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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Thurs: RHP Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88) vs RHP Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.18)

Fri: LHP Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.01) vs LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.89)

Sat: LHP David Huff (2-0, 1.13) vs RHP John Lackey (8-12, 3.22)

Sun: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99) vs LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 3.88)

Ivan Nova

Photo Courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images

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Yankees (64-42) vs. White Sox (52-54)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (15-5, 2.56) vs RHP Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Posada DH
Nunez SS
Cervelli C

The game will take place at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. It’s scheduled to start at 8:10p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: LHP CC Sabathia (15-5, 2.56) vs RHP Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27)

Tue: RHP Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24) vs LHP John Danks (4-8, 3.79)

Wed: RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.23) vs RHP Gavin Floyd (9-9, 3.96)

Thurs: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) vs RHP Philip Humber (8-7, 3.44)

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As good as the AL East is, the opposite may be true of the AL Central. I don’t project any of the five teams to win 90 games – and two could lose more than 100. This is a division that is loaded with teams filled with mediocre talent. In fact, the most interesting team to watch may be the Royals, if only because they may actually have days where they start 9 rookies.

The best of the worst is, once again, the Minnesota Twins. Projected to win the Central by three games, they’ll win based on sound fundamental play, two star players (Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer) and because they’ll be able to bottom feed on 36 games with two of the worst teams since the St. Louis Browns. The starting rotation is suspect, featuring the injury prone tandem of Francisco Liriano and Carl “Strained Buttocks” Pavano. The strongest element of last year’s division winning team, the bullpen, was wracked by free-agent defections – meaning this year’s pen relies on the much-traveled Matt Capps and a not-quite-healthy Joe Nathan. In fact, injury carry-overs from last year could get the Twins out of the gate slowly, as nobody is quite sure if Morneau is sufficiently recovered from last season’s concussion to play first full time yet. If they do start slowly, the crown my well fall to Chicago.

The White Sox made quite a splash this off-season, re-signing Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski and landing Adam Dunn as their new DH. Unfortunately, they would have been better off looking for a starting 3rd baseman and a couple of outfielders, because the current line-up may be one of baseball’s worst group of defenders we’ve seen in a while. Which is a shame, because the Pale Hose have the makings of an outstanding pitching staff – perhaps the best in baseball. If Jake Peavy returns to form after his pectoral tear, they’ll have 6 quality starters and a bullpen that features a bevy of quality (if not nationally known) arms. But the offense will once again be a classic three-outcome type, as typified by Dunn: walk, strike-out or homer. Don’t expect much in the way of sustained rallies or guys flying around the bases at US Cellular Field.

The Tigers look destined for a distant third place finish. The best thing going for this team is that they’re managed by future Hall-of-Famer Jim Leyland. But the star player, Miguel Cabrera, is turning into baseball’s version of Charlie Sheen. Actually, Detroit’s middle of the order could feature some good players, with the addition of Victor Martinez joining Magglio Ordonez. The rest of the supporting cast, though, is supect, featuring such luminaries as Brandon Inge. The back of the bullpen could be solid, if Joaquin Benoit can prove last year wasn’t a fluke, Joel Zumaya can stay healthy and Jose Valverde can stop his decline. But both the starting rotation and middle relief corps are a mess. Aside from Justin Verlander, the Tigers are relying on converted relievers, reclamation projects and prayers.

The youth movement is in full swing in Kansas City. After their farm system was ranked #1 by Baseball America, they might as well give the kids a shot – nothing else has worked for the past 20 years. Yes, they traded away Zack Greinke and made a couple of curious signings in old friend Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francouer. But KC’s real aim this year is to see if youngsters Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Kila Ka’aihue and Eric Hosmer are ready for prime time.

Bringing up the rear is the Cleveland Indians. Once again, the Tribe is looking more like “The Mistake by the Lake” instead of a major-league team. They do have a bona-fide star in Shin-Soo Choo and a star in the making in catcher Carlos Santana. But otherwise, Cleveland is hoping Grady Sizemore shows enough that he can become a viable trade chip. I’m pretty sure Cleveland fans have to be wondering what they’ve done to deserve the Cavaliers, Browns, and this abomination of a baseball team.

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  Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees Pitches

In a word…nothing. Much like everyone else, I was wondering if Phil Hughes recent struggles are endemic to something we should panic over. So, I decided to do a little statistical research by comparing Hughes this year to the age 24 seasons of five of the best fastball/curveball right-handed starters from the past decade. The reason is semi-obvious, I hope: Hughes is predominantly fastball/ curveball, so it seems best to compare him to other pitchers with a similar repertoire at the same age. I didn’t want to dig too far into history, since comparing Hughes with Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson or Tom Seaver wouldn’t be fair. Besides the fact that they are all Hall-of-Famers, they pitched in different eras. (Though it would be nice to think that in 15 years we’ll be talking about Hughes in the same vein!).

I chose 5 pretty good pitchers: Roy Oswalt, Ben Sheets, Roy Halladay, Jake Peavy and A.J. Burnett. Let’s face it, any team that had those five in their starting rotation would be the odds on favorite to win their division and go deep into October. For you math geeks, I extrapolated everything to a 162 game season to make comparisons fair. See the chart below for comparisons. (more…)

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