Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP vs. Francisco Liriano LHP
Yankees are coming off of a succesfull roadtrip going 4-2, including taking 2 of 3 against the division leading Blue Jays.
Kevin Cash gets the start tonight, probably just giving Cervelli a rest, but i don't like his style, and i don't know how succesfull he'll be with Hughes tonight. Phil's style relies on getting the calls on the corners, Cash doesn't frame the ball well, so we'll see how that goes.
Melky Cabrera is back starting in centerfield, Brett Gardner will return to the bench... i liked what i saw from Brett though and when Melky comes back to earth... which he will... i hope Girardi sticks him back into CF.
Teixeira is back hitting 3rd, i wonder what Girardi's reason for this is... probably something along the lines of... "He's the guy i want hitting 3rd every day, period." ...yeaa... sounds like Joe.
...back with updates from the game...
Update 7:12: Hughes has a blistering fastball tonight (94 MPH), let's see if he can locate it.
Update 7:18: Johnny Damon may have some of the most entertaining interviews i've ever seen.
Update 7:19: Teix looks different at the plate today... i don't know what it is, but he looks more relaxed... then again he is batting from the right side of the plate so we'll see ... maybe not, he just struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt.
Update 7:25: 1-0 on a homerun by Justin Morneau... honestly, he struck out on the 3rd pitch of the atbat, but kevin cash didn't frame the ball at all and it was called a ball...
Update 7:31: Mark Teixeira needs to start making those picks at firstbase... that would've been a big double play there... now runners on the corners with one out.
Update 7:36: with all things considered, that inning went pretty well for Hughes... leadoff homerun, then two walks... botched double play ball... only one run allowed.
Update 8:08: Johnny Damon just got thrown out of the game arguing balls and strikes... a-rod is up now with the bases loaded and one out.
Update 8:16: A-rod struck out by the way...
Update 8:25: Melky Cabrera... what is the point of throwing so hard if you are off target by 30 feet?
Update 8:33: Melky Cabrera is terrible.
Update 8:39: 3-0 Twins in the top of the 5th, Justin Morneau just hit his second homerun of the game.
Update 8:40: i don't know if anything in baseball is funnier than watching A-Rod try to catch a simple popup.
Update 9:28: 4-1 twins in the bottom of the 7th,i don't know how the twins got their 4th run, but the yankees got one on a derek jeter solo shot... had to step out for a bit.
Update 9:37: Brett Gardner just hit an inside the park homerun.... HOLY SHIT that was intense.
Update 10:04: Edwar Ramirez reminds me of a dinosaur... like he looks like a dinosaur...
Update 10:32: i think brett gardner earned himself another start.
UPDATE 10:45: MELKY!!!!!! YANKEES WIN 5-4!!!!!!