Phil Hughes, starting pitcher, in 2013. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA) kicks off the series north of the boarder against R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49 ERA). The Yankees may have won Hughes’ last start, a no-decision against the Blue Jays, but it was his eighth consecutive outing without a win. The righty held Toronto to two runs over six innings for his 11th quality start of the season. “I feel like I’m making progress in the right direction,” Hughes said. “It all starts with my fastball. I was able to get ahead a lot, throw a lot of strikes and force guys to swing the bats. It worked out all right.”
Dickey continues to experience problems keeping the ball inside the park. During his last outing, he was rolling along until Alfonso Soriano took him deep in the eighth. He has already allowed four more homers this year than in all of 2012.
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