Friday, April 18, 2008

Pregame Notes 18 April 2008

The Yankees begin another mammoth road trip tonight as they make the short journey to Baltimore.

Thanks to His Holiness, the Yankees will not return home until the very end of the month.

Phil Hughes is taking the mound against Daniel Cabrera, who has fared well against the Yankees in the past--once pitching a two-hitter. The Yankees need a big night from Hughes to spare their depleted bullpen--word is Edwar Ramirez is in Baltimore to help out--though Mariano Rivera has not pitched in two nights and would thus likely be available if needed.

Yankee hitting has been hot of late, but not everyone's caught on--Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi and Robinson Canò are the most notable of the strugglers, though Robinson is making a slow start into an art form.

Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui, on the other hand, have been hitting well, and Derek Jeter has been on fire since coming off of the DL.

Joba Chamberlain released a statement earlier; his father is off of the ventilator though still in "critical" condition. Best wishes, of course, to the Chamberlain family.

Check back later.

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