Game 108: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — I’m no weather man, but after listening to everyone talk heading into tonight’s game, I can tell you this: Expect rain. Nothing yet as of 6 p.m. CT, but there’s supposed to be some pretty serious storms in the area tonight, so hopefully the game can get in with little or no delays.

Phil Hughes certainly hopes so.

Manager Joe Girardi said he hasn’t articulated to Hughes that he needs to pitch well tonight, but with the Yankees deploying a six-man rotation in order to keep Ivan Nova in the mix, the pressure is on for Hughes to deliver against a rather desperate White Sox team. And the last thing he needs is for a little rain to get in the way.

When asked what he’s looking for out of Hughes, Girardi mentioned a better curveball — the new one that was so key to him getting his first win in Toronto three starts ago.

“I thought he made some progress his last start, but I think that his stuff can get better,” he said. “He can give us more distance. His curveball wasn’t as sharp his last start. As we talked about, [CC Sabathia's] slider wasn’t as sharp as it’s been [last night], but when it’s Phil, we have to get this guy on a roll, too. And he’s had his struggles this year, so there’s more red flags. His curveball wasn’t as sharp, and we have to get that going.”

Girardi was asked several times what could happen when he cuts his rotation from six to five again — whether Nova or Hughes will be in the bullpen, or whether one of them will go to the Minors to be stretched out for the Aug. 27 doubleheader — but the skipper kept his options open and would only speak in generalities.

“There’s a lot of things that we have to talk about,” Girardi said. “I mean, the best thing that could happen is that [Hughes] pitches really well, and then we have a tough decision to make in what we’re going to do. There’s some different scenarios. Nova hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen as much. I’ve also talked about, we’re going to need a starter, I think, Aug. 27 when we go to Baltimore, and you want someone built up. So there’s some things after today and tomorrow that we’re going to have to talk about.”

Derek Jeter is back in the lineup after missing Monday’s game with a sore right middle finger, and Brett Gardner is once again in the lineup — batting in the No. 9 spot — against a left-hander.

Here’s the full slate …

YANKEES (65-42)
Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Gardner, LF

Pitching: RH Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-55)
Juan Pierre, LF
Omar Vizquel, 3B
Carlos Quentin, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alex Rios, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: LH John Danks (4-8, 3.79 ERA)

Some links from last night … 

* CC denies White Sox, earning 16th win

* Yankees Notebook on Jeter, A-Rod, Cervelli and the six-man rotation 

* With no guarantees, Hughes faces White Sox

Alden 

9 Comments

Granted it was a shortened outing, but Hughes looked very good on the mound shutting out the Sox for 6 innings. He keeps pitching like he did last night he won’t be going anywhere and most likely it will be Nova who goes to the pen. That’s the way it should be considering Hughes has been here before.

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Random, but just stuck on ESPN America and who’s pitching but Chien Ming Wang for the Nats!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/3/2011
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Akron (Indians) @ TRENTON 7:05 PM
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CHARLESTON @ Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL YANKEES @ GCL Pirates 12:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/2/2011
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 2 @ SCRANTON/WB 3
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Akron (Indians) 3 @ TRENTON 2
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TAMPA 3 @ Clearwater (Phillies) 10
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CHARLESTON 5 @ Asheville (Rockies) 10
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STATEN ISLAND 7 @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 4
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GCL Tigers 6 @ GCL YANKEES 3
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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Hey Killer,
This is great! Couldn’t figure out what to call you before! What games can you watch?

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Bill,
Send me an E-mail.

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I.T. decided to block the Bombers Beat @ work. I won’t be dropping by during my lunch break anymore.
Peace out,
AKA NoDigidee

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/2/2011
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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Akron (Indians) @ TRENTON 7:05 PM
.
TAMPA @ Clearwater (Phillies) 7:00 PM
.
CHARLESTON @ Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL Tigers 3 @ GCL YANKEES 3

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/1/2011
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 4 @ SCRANTON/WB 2 (8)
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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1 @ SCRANTON/WB 4 (7)
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Charlotte (Rays) 7 @ TAMPA 4
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CHARLESTON 9 @ Asheville (Rockies) 8
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Jamestown (Marlins) 0 @ STATEN ISLAND 5
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GCL YANKEES 4 @ GCL Tigers 0
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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