Game 68: Yankees vs. Braves

June 20, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

BRAVES (36-32)
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Brian McCann DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
Juan Francisco 3B
David Ross C

Pitching: Tommy Hanson RHP (7-4, 3.32)

YANKEES (41-26)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (7-5, 4.50)

WEATHER: Hot, hot, hot. Summer has arrived and it feels like a steamy New York afternoon, temperatures in the mid-nineties.

UMPIRES: Gerry Davis HP, Phil Cuzzi 1B, Manny Gonzalez 2B, Greg Gibson 3B.

Information from the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the finale of a three-game series and homestand vs. the Atlanta Braves today… following today’s game, have an off day on Thursday then hit “the road” this weekend for a three-game series at the Mets in the second half of the Subway Series… return home next week for a seven-game homstand against Cleveland (6/25-27) and Chicago-AL (6/28-7/1)… just completed a 6-0 road trip to Atlanta (3-0) and Washington (3-0)…  are in the midst of 15 straight Interleague games vs. the National League from 6/8-24.

WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 14-8 in series finales this season… have won their seven of their last eight finales… are 6-4 in finales at home… are 5-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series this season.

STAYING POWER: Yankees starters have tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of their last 19 games… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, marks the longest such streak in the Majors this season and the franchise’s longest such stretch since 1981 (19 in-a-row).


BUSTnett was nothing more than a huge bust for the Yanks. He can’t pitch in the AL as he always disappeared in the second half of the regular season.


You’re right Hughes has not been the same since he won 18 games a couple of seasons ago. Thought initially he might have been injured after that season, but have to wonder if it’s something else and this is the best we will get out of Hughes which would be a huge disappointment, being an inconsistent #3 or #4 just isn’t going to cut it. If he doesn’t turn things around I suspect Hughes could be a part of a trade package that would also include a top pitching prospect who may be struggling badly like a Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances to sweeten the pot.

Also heard the Yanks are hot for Ryan Dempster right now. Personally, I think the Garza trade would make more since since he has already pitched with success in the AL and is still young while dumpster is a career NL pitcher who is 35 years old.

Don’t worry though, the Yanks draft PHil Hughes’s clone in the ML draft recently. Hopefully they will have better luck developing him, but I have my doubts considering how badly the Yanks have drafted in the early rounds of the draft since ’00.


As far as AJ is concerned he’s pitching well in a market (aka Toronto) where the expectation level is way below that of NYC. No pressure and this guy is great. However, he did NOT pitch worth a damn (except the WS game vs Phils) in pinstripes.


I like the Garza idea. The Cubs are ripe for the picking and Garza is a proven commodity in AL East. I agree robert G. the Yankees have been VERY patient with Hughes. I’d cut him loose three years ago. He just doesn’t have the consistency and just when it looks like he’s headed in the right direction, he throws a MEATBALL game like today.


agree with you seeknay. Consistency with starters is the name of the game. Not sure if we can go with Hughes the rest of the year in the starting rotation. Will need to trade for a Garza, or something similar with pitching experience and maturity and consistency in winning. Put Hughes back into the bull pen or trade him. Yankee management seems to be extremely patient with this guy. When’s he’s on he’s great. When he’s off, he’s terrible.Funny how well AJ is doing this year in the NL. Has he been rejuvenated or could he just not handle the microscope of NY. Losing 2 of 3 to the Braves not good. Braves not a great team. Hopefully the Yankees will bounce back against the Mets. They seem to play the Mets well.


Well once again Hughes has reverted back to his OLD ways. As much as I want to believe that this guy will be a consistent winner and good pitcher Hughes continues to have a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde pitching disorder.


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