Interesting storylines today. Boston’s home opener and the natives are restless after an 0-6 start to the preseason favorites. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes tries to bounce back from a awful start and put to rest questions about diminished velocity. It’ll be interesting to see what Hughes does when he gets two strikes on a batter today. Too often, he doesn’t finish the batter off right away and the at bat drags on for several pitches—a few pitches too long. Here is the lineup for this afternoon’s game. No surprises:
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes
The Red Sox have cut ties with Dennis Reyes and have activated Alfredo Aceves.
Poor job by Jeter in the first. Gardner walks, Jeter tries to bunt him over but pops it up. But after a walk to A-Rod, Cano hits a 2-run double.
An interesting day today. Once again gloomy, cool and drizzling in the Northeast. I got some tickets to SWB/LV tonight, so after this major league game, I’ll be catching the AAA team (weather permitting) tonight.
The Yanks get it back in the 2nd. Doubles by Granderson and Gardner.
There is a free week of the MLB package, so I’m able to watch it. NESN feed, though. Yuk. Mute on TV, radio on with John and Suzyn.
In the second, Hughes problems continue. This isn’t good. He’s only hitting 90, and he took 40 pitches to get a swing and a miss. Something isn’t right here. Hughes gets rocked good and gives up five runs in the 2nd. Boston 6-3 after two, and Garcia or Colon should get up NOW and come in NOW.
Hughes will be pulled. 2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 1 HR given up and an ERA now of 16.50. Looking like Wang in 2009.
Another double by Cano leads to an RBI groundout by Swisher, 6-4 after 2 1/2.
Colon in. It’s night and day. Colon at 93, getting swings and misses. A 1-2-3 with 2 K’s. Hughes at 89-90 and getting just one swing and a miss in 47 pitches. Night and day. Colon will be 38. Hughes isn’t 25 yet. Cause for concern with Hughes? You bet. 6-4 after 3.
Gardner two-out triple, Jeter single makes it 6-5 in the fourth. Looks like we’re in for a battle today.
Another 1-2-3 for Colon in the 4th. One K. Six up, six down. 3 K. It’s like night and day how bad Hughes was to how good Colon looks.
Alex hits #616, his 3rd of the year to tie it in the fifth.
A Teixeira error leads to an unearned run. 7-6 Boston after five.
…and wouldn’t you know it? In comes Aceves for Boston. The Yanks get two on, but Jeter GIDP. Remember, just one jack since June 12th last year (2 HR, but one was inside the park).
No matter what, Colon has been great. But he’s on the hook. 7-6 after six.
Checking some Twitter stuff now from start of game. Olney: Hughes fastball 89, cutter 85, change 81. As we know, that’s not enough separation.
Manny Ramirez retires. See the next post. Apparently he got caught juicing again and faced a 100-game suspension. What an idiot. Kiss the HOF goodbye, 550+ HR or not.
Back to the game. Bottom of 7th. A-Gon beats out a bunt, Youk whiffs. Colon is out of there, Logan in. Great job by Colon today.
and poor job by Logan. Double and single. Two runs and it’s 9-6 Boston after 7.
Colon: 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Interesting line by Joel Sherman:
Bosox released Dennis Reyes today. If Logan struggles, and Feliciano is 4 weeks away, will the Yanks take a look at Reyes?
Robertson in for the 8th. Logan 2/3; 1 R, 2 H, no walks or K.
Scoreless IP for D-Rob. 1 hit. To the 9th.
Yanks lose 9-6. Boston was due after starting out 0-6. Colon, who pitched well, gets the loss.
But make no bones about it. Hughes was horrible. Serious concerns about why.