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Phil Hughes chased early against Angels

Apr 14, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

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Hiroki Kuroda was masterful in the Yankees’ home opener yesterday, but Phil Hughes wasn’t anywhere near as efficient this afternoon.

Hughes was chased early after the Angels touched him up for six runs on eight hits over just 3 1/3 innings. The big blows came courtesy of a two-run homer by Chris Iannetta in the top of the second inning and a three-run blast by Howie Kendrick in the fourth. Albert Pujols also mixed in an RBI double.

Hughes threw 52 out of 84 pitches for strikes while fanning six and walking a pair. David Phelps, who struck out four over 2 1/3 hitless innings in an extra-inning win over the Orioles on Tuesday, has taken over in relief and will try to keep the Yankees in this thing.

  1. jhorton83 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Perhaps at some point the Yankees will finally accept that Phil Hughes just isn’t very good. They can’t keep throwing him out there every 5 days, hoping that at some point in the future he may actually get better when there’s zero indication that’s going to happen any time soon.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Roy Oswalt’s agent’s number is 877-996-7600.

    • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Wow. That’s the number on Select Sports Group/Bob Garber’s website. I gotta give myself a thumb down for that.

  3. pisano - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I can see a swap coming between Hughes and Phelps, Hughes will be the long man and Phelps will become the fifth starter. Joe didn’t waste any time yanking Hughes, I think he really wanted to see what Phelps could do against a powerful line-up. I think the writings on the wall for Hughes, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s traded by the deadline.

  4. romoscollarbone - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    They can live, with Hughes for a few more weeks until Pineda/Pettite are ready to roll.

    • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      And Hughes has options remaining.

  5. crisisofinfinitephils - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Between joba and hughes (among others) the Yankees have a terrible track record of developing young arms. I don’t know if it’s overhype or the babying, but both joba and Hughes were the next clemens and they’re both duds. Yet nova comes out of no where and is better than both. The Yankees will keep Hughes for as long as possible until they can see any return. He is Cashman’s white whale of you will an he really wants to see a return on his investment.

    • crisisofinfinitephils - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Wow am I drunk? That’s ‘if’ not ‘of’ and ‘and’ not ‘an’ amoung other errors. Read at your own peril.

  6. unclearnie - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    We are all familiar with “homer” broadcasters when we only get the home teams broadcast – heck, we wouldn’t be sure it was the White Sox without Hawk Harrelson’s “good guys” comments – but it goes too far when on a national broadcast the announcers are obviously rooting for the Yankees. Fox Sports – YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      Joe Buck pretty openly despises the Yankees.

  7. ermur22 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    DONT WATCH FOX!!!! Crybaby

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