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April 29, 2009 – 11:04 am

NYY 11, Detroit 0.  Another pitchers’ duel — well, at least until the 7th inning.  At which point the Yankees did exactly what you are supposed to do in these types of games.  Wear out the starting pitcher so you can get to the bullpen, the soft underbelly of pretty much any major league team.  Both Edwin Jackson and Phil Hughes were pitching lights out through six with one big difference — Hughes managed to do it with only 99 pitches, but Jackson threw 117.  And that was the difference in the ball game, as the Yankees tore apart the Detroit bullpen.

The big news here is that Phil Hughes looked like the same Phil Hughes that we saw two years ago, carrying a no-hitter into the 7th against Texas before tearing his hamstring.  Yes it’s just one game and only six innings — but if Hughes is now major league ready and can continue to deliver at this level, then this could be the big break that the Yankees need.  Even with Wang out this gives them five potentially very good starters.  And if Wang is able to return to his former self, then this may indeed turn out to be a very formidable starting rotation.

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