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Beavan's next start pushed back

The Sports Xchange
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--RHP Blake Beavan, who continues to improve after being hit on the elbow in his last start Monday against Detroit, threw on the side Friday. He won't be able to make his next start, scheduled for Sunday, a game that will be picked up by RHP Kevin Millwood. But the plan is for Beavan to get a couple of extra days off and start Tuesday in Boston.

--C Miguel Olivo didn't make the road trip with Seattle to work on rehabbing his strained right groin. The plan is for him to travel to Tacoma to catch a couple of bullpen sessions, then be checked out when the team returns after a four-city, 10-day trip. Manager Eric Wedge said that Olivo is feeling good and there is a chance the timetable could be accelerated.

--C/DH Jesus Montero was perhaps the most popular player in either clubhouse pre-game as the rookie made his first return to Yankee Stadium since the club deal him in January to Seattle in a deal that brought New York the now-injured Michael Pineda. "We figured that would be part of it," manager Eric Wedge said. "It is good experience for him; it comes with the territory." In his first game back, he went 1-for-4 with an opposite-field homer.

--RHP Steve Delabar had been scored upon in just one of his previous nine appearances before Yankees pinch hitter Andruw Jones greeted him with a two-run homer in the eighth inning Friday. Delabar has only allowed 11 hits in his 17 appearances, but five of them have been home runs.

--1B Justin Smoak, who was 2-for-20 on the just-completed six-game homestand, started the road trip with three hits in four trips. Included was a rare infield hit, a ninth-inning end-of-the-bat grounder as Smoak's first multiple-hit game of the month lifted his average from .173 to .193.

--RHP Felix Hernandez, who came into the game having only allowed two runs in 29 innings in new Yankee Stadium, lost for the first time thanks in large part to a two-out, three-run homer by former teammate Raul Ibanez. It was just the second time this season Hernandez allowed more than two runs in a start.

BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- Runs allowed by RHP Felix Hernandez, as many as he'd given up in his last five starts.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I was encouraged by his swings; he doesn't have to get it all back in one day." -- Manager Eric Wedge on slumping Justin Smoak collecting three hits Friday.

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