S.T. Game 19 Hughes strong in Yanks 5-2 win

Phil Hughes had another strong outing, and is making his case for a spot in the rotation. He pitched 5 innings today, and made just 1 mistake. 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Clay Rapada and Rule 5 pick Cesar Cabral are in an interesting competition to be the second lefty out of the bullpen. Rapada had a 1-2-3 inning with 2 K. Meanwhile Cabral pitched two scoreless innings, gave up two hits and a walk, and recorded all six of his outs via the strikeout.

Mike O’Connor wrapped up with a scoreless inning, 1 H, 1 K.

Hughes gave up a 2-run HR to Matt Joyce in the second.

The Yanks tied it in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Ibanez with the bases loaded. The key hit of the inning was a ground-rule double by A-Rod. Ibanez was o for 3, and once again didn’t look good. At least the groundout was pulled. He was late on his first two at bats, flying out to left both times. His S.T. batting average is now .059.

Jorge Vazquez had an RBI double in the seventh.

The Yanks won it in the 9th on an RBI double by Justin Maxwell and a 2-Run HR by Gus Molina.

The win puts the Yanks’ exhibition season record at 10-9. Tomorrow night they’ll be on ESPN vs. Boston, with Dave Phelps scheduled to start.

It’s been an interesting NFL day. Tebow traded to the Jets, but it could fall through…and Saints’ coach Sean Payton suspended for a whole year—and he’s not the only one involved in that Saints’ bounty who got suspended.

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