Game 48: Yankees at Angels

May 28, 2012, 9:05 p.m. ET, Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Phil Hughes, who grew up in nearby Tustin, Calif. and estimates he attended 40 to 50 Angels games over the years. Of course, Hughes wasn’t cheering for the hometown team — he grew up as a Red Sox fan (his favorite player was Nomar Garciaparra) and comes here tonight wearing the road gray uniform of the Yankees.

Hughes has won three of his last four starts, but he hasn’t had much success here in Anaheim. He lost his only start in 2007 and also was charged with the loss in the 2010 All-Star Game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a key to Hughes’ recent turnaround has been the command of his fastball and changeup.

“I think his changeup has helped him a lot, and I think he’s going to have to throw it more and more, whether it’s to righthanders or lefthanders,” Girardi said. “He has to throw it, because I think it’s really important for him.”

The Angels hand the ball to Jered Weaver, who took a no-decision last time out despite allowing a run in eight innings at Oakland. Weaver’s 0.83 home ERA is the best in the Majors, and he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts against the Yankees in 2011.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (26-21)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (4-5, 4.94)

ANGELS (24-25)
Mike Trout LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Pitching: Jered Weaver RHP (6-1, 2.61)


Ever since Hughes won those 18 games in ’10 he simply hasn’t been the same and continues to be one of the weak links in this rotation with his bloated numbers. Unfortunately, this team doesn’t have a real solution in its farm system to replace him, most of the team’s so-called top talent is struggling badly, don’t expect anything coming down the pipe any time soon. Things could have been worse if this team decided to keep Colon along with Garcia in the rotation, two old guys whose careers are over or near over as starters as Garcia proved, yeah that was a GREAT decision to keep him.

Hughes may be a bust, but I don’t regret the Yankees wanting to trade him for Santana who really hasn’t done much to turn the Mets around.


Another CRAP outing by Hughes. How long does it take for Yankee Management to pull their heads out of their @sses and finally get rid of this guy?


Phil Hughes is a complete JOKE as a starter. I gave up on this guy three years ago and still the Yankees keep running this waste of time out every 5th day. Enough of this guy. How many BAD outings can this guy have before the Yankee management concludes he can’t do the job?


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