Hughes Watching? KC-Yanks Gamer VI

Most can not watch the game because of the blackouts, but for the lucky souls who can, you will get to see the return of Phil Hughes. I’m one of the unlucky, so count me a bit ticked off. Betemit gets the first start of his major league career at first base. Lineups follow, comment away.

Kansas City
D. DeJesus cf .284
M. Grudzielanek 2b .309
M. Teahen rf .278
B. Butler dh .296
R. Gload 1b .280
A. Gordon 3b .243
T. Pena Jr. ss .283
J. Gathright lf .309
J. LaRue c .163

NY Yankees
J. Damon dh .256
D. Jeter ss .327
B. Abreu rf .278
A. Rodriguez 3b .297
H. Matsui lf .288
J. Posada c .343
R. Cano 2b .305
W. Betemit 1b .500
M. Cabrera cf .292

25 comments… add one
  • As good an offensive lineup as we can manage, I think.

    YF August 4, 2007, 12:56 pm
  • Same for the Royals, pathetically.
    If Hughes can’t win today against a minor league squad, he should be drawn and quartered. Just like Daisuke on opening day! ;-)

    SF August 4, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • Actually not, SF, Phil gets a break with Buck on the bench!

    YF August 4, 2007, 1:04 pm
  • Technically true, Buck is outdoing LaRue by hitting .234 with a whopping .320 OBP.
    Hughes has immunity.

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • First pitch: Hughes appears to have tweaked his hammy again.
    (just kidding)

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • I like how after the first inning by Hughes, 1-2-3, YES cuts to Guidry, as if he deserves some sort of credit for the work. How about a closeup of Hughes instead, the actual pitcher?

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • SF: Buck has 16 dingers, which is nothing to sneeze at. He’s not Posada. But he’s better than Varitek. (.818 vs .789 ops)

    YF August 4, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • A-Rod gets #500, and stands at home plate either admiring it or wondering whether it was fair (it was, by many, many feet), looking very pleased with himself.
    Scores girls get ready tonight, Alex is going to be out on the town celebrating himself!

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • On replay, there’s no way Rodriguez wasn’t sure that was fair: it was by about 20 feet. Cue Yankees fans grandstanding comments. Or not.

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • The Yankees are mashing. This team is going to steamroll past our stinky Sox in about three our four weeks.

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • HURRAH FOR ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!
    Monkey off back.
    Off to a good start today!

    YF August 4, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Buck can’t pitch, can he, YF?

    SF August 4, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • This is the Cano we’ve all been hoping for. With power and a bit of patience. Why can’t he do this before July?

    YF August 4, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • Woohoo! Not as exciting when bit-watching the game, but still.

    attackgerbil August 4, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • And the kid ks the side in the 2nd. SWEET.

    YF August 4, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • They’re still in the fifth inning of this thing and ALREADY the Yanks are sending emails about it:
    Subject: A-Rod Hits Career HR Number 500
    Date: August 4, 2007 2:56:21 PM EDT
    To: YF
    View the A-Rod tribute page:

    YF August 4, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • A-Rod has already visited that page eleven times, from the dugout.

    SF August 4, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Well, that didn’t go so well there. Happy ending, please?

    YF August 4, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Happy ending, please?
    YF apparently posting from a Chinatown massage parlor…

    SF August 4, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Who wants to give me short odds that the non-consequential throwing error will somehow be used to dull ARod’s performance when the game is written in the rags?

    attackgerbil August 4, 2007, 4:32 pm
  • In a week, I imagine Pythagoras will say that the Yankees should be 101-14.

    SF August 4, 2007, 4:42 pm
  • Wow. 16 runs. Farns-proofed.

    YF August 4, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • What should not be lost is that Hughes is not yet in ML form if he’s putting up that many pitches against an offense like this. Of course he needs time. Unfortunately it is in short supply.

    attackgerbil August 4, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • “Unfortunately it is in short supply.”
    I just disagree with this. The Yankees are two games back of the wild card. That’s all that matters, or at least all that should, in this day and age. The Yankees aren’t in dire straits. Their offense is strong enough to allow mediocre pitchers to be passable. I understand why Hughes is up, but I don’t think it’s right to say that the Yankees can’t afford to pitch anyone else in that slot. He may very well be the best guy for the job, but the Yankees stand a very good chance of making the playoffs at this point even if Hughes weren’t learning at the ML level.

    SF August 4, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • I hate blackouts in sports.
    What blackouts?
    Well, there is the sensible kind: The Cubs and White Sox games are all televised on WGN, CSN or one of their affiliates. If you live inside the network’s area (Chicagoland, most of the Midwest), you can not view a Cubs or Sox game on anything else but WGN, CSN or one of their affiliates. It protects that networks broadcast rights. Why pay $10 million for the game if people can see it anywhere else? So, that makes sense. Cause why would I want to watch a Cubs game on the net if I can just flip over onto WGN? If the game is nationally televised, often you will see the game on ESPN with their crew or on WGN with their crew. You can choose. (In other sports, sometimes they’ll just broadcast the other network’s feed, but thats rare.)
    Then there are the insensible, frustrating, i’m gonna write a mean letter type blackouts. Like today. The Yankees play Kansas City, in the Bronx at 1 pm. Fox is broadcasting three games at 4 pm. Three games I care nothing about, but thats besides the point. What is the point is that per Fox’s agreement with MLB, Fox broadcasts a nationally televised game every Saturday afternoon. Because of this Fox requires MLB to blackout EVERY NON MARKET SATURDAY AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAME TO ANYONE ANYWHERE ANYHOW. Meaning I could watch the White Sox or Cubs locally, but heaven help me if I want to watch the Yankees…three hours before Fox’s broadcast starts.
    As an aside, sure the Yanks are playing the Royals, but Hughes is making his return stint and A-Rod is going for 500 home runs. Isn’t that more newsworthy than watching the Angels/Oakland game that decides nothing?
    Other sports have more sensible restrictions: Football, a sport where every game is played at the same time and a suite of games are nationally televised, offers Sunday Ticket, which lets you watch any game anywhere. Sometimes you’ll get annoyed at what the networks pick (Fox has to put a bears game on every Sunday, and sometimes that causes fox to only show one game), but you are provided an option: pay for Sunday Ticket. Basketball has NBA League Pass, which is supposedly awesome because there are fewer nationally televised games (as many as 4 a week, usually less) and basketball schedules are such that not all games are played at same time, so there is a lot of variety.
    Baseball has MLB Extra Innings….which has the same exact restrictions as television/net. I could pay more money…to have the same restrictions. Hell no. I’d rather pay the 19 bucks a month for MLB.TV, and watch the Yankee game in the archives after Fox’s blackout window passes. (MLB.TV offers an archive of every baseball game…ever in 700k streaming format.)
    Oh? I can’t do that? “Due to broadcast restrictions, new MLB.TV and Condensed Game archives are limited to a playing time of five minutes in duration until 6 am ET on the day following that on which the applicable game commenced play.”
    So, i can just be a day behind on everything.

    Carlos August 5, 2007, 10:33 pm

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