Brevard County (Brewers) 3
Tampa 2
W: Merklinger (1-0, 4.30); L: Heredia (0-5, 6.86)
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Norfolk (Orioles) 7:10 PM

Akron (Indians) 7:00 PM

Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7:00 PM

Lakewood (Phillies) 6:30 PM

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Fan Confidence Poll: May 3rd, 2010
By Mike Axisa

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Vazquez might be bad, but alternatives not much better
By Joseph Pawlikowski

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