Game 11: Yankees vs. Orioles

Busy day today at Yankee Stadium, as most of the pre-game buzz revolved around Pedro Feliciano’s injury and what that might mean for the Yankees’ bullpen going forward.

But there’s also a lot of focus on Phil Hughes, who has gotten off to an awful start this season and has exhausted himself talking about his missing velocity. Hughes’ fastball may be a few clicks shy of where it was last year, but more concerning to the Yankees is that his command has been off as well.

“Velocity is important, but the location and changing speeds is even more important than velocity,” Joe Girardi said. “There’s a lot of guys that throw 95 [mph] that get whacked around because they don’t locate. I wasn’t getting so caught up in it. It comes down to locating the ball and changing speeds.”

Girardi said that it was possible the continuing questions about Hughes’ velocity might have gotten into the young hurler’s head. His fastball was hovering around 88 to 90 mph instead of the 93 to 94 mph the Yankees would like to see.

“Sometimes when you’re worried about, ‘They’re asking me why I’m not throwing hard, when’s my velocity going to come?’, that gets in the back of your mind,” Girardi said.

Hughes has kept the Orioles off the board, at least through the first two innings. Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES (6-4)

Brian Roberts 2B, Nick Markakis RF, Derrek Lee 1B, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Luke Scott LF, Adam Jones CF, Mark Reynolds 3B, Matt Wieters C, Cesar Izturis SS

Pitching: Jake Arrieta RHP (1-1, 8.68 ERA)

YANKEES (6-4)

Brett Gardner LF, Derek Jeter SS, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Russell Martin C

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (0-1, 16.50 ERA)

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 4/15/2011
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Buffalo (Mets) @ SCRANTON/WB 6:35 PM
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Harrisburg (Nationals) @ TRENTON 7:05 PM
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TAMPA @ Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7:00 PM
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Rome (Braves) @ CHARLESTON 7:05 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 4/14/2011
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Buffalo (Mets) 2 @ SCRANTON/WB 6
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Harrisburg (Nationals) 4 @ TRENTON 2
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TAMPA 1 @ Dunedin (Blue Jays) 0
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CHARLESTON 0 @ Greenville (Red Sox) 3

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They pulled it out in extra innings. Way to go. Chamberlain and Mo did their job. Nice double by ARod and Swish brought Tex in from 3rd. I didn’t think they’d come back tonight but theydid. Can’t count them out.

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yankee fever: You’ve said what you wouldn’t do but didn’t come up with any solutions either. If not Colon or Pavano then who?

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Gardner stinks. Get him out of the top of the lineup and move to 8 or 9. That’s where he belongs. 3 strikeouts tonight and in a key situation in the 9th inning. Either Girardi gets him straightened out and quick or get him out of there. He’s not getting on base and that’s the job of the guys at the top of the lineup.

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“Pop gun” Gardner is a mediocre hitter at best, he doesn’t add anything to this team’s offense. If anything he can be used as a benchplayer, not a starter. He just does not fit in this offense at all. IF anything this team could use him as trade bait down the road to grab another pitcher. Like I keep saying, not going after Crawford is a big mistake that will come back and bite this team in the you know what.

Personally, I don’t want to see Colon in the starting rotation. He is just another injury prone retread that is on this roster who hasn’t started for an extended period of time for quite a while. Too much of a risk, besides this team needs a long reliever in the pen with a weak rotation, that seems to be the role that he best fits.

Also don’t want to see Pavano on this roster again either. He obviously can’t pitch in NY. For all we know he is just like Vazquez who seemed to “get it together” in Atlanta but came back to NY and failed miserably for a second time in NY. This team doesn’t need to repeat bad mistake after bad mistake which doesn’t get it anywhere.

That’s the true definition of insanity, trying the same thing again and again hoping for different results.

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Pavano would have been agood pick up for the Yankees in the off season. I know there’s history there from his previous stint with the Yankees but he seems to have got it together since he left. Tonight holding the Rays to 4 hits and 0 runs. Maybe in the Yankees spotlight he wouldn’t be performing like he’s doing in Minnesota. Anyway, he would have done a better job than Phil Hughes.

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What’s Gardner doing in the #1 position and with a batting average he has this year? He really doesn’t deserve to be there. But neither does Jeter. Maybe they should try Granderson in that position. He couldn’t do much worse than Gardner or Jeter.

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Hughes need to be sent down to the minors. Where not just start Colon? He ends up in every game Hughes pitches. Garcia is another option. Why not skip Hughes next start ? He couldn’t be a fifth starter for any major league team. I thinks its time for the Yankees to cut their loses. As a fan it painful to watch the games he starts, where alwas in a hole before the third inning.

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Good article by Axisa, Robert. On the money. A bad gamble and the Yankees have had too many over the past few years. Better to look to the farm system rather than Free AGents who are injury prone or washed up.

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I thought you’d like that one!

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Has everybody deserted this blog this year? Where did they go?

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I think Derek got an extension and a big salary at a time when he was really beginning to lose it. It was probably the right time in the off season for the Yankees to let him go even if he has been he poster boy for the team for a number of years. They’ve invested a lot of money in a guy that really doesn’t have it any more, certainly at the plate. Trying to change his swing has only made the situation worse. The yankees tonight are making this pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate. Is he really that good?

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How many starts will Hughes get before they realize he just doesn’t have it. He might be able to pitch out of the bull pen for a couple of innings but after he’s been through the batting order once he becomes hittable. If he’s having trouble with velocity, location etc. he needs to go to the minors for a while to get it straightened out and use Colon or Millwood or someone else in the rotation. Whatever he had he’s lost or the other clubs have figured him out and know his weaknesses. And of course if the team doesn’t give him enough run support then he’s going to lose every time. Time to end the experiment.

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Bad Process vs. Bad Results
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2011/04/bad-process-vs-bad-results-46270/

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The numbers next to them is their position, not where they are batting.

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See everything but leadoff ?

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That is the batting order. Leading off is Gardner.

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