Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Girardi may have to bypass Hughes for Huff in rota...: B y Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2- There may be no hesitation about it. Phil Hughes may have seen his last days as a starter in ...
Posted by Bronx News at 4:30 AM
By Rich Mancuso
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2- There may be no hesitation about it. Phil Hughes may have seen his last days as a starter in the pitching rotation of the New York Yankees, though manager Joe Girardi late Monday afternoon would not commit to making that decision. The stretch run, for a wild card spot and another good outing out of the bullpen from David Huff could spell the end for Hughes.
The logical move is to insert Huff, the left hander to assume a role down the stretch. After a long rain delay in the Yankees 9-1 win over the White Sox, Huff allowed 1-run in 5.21 innings, on five hits, striking out three and walking none.
It was the longest relief outing of his career, and ironic that he took over for starter Phil Hughes who pitched to four batters before the rain stopped play in the top of the second inning.
“I haven’t made any changes, I just walked in here,” said Girardi in his post game meeting with the media, moments after the Yankees took the first of three games from Chicago in the Bronx.
The manager seems impatient answering the same questions during this now, and important stretch run that sees his team three games away from an AL wild card post season spot. A few weeks ago, when the Yankees hopes for post season baseball appeared to be minimal, Girardi had to constantly avoid the same questions about when Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter would be returning to his lineup.
But, the reality is, good pitching from the starting rotation is essential for baseball to be played in the Bronx next month. And for the Yankees to get there, Huff, claimed off waivers from Cleveland on May 25th, deserves the opportunity to help them get there.
He has been reliable when coming out of the pen, and Monday showed he may be capable. With the inconsistency of Hughes, who could be in his last days as a Yankee, Huff becomes the guy Girardi has on his mind down the stretch.
“I haven’t made any decisions on changing the rotation,” said Girardi.
However, if Huff was told to prepare for a start, he would be ready in the next few days. Hughes would be slated to probably pitch again today (Wednesday) against the White Sox. If so, that would move CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Andy Pettitte, back a day and enables, the struggling Hiroki Kuroda to keep his regular turn Sunday afternoon against the first place Red Sox.
Kuroda is still scheduled to start Wednesday night, though that could change and Hughes said he would be available and ready to go if Girardi wanted to bring him back.
Huff, in the meantime is going with the flow. He has become what a baseball team during the course of a long season says is, the pleasant and unexpected surprise. He tossed 62 pitches Monday, his fewest ever in a game where he has pitched at least 5.2 innings.
“If I’m in the bullpen I’m pretty relaxed,” he said. “And as a starter it’s the same.”
Posted by Bronx News at 4:24 AM
Monday, September 2, 2013
Why was Young Mother Murdered on New England Thruway?
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2- A young mother fleeing her deranged ex-boyfriend was brutally and savagely stabbed to death as she lay injured and trapped inside an overturned vehicle.
Police were called to the Pelham Parkway entrance of the I-95 / New England Thruway interchange at just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, for reports of an overturned vehicle.
Katherine German, 20, of Van Nest was discovered inside the bloody vehicle, she had been stabbed several times in the neck, torso and face with a kitchen knife and was declared dead at the scene.
Cops quickly took ex-boyfriend and livery taxi driver Dionis Espinal, 31, into custody. Espinal and German had a 2-month old daughter together, but court documents show German had an order of protection against Espinal, since a May 26 assault.
Espinal, an employee of the Kiss Car Service on Webster Avenue, had apparently spotted German and her new boyfriend as they exited the Paradise Motel on Boston Road.
The couple fled in a Honda Pilot SUV, and Espinal gave chase in a Toyota Camry, one of the new outer-borough taxis, at speeds of upwards of 90-miles-per-hour. Espinal rear ended the SUV, which then flipped over a concrete divider and rested on a jogging path between Pelham Bay Park and Co-op City.
Investigators say Espinal then calmly walked over to the SUV, climbed into the vehicle through the passenger side window and preceded to stab German to death as she lay injured and trapped in the passenger seat.
German's new boyfriend Jose Jimenez, 28, of Yonkers refused medical attention at the scene for minor bruises and abrasions. Espinal was taken to the 45th Precinct for questioning and was subsequently charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Espinal entered a plea of not-guilty and was being held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 3.
The victims heartbroken mother Fernanda Rivera, 41,claimed Espinal knew German's day-to-day activities, apparently by accessing her cell-phone. Rivera told reporter's, "He hit her. He sent her to the hospital," and now the young mother is dead.
Posted by Bronx News at 3:58 PM
Orioles Top Yanks After a 7-Run 7th Inning
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2- The six-game home winning streak of the Yankees ended on Sunday afternoon as the Orioles, with a seven-run outburst in the seventh, came from behind to defeat New York, 7-3.
The Yankee loss also ended another streak. In 2013, the Yankees were 32-0 in games in which they led by at least three runs. The Yankees were ahead by a score of 3-0 until Baltimore’s high scoring seventh inning.
Yankee starter Andy Pettitte, who did not figure in the decision, was 16-2 over the Orioles in the last 11 years and did not suffer a loss to them in his last 12 starts.
The left-hander blanked Baltimore during the first six frames, yielding only five hits and not walking a batter. The damage began in the seventh against Pettitte and continued through the following three relief pitchers.
After the game, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones spoke with high praise on behalf of Pettitte, “He [Andy Pettitte] is who he is. He’s still very impressive. He still has plus stuff. He knows what he’s doing. I wish I had seen him from 1996-2005 [Pettitte’s prime]. When we saw him leave the game, nobody was sad. A change of scenery was good.”
The first two Baltimore batters singled in the top of the seventh off Pettitte and the veteran hurler was then removed, after 93 pitches, by manager Joe Girardi for reliever Shawn Kelley.
The new hurler gave no relief to the Yanks as he surrendered a single to catcher Matt Wieters and a home run to J.J. Hardy, his 24th of the season.
Situational lefty Boone Logan then entered the game and gave up a single and a walk to the two Oriole batters he faced.
Both runners scored as did Adam Jones, who blasted his 28th homer of 2013 off the next Yankees pitcher, Joba Chamberlain. The inning mercifully ended for the Yankees after two batters were retired, but not before seven Baltimore runs were scored.
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter was hopeful the big inning will be an impetus to success throughout the month, “Scoring seven runs in one inning, we hope it bodes well for a good September because we’re going to need it. It’s a good way to start the month.”
Girardi, whose bullpen had a 1.05 ERA during the past two weeks, was disappointed by its rare failure on Sunday, “They’re not going to be perfect, but it is surprising. Today, they just didn’t come through.”
Wei-Yin Chen, the Orioles starter, gave up three runs in his four innings on the mound. In contrast to the Yankees relievers in the game, the four Baltimore pen men, Kevin Gausman, Francisco Rodriguez, Tommy Hunter and Darren O’ Day, shut down the Yankees batters for five frames.
The Chicago White Sox return to Yankee Stadium on Monday for a three game series that will begin with a Labor Day matinee. In the opener, Phil Hughes (4-13) will start for the Yanks against Jose Quintana (7-4) for Chicago.
Posted by Bronx News at 8:18 AM