Notes: Webb moves on
One bad pitch doesn't get to D-backs right-handed ace
NEW YORK -- There are times that Brandon Webb has a hard time putting a game behind him.
Tuesday night was not one of them.
The right-hander was the tough-luck loser, as an error by second baseman Orlando Hudson, a perfectly placed hit-and-run by Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu's first-inning three-run homer paced the Yankees to a 4-1 victory.
"Sometimes, I carry it over," Webb said, "but that's if I feel like I pitched bad. I made one bad pitch to Abreu last night, so you can't really kill yourself over that. I watched it a few times, and it was a pretty decent pitch.
"I didn't have any trouble letting that one go."
E's for O: Hudson made 13 errors last season en route to winning his second straight Gold Glove Award, but he's committed eight already this year.
"He's had a couple of plays that he normally makes that he just hasn't," manager Bob Melvin said. "That's why it stands out. The play last night is not an easy play, but it's a play he makes all the time, so you just expect him to. And he expects himself to. He's probably had a few plays early in the season that you're used to seeing him make, and whenever a Gold Glover ends up not making a play that he normally makes, you take notice."
Melvin said that ankle issues that have dogged Hudson the past couple of seasons have improved recently.
"Some days are better than others," Melvin said. "I think here as of late is probably the best it has felt. I think we're making some strides as far as how his ankle is feeling."
Available: Left-handed reliever Doug Slaten said his right wrist felt better one day after he was struck by a ball during batting practice on Tuesday.
Slaten had started warming up at one point on Tuesday, but he was unable to catch the return throws from his catcher without a lot of pain, so the club sat him down and he was unavailable. X-rays taken following the game were negative.
"I'm all right," he said. "I'm available."
Slaten's readiness is important with the Yankees having left-handed hitters such as Johnny Damon, Abreu, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano in their lineup.
Good start(s): It took the D-backs right up until a May 30 deadline to sign Max Scherzer, their first pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and the young right-hander has shown he was worth the wait.
In his second start for Class A Visalia on Tuesday, Scherzer worked seven perfect innings. He was removed after throwing 88 pitches and striking out 13.
"I knew I was on the pitch count, but I think I would have gotten the perfect game if I had stayed in," Scherzer said. "As a pitcher, you have to have confidence no matter what the situation is. I was really competing out there, but certain things are out of my control. I just wanted to do the best job I could."
In his first pro start, Scherzer allowed one run on two hits over five innings with eight strikeouts.
Talking it out: First baseman Tony Clark had a long talk in front of his locker with Major League Baseball Players Association chief Donald Fehr prior to batting practice on Wednesday. Clark, who is one of the highest-ranking players in the union, was typically tight-lipped about the conversation.
"He just happened to be in the neighborhood," Clark said.
On track: Randy Johnson, who is not with the club in New York, is on target to start on Saturday in Baltimore.
"Everything's on schedule," Melvin said.
Johnson, like all of the pitchers, will be working on one extra day of rest because of Monday's off-day.
Nothing new: Outfielder Jeff DaVanon's right shoulder is still not well enough for him to start on an injury rehabilitation assignment.
"It's frustrating for everybody involved, especially him," Melvin said of DaVanon, who had surgery toward the end of last season on his shoulder and ankle. "I know he did a little left-handed hitting in the cage at home, just not a case of where we're going to get him back out on the field."
When asked if DaVanon might return by the All-Star break, Melvin said, "I don't know, I'd like to think so."
Up next: The D-backs close out their three-game series with the Yankees on Thursday at 10:05 a.m. MT, with Doug Davis (4-7, 3.48) facing off against Andy Pettitte (3-4, 3.11).
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.