Results for tag: Phil Hughes
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:51:17 PM

Today is April 28 and two years ago Curtis Granderson was the leadoff hitter for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park for an 11-0 loss to CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Granderson went 0-for-3 that night but has done fairly decently there by hitting .272 in 550 games. That's where he is tonight as Derek Jeter gets his first night off and a chance to enjoy the action from the dugout.

One person who hopes to enjoy the action more is Phil Hughes. Hughes found out that there is a low-level of thoracic outlet syndrome and is headed to St. Louis for a Monday consultation with vascular surgeon Dr. William Robert Thompson.

"The more I listened the more I was led to believe it was a done deal," GM Brian Cashman said. "We did not come up with any kind of diagnosis. That’s why Phil is going

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:17:25 AM

Bartolo Colon has made 327 regular-season starts since becoming a major leaguer with the 1997 Indians. On two previous occasions, I had seen him person (7/23/02 with the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium and 7/6/07 with the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

At those junctures of his career, Colon was at different points.

In 2002, he was the man traded for Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips on a team trying to go for it as best they can, which was evident when he pitched a 134-pitch complete game five days earlier. Colon was not awful, but was not good that rainy night as he surrendered home runs to Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza.

Five years later, Colon left Montreal via trade to the White Sox and then cashed in, joining Vladimir Guerrero with the Angels. He won 39 games and a CY Young in

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:44:42 PM

Today is April 27 and 64 years ago, major league baseball celebrated Babe Ruth day as the Sultan of Swat made his penultimate appearance at Yankee Stadium.

Back to the present, if it seems like the last 36 hours have been like the Phil Hughes' watch, that is because it has as Hughes continues getting tested for the mysterious symptons of that troublesome dead arm.

Hughes spent part of last night watching Alex Burrows score the overtime winning goal for the Canucks that eliminated the Blackhawks. Hughes certainly would rather spend his time talking about as well as watching the Tampa Bay Lightning play their seventh game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Phil Hughes watched Alex Burrows score the overtime winning goal for the Canucks that eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks. He also

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:18:24 PM

Today is April 26 and as Joe Auriemma writes, the home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle truly began 50 years ago in Detroit.

Moving to a more recent April 26, four years ago Phil Hughes made his major league debut when the Yankees were in dire need of pitchers due to various injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees were a last place team and when Hughes could not win his debut and the Yankee bats could not score off Phil Hughes, the record was 8-12 and the deficit was 5 1/2 games.

"I felt fine but I just wasn't making pitches and anytime you keep yourself behind in the count, it's not going to be good," Hughes said. "Stuff-wise, I felt fine, but the results were not so great."

That is what Hughes said that night after allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:52:43 PM

Today is April 25 and the last time the White Sox met the Yankees on this date was in 1997 at Yankee Stadium.

That night, the White Sox then managed by Terry Bevington were 9-3 winners behind 7 2/3 innings from Wilson Alvarez and home runs from Frank Thomas and Albert Belle off David Wells.

Back to the present, the White Sox scored nine Thursday at Tampa Bay and that represents their lone win since April 12. During that time, the White Sox have scored 16 times and allowed 54 runs in 10 losses.

 So what to do? Do the White Sox panic and the answer is no. 

Of course that’s not important right now when considering the state of Phil Hughes’ dead arm. Hughes continues to be in a state of flux, especially after he experienced the same thing throwing 10 to 12 pitches

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 17, 2011 at 06:30:43 PM

Today is April 17 and 60 years ago, Bob Sheppard worked his first game as a Yankee Stadium PA announcer when the Yankees knocked off the Red Sox 6-1. That game happened to also be Mickey Mantle's debut and he had one hit in four at-bats during a Tuesday afternoon game that was completed in two hours, 12 minutes.

One name that will not be mentioned by the PA announcer is Alex Rodriguez, who is day-to-day with the famous oblique injury that seems to be trending throughout baseball.

"We’ll take it day by day," said manager Joe Girardi, while not totally ruling out having him for one at-bat tonight if he feels able. “We’ll shoot for Tuesday. If he can’t go Tuesday, we’ll shoot for Wednesday."

Rodriguez is still sore and said he hopes it feels better in a day

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:49:48 AM

Phil Hughes stood in front of his locker, the one formerly occupied by Andy Pettitte and tried to explain why he could not locate and find the elusive velocity after it made a re-appearance during the opening two innings.

Eventually the topic of the discussion with the media touched on the topic of going to the minors.

If that happened and before I advocate it happening or not happening, it's not my job to do so, but you'd have to think it might be possible if there were a few more clunkers like Hughes' first three starts of this season. And if that happened, Hughes would not be the first pitcher to return to the minors to fine tune some things.

He might be a rare breed getting sent down there after winning 18 games but there is a precedent. Just look at two pitchers currently occupying

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:35:21 PM

Today is April 14 and a year ago Pedro Feliciano was in Coors Field, pitching the eighth inning for the Mets in a 6-5 loss. That night, he faced Brad Hawpe, Sean Smith, Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton. It was one of 174 2/3 innings thrown during the past three regular seasons with the Mets and among the roughly 2,800 pitches thrown in game action during that span.

So why bring that it up now? It just so happens that the next time Feliciano faces an opposing hitter on a major league mound will not be until next April. That is because an MRI found a torn capsule in his left shoulder (the same injury Met ace Johan Santana is coming back from) and assuming Dr. James Andrews tells him to get it surgerically repaired, that appears to be the course of action Feliciano will take sometime next week.

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:01:18 PM

Today is April 12 and is "assuring" a 100 percent chance of rain for tonight's game. Actually they're right, it's pouring as I'm typing.

A year ago, the Orioles were already beginning their descent into what ultimately became the Buck Showalter era and since August 3, the results have been mostly positive.

The Orioles are the fourth club since 1990 to begin the season with three straight road victories by allowing one run or less.

The others were the 2007 Mets, 2003 Twins and 1991 White Sox. Each team won at least 87 or more games.

Anyway, the Yankees will face a team that is 40-26 since Buck Showalter took over in August and the difference was very noticable when these teams met at Yankee Stadium Sept. 6-8.

As for the Yankees, should they actually play, which seems like

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00:41 PM

Today is April 7 and 34 years ago, Catfish Hunter pitched seven shutout innings and held the Milwaukee Brewers to seven hits to kick off the 1977 season.

That happened to be four days after A.J. Burnett turned three months old and today Burnett makes his second start in what he hopes will be a significant bounce-back campaign from a year ago. Burnett began the season Saturday against Detroit with five servicable innings in a 10-6 win.

The Yankees would love to get the type of performance from Burnett that Billy Martin received from Hunter 34 years ago, though they'll take seven innings with something like five hits and two runs, especially since Burnett does not have the head cold he had last week.

"It makes you feel better about his stamina and being able to give you a substantial