I’m not a big fast food guy, but there’s a Chick-Fil-A in Tampa and I quite simply cannot help myself. I would have gladly traded my chicken sandwich for four more hours of sleep, but as a consolation prize, it wasn’t bad.
It’s a nice day here in Tampa. Hot, but that’s to be expected, and it won’t matter when the Yankees step into the dome.
Phil Hughes is literally at home here. He grew up in Southern California, but he has a place in Tampa. His past few starts have been a little uneven, but he said he’s felt good about the work that’s led into tonight’s start.
“I’m getting there,” he said. “I had a couple of really good bullpens that I was happy about. I felt like I made progress. It’s just a matter of translating that to games, but I do feel better about what I’ve been doing the last few days or so with how I’ve been feeling and trying to get back to that feeling I had early in the year.”
Hughes said he can’t explain it, but he has pitched much better on the road (2.36 ERA, no home runs) than in New York (5.21 ERA, 15 home runs). Ultimately, he said much of his success or failure comes down to arm slot. When he stays on top of the ball, he can locate it.
“I throw majority fastballs, so for me it’s just establishing that pitch and being aggressive with it,” he said. “Getting ahead in counts and putting guys away. That’s kind of been my biggest problem, I haven’t been able to put guys away lately.”