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Phil Hughes said that he had a few sleepless nights after the worst start of his professional career, a nightmarish outing last time out against the Mariners in which he surrendered seven runs and was not able to escape the first inning.
“You lay in bed and you think about things; what could have gone differently for you and what you could have done better,” Hughes said. “It’s tough. It’s tough any way you slice it. I’m looking forward to taking the ball [tonight] and hopefully getting back on a good streak.”
Hughes said that he found in his bullpen that he was on the side of the ball a little bit, which was causing his fastball to run back over the middle of the plate. Hughes tends to pitch up in the zone anyway – he’s a fly ball pitcher and that lends itself to home runs at times – so he really must hit the corners to be effective.
“It’s all fastball command, really,” Hughes said. “The days that I’ve had good command of my fastball, I’ve been able to work everything off that. Those have been the good ones. The bad ones, I’m falling behind and trying to figure something out.
“When the fastball is there and I’m locating it, I have a good chance to be good that day. If not, I think I need to do a better job of recognizing that earlier and throwing more off-speed pitches to try to counter-balance that.”
Miguel Gonzalez has the starting nod for the Orioles, and the action gets underway tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Yankees are 3-0 this season in series finales, a record they’ll try to improve tonight as the Yanks and Orioles wrap up their three-game weekend set here at Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano is back in the No. 3 spot in the lineup as the Yanks face left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, with Vernon Wells bumped up to the No. 2 spot. Ben Francisco is also taking over for Travis Hafner in the DH spot, stepping into his role as the DH against lefties, but Girardi said he had to keep Lyle Overbay at first base in the lineup because Eduardo Nunez isn’t ready to return from his wrist injury.
If Nunez was in the lineup, Girardi said he would’ve shifted Kevin Youkilis to first base and played Jayson Nix at third base. Hiroki Kuroda is on the hill for the Yanks in tonight’s 8:05 p.m. game, televised on ESPN.
The triple play that the Yankees turned last night was, depending on who you talked to, a thing of beauty, an incredible rarity or a display of poor baserunning by the Orioles.
Actually, maybe it was all three. You just don’t see the old 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 very often — this was the first one in Major League history. It was the Yankees’ first triple play at home 1968, when they turned one at the old Yankee Stadium against the Twins (Dooley Womack to Bobby Cox to Mickey Mantle, hit by Johnny Roseboro). The Yankees also turned one back in 2010 at Oakland (Alex Rodriguez to Robinson Cano to Nick Johnson on a grounder hit by Kurt Suzuki).
Even Joe Girardi’s kids appreciated the rarity of last night’s events, the Yankees manager said.
“I haven’t looked at it on replay. I saw it live so I do remember what happened,” Girardi said. “It’s interesting. My kids commented on it. My son [Dante] said it was awesome when I got home and then my daughter [Lena] said something, my six year old: ‘The triple out was really cool, Dad.’ So, I thought that was kind of neat. They knew that it was a rare occurrence and you’re not going to see it every day.”
Phil Hughes and Jason Hammel are today’s starting pitchers for the 4:05 p.m. ET game between New York and Baltimore, the second game of a six-game homestand.
New York Yankees (1-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles (3-0)
1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: None
LHP Nik Turley (9-5, 2.89 ERA in ’12 w/ Tampa) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (3-9, 6.20 ERA in ’12 w/ Orioles)
Alexi Casilla 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Conor Jackson DH
Steve Pearce LF
Russ Canzler RF
Lew Ford CF
Danny Valencia 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Luis Exposito C
Jake Arrieta RHP
Brett Gardner LF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Chris Stewart C
Corban Joseph 3B
LHP Nik Turley
Turley is scheduled to be followed by RHP Matt Daley, RHP Preston Claiborne, LHP Josh Spence, RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Mark Montgomery and RHP Tom Kahnle.
The Yankees expected that a major part of their stay at the Winter Meetings would revolve around obtaining a replacement for the injured Alex Rodriguez at third base.
It hasn’t seemed to be the easiest assignment for general manager Brian Cashman, but the Yankees have continued to search, most recently turning their interest to free agent Mark Reynolds.
According to a source, Cashman met with Reynolds’ agent on Wednesday and the free-swinging slugger is said to be intrigued by the Yankees.
Reynolds, 29, was non-tendered by the Orioles after batting .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBIs in 135 games this year. He was a Yankee killer, collecting seven homers and 14 RBIs against Bombers pitching alone.
Reynolds earned $7.5 million and is seeking a similar salary for 2013, but he is thought to be amenable to a one-year contract.
2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 5
NEW YORK YANKEES (2-2/95-67) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (2-2/93-69)
LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.08) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (0-0, 3.18)
Friday, October 12 • 5:07 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium
Jason Hammel RHP
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
CC Sabathia LHP
Game information from the Yankees’ media relations team:
ON THE BRINK: The Yankees are playing a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the eight time (also 1981, ‘95, ‘97, 2000, ‘01, ‘05 and ‘11) and second straight season…fell in last year’s ALDS Game 5 at home vs. Detroit, 3-2…marks the 10th time they will play a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 ALCS, each vs. Kansas City).
ð Are 5-4 all time in Game 5 of a “best-of-five” series (3-4 in the ALCS), and own an 11-11 record all time in winner-take-all games of a series.
ð Are 8-7 in ALDS games when facing elimination.
ð Marks the fifth time they will play a winner-take-all Game 5 at home…won each of the first three (1976 ALCS vs. Kansas City – a 7-6 “walk-off” win, 1981 ALDS vs. Milwaukee – a 7-3 win and 2001 ALDS vs. Oakland – a 5-3 win) before losing last year.
FRIENDS CLOSE, ENEMIES CLOSER: Over the first four games of this series, the Yankees and Orioles have been separated by no more than one run at the end of 41 of the 43 innings played.
START US UP: Yankees starters have combined to go 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (30.2IP, 8ER) this series, with 23K and a .209 opponents average (24-for-115).
ð Yankees relievers have combined to allow just 1ER in 11.1IP (0.79 ERA, 6H, 0BB, 10K).
COMING UP ACES: LHP CC Sabathia is undefeated over his last seven postseason starts (3-0, 4.66 ERA)…is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA (68.1IP, 25ER) in 11 starts as a Yankee.
ð Has made one start in a postseason game in which his team was facing elimination—2010 ALCS Game 5 vs. Texas, winning that contest (6.0IP, 11H, 2ER)…conversely, has made one previous postseason start in which his team could have clinched a series—2007 ALCS Game 5 vs. Boston w/Cleveland, taking the loss (6.0IP, 10H, 4ER).
CONEY RETURNS TO THE MOUND: Former Yankees pitcher David Cone will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. He made 14 postseason appearances (12 starts) with the Yankees, going 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Alex Rodriguez met with the media on the field while the Yankees were taking batting practice this afternoon prior to ALDS Game 5, discussing manager Joe Girardi’s decision to bench him in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive game of the series against the Orioles.
Here is the transcript:
On Rodriguez’s reaction:
“Obviously I’m not happy and disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but as I keep telling you guys, this isn’t a story about one person. This is about a team, and we have some unfinished business today. Our objective is to win one game tonight and keep this thing moving.”
On helping off the bench:
“Without question. I do know in 27 outs, a lot can happen. I’ll be ready.”
On feeling singled out:
“No. It is what it is. I can’t control that. The only thing I can do is go out and try to have some quality at-bats and help this team win.”
On being unhappy with himself or Girardi’s decision:
“It’s never about Joe. I always have to look in the mirror and do what I can do to do the best I can. Don’t assume you’ve heard the last from us or me.”
On if being benched is different than being pinch-hit for:
“I’m not going to get into that. We’re ready to go today. We’ve got one game and I’m part of this team. I’m ready to roll. I’ll be ready.”
- Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller.
Derek Jeter was surrounded during batting practice by a swarm of media, peppering him with a variety of questions. Here are his thoughts on the ALDS, Pete Rose’s doubts about Jeter catching the all-time hits king, and the Yankees’ struggles with runners in scoring position.
Being back at Yankee Stadium…
“We enjoy playing here. Obviously it’s our home fans and pretty energetic, so we’re looking forward to it.”
“It’s fun. This is what you play for. We have the greatest fans in the world, in my opinion. I don’t want to disrespect any other fans. This is why you play the game, to get an opportunity to play in October and hopefully get to the World Series.”
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has been good…
“So we have no chance, right? I don’t pay attention to it. It’s the playoffs, it’s baseball. Anything can happen. We have to go out and have good at-bats and hopefully score some runs.”
“I’m not talking about Pete Rose, man. We’re trying to win a game here.”
Don’t care about Rose’s comments?
“What do you think?”
Lots of talk about A-Rod…
“I don’t pay attention. I don’t read the papers, I don’t watch TV, I don’t do any of that during the playoffs, and pretty much during the season anymore. I don’t pay attention to it. I come here and try to win games.”
Confident in him?
“Yep, he’s one of the reasons we’re here.”
Any pregame routines or rituals?
“I wouldn’t say rituals, it’s a routine to get ready. It’s pretty much the same, but I’m not really superstitious.”
Struggling with RISP?
“Yeah, we shouldn’t play any more with guys on base. The bottom line is you get to this point and teams are here pretty much because they have good pitching. Pitchers are going to bear down and with runners in scoring position, they’re going to make good pitches. It’s not like we’re out there just facing a machine throwing the ball over the plate. They’re going to make pitches. Sometimes pitchers are better than you, and other times, you’re going to get them. I’m going to assume pitchers aren’t going to throw batting practice with runners in scoring position, but we have to find a way to score runs.”
Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller for gathering the quotes.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Q. You pitched a pretty good game against this team about a month ago in their ballpark. What do you remember about that game specifically, and what do you take from that going into tomorrow?
PHIL HUGHES: I remember it was probably the first or second game that I really used my slider quite a bit, and I think that could be a big pitch against this team that really likes to hit the fastball. So yeah, I mean, it’s a tough lineup. Obviously tomorrow is going to be a big game, either playing to stay alive or playing to move on.
I remember it was a good atmosphere over there, and it’s going to be the same tomorrow here.
Q. You had a tough series against Texas a couple years ago in the postseason and didn’t start last year. How much have you been looking forward to getting back out there in the postseason start and trying to redeem yourself a little bit?
PHIL HUGHES: Yeah, it’s a great opportunity. Like I said, last year was a disappointing season, and the year before that, pitching a good game against Minnesota and not then pitching at all against Texas. I’ve been looking forward to this, and it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be, like I said, a good atmosphere here and something I really look forward to.
Q. Can you characterize your year, what you were happiest about, what you may not have been happy about?
PHIL HUGHES: Well, I was happy with the way I was able to rebound from some tough starts, and that was something that we really emphasized on, just not letting things snowball and get out of control when they were bad. Obviously some things I was disappointed with. I had a bad start to the season, had some bad starts mixed in. But looking at the positives, I felt like I was able to get the ball every five days and give us a chance to win as much as I could.
Kind of an upanddown season, but you can’t really look at the regular season when it comes to times like this. You just throw that out the window and just try to do the best job you can.
Q. We talked during the season about properly harnessing your adrenaline and controlling it in the early innings. Does that become more of a challenge in the playoffs?
PHIL HUGHES: Well, it can be, definitely. Obviously, it’s something that, you look forward to these big games, but at the same time you are going to have that little adrenaline boost and control that and make sure you get a good couple innings underneath you, and then the nerves will settle a little bit and you can kind of focus on pitching. But it’s going to be a challenge, and hopefully just come out of the gate throwing strikes and then things will settle down from there.
Q. Does starting Game 4 impact your confidence at all versus pitching if you were selected for Game 2 or Game 3?
PHIL HUGHES: It really doesn’t. I mean, you make the argument that these games later in the series mean more. I look at every start, every opportunity that I have as a challenge, and I don’t really focus on where I’m lined up or anything like that, just go out and do the absolute best job I can and not focus too much on the circumstances, just focus on every pitch I can possibly make.
Q. Who in their lineup is your toughest atbat and why?
PHIL HUGHES: Well, you know, with Markakis out, he was one of them. I’ve had a he’s one of the longest hitter guys on the team so I probably have the most experience with him. But other than him Adam Jones is always a tough atbat, Chris Davis having a breakout season. There’s not really one guy you can point to and say he may be the toughest atbat. They have guys up and down that lineup that can hurt you. You get one guy out but there’s still eight guys you’ve got to go after. I just have a good game plan and try to execute every pitch.
Q. A few minutes ago Joe Girardi told some of the writers that win or lose tonight you’ll be starting tomorrow’s game rather than bringing CC back on short rest. How does it feel that he has the confidence in you to put you out there potentially in an elimination game?
PHIL HUGHES: Yeah, like I said, tomorrow we’re either going to go on or we’re going to survive. I don’t really think too much into it. Like I said, I don’t really focus on the circumstances, just if I’m given the opportunity go out and pitch as well as I can, and that’s really it. Whether I was given the opportunity or not, I’ll be prepared for it, and that’s really all I can do.
Q. Results aside, do you feel like this has been a growth year for you? You’ve adjusted your approach, you’ve added a pitch, sort of sharpened the stuff that you had. Does it feel from the start of the season until now that you’ve taken a step up in your growth as a pitcher?
PHIL HUGHES: Yeah, I think so. Maybe a little bit. Obviously last year was disappointing and I would have liked to have built on 2010. But I just look at every year as a different path. Obviously this postseason is going to provide its challenges, but like I said, I don’t really think about what I’ve done this year or in years past, I just kind of focus on what I can do for this team or this opportunity.
Q. You mentioned those appearances in Texas two years ago. Is there anything you can draw from those two starts against Texas, or do you try to just put those starts out of mind?
PHIL HUGHES: Yeah, I try to forget about them. You don’t really want to linger on the negative. But every postseason start and things like that is an experience and something I can learn from. But it’s a different team, different lineup, and I think I kind of know what to expect going into this, and that’s something I can certainly learn from.
But every start, every team kind of provides their own difficulties, their own challenges.
It’ll be nice having a little bit of experience going into this, but as far as drawing anything from their team specifically, it’s kind of its own new experience.
Q. There’s been a lot of talk about facing the same team these 20 times and all this stuff and how much you guys know about the Orioles and vice versa. How is that for you? What’s your perspective on it?
PHIL HUGHES: It’s hard to say. I mean, they see more, we see them more. It’s all back and forth. I think everybody has got their reports, scouting reports and things like that. But you certainly know their guys just from playing in the division all year, especially down the stretch like you mentioned, playing them so often.
But I think as long as you feel confident with the game plan we have going in, there’s really no advantage either way. We just have to it’s going to come down to who executes, and that’s really all it is.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports
BALTIMORE – The Yankees finalized their roster for the American League Division Series against the Orioles on Sunday morning, naming utilityman Jayson Nix and right-hander Derek Lowe among their choices.
Among those who were told they would not be carried for the first round were right-handers Ivan Nova and Cody Eppley, as well as outfielder Andruw Jones.
“I just didn’t finish as strong that I wanted to finish, so I don’t think I deserved to be on it,” Jones said on Saturday following the Yankees’ workout at Camden Yards.
New York is carrying 11 pitchers for the ALDS. Manager Joe Girardi announced a rotation for the series against the Orioles that will feature CC Sabathia in Game 1, followed by Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes in Games 2 through 4, respectively.
New York’s bullpen will fill in behind closer Rafael Soriano and setup man David Robertson with a group that includes right-handers Joba Chamberlain, Lowe and David Phelps, plus left-handers Boone Logan and Clay Rapada.
Lowe, 38, earned a spot after posting a 3.04 ERA in 17 relief appearances for New York, spanning 23 2/3 innings. He was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts for the Indians before being released in August.
Girardi’s decision to take Lowe as an extra right-handed reliever bumped the 26-year-old Eppley, who had a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances spanning 46 innings this year, as well as Nova.
A 16-game winner last season, Nova had his final start of the season skipped last week against the Red Sox in favor of Phelps, completing a year in which Nova was 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts.
Russell Martin and backup Chris Stewart are on the roster as a catching tandem, and the Yankees project a starting infield of Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
Eric Chavez will serve as a backup at the corner infield spots, and Nix – who hasn’t played since Sept. 27 due to a strained left hip flexor – can back up at three infield positions as well as play left field.
“Everything I’ve done so far, I’ve had zero setbacks or zero feelings from it,” Nix said on Saturday. “It feels great. It feels normal.”
While they have concerns about his defense, the Yankees will carry Eduardo Nunez as a potential power bat against left-handed pitching. That fills a role occupied during the regular season by Jones, who finished the year with a weak second half and batted .197 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs in 94 games overall.
For their starting outfield, the Yankees figure to have Ichiro Suzuki in left field, Curtis Granderson in center field and Nick Swisher in right field.
Raul Ibanez is on the roster as a corner outfielder and designated hitter option, and the Yankees are also carrying Brett Gardner, who appeared in seven games late in the season after undergoing elbow surgery and can be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.