Funny how a single victory patches over all the ill will that oozed toward Javier Vazquez and company from the stands at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, isn’t it? Phil Hughes helped restore order to the Yankees universe by pitching strong ball and getting plenty of help as the Bombers pounded the White Sox, 12-3.
That’s four out of five and nine of 14, if you’re counting … and some of you are, I’m sure of it. Some other things that popped up in the postgame wraps:
? The 12 runs and 18 hits were a season high for the Yanks, who saw their 2-3-4-5 hitters go 10-for-18 with 9 RBIs.
? Phil Hughes is the youngest Yankee to win his first three decisions of a season since Andy Pettitte started 3-0 in 1996.
? Brett Gardner hit his first career HR off a left-handed pitcher and snapped a 167 at-bat homerless stretch. He last homered on 6/26/09 at the Mets off Elmer Dessens.
? Robinson Cano has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .455 (20-for-44) with 12 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers and 11 RBIs.
? Nick Swisher has homered twice at Yankee Stadium this season. He did not hit his second homer at Yankee Stadium last season until his 27th home game (6/7/09 vs. Tampa Bay).
? Francisco Cervelli came in the game defensively in the eighth inning at third base, marking his first career game at a position other than catcher. (He looked pretty slick on a Spring Training grounder there, though.)
Now the Yankees get to see the Orioles again, very quickly after taking two of three at Camden Yards, and Jeremy Guthrie will be on the hill for Baltimore against CC Sabathia. You’ll remember that Guthrie’s command
was an issue with a fastball that hit Jorge Posada’s right knee last time around, and they’ll get to renew acquaintances with a pitcher who has proved frustrating for that reason over the last two-plus seasons.