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Game 128: Yankees vs. A’s

The start of today’s game is going to be delayed by rain, but Joe Girardi said that the Yankees expect there to be a window to get this one in.

Less promising, however, is the weekend forecast in Baltimore. The Yankees apparently discussed moving Saturday’s scheduled day-night doubleheader up to Friday, but the Orioles shot that idea down.

Thus, with a hurricane approaching the East Coast, the Yankees have five games scheduled for four days and no idea how many will actually get played. We’ll wait a while if necessary today; the A’s are taking the train to Boston and the Yankees will ride the rails to Baltimore.

Here are the lineups:

August 25, 2011 – Yankee Stadium — 1:05 p.m. ET (YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM)

Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
Brandon Allen 1B
David DeJesus RF
Cliff Pennington SS
Anthony Recker C
Scott Sizemore 3B

Pitching: Rich Harden RHP (4-2, 3.91)

YANKEES (77-50)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (4-4, 5.75)

Garcia’s cut finger clears up Yankees rotation drama

Freddy Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday.

In the end, it turns out that neither Phil Hughes nor A.J. Burnett will be bounced from the rotation. The unlucky contestant for now is Freddy Garcia, who has a cut on a finger of his pitching hand and is unable to throw his split-fingered fastball.

As such, Garcia has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Rays. Burnett will go instead, manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi said that Garcia cut it four or five days ago in a kitchen accident and was unable to throw his split on flat ground today.

“I’m not sure when we’ll get Freddy back,” Girardi said. “It’s not real deep, but it’s where he throws his split. It rubs on his split on the side of his finger, so the decision was made.”

The Yankees’ pitching plans at Kansas City, thus, are as follows —

Monday: Ivan Nova
Tuesday: Bartolo Colon
Wednesday: CC Sabathia

So… what if Hughes pitched well today and Garcia had been completely healthy?

“I don’t have to answer that question. That’s the beauty of this,” Girardi said.

Game 109: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — We’re a half-hour from game time, and it has already been quite the news-making day. Phil Hughes will be given at least one more start, CC Sabathia won American League Pitcher of the Month and Major League Baseball said it’ll take Alex Rodriguez‘s involvement in a high-stakes poker game “very seriously.”

Here are the lineups, as the Yankees look to make it six straight and 10 of their last 13. Paul Konerko (sore left calf/knee) remains out for the White Sox …

YANKEES (66-42)
Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C

Pitching: RH A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.23 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-56)
Juan Pierre, LF
Omar Vizquel, 2B
Carlos Quentin, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alex Rios, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RH Gavin Floyd (9-9, 3.96 ERA)

Some links from last night …

* Rain cuts into Hughes’ gem as Yanks roll

* Teixeira’s multi-homer game sets record

* Yankees Notebook, on Banuelos, Soriano and Jeter


Hughes to stay in the rotation … for now

CHICAGO – Phil Hughes’ performance on Tuesday night was good enough to keep him in the rotation. For how much longer, and what that means for Ivan Nova, has yet to be determined.

But after hurling six breezy shutout innings against the White Sox before rain at U.S. Cellular Field eventually cancelled the game, Hughes is now in line to start on Tuesday against the Angels, when the Yankees come off an off day.

“I think our plans right now are to keep Phil on rotation on Tuesday,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We want Nova to throw well, and if he continues to throw well, we’ll have to answer some questions as to exactly what we’re going to do. But Phil was real good last night.”

Nova will get the start in the series finale from Chicago on Thursday.


Game 108: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — I’m no weather man, but after listening to everyone talk heading into tonight’s game, I can tell you this: Expect rain. Nothing yet as of 6 p.m. CT, but there’s supposed to be some pretty serious storms in the area tonight, so hopefully the game can get in with little or no delays.

Phil Hughes certainly hopes so.

Manager Joe Girardi said he hasn’t articulated to Hughes that he needs to pitch well tonight, but with the Yankees deploying a six-man rotation in order to keep Ivan Nova in the mix, the pressure is on for Hughes to deliver against a rather desperate White Sox team. And the last thing he needs is for a little rain to get in the way.

When asked what he’s looking for out of Hughes, Girardi mentioned a better curveball — the new one that was so key to him getting his first win in Toronto three starts ago.

“I thought he made some progress his last start, but I think that his stuff can get better,” he said. “He can give us more distance. His curveball wasn’t as sharp his last start. As we talked about, [CC Sabathia‘s] slider wasn’t as sharp as it’s been [last night], but when it’s Phil, we have to get this guy on a roll, too. And he’s had his struggles this year, so there’s more red flags. His curveball wasn’t as sharp, and we have to get that going.”

Girardi was asked several times what could happen when he cuts his rotation from six to five again — whether Nova or Hughes will be in the bullpen, or whether one of them will go to the Minors to be stretched out for the Aug. 27 doubleheader — but the skipper kept his options open and would only speak in generalities.

“There’s a lot of things that we have to talk about,” Girardi said. “I mean, the best thing that could happen is that [Hughes] pitches really well, and then we have a tough decision to make in what we’re going to do. There’s some different scenarios. Nova hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen as much. I’ve also talked about, we’re going to need a starter, I think, Aug. 27 when we go to Baltimore, and you want someone built up. So there’s some things after today and tomorrow that we’re going to have to talk about.”

Derek Jeter is back in the lineup after missing Monday’s game with a sore right middle finger, and Brett Gardner is once again in the lineup — batting in the No. 9 spot — against a left-hander.

Here’s the full slate …

YANKEES (65-42)
Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Gardner, LF

Pitching: RH Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-55)
Juan Pierre, LF
Omar Vizquel, 3B
Carlos Quentin, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alex Rios, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: LH John Danks (4-8, 3.79 ERA)

Some links from last night … 

* CC denies White Sox, earning 16th win

* Yankees Notebook on Jeter, A-Rod, Cervelli and the six-man rotation 

* With no guarantees, Hughes faces White Sox


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