Before I get into tonight’s game matchup, The Yankees had some player movement earlier in the day. The Pinstripes acquired IF/OF Eric Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two Single-A prospects, RHP Casey Erickson (Charleston) and OF Eric Fryer (Tampa), along with cash considerations. Rumors are that Ramiro Pena will be sent down to make room for Hinske on the roster, although no official word has been made. According to the Yankees clubhouse, a roster move will be made prior to the start of tonight’s game.hinske

Hinske is batting .255 over 55 games games this season with the Pirates with 29 pinch hit plate appearances going 8-24 with 5 walks. He also won AL Rookie of the Year in 2002. Nothing very impressive I would say has come out of Hinske as of late, but he does have big game experience (Red Sox 2006-07 and Rays 2008). The only other things I see interesting about this trade is the use of the name Eric, in one form or another, and the fact that now Baltimore is the only team in the AL East that has not had Hinske on their roster.

The Yankees start a big homestand tonight against the Mariners at 7:05. This team is on a tear once again, winning their past 5 games and going 10-8 in interleague play. Tonight’s matchup sees RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81) vs RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64). Joba is coming off a strong outing in Atlanta, where he showed amazing control of his pitches, only allowing 2 earned runs, no walks during his 6 2/3 inning stint on the mound. Morrow has a little Wang in him, still searching for his first win, after having one slip away during his last outing against the Padres.

During the last 4 games, Yankees pitching has really stepped up and have a 2.50 ERA. And in other good news Alex Rodriguez continues to not be tired and Brian Bruney finally shaved off the porn stache. It just wasn’t working for you, Brian. Good move.

Tonight’s line ups:

YANKEES (43-32)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching:RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81).

MARINERS (39-36)
Ichiro RF
Branyan 1B
Lopez 2B
Griffey LF
Sweeney DH
Gutierrez CF
Woodward 3B
Johjima C
Cedeno SS

Pitching:RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64).


And the Megan Marshall “Joba Prediction” for tonight is such:

Joba will show us his strongest outing ever, continuing his walk-less streak of innings pitched. He will give up 2 ER, 4 hits,  in 7 1/3 innings for a Yanks 5-2 victory. And like I’ve said before, if I don’t get this right, don’t blame me. I’m just a chick.