"This game doesn't give you a lot of time to recover," said manager Joe Torre. "So you kind of have to leave yesterday there."
That shouldn't be difficult, considering Friday's two starting pitchers -- Phil Hughes and Andy Sonnanstine -- don't have many yesterdays between them. Hughes has a total of seven Major League starts to his credit, while fellow rookie Sonnanstine boasts just 16.
That's where their similarities end. While the 21-year-old Hughes boasts a blazing fastball and sharp offspeed pitches, the 24-year-old Sonnanstine gets by on location and guile. Neither strategy has worked particularly well so far, as both rookies hold August ERAs above six.
NYY: RHP Phil Hughes (2-2, 5.35 ERA)
Hughes returns home after two rough outings on the road, in which he allowed five runs each to the Angels and Tigers. Home runs -- three of them, to be exact -- doomed him in the latter of those outings in Detroit, as Hughes took his first loss since his Major League debut in April. Friday will mark his first career start against the Devil Rays.
TB: RHP Andy Sonnanstine (3-9, 6.38 ERA)
Sonnanstine thrives on control, and has never walked more than three batters in an outing. He's turned a corner after losing eight straight earlier this summer, having since won two of his last three. Sonnanstine has once before seen the Yankees, who tagged him for five runs in the midst of that losing streak.
Player to watch
Hideki Matsui has faced Sonnanstine just three times, but already boasts a homer and a double off the young right-hander. Matsui has four multi-hit games over the past 10 days.
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Saturday: Yankees (Ian Kennedy, Major League debut) vs. Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 4-12, 5.51), 1:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 12-7, 3.70) vs. Devil Rays (Jason Hammel, 1-4, 7.44), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Yankees (Roger Clemens, 6-5, 4.15) vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 10-7, 4.08), 1:05 p.m. ET