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Six-Run Barrage Allows Hughes To Sink Mariners

GAME 60

YANKEES 6, MARINERS 1

The last time Phil Hughes faced the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on May 15 he gave up seven runs, six hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. He was in the clubhouse before some fans had returned to their seats with their hot dogs and popcorn.

But Hughes got a huge measure of revenge against the Mariners on Thursday at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Hughes pitched seven-plus innings of dominant baseball while the Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and strung seven consecutive hits together against veteran right-hander Aaron Harang to score six runs as New York cruised past Seattle in front of paid crowd of 18,776.

Hughes (3-4) held the Mariners to just three hits and a walk while he struck out seven heading into the eighth inning. But Hughes opened the frame by walking Kelly Shoppach and Yankees manager Joe Girardi replaced him with Preston Claiborne.

After a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Brendan Ryan erased Shoppach, Jason Bay slashed a one-hopper that skipped between Kevin Youkilis’ legs for an error. Boone Logan replaced Claiborne and was greeted by an RBI double by Kyle Seager that scored Ryan with Seattle’s only run, albeit an unearned one.

Meanwhile, the Yankees staked Hughes with all the runs he really needed in the third inning off Harang (2-6).

Jayson Nix opened the frame with a single to left, the Yankees first hit of the game. One out later, Brett Gardner executed a perfect hit-and-run singe to right to advance Nix to third. Then Robinson Cano lined his 15th home run of the season deep into the bleachers in right-field.

Mark Teixeira followed two pitches later with his third home run in only his seventh game of the season.

Travis Hafner singled and Youkilis doubled him to third before Vernon Wells blooped an RBI single over the head of second baseman Nick Franklin to score Hafner. Ichiro Suzuki closed out the scoring and ended Harang’s evening with a lined single to left that scored Youkilis.

Harang was tagged for six runs on eights hits and he struck out three in 2 1/3 innings. The pounding raised his season ERA to 6.70.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge replaced Harang with Blake Beavan, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day. The right-hander shut down the Yankees over the final 6 2/3 innings on a single hit, a leadoff single by Hafner in the eighth inning.

With the victory, the team’s fourth straight, the Yankees are now 35-25 and they remain in second place in the American League East, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox. The Mariners dropped to 26-35.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • This was the fewest hits Hughes has allowed in a start since he limited the Minnesota Twins to only two hits on Aug. 11, 2011. Though Hughes has been wildly inconsistent this season, he looked dominant in this start because he kept his pitches out of the middle of the plate and he did not get bogged down in deep counts. Hughes lowered his season ERA to 4.80.
  • Cano’s home run was his first since one he hit against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on May 30. Cano entered the game mired in a 2-for-20 (.100) skid dating back to May 31. Despite the slump, Cano still leads the Yankees in home runs (15), RBIs (39) and batting average (.280).
  • Teixeira is off to a great start from a power standpoint. He has three homers and eight RBIs in his first seven games. Of course, he also has struck out 10 times in his first 22 at-bats and his season average is .227. But the Yankees will overlook the punchouts and low average because they certainly need his power.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • The only hitter in the lineup who did not record a hit in the game was Austin Romine, who was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and he did not get a ball out of the infield. The Yankees knew when they recalled Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre they were getting a good defensive catcher with limited offensive skills. Romine is confirming that assessment because he is hitting an anemic .146. He had the distinction of making the first and third outs in the Yankee’s six-run third inning.
  • Youkilis’ third error of the season in the eighth inning ended up costing Hughes a potential shutout. If Youkilis had stopped Seager’s grounder it would have resulted in an inning-ending double play.

BOMBER BANTER

The Yankees selected left-hand-hitting third baseman Eric Jagielo, a junior at Notre Dame, with the 26th pick in the first round of the amateur player draft on Thursday. Jagielo, 21, was named the Big East Player of the Year in 2013 and he hit 13 home runs in the Cape Cod League last summer. With the 32nd pick in the first round, the Yankees selected 6-foot-7, 255-pound outfielder Aaron Judge out of Fresno State. Judge, 21, batted .369 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs for Fresno State this season. With their final choice of the first round at No. 33 the Yankees selected left-hander Ian Clarkin from James Madison High School in San Diego. Clarkin, 18, was 9-2 with a 0.35 ERA this season.

ON DECK

The Yankees will continue their four-game series with the Mariners on Friday.

Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59 ERA) will start for the Yankees. Kuroda is coming off a rain-shortened 3-0 loss against the Red Sox on Sunday. He is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA lifetime against the Mariners.

The Mariners will counter with journeyman right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50 ERA). Bonderman yielded seven runs on nine hits, three of them home runs, in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins on Sunday. He is 3-9 with a 5.62 ERA against the Yankees in his career.

Game-time will be 10:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.

 

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Hit Batters, Ejection Overshadow Yanks’ Romp Over Tigers

GAME 120
YANKEES 9, TIGERS 5

Brett Gardner was hit with the game’s first pitch, after hitting two home runs the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera was hit with the pitch eighth inning, Derek Jeter narrowly escaped getting plunked in the bottom of the eighth and Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland was ejected before the bottom of the eighth inning began.
In between the hit batters and ejection the New York Yankees pounded out three home runs as part of nine-hit attack as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-5 on Wednesday.
Mark Teixeira set the tone for the evening with a two-run home run to the second deck in right-field to score Gardner after he was hit by Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman (6-9) in the first inning.
The pitch that hit Gardner seemed suspicious in that it was Gardner’s hard but clean slide into Carlos Guillen in the ninth inning of Monday’s game. Guillen was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day with a bruised left knee as a result of the slide. When asked about the slide by reporters Leyland claimed the play was a clean one.
However, home plate umpire and crew chief Eric Cooper immediately warned both teams that any further purpose pitches would result in the ejection of the offending pitcher and manager.
Play resumed and the Yankees built their lead to 3-0 when Robinson Cano followed Teixeira with a solo home run of his own.
The Yankees later extended their lead to 6-2 with three runs in the fourth inning, keyed by a RBI triple by Ramiro Pena and a RBI single by Gardner.
After the Tigers came back with a two-run home run from Don Kelly in the fifth inning, the Yankees answered with a Curtis Granderson solo home run to push the Yankee lead back to 7-4.
A two-out, two-run double by Austin Kearns in the seventh inning seemingly put the game away for the Yankees at 9-4.
However, Chad Gaudin began the eighth inning by hitting Cabrera with an 1-1 pitch. Cabrera had hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings off Yankee starter and winning pitcher Dustin Moseley (3-2). 
Leyland immediately stormed out of the dugout to protest why Cooper was not going to eject Gaudin for what looked to be deliberately targeting the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player candidate. Though Leyland returned to the bench he did not stop yelling at Cooper from the visitors’ dugout at Yankee Stadium.
Gaudin promptly gave up a single to Johnny Damon and walked Jhonny Peralta on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases with no out.  David Robertson entered the game and, despite giving up a sacrifice fly to Brandon Inge, he retired the side to hold the Yankee lead at four runs.
Leyland was ejected at that point and then Tigers reliever Enrique Gonzalez tossed a pitch behind Jeter with one out in the eighth inning. Yankees manager Joe Girardi started out of the dugout but elected not to argue and the Gonzalez continued to walk Jeter, Teixeira and Cano before Swisher ended the inning by hitting into a double play.
Another wild night in the Bronx ended with the Yankees and Moseley victorious. Moseley only gave up five hits in five innings of work. But unfortunately for him, three of the hits were home runs that accounted for four runs.
The Yankees used six relievers, including Mariano Rivera in the ninth, to escape with the victory. Those relievers held the Tigers to just one run despite giving up five hits, one walk and that one hit batter.
With the victory the Yankees held on to their share of first place in the American League East with the Tampa Bay Rays. Both teams are 73-46. The Red Sox remain 5 1/2 games out in the third place.
The Tigers fell to 58-62 on the season.
PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Granderson is flat out mashing the baseball thanks to the help he received from hitting coach Kevin Long on his swing. In his last seven games, Granderson is 9-for-26 (.347) with three home runs and four RBIs. 
  • Entering the game 0 for his last 11 at-bats, Teixeira was 3-for-4, reached base in all five plate appearances, homered, singled and doubled, drove in two runs and scored two runs.
  • Kearns’ two-out, bases-loaded ground-rule double give him a six-game hitting streak in which he is 8-for-19 (.421). Kearns is hitting .333 for the Yankees since his trade deadline acquisition from the Cleveland Indians.
  • Ramiro Pena, starting his second game in place of Alex Rodriguez, is 2-for-6 with two RBIs in those two games.
NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • Moseley is 3-2 in his five starts replacing Andy Pettitte but he also has an ERA of 4.97 in those starts and has given up seven home runs in his last four starts. His inability to keep the ball in the ballpark led to Girardi taking him out of the game in the fifth inning despite the fact he threw only 84 pitches.
  • Jeter was 0-for-4, including a walk and a strikeout, and he did not get a ball out the infield. His season average dipped to .276, 37 points below his career average.
  • Jorge Posada was the only other Yankee not to have a hit in the game. He was 0-for-3 with an intentional walk in the seventh inning. He is hitting only .182 this month with a home run and only two RBIs. 
  • Gaudin may have not meant to hit Cabrera in the ribs, but his inability to retire Damon and Peralta led to Girardi having to use Robertson and Rivera on a night when the manager should not have had to use them. With Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves about to come off the disabled list soon, Gaudin may be one of the casualties when they return.
BOMBER BANTER

Andy Pettitte is frustrated after an MRI on Tuesday revealed his strained left groin has not healed. It will be at least another week before Pettitte will be allowed to throw again and the timetable for his return from the 15-day disabled list is clouded.  . . .  Lance Berkman is still hobbling on a swollen right ankle but said he is available to pinch-hit. Berkman, who injured the ankle hitting the back of Bryan Bullington’s foot on a play at first base in Kansas City, hopes he may be able to DH this weekend.  . . .  Rodriguez’s strained calf muscle leaves him day-to-day. A similar injury to Jorge Posada cost the veteran catcher six days.
ON DECK

The Yankees can win the four-game series with the Tigers with a victory on Thursday.
Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.95 ERA) will make the start for the Yankees. Hughes won his 14th game in his last start, allowing three runs in six innings against the Royals despite giving up nine hits. He is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA lifetime against the Tigers.
The Tigers will counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.53 ERA), who pitched seven innings of solid baseball against the White Sox on Saturday. Porcello gave up only two runs but he did not get the decision in the Tigers’ victory. Porcello is 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.

Hughes Puts Tiger Bats in Snooze As He Refuses To Lose

GAME 33
YANKEES 8, TIGERS 0

It’s kind of hard to improve upon perfection, but every time Phil Hughes takes the mound these days he makes it possible and he makes it look easy.
This time Hughes pitched seven shutout innings to run his record to a perfect 5-0 as the New York Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday night with an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Hughes gave up only five hits and a walk and struck out eight batters — some of those strikeouts came on a his newly rediscovered curveball — to lower his season ERA to 1.38. Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) took the loss despite giving up only two runs in his seven innings of work.
The Yankees pounded former teammate Phil Coke and Alfredo Figaro, who was just called up for the day by the Tigers, for six runs in the ninth to blow out the Tigers. Mariano Rivera, making his first appearance since April 30, recorded the final three outs for the Yankees.
The Yankees’ record improves to 22-11 and they are 1 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the A.L. East. The Tigers’ season record fell to 19-15.
YANKEE POSITIVES

  • Stolen bases led to the Yankees first two runs off Bonderman. In the first inning, Brett Gardner stole his 16th base of the season and later scored on Alex Rodriguez’s single to right field. In the third inning, Derek Jeter stole his fourth base and later scored on Mark Teixeira’s single to right.
  • Gardner also posted another very good night at the plate. He was 3-for-5, scored two runs and drove in one. He is batting .337.
  • Teixeira added a two-run single in the ninth inning and ended the night with three RBIs. He now leads the team in RBIs with 25. Though Teixeira struggled in May he is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position this season and he has 16 RBIs in the 11 games he has played in May.
  • Rodriguez added an RBI double in the ninth, also, and ended the night two two RBIs. He has 22 on the season.
  • Francisco Cervelli was 2-for-4 with a double and a single and drove in a run in the ninth inning. He is hitting .408 on the season. 
  • Joba Chamberlain again looked sharp in his one inning of work in the eighth. He gave up an infield single (though replays showed first-base umpire Mike Estabrook blew the call) and fanned one. Chamberlain’s fastball registered consistently at 96 mph.
THE NEGATIVES

  • Though Jeter scored two runs, he is in major slide at the plate. His 0-for-4 night now means he is hitless in his last 16 at-bats and his average has fallen from .333 on May 3 to .270.
  • Robinson Cano is also MIA in May. He was 0-for-3 in the game and, after entering May hitting an even .400, Cano is 9-for-41 this month for a .220 average.
  • Marcus Thames was used in left field in the game, despite the fact he normally plays only against left-handed pitching and his defense in left is atrocious. He looked overmatched at the plate against Bonderman, striking out twice and going 0-for-3.
  • Ramiro Pena managed to walk and score a run in his last at-bat to salvage a bad day. Getting two rare starts, Pena was 0-for-6 in the two games and struck out twice. He is hitting .138 in limited play.
DIAMOND NOTES

Nick Swisher left Thursday night’s game in the seventh inning with tightness in his left biceps and he is listed as day-to-day. Swisher said he felt something in the arm when he swung in the seventh inning and removed himself from the game as a precaution.  . . .  Andy Pettitte threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday and reported no discomfort. The veteran left-hander, who was scheduled to start against the Tigers on Monday but was skipped because of slight left elbow inflammation, will throw a light downhill session on Thursday. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.  . . .   Right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back discomfort. The Yankees recalled outfielder Greg Golson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Aceves on the roster. Aceves has had repeated issues with soreness in his back and there is no timetable for his return. He joins Curtis Granderson, Chan Ho Park and Nick Johnson on the DL.  . . .  Yankee legend Yogi Berra celebrated his 85th birthday on Wednesday in his native Montclair, NJ.  . . .  The Yankees signed veteran right-hander Tim Redding to a minor league contract and will assign him to Scranton. Redding, 32, was released by the Colorado Rockies. He was pitching for their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He has a career record of 37-57 with a 4.95 ERA in 179 big-league games (144 starts).  . . .  Park is scheduled to pitch in extended spring training games on Wednesday and Friday and could be activated soon. He is on the disabled list with tightness in his right hamstring.  
THE NEXT GAME

The Yankees will try to salvage a split in the four-game series in Detroit on Thursday afternoon, however the weather forecast for Detroit does not look promising.
Weather-permitting, the Yankees will send CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.04 ERA) to the mound against  the Tigers. Sabathia was one pitch away from a sure fifth win when rain in Boston forced a 74-minute delay on Saturday. The Yankees romped to a 14-3 victory over the Red Sox. In his career against the Tigers Sabathia is 14-10 with a 4.50 ERA in 28 starts. He was 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA last season against the Tigers.
The Tigers will counter with their ace right-hander Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50 ERA). Verlander gave up three runs on four hits and four walks in six innings against the Indians to win his third game. He fanned nine batters. Verlander was 1-1 in two starts against the Yankees last season — both starts came against Sabathia.
Game-time is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by the YES Network.