Phil Hughes was always a tinkerer. One of the things I loved about him as a prospect was how cerebral he always seemed. At times, I thought he was overthinking on the mound. Most of all, I think his repeated injuries stole some life from his fastball, and made him not trust his delivery or his stuff.
There is a part of me that will always cheer for him. I want him to lose tonight, but a 1-0 tough luck loss would make me feel better about it.
Masahiro Tanaka has been better than I dared dream. He has been the 25 year old ace I'd hoped Phil Hughes would become. #TanakaTime to start a long holiday weekend is quite the treat.
And tonight, the past and the present collide.
Go Yankees. Go baseball.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Chris Parmelee - 1B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Brian McCann - C||Josh Willingham - LF|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Oswaldo Arcia - RF|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Trevor Plouffe - 3B|
|Zelous Wheeler - 3B||Eduardo Escobar - SS|
|Brendan Ryan - 2B||Sam Fuld - CF|
|Masahiro Tanaka - RHP||Phil Hughes - RHP|