That's Bob Hope, on the left. He was once a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians, at the same time Bing Crosby had a piece of the Pittsburgh Pirates. If there's any chance to get a Hope-Crosby reference in, I'm all for it.
Meanwhile, here at chilly Progressive Field, there's plenty of hope for Phil Hughes, whose chances of staying in the rotation look better and better. Andy Pettitte is still expected to start Wednesday, so if Chien-Ming Wang doesn't appear in relief today he would throw a bullpen session, Joe Girardi said.
Looks good for Melky to start tomorrow. Posada will also catch Joba tomorrow night here. Maybe that lefty from the University of Texas should've been under the old Joba Rules. Did you see hear about that 25-inning game between Texas and BC?
Austin Wood, a side-winding lefty for Texas threw 169 pitches, after tossing 30 the day before. That's more than Carl Pavano tossed it, what, his last three seasons as a Yankee? Despite whether he's a prospect or not, if that were his son, Girardi said, "I'd have a problem with that...that'd be a concern.''
Incidentally, Pavano is going for his sixth win in May, and he looks pretty good through the first three innings. And, not surprisingly, he's been throwing strikes.