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Around the Yankee Universe, 05.26.09

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Phil Hughes (3-2) was as good Monday afternoon against Texas as I have ever seen him. Aggressive with his fastball, throwing strikes and using all of his pitches.

I found myself sitting there watching the game, unable to get up despite the fact that it was a blowout. I prefer to think that's because I was enjoying watching the 22-year-old Hughes so much and not because I spent the morning staining a deck and couldn't move once I sat down!

The number I loved the most was the 65 strikes Hughes threw in 101 pitches

My only quibble is that I would have loved to have seen the Yankees give Hughes a chance to complete the game. They think of him as a future ace, and aces need to finish games on occasion. He was cruising Monday and likely could have finished easily. How is he supposed to learn what the 9th inning is about if he isn't given a chance to pitch it?

By the way, neither Joe Girardi or Hughes made a big fuss out of Hughes not shaking the manager's hand when told he was coming out of the game.

  • How did you guys feel about the red caps the Yankees wore to commemorate Memorial Day? It bugged me a little, but if I can stomach the designated hitter, inter-league play and a new Yankee Stadium I'm certainly not getting all fired up about a silly cap, even if Pete Abe thinks the cap was "a travesty." I just know I won't be buying one. Vote in the poll below and let us know your feelings about the cap.
  • Brian Bruney is headed for a visit with Dr. James Andrews. If you know anything about pitchers, that is never a good thing.
  • Peter Abraham breaks down the Yankee numbers with Alex Rodriguez and without him.