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19 hits later, Yanks beat Phillies

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 24, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

“He had been a little bit off but I thought he was extremely sharp tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He had command of all his pitches. Everything was good.”

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.

Thanks for reading. Check back tomorrow.

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