Padres 6, Yankees 3: Hughes can't pitch in Petco either...

What an annoying game this one was. Phil Hughes was Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy pitched like Cy Young for five innings and the Yankees found themselves on the losing end of a series once again. The last time they won a series was a month ago when they won two out of three to the Orioles. That's pretty sad.

You know what else is sad? Derek Jeter has a mild calf strain. (That news just came out as I was writing this recap.) The Yankees aren't sure if a DL trip will be needed.

I wonder if Jeter's calf is really strained or if he just doesn't want to be part of the circus tomorrow when Alex Rodriguez joins the team. I'm kidding... or am I?

Anyway, there were a couple of good things about today's game. Austin Romine played and got a chance to do something for a change. That something was his first MLB home run to pull the Yankees to within three runs in the top of the seventh. He finished the day 2-3 with an RBI. Curtis Granderson finished 1-1 with three walks and an RBI. Lyle Overbay also had an RBI.

Hughes only lasted 2.2 innings and gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout. So much for being able to pitch in Petco. Preston Claiborne came in for Hughes and gave up a run in 1.1 innings of work. Adam Warren, Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain combined for four innings of one hit ball with three strikeouts and two walks (both from Warren).

Next up for the Yankees, a meeting with the Chicago White Sox who are in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. Oh, and the return of A-Rod.

Tomorrow will be something else...