Lots of intrigue from out Phoenix way late last night, and none of it will make your morning that much brighter:
-- If you didn't feel like staying up too late, you still could have seen the misery that is A.J. Burnett these days. Three first-inning homers, seven runs in four innings and a 10-4 loss to the mediocre Diamondbacks has a lot of head-scratching in Yankees land. Erik Boland has all the gory details.
-- Also check out Erik's illuminating blog post on how Burnett may be missing pitching coach Dave Eiland more than most. Eiland has been on a personal leave of absence since June 4; Burnett is 0-4 with a 10.36 ERA since Eiland left.
-- Phil Hughes has been just the opposite of Burnett: In command, precise and effective. So the Yankees are skipping Hughes in the rotation this week, when the 10-1 Hughes would have faced the Dodgers. The organization is adamant about innings limits for its young pitchers, so Hughes knew this was coming. The worst part, other than skipping the best pitcher in the rotation? Hughes' parents were going to Dodger Stadium this weekend to see him throw. Rats.
-- Speaking of our fine baseball blogs, pop over to Ken Davidoff's Baseball Insider for this post about the Yankees' huge commitments to Burnett, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, and how they might not seem so great now. The Yankees have Burnett for three more seasons after this one, Sabathia for five and Teixeira for six. Sabathia's been good, far from great; the other two have been occasionally good, but otherwise disappointing.
Andy Pettitte opposes Dan Haren tonight in Phoenix, so we'll get to that stuff later on.