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Phil Hughes, Jeff Francoeur, Melky Cabrera, Chase Utley and Joe DiMaggio
Quiet day here at the Stadium. With the Yankees coming back from an off day, resting from a relatively uneventful road trip, there wasn't a great deal to discuss.
Phil Hughes is here and spoke for the first time since his (relatively) positive visit to St. Louis. According to my colleague Erik Boland, Hughes said he was encouraged and that he would start throwing lightly later this week.
A couple of familiar faces are on the Royals - former Yankee Melky Cabrera, who will be making his first appearance here since the 2009 World Series, and former Met Jeff Francoeur, who has been one of the American League's best players so far this season. Francoeur said he still keeps in touch with his old Mets pals David Wright, Jason Bay and Ike Davis. There seemed to be some sympathy emanating from Francoeur for the Mets, and also some relief that he no longer played there.
--Thanks to some contraption called Twitter, I learned that Chase Utley will play in a minor-league rehabilition game for the Phillies' Class A Clearwater team. This starts Utley's 20-day rehab clock, so barring a setback, he'll be back with the team by the end of the month. Considering how serious this condition looked in spring training, getting Utley back at month's end would represent a coup.
--Did you see Joe DiMaggio play? Did your parents or an older relative do so and share memories with you? If so, or if you want to discuss Joltin' Joe anyway, go here and offer your thoughts.