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Yankees Notes: Hughes, Joba, The Boss, Berkman, Kearns

ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 30:  A shot of a sold out Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays played the New York Yankees on July 30, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2010

The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning yesterday, but failed to tack on any more runs as they lost to the Rays 3-2 when Phil Hughes gave up a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Here are some notes:

  • After the loss the Rays are only one game behind the Yankees for first place.
  • It was almost a very good start by Hughes, but he threw too many pitches each inning, and Matt Joyce’s homer was the difference.
  • Joba Chamberlain pitched two very effective innings striking out three.
  • Before the game the Rays held a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner, who lived in Tampa for much of his later life.
  • Apparently, before he approved a trade to the Yankees, Lance Berkman vetoed a deal that would have sent him to the White Sox.
  • Newly acquired outfielder Austin Kearns isn't worried about playing time with the Yankees.

For the record, the non-waiver trade deadline is this afternoon at 4:00 pm. The Yankees are still looking for infield help.


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