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On Monday night, Hiroki Kuroda provided something of a steadying presence in the Yankees’ shaky rotation. If what we’ve seen in his last two starts is anything resembling his true level of competence, that provides the Yankees with two reliable starters. Still, that leaves three question marks. One of those question marks failed to provide any convincing answers last night, as Phil Hughes served up four runs on four hits and a walk, striking out six in 5.2 innings. He was far from awful, but he was equally removed from good. Of those four hits, two vanished behind the blue borders of the Yankee Stadium outfield, marking the sixth and seventh homers he has allowed in 21.2 innings this season. This was probably his best start of the season, which isn’t saying much. However, he had a 95-MPH fastball for the first time all year, so there is hope of a turnaround. With Michael Pineda hurt and Freddy Garcia finally banished to the bullpen, Hughes will be given every opportunity to build on that.
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