In easily his best start of the year, Phil Hughes needed only 80 pitches to throw six strong innings and beat the Blue Jays 7-2 this afternoon. Hughes’ new curveball was a legitimate weapon — he used it to get his first five outs — and he spotted his fastball better than in his previous start. Hughes’ velocity regularly touched 93 mph in the early innings, and he settled into 90-91 (touching 92) in the later innings. He labored a little bit early, and that might have cost him late, but he ultimately struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits. Brett Gardner had his third three-hit game of the series, helping the Yankees settle for a series split after losing the first two games.
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