Hughes, Teixeira Lead Yanks Past Sox

As I said earlier today, tonight was a big start for Phil Hughes and he showed up. His stellar pitching combined with some early runs helped the Yankees win this rain-shortened game. Let’s recap:

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  • Phil Hughes was fantastic. He allowed three hits, struck out four, walked none, and only needed 65 pitches to get through his six frames. He was throwing a lot of strikes (48) and started out 75% of the hitters he faced with a first pitch strike. His curveball looked a lot tighter also and some nasty break. But the biggest story was his fastball. He was hitting 95 early (three times in a row in the first) and was sitting at 92-94 for most of the game. A giant step forward for him.
  • The Bombers got the scoring going right away…again. Derek Jeter led off with a single followed by a Curtis Granderson walk. After a Mark Teixeira double play, Robinson Cano doubled in Jeter for the first run of the game. In the second, Russell Martin homered for the first time in what seemed like forever. In the third, Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run homer and then he homered again in the seventh, from the other side of the plate.
  • After the top of the seventh, a rain delay came until the game was eventually called. It was kind of shame because they were on such a roll, but at least it gives the bullpen another day of rest.
  • Derek Jeter went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Mark Teixeira went 3 for 4 with three ribbies and two runs scored, and Andruw Jones added an RBI single to cap the scoring. Eduardo Nunez added a base hit as did Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson.

Overall, this was a great game. Hopefully, Phil can build off this outing and keep it going. These same two teams will play tomorrow, same time, same place.

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