Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP vs. Matt Harrison LHP
This is Phil Hughes' first start in Texas since he pitched 6.1 no hit innings here in 2007.
Brian Bruney is officially on the DL again... maybe next time he comes back at 100% so we don't have to deal with this again...
Yanks are coming off a great homestand, despite yesterday's dissapointing loss, they also have won 9 of their last 11.
...back later with updates from the game...
Update 2:19: It's 2-0 Yankees after 1 inning, Hughes on the mound now.
Update 2:22: I've noticed Hughes has been turning to his fastball more often in 2 strike counts. It is possible that the Orioles last time around struck out so much because they were looking for breaking pitches and instead hughes was throwing fastballs.
Update 2:42: very impressive inning for Hughes there... gave up a leadoff double to nelson cruz, then hit blalock... and got behind 3-0 on marlon byrd... then followed by 3 straight pitches to strike him out, then striking out chris davis on a nasty curve, and an equally nasty pitch to strike out teagarden.
Update 2:53: it's 6-0 Yankees now after a bunch of succesive hits by Damon, Teixeira, A-Rod and Cano.
Update 2:59: Hughes doesn't seem to have the same velocity on his fastball that he had in his previous start... he's averaging around 91-92... as opposed to his last start where he was hitting 95...
...as long as he has the command of his fastball today he'll be fine, if not, he'll get hit around a bit... still, his line through the first 3 innings have been good.
3 IP 1 hit 0 R 0 BB 3 Ks 38 pitches.
Update 4:01: it's 10-0 yankees now in the top of the 7th... hughes has been incredible through the first 6 innings.