Not literally of course, but the Yanks have some big time payback owed to one Felix Hernandez. As I’m sure you recall, on July 25th at Safeco Field the King of Seattle had a stretch where he hit 3 of the 5 Yankee batters he faced. The final HBP broke Alex Rodriguez’s hand and sent him to the DL for 6 weeks.
It was an uncharacteristic bout of wildness for Mr Hernandez, something he seems to have struggled with more so this season than in years past. He’s averaged just 6.6 HBP over the past six full seasons, yet has 10 already this year. It may be as simple as a conscious effort to pitch inside more, especially given the fact that his FB had been down a bit earlier this year. But that’s his problem, the Yanks owe him a good whooping this afternoon and hopefully they’ll give it to him.
Here’s your lineup, courtesy of Yankee PR:
1. Curtis Granderson CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Raul Ibanez DH
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Eric Chavez 3B
8. Ichiro Suzuki LF
9. Russell Martin C
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Kill the king! Take his crown! Strike him down!
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