Game 23: Yankees vs. Orioles

May 1, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

The Yankees will look to earn a series victory with a win tonight, and continue their dominance over the AL East rival Orioles. Baltimore entered the series in first place before New York’s 2-1 win last night, and remains half a game ahead of New York in the standings (the Rays are in first place, a game ahead of the O’s). It’s an unexpected battle for second place tonight.

New York is 30-10 against Baltimore since the start of the 2010 season, including a 4-0 mark thus far in 2012.

Phil Hughes is on the hill tonight, looking for his second win of the year. In his three losses, he’s not gone more than 4 2/3 innings (he went 2 2/3 in his last outing) and owns a 7.88 ERA entering tonight. Here’s what Joe Girardi had to say about Hughes’ key to success:

“I really believe it’s the location of his fastball, to where it’s not running back and he’s not missing over the thirds and in the middle,” Girardi said. “As opposed to if you miss, you miss away or you miss in. I think that has a lot to do with it.”

Hughes has been saying he needs to be in “attack mode” on the mound, similar to the way he approached hitters when he was coming out of the bullpen.

“The idea is to put hitters on the defense and get ahead of them and make quality pitches,” Girardi said. “If he feels like he needs to be more in attack mode to do that, then yeah. And that’s what he did as a reliever. He was very successful as a reliever and I thought he brought that attitude as a starter when he came back in 2010.”

Russell Martin is DHing today, partly because right-handers have had success against Orioles starter Brian Matusz, and partly to keep Martin in the lineup while also giving Chris Stewart a shot against a left-hander. Eduardo Nunez also gets his second straight start in left field.

Here are the full lineups for Tuesday’s game:

ORIOLES (14-9)
Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Nick Johnson DH
Robert Andino 2B

Brian Matusz LHP (0-3, 5.66 ERA)

YANKEES (13-9)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Eduardo Nunez LF
Chris Stewart C

Phil Hughes RHP (1-3, 7.88)

8 Comments

On the Yankees and developing pitchers
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2012/05/on-the-yankees-and-developing-pitchers-67853/

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robert G. NOT sure Garcia and/or Hughes will do any better out of the pen. Just sick and tired of trotting them out every 5th day knowing the Offense has to get at least 6-7 runs just to be in the game. Hughes has had all the chances that any pitcher can have. Sooner or later the Yankee upper brass is going to come to the same conclusion I did three years ago, namely time for Hughes to go,

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pitching is lousy and the hitters have gone asleep. Looks like a win for the Orioles. How many more times are they going to trot Hughes out? We can’t get Petitte back fast enough. Hopefully he will be able to pitch like he has in the past. Both Hughes and Garcia should be sent to the pen. Don’t like the lineup tonight without Swish and Gardner. Bottom of the lineup is weak and the big guys aren’t hitting either.

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What is wrong with Robbie this year? He’s not the hitter he was last year. has he been fooling around with his swing or what? He’s got to get himself on track and soon or the Yankees are goingto struggle.

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Hughes doing what he usually does. Gives up the Home run ball. When Hughes is pitching the Yankees know they have to get at least 5 runs to have a chance.

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Someone pinch me, Hughes got through the first inning without giving up a run. Will miracles NEVER cease????

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It is time for Brian Cashman to take charge of the Yankees and bring home a winner. He can do this by recognizing that the Yankees must take a chance on Andy Petite and Roy Oswalt. Bringing a former Cy Young award picture to the Yankees who is recuperating from injuries and who will be ready to pitch in a couple of weeks is the only realistic chance the Yankees have of becoming dominant again.

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Greetings to all Yankee fans who blog on this site regularly. Hughes pitching. Are we going to get one of his usual games tonight or can he finally come through with a great game? We need Hughes pitching and the big bats hitting. We can’t depend too much on our number 7-9 hitters to come through night after night. Cano, Tex and ARod really need to step up. Cano hasn’t been hittin the cover off the ball yet this year. Wish he could get into a groove here soon and start getting some big hits. The team needs him to be hitting well.

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