Phil Hughes, Yankees look for sweep of Arizona

Phil HughesPhil Hughes will be on the mound tonight for his third start of the season as the Yankees look to complete a three-game Interleague sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and manager Joe Girardi has a checklist of what he will be looking for from the right-hander.

“I think first and foremost, fastball command,” Girardi said. “He needs to have his off-speed pitches. The last start, he didn’t really have those. It made it even more difficult when he didn’t have his command. He needs to be able to combine all his pitches and work efficiently.”

Hughes has allowed eight earned runs in seven innings to the Tigers and Orioles, a 10.29 ERA. He’ll be opposed by left-hander Patrick Corban, who is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA for Arizona, and Girardi said that having Hughes pitch on normal rest should help.

“I feel better about his start,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of getting normal for him; we’ve kind of had a weird schedule in the beginning. He had the back issue in spring training which halted his spring training, he had to restart, he had to come back early because our bullpen was a little messed up. For him, this has to feel more normal than any start that he’s had.”

Other notes and quotes as the Yankees look for their eighth win in nine games:

  • You’ve probably heard plenty about Derek Jeter already, but we’ll go over it one more time here. A CT scan taken today in Charlotte, N.C. revealed a small, new fracture in Jeter’s surgically repaired left ankle, and GM Brian Cashman said that Jeter is now not expected to rejoin the Yankees until after the All-Star break. Jeter won’t need surgery but he needs approximately four to eight weeks for the bone to heal so they can try again.
  • In the meantime, Cashman said the Yankees will stick with Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix at shortstop – in part because they’ve done a good job, and also because this isn’t the ideal time of year to go shopping. 
  • Who would have predicted we’d be debating if Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Michael Pineda would appear in a game at the big league level first?
  • Chien-Ming Wang is making his first Triple-A start of the year tomorrow for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • The Yankees have outscored their opponents 51-19 over their last eight games. Yankees starters have posted a 2.57 ERA over that stretch.
  • Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is throwing out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.
  • On this date in 1923: First game at the original Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth hits a three-run homer as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4-1, which of course is where the whole “House that Ruth Built” phrase started.


Had the game won in the 11th. Unfortunately, Nunez’s line shot to right was right at the the right fielder. Part of the game called baseball. You make great contact and it’s right at an outfielder. Have your bat broken, like Gonzalez did in 2001 WS, & you are the WS hero. Crazy game.


what the hell with Phelps? I stopped watching on gameday after the 8th figuring the Yankees wouldn’t come back. Missed Cervelli’s home run but just as glad I didn’t have to watch the obvious melt down in the 12th. Not much of a case for Phelps as starter or reliever for that matter. Wasted Cervelli’s home run and chance to win. Disappointing as the Red Sox won again. I guess we would have hoped for a sweep but not realistic in most series especially this season with the personnel we have


Wasted a decent performance by Hughes tonight. Game changed when neither Cano or Youkilis could produce in the 8th, like robert G. posted. Phelps did NOT help his case tonight. Oh Well two out of three ain’t bad. And robert G. I agree I’m not sold on Nunez or Nix at SS.


last year rearing its ugly head again. Bases loaded in the 8th with 1 out and the Yankees can’t get a run home in a 2-1 ballgame. Both Cano and Youk strike out. Poor piece of hitting. At least get a sacrifice fly. You can’t win many games with 1 run and 3 hits. Hughes pitched alright tonight and only gave up 2 runs but the Yankees didn’t provide any run support. Now with Jeter not back until after the All Star break it looks even more bleak. Cashman says he’s staying with Nunez and Nix. Well he can but I don’t see either of them giving the production Jeter gave last year. They need to trade for a quality short stop. They are not the solution long term.


Keep an eye on what Master Wang does in that AAA start tonight folks. I have a funny feeling that if Master Wang does well down in AAA we might be seeing him replace tonight’s starter ASAP.


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