The Yankees pounded the Phillies 13-4 and had six extra-base hits.
But the most important aspect of the game was how sharp Phil Hughes looked. He struck out six and really made only one mistake when Pedro Feliz homered.
â€œHe had been a little bit off but I thought he was extremely sharp tonight,â€ manager Joe Girardi said. â€œHe had command of all his pitches. Everything was good.â€
Hughes will pitch against the Marlins on Saturday and get backed off a bit, probably 75 pitches. That’ll line him up for the regular season. Depending on Andy Pettitte’s status, he would start the third or fourth game.
A few updates:
LaTroy Hawkins (8 innings, 0 earned runs) threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He will pitch in a minor-league game today.
Joba Chamberlain will pitch in the same minor-league game then chuck for the varsity on Wednesday. Most of the relief pitchers (except for Mo) will go back-to-back this week to get ready for the season.
Johnny Damon (flu) is tentatively scheduled to play in Winter Haven today. But Joe Girardi will give him a call in the morning to check on him.
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