06/28/10 2:55 AM ET
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By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Huffman shares field with longtime friend
LOS ANGELES -- When Chad Huffman lined his two-run single into right field in the ninth inning on Sunday night, he clapped his hands excitedly and returned to first base. Yet, the person on the field who knew him the longest could not congratulate him, not in front of 56,000 witnesses and a national TV audience.Huffman was a teammate of Dodgers first baseman James Loney at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, and the 25-year-old Huffman has looked forward to the day when they would share a diamond again -- under the bright lights at a big league park. "We talked about when we were kids in Pony ball, actually, in high school and winning state championships together," Huffman said. "It was fun to see him out there on first base. It was something I've been hoping to do for a long time." Huffman said his at-bat against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton -- a pivotal moment in New York's four-run ninth -- came after he got advice from Alex Rodriguez, who told him to stay on top of the ball, get something in the middle of the plate and hit the ball to right-center. The words of wisdom helped, not that Loney should have been impressed. "He wasn't too happy with me," Huffman said, laughing.
Yankees looking into Park's issues
LOS ANGELES -- It's the second inning that seems to be getting Chan Ho Park, which has the Yankees wondering if the veteran right-hander needs to be used differently.For the second successive outing, Park struggled getting outs four through six in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. He also had problems after handling the D-backs after a sharp first frame on Monday. "It's not really different than anyone else's problems; it's just the location," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's used to being a starter, and we don't feel like multiple innings are an issue. The last couple of times, it's been the second inning that got him, and it's something that we have to look at." On Saturday, Park retired the Dodgers around a walk in the sixth inning before allowing run-scoring hits to Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp. On Monday, he pitched a perfect seventh inning at Chase Field but served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton in the eighth. "We might have to [use Park differently], but when we acquired him, we thought of him as a two-inning guy and that it wouldn't be an issue," Girardi said.
With CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte all wielding nine or more wins, the Yankees are the first Major League team to have three pitchers with nine wins within their first 73 games since the 1998 Braves (Tom Glavine, 9; John Smoltz, 10; Kevin Millwood, 10). They are the first Yankees to accomplish the feat since 1976 (Dock Ellis, 9; Ed Figueroa, 9; Catfish Hunter, 10). ... Nick Swisher's outfield assist of Matt Kemp on Saturday was his team-leading fifth and Swisher's third in three games. Swisher's career-high was six for the 2005 A's.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.