Game of the day: Yankees at Indians, 7:05 p.m. Phil Hughes returns to the Yankees after going on the DL in April with a right shoulder inflammation. In just three starts, Hughes was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA and was having trouble hitting 90 mph with his fastball. Hughes, who went 18-8 last season, has gone 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 18 strikeouts in three rehab starts wtih Class AA Trenton. Derek Jeter had two hits in the Yankees’ 9-2 win over the Indians on Tuesday and is four hits shy of 3,000 in his career. But manager Joe Girardi might sit Jeter, who missed three weeks due to injury. Resting Jeter today would increase the likelyhood that he’d reach the milestone at home, since the Yankees will return to the Bronx for a four-game series against the Rays starting Thursday.
Other game to watch
Rockies at Braves, 7:10 p.m. Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens goes for his NL leading 12th win and is coming off of his best start of the season, a one-hit shutout of the Orioles on July 1. It was the first shutout of his career and lowered his ERA to 1.89, which is already first in the majors.
Games you should have seen
Mariners 4, A’s 2: Franklin Guitierrez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the top of the 10th and Adam Kennedy followed with an RBI double for insurance. Brandon League (1-4) blew the save but picked up the win for Seattle. Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings for the Mariners, allowing only four hits and one run while striking out 10.
Angels 1, Tigers 0: Dan Haren, who struggled through much of June, looks to be back on track after his second straight stellar start. He pitched a two-hit shutout against Detroit, striking out nine and walking none. In his past two starts, Haren has allowed only four hits and no runs in 16.1 innings, striking out 15 and walking one.
“Thrilled. We all are. It’s about as good a break as we could catch.” - Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager when asked his reaction to the return of Albert Pujols. The first baseman was activated from the disabled list a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left wrist
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