Yanks split twinbill with Dodgers, look ahead to showdown with Rays

The Yankees split their doubleheader with the Dodgers on Wednesday, winning the first game 6-4 behind strong performances from Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda.

They then flopped in the nightcap, as Phil Hughes allowed five runs in six innings and the Yankees mustered just three singles against Chris Capuano and two relievers in a 6-0 loss.

We’ve recapped all of the day’s action in story form on MLB.com and Yankees.com, of course, but here is a quick rundown of  what you might have missed in the deluge:

  • It was exciting to get an in-person look at Yasiel Puig. He’s just as fun to watch as advertised, and I wish he played in the American League East so we could see it more regularly. The Yankees and the Dodgers both disagree with me on that point, I’m sure.
  • Mariano Rivera bested the intriguing rookie in a ninth-inning battle to end the first game.
  • Lyle Spencer compared Puig to Ichiro Suzuki very nicely: “Ichiro improvises cool jazz. Puig is hard rock, charged by electricity.” When Puig stepped in against Adam Warren in the seventh inning, I wasn’t even able to manage to say, “I don’t like this matchup for Adam Wa…” before Puig flicked his wrists and hit an opposite-field homer. He’s special.
  • Joe Girardi said that he has not given any thought to removing Hughes from the rotation, but acknowledged the struggles we’re all seeing. “I think it’s location for him, location of his fastball, and staying out of long counts,” Girardi said.
  • Zoilo Almonte made his big league debut, grounding out as a pinch-hitter for Austin Romine in the ninth inning of the second game. Joe Girardi had said that he planned to give Almonte a start in the second game, as well as against one of the Rays right-handers, but obviously changed his mind between games. Almonte is the Yankees’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB.com.
  • Robinson Cano was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second game, and Girardi was a bit mystified why that happened. “He took too wide of a turn, and I’m not really sure why he took such a wide turn, but he did,” Girardi said.
  • Austin Romine’s troubles at the plate continue, but with Francisco Cervelli not expected back until the middle of July, Girardi said that he can keep trotting Romine out as his backup catcher. “I think he’s done a pretty good job behind the plate,” Girardi said. “He’s struggled offensively, there’s no doubt about it. Early on he was hitting some balls hard and he wasn’t having a whole lot of luck. But he’s done a pretty good job for me behind the plate.”
  •  Jason Kidd threw the ceremonial first pitch for the nightcap.
  • The Bleacher Creatures twice serenaded Dodgers manager Don Mattingly with chants of “Don-nie Base-ball,” and Mattingly doffed his cap both times.

The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games as they head into a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. Here are the pitching probables, game times and local television information:

Thur., 6/20 vs. Tampa Bay: LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 3.95) vs. LHP Matt Moore (8-3, 4.12), 7:05 p.m. YES

Fri., 6/21 vs. Tampa Bay: RHP David Phelps (4-4, 4.08) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (4-7, 5.02), 7:05 p.m. MY9

Sat., 6/22 vs. Tampa Bay: LHP CC Sabathia (7-5, 3.93) vs. TBD, 1:05 p.m. YES/MLB Net.

Sun., 6/23 vs. Tampa Bay: TBD (Ivan Nova?) vs. RHP Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03), 2:05 p.m. YES/TBS

13 Comments

robert G not sure the Yankees will get much for Joba or Hughes. Hughes is an average pitcher and Joba is a headcase. Prospects are the only hope there. However, since neither one will be resigned best to unload them and learn the lesson of NOT babying pitching prospects. As far as I am concerned these two are two of the bigger BUSTS in NY Yankee history.

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Seeknay, Yankees have been pretty hot and cold this year too, more cold than hot lately. When I said the “old” guys I was referring to Wells and Overbay and Hafner and Nix. Almonte a good prospect and hope he continues hitting like he has been doing. Are there any more in the farm system like Almonte? Hopefully we can trade Hughes and Joba before the deadline and get something back for them.

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Logan, Hughes and Joba aren’t OLD robert G. They just do NOT do the job they are paid to do. I agree with you on Cano. I would NOT give him a 10 year deal. Jays are too hot and cold for my taste.

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Come on Yank. Give the old timers a break. Not their fault Cashman signed them on to keep under the cap set by the Steinbrenners. Cano going to take up a chunk of salary when he signs. Hope they don’t do what they did with Tex and ARod and sign a 10 year contract at 100 mil+. That’s probably what it’ll take to keep him. Might be worth it for 3 years and after that he’ll be injured most of the time and on rehab like the other guys we have with long term contracts. Yanks only win if they score 5 runs or more. How often do they do that? Another 1 run game today? Got to win series not split. This division too tight to lose very many games. Jays beat the O’s again today. Yank, you’re going to live to eat your words about the Jays I think.

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Let’s see why do the Yankees have Boone Logan on the roster. Oh yeah to get lefties out. Only problem is Boone hardly ever does that. Another pitcher that the Yankees NEED to unload after this year. Now Joba is in, time to change the station. I agree with you yankmeister, not likely this year OR a few more years. This team NEEDS to unload some of the BAD wood on the roster and REBUILD!!!!

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One AB doesn’t change a thing about Wells or this lineup of old geezers. You don’t need to stick a fork in Wells to know that he is done same with all the other old geezers. There’s a huge reason why this offense is as bad as it is. Not likely this team is going anywhere this year.

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These old guys never cease to amaze me. They so often come through in the clutch. Everybody saying and thinking Vernon was washed up. Has gone through a real dry spell hitting but he came through today. Way to go. Thought this one had got away with that grand slam but Wells pulled it out for CC and the team. Great win.We need to put a string together. The O’s beaten by the Jays. The Jays 10th win in a row. They are coming on hard. They’ll be a team to reckon with for the rest of the year. It’s a tough division. It’s time for the Red Sox to lose a few.

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Well CC you need to take Wells and Z-Man out to dinner tonight. They bailed you out today. Sabathia did NOT pitch badly just threw a bad pitch to Myers. Fortunately, Wells FINALLY came thru. Can someone tell me WHY is Mo retiring????

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What the hell is with CC. He pitches lights out some games and other games he’s hittable and prone to the long ball. Giving up a grand slam to a 240+ hitter after intentionally walking Longoria? Not acceptable. Yankees cruising along here to another win over the Rays and CC puts them in a hole. How often has this happened this year. Gotta get a string of wins together here. One win here and there is not going to do it. Jays red hot right now. And the Red Sox and Orioles aren’t going to go away either. Almonte is certainly contributing and driving in runs but needs some help from his starting pitcher and the rest of the team.

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In ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ man aka Zoila we just may have found an outfielder, As far as Hughes and Joba is concerned UNLOAD THEM, And then figure out why and where the Yankees failed.

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Sorry, but another poor performance by Pettitte cost the Yanks this game. Pettitte has been very average this season, definitely not a stopper or staff ace. This game was out of reach this team fell behind by four runs, no chance this offense makes up that kind of deficit. Poor performances have become the norm for Pettitte, he’s no better than a .500 pitcher at this point, most likely he stayed one season too many.

I’m all for trading Hughes, he brings a little value, but Joba has no value at all being a failed starter and mediocre middle reliever. Don’t look for help coming from the minors, very little talent, especially at AAA level.

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I knew this game was over as soon as Girardi brought in Joba. It’s as if Joe is waving the white flag when he brings in Joba. robert G. the Yankees have to trade both Joba and Hughes. They CANNOT resign either one of these two. Neither one pitches like they want to be in pinstripes. Both have been given every chance to be quality players and both are BELOW average pitchers. IF the Yankees aren’t going to resign them it’s time to unload them, probably for minor leaguers. But at this point I’d trade both of them for a beer and a bag of peanuts.

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This Yankee team can’t match with the good teams. Pettite not great and the usual no offense this year. If the Yankees lead after 7 they usually win but too often they are losing by the 7th. Longoria is a great hitter but Joba serves up a pitch that he can hit out of the ball park. Joba too prone to giving up the long ball and runs. Gotta get rid of Joba and Hughes. Both are way too inconsistent and we’ve been saying it here for the past couple of years but they are still in the lineup and still pitching poorly. Why does management not learn. How much patience do they have to tolerate this for the past 2 years. Way too much obviously. Sorry friends but we are going to see a lot of this for the rest of this season. We’ll be lucky to stay out of the basement of this division let alone make the playoffs. It’s going to be a depressing year. And Arod is no savior, or Jeter or Tex when he gets back again, or Granderson. So don’t expect suddenly everything is going to turn around when they get back. Both Grandy and Tex have come back and are back on the DL. And Youk is probably out for the season. Where’s the home run power? Not the usual Bronx bombers team we are used to seeing.

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