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Game 97 Preview: Yankees vs. A's, 7:05 ET

Phil Hughes dropped his ERA to 8.44 while picking up his first win of the season in Toronto.
Phil Hughes dropped his ERA to 8.44 while picking up his first win of the season in Toronto.

CC Sabathia lost a game and the world is still spinning on its axis. Good times.

With the physics of our planet still in working order, the Yankees return home tonight to begin a weekend series with the middling Oakland A's.

Phil Hughes makes his third start since coming off the disabled list and first start at Yankee Stadium since way back on April 14. Hughes' previous outing was certainly encouraging -- six innings, two runs, and a win over the Blue Jays.

Sticking with a conservative gameplan, Joe Girardi pulled Hughes after just 82 pitches in Toronto. It stands to reason that the right-hander could be stretched out to 90 pitches or so tonight. The Yankees manager is indicating as much.

"I want to see him maybe take another step; give us some more pitches, give us some more distance," Girardi told the Yankees' official site. "He's getting another extremely hot day. But at least it's night time, the sun's not going to be on him. But hopefully we can stretch him out a little bit. ... I expect him to go out and do well. I expect him to build off his start."

The A's counter with Trevor Cahill, a talented right-hander who has been the victim of a poor run support all season (his eight losses despite a 3.16 ERA certainly speak to that).

The A's have won only one game in 10 tries at the Bronx since YSIII opened in 2009.

Current Series

3 game series vs Athletics @ Yankee Stadium

Oakland Athletics
@ New York Yankees

Friday, Jul 22, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Trevor Cahill vs Phil Hughes

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 95.

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Tonight's lineup:

1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Curtis Granderson CF
4. Mark Teixeira DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada 1B
8. Eduardo Nunez 3B
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Phil Hughes P