NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Ichiro Suzuki #31 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees watch batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 27, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Phil Hughes became the first Yankees' starter since Dustin Moseley on August 18, 2010 to win a game despite giving up three home runs. By surrendering a trio of long balls, Hughes increased his season total to 25, which is not only tied for most in the majors, but also puts him on pace to break Ralph Terry's franchise record of 40 (1961).
Ichiro Suzuki killed two birds with one stone by making his Yankee Stadium debut and getting his first taste of "the rivalry" in a 10-3 drubbing of the Red Sox that turned out to be the fastest Yankees vs. Red Sox game in over seven years.
With a hit in each game since joining the Bronx Bombers, Ichiro has paid some modest early dividends, but there really hasn't been any evidence of a "rejuvenation". If history is any guide, the Yankees probably shouldn't bank on Ichiro returning to his MVP form, but there are a few examples of veterans finding the fountain of youth after a midseason acquisition.
The Angels upped the ante in the American League West by acquiring Zack Greinke from the Brewers for a trio of prospects. Also on the trade front, the San Francisco Giants acquired utility infielder Marco Scutaro from the Rockies. The Yankees had reportedly been interested in Scutaro as a potential stop gap at third base.
The Yankees are expected to lean heavily on Eric Chavez to fill the void left by Alex Rodriguez, which is why Brian Cashman probably swallowed hard when the fragile third baseman was hit on the ankle by a Mark Melancon cutter. X-rays were negative, but with two lefties scheduled to face the Yankees over the weekend, Chavez could get an extended rest.
The Astros are well on their way to another 100-loss season, but you can't accuse manager Brad Mills of packing it in. During last night's game against the Pirates, Mills summoned lefty specialist Wesley Wright to face Alex Presley, but then stashed him in the outfield for the next batter. After the right handed hitting Andrew McCutchen foiled the strategy by doubling, Wright returned to the mound and retired the next two batters. I wonder if Clay Rapada has an outfielder's glove?