In what should have been a win for the Yankees, their pitching came up short yet again. Phil Hughes, making his first start of the year surrendered four runs and eight hits in only four innings of work. This is Phil's free agent season and if he wants a healthy paycheck, he needs to step his game up and pitch like he is capable of pitching. Throwing 100 pitches in four or five innings is not the way Hughes or the Yankees drew up his first start of the season. After Hughes though, the bull pen was awful and the Tigers strong lineup made them pay with big hit after big hit.
The Yankees will once again try to salvage the final game in the series, and the opponent will not be any easier. Justin Verlander will pitch opposite CC Sabathia in an afternoon game before the Yankees head to Cleveland for a 3 game set.