Hughes to the hill as Yanks play second of four at Twins
Phil Hughes and Samuel Deduno make up the pitching matchup tonight here at Target Field as the Yankees try to make it two in a row after winning last night’s series opener with the Twins by a 10-4 final. It’s gorgeous here in Minneapolis, and while I never really had a problem with the Metrodome, nights like this are exactly why the Twins wanted to get back outdoors.
Here’s what’s cooking with the Yanks:
- Alex Rodriguez is, as you surely know, on the field with the Class-A Charleston Riverdogs against the Rome Braves in Charleston, S.C. He hit into a 5-4-3 double play in his first at-bat. Eduardo Nunez is also in Charleston on a Minor League rehab assignment, since the weather has been so poor in the Tampa area. I’m curious to know what kind of big league dinner spread A-Rod is going to spring for tonight.
- Jayson Nix has been added to the list of the injured and walking wounded. Nix felt his right hamstring grab legging out his ninth inning double last night, and while the Yankees believe Nix might be able to play on Wednesday, this leaves them with a two-man bench (Austin Romine & Vernon Wells). At least Wells has shown he can play the infield in an emergency; don’t be surprised if that needs to happen again.
- Speaking of Wells, he was out for early batting practice. He said that he and hitting coach Kevin Long have been working on having Wells use his backside more at the plate and not relying so much on his hands.
- Mark Teixeira had surgery to repair the torn tendon sheath in his right wrist on Monday in New York. See you in Spring Training, Tex.
- Robinson Cano was spotted taking right-handed swings in the batting cage underneath Target Field this afternoon, making very loud contact against hitting coach Kevin Long, and it was a strange sight. Cano said that he always takes a few cuts from the right side of the plate to loosen up his right oblique; pretty impressive stuff nevertheless considering I can barely swing the bat from my natural side.
- The Twins are honoring Mariano Rivera tonight. He had an event with longtime Twins employees and fans in the owner’s suite this afternoon but it was closed to the media. They’ll have an on-field ceremony before first pitch.