Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 5/23/12
Phil Hughes may never end up the rotation-leading man the Yankees once thought they had. It’s still possible, but becoming less and less likely. Still, he seems to have finally figured out how to be a reliable major league starter, and on this current iteration of the Yankees, that’s a precious skill to possess. Hughes pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out seven. He did give up a solo homer to Jeff Francoeur – making it nine straight starts to open the season in which he has been taken deep – but otherwise limited the Royals most of the way. The bullpen took things from there. Cory Wade, Boone Logan, Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada matched up through the seventh and eighth, giving way to Rafael Soriano for his first save opportunity in eight games. He allowed a one-out double to Alex Gordon, but escaped with the one-run victory. The Yankees offense got another crack at Luke Hochevar, and while they couldn’t bludgeon him as thoroughly as th...
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