Phil Hughes makes his long anticipated 2010 debut after throwing a couple of simulated games while awaiting his start. Meanwhile, Angels’ lefty Scott Kazmir is also making his season debut. Kazmir had been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. According to Joe Girardi, Hughes will not be on a modified pitch count, although Kazmir very likely will be. Either way, this figures to be a game that will be decided by the bullpens. Randy Winn will also make his first start of the year. Winn, who will play left field against the lefty Kazmir, is joined at the bottom of the lineup by Marcus Thames, who fills in for Nick Johnson at DH.
|vs. Scott Kazmir||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Derek Jeter SS||41||0.111||0.220||0.222||1||4|
|Nick Swisher RF||29||0.185||0.241||0.296||1||2|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||18||0.636||0.667||1.000||0||3|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||30||0.125||0.300||0.125||0||0|
|Robinson Cano 2B||26||0.154||0.154||0.154||0||3|
|Jorge Posada C||28||0.440||0.464||0.680||1||5|
|Marcus Thames DH||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Curtis Granderson CF||6||0.200||0.333||0.200||0||0|
|Randy Winn LF||6||0.200||0.333||0.200||0||0|
|vs. Phil Hughes||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Erick Aybar SS||1||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Bobby Abreu RF||3||0.500||0.667||0.500||0||0|
|Torii Hunter CF||2||0.000||0.500||0.000||0||0|
|Hideki Matsui DH||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Kendry Morales 1B||2||0.000||0.500||0.000||0||0|
|Howie Kendrick 2B||6||0.250||0.500||0.250||0||0|
|Mike Napoli 2B||1||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Brandon Wood 3B||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Reggie Willits LF||4||0.000||0.250||0.000||0||0|
- In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, a special pre-game celebration involving the Robinson family will be held at Yankee Stadium and televised on the MLB Network. In addition, all players will once again be invited to wear #42. Mariano Rivera is the only player left who regularly wears that number, which has been retired league-wide.
- Phil Hughes is the last Yankee from the active roster to appear in a game.
- In 28 games/141.1 innings as a starter, Hughes has a career mark of 8-9 with a 5.22 ERA, 1.436 WHIP, 7.1 K/9 and .778 OPS against. In 44 games/51.1 innings as a starter, Hughes has a career mark of 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 11.4 K/9 and .456 OPS against.
- Derek Jeter has hit safely in all 8 games he has played this season, one game shy of his career high of 9, which was established in 2006. The Yankee record for most consecutive games with a hit to start the season is 18, set by Alex Rodriquez in 2007.
- Alex Rodriguez has yet to hit a HR, giving him 8 straight homerless games to start the season. His longest such stretch is 10 games, set in 2001 with the Texas Rangers. Arod went on to hit 52 HRs that year.
- When Arod does finally hit his first home run, it will move him past Mark McGwire for sole possession of 8th place on the all-time list. Arod and McGwire are currently tied with 583 HRs.
- Mark Teixeira has also been held homerless, and has all three of hits in one game. Teixeira looks to right the ship against Kazmir, against whom he has a lusty line of .636/.667/1.000 in 18 plate appearances.