Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91 ERA) and the Yankees look for some redemption after they were on the swept end of a three game sweep against Chicago in August. Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66 ERA) is on the mound for the White Sox. Hughes had his start pushed back from Sunday after a many MANY rough outings. He was hit for five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Aug. 26, and his ERA over five August starts was 6.46
Quintana got another no decision when he struck out eight Astros over 7 2/3 innings in a Chicago win. Quintana is 2-0 in two starts against his former team. This is just his second career start at Yankee Stadium.
Joe Girardi didn’t exactly provide a ringing endorsement of Hughes’ status after his last outing. “Right now he’s in our rotation. We haven’t talked about taking him out of our rotation.” Hughes recognizes the opportunity to atone for some of his mistakes by pitching well down the stretch. ”Every time you have one of these outings, I try and look at the positive,” Hughes said. “I still have the opportunity to pitch in big games where it really matters, and that’s all I can do.”
With expanded rosters in September, the Yankees made their first wave of callups on Sunday. They signed catcher J.R. Murphy to a Major League contract and selected him to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while also adding lefty Cesar Cabral and recalling infielder David Adams, right handers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall. Adams will serve as a utility infielder behind Alex Rodriguez at third base and Robinson Cano at second, and Murphy will be the Yankees’ third catcher behind Chris Stewart and Austin Romine.
“Just contribute any way they can, is the bottom line,” Girardi said. “One at-bat, you play one inning; any way you can help us out, that’s all we’re asking them to do.”
Notes on the game.
First pitch at 1:05 PM on Yes