Tex, Youk rejoin Yankees lineup for Red Sox series

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are both on the active roster and in the lineup tonight as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Red Sox here at Yankee Stadium.

Teixeira is hitting cleanup and playing first base, while Youkilis is batting second and serving as the designated hitter.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now,” Teixeira said. “I’m just very happy with how things went; a little bit slower than I’d like. I would have been back the day after I got hurt if they would have let me try. It’s been a long road, but we’re in a great position right now as a team and I just couldn’t be happier with joining the guys again.”

Joe Girardi said that the returns of Teixeira and Youkilis give his lineup a little more flexibility, and also provide a couple of veterans who are used to hitting in the middle of the order.

“It’s good to get back here, get in the lineup and try to help these guys win every day,” Youkilis said. “It’s definitely unfortunate when you have to go through these things and you just try to be as patient as possible, but you’re also very impatient, too, because you want to speed up the process.

“Sometimes you have to really let the process handle itself. For me, it took a little longer than I wanted it to, but in the end I think it will be good.”

The Yankees optioned pitchers Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in corresponding roster moves. Girardi said that Nova and Nuno will both start regularly at Triple-A.

“I would say it’s the worst part of my job. I always find it difficult, especially when a guy is doing really well,” Girardi said.

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The QUICKER this team rids itself of the likes of Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain the better, Once again Hughes showed tonight what he is, a below .500 or lower pitcher. He’s a BUST, plain and simple. DO NOT resign him or Fat boy Joba. They have NOT proved they are worthy of wearing pinstripes. Again I say, send them both to the Cubs they deserve each other.

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Girardi has to pull Hughes after 1 batter in the top of the 5th because he’s thrown almost 100 pitches already which means the bull pen has to pick up the rest of the game. A good starter should be able to go into at least the 7th or 8th inning of a game otherwise you wear out your bullpen. And what is different with Hughes? Too many pitches. Gives up the long ball. A fly ball pitcher which is deadly in the Yankee stadium. Location is a problem. And he has to leave in the 5th inning. And he leaves losing 5-1. What is new about this? I’ve seen this happen the past couple of seasons and this season way too often. It’s pretty repetitive. Are they hoping one day he will develop into a good major league starter? It won’t happen. If it hasn’t happened by this point it won’t happen. Believe me. How often are we going to have to go through this?

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Until this team proves that it is capable of producing a solid major league pitcher in its minor league system, something it hasn’t been able to do for quite a while or trade for a solid pitcher or sign a solid FA, also something this organization hasn’t been able to do for a while.

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Yank, what do you think of this performance by Hughes again? Gives up a grand slam in the 3rd inning. Pitching over 60 pitches in 3 innings. Seeknay and I all year have said this guy’s got to go. He has not got the job done as a starter. He’s a Jekyll and Hyde. He’s on one game and then way off the next 2. How long does Girardi and Cashman stay with a guy like Hughes as starter. Maybe he can do better on another team. I’m tired of going through the agony and ecstasy of this guy now for the past 2 years waiting for him to develop into a bona fide major league starter. My vote would be to get rid of him if we can get anyone to take him off our hands.

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Sorry Yank I don’t agree that Hughes has been consistent last year or up to this point this year. 7 runs in the first inning? Why when Hughes is pitching do I never have confidence in how it’s going to go. He gets behind too many hitters. He pitches too many pitches. He’s susceptible to the long ball. You’re always on edge waiting for him to implode. If we don’t score first there’s much less chance of winning. When we’ve scored first we’ve only lost 1 game this year. We are on the edge of falling behind in this game early.

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I never said that Hughes has been a consistent pitcher. I’ll be the first to admit that he has been extremely inconsistent throughout his career. I don’t think he will ever develop into a staff ace as I originally thought, but I would rather have him than ” Not so Super” Nova who has basically flamed, most likely because the AL has caught up to him. Hughes has always been a fly all pitcher, he’s gonna give up a few, but at least he won 16 games for this team last season which was tied for the team leadin wins and I believe was near the top of the AL in victories as well. Without him this team wouldn’t have made it to the post season last year. Can’t say the same about Nova who has been flat out terrible for more than a season, plus Hughes has won 18 games Ina season, one ore thing that You can’t say about Nova. Hughes has given more reason to keep him, butI won’t shed any tears if this team gets rid of him which it can hardly afford to do with so little talent in the minors capable of starting.

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You gotta be kidding RobertG, right? Hughes has been the far better pitcher between the two hands down. The only thin Ivan “Not so Super” Nova has been more consistent in is how bad he has been. It’s been long overdue this team demoted him. The numbers earplug the fact that Hughes simply been the better pitcher hands down.

Offensively, this team has been very average overall in just about every category with most of its starters hurt and no one who an provide an offensive spark at the top of the lineup. This team has been lucky sofar it has played a very average schedule in terms of overall strength. I doubt Cervelli will do much to add punch to this offense, like Stewart he is a career backup with limited offensive ability. Romineneedsfar more consistent AB’s in order to show something especially since he has almost no major league experience.

The Monterotrade remains one of Crashman’s bigger bonehead moves, but with him being demoted recently, the trade isn’t as painful. Seattle is finding out the hardway what everyone who knew about Monterotrade before he came to the majors knew about him……he isn’t a quality major league catcher.With so many so-called top Yankee prospects struggling and failing at the major league level, one has to seriously doubt how good of a minor league system they really have. There’s no doubting how overrated their prospects are.

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seeknay, no one could be more inconsistent than Hughes and the Yankees have held onto him. And look at Joba. Maybe if Pineda comes back and is pitching well they won’t need Nova or Nuno and will trade one or the other. We need a catcher if Cervelli doesn’t come back soon, not so much defensively as offensively. Neither Stewart or Romine are very scary to opposing pitchers when they come to the plate. How do we replace a Posada? I’d like to see them trade for Mauer or pick him up when he’s a free agent. I hope we can sweep this series. It will a big confidence booster.

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BIG win last night. Good to get some folks healthy and back. CC pitched like an ace last night. Just wondering how much longer Ivan Nova has with the Yankees? His inconsistency has been his undoing, he expects to be a starter BUT continues to be inconsistent in that role. Just wondering if Cashman will entertain offers for him come trade deadline.

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Good win guys. CC was CC and the addition of Tex and Youk even though they didn’t do a lot at the plate gave the team a shot of adrenalin and some confidence which they’ve been lacking. And if made the opposing pitcher be more careful with guys in the middle of the lineup. How a team loses 4 in a row to the lowly Mets and only scores 1 run in 3 games and then beat the Red Sox is beyond logic. We need a series sweep here. Whether Hughes can pull it off today will make the difference, depending on which Hughes shows up. Hopefully we can put a winning streak together here.

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Yanks were up 3-0 but never felt that was a comfortable lead with the Red Sox. Now 3-1 and CC still pitching. Hopefully this isn’t an inning where the Sox start getting a rally going. Yankees have to win this game to keep close. Still not enough offense. Tex doesn’t look all that comfortable at the plate yet. Cano really struggles against left handed pitching. Need another couple of runs for insurance. CC probably won’t go past 7.

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