Hughes Shines in Yankees 4-3 Win

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees Photo Day on February 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Phil Hughes relieved CC Sabathia and Rafael Soriano in the fifth inning and shut down Washington's lineup. What stood out was his command: He located his fastball and curve exceptionally well. The velocity of the heater ranged from 89-93 MPH. With Freddy Garcia having an injured hand and Hughes out-pitching him so far, he has a commanding lead in the competition for the fifth starter. He threw four shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out three and walking none. Hughes also induced six groundouts to one flyout.

On the other hand, CC struggled right out of the gate, allowing six hits and three runs in three innings. He didn't even come out to start the fourth. I'm not at all worried though: CC's a rock.

Soriano tossed about as bad a perfect inning as you'll see: A flyout to the right field wall, a sharp groundout and another flyout to medium right center.

The big blow on offense came off the centaur's bat: A long two-run blast in the fifth that tied the game. Mark Teixeira didn't get a hit but did draw two walks. The contest went into the 10th tied, but the Yanks mounted a game-winning rally via a walk, error and sac-fly.

Hiroki Kuroda will start tomorrow against the Astros.

Derek Jeter (calf) will be out a few days while Russell Martin (groin) should be back in the lineup by next week. Nick Swisher (groin) could return tomorrow.

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