Phil Hughes during pregame warmups prior to a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 29, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday afternoon, in Detroit, New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes took the hill in the rubber match vs. Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
The Yankee bats got to the reigning AL CY Young and MVP winner quickly, as Derek Jeter hit a homer off the first pitch of the game.
A-rod followed with a solo shot in the third, and in the fifth Granderson and Cano joined the RBI party with a double and a triple to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win.
Hughes fanned eight Tigers, gave up four hits, one earned run and walked three in his first complete, nine inning game.
No doubt this was a solid afternoon for Hughes but still not a convincing one.
First of all you have to consider the opponent, and the 2012 Tigers are a far cry from their 2011 counterparts. Everyone under the sun thought the Tigers would own the AL Central but now to say they are underper...