Today was absolute proof that the Yankees spring abundance of starting pitching has been seriously depleted. Michael Pineda is heading for season-ending surgery, Andy Pettitte isn’t ready for the big leagues and Phil Hughes is still searching for his spring training success. Tonight in Texas, Hughes pitched just 2.2 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Rangers. It was Hughes’ third loss in four starts, and his ERA jumped to 7.88 (only slightly better than Freddy Garcia’s 9.75). David Phelps, who looked like a rotation alternative just a few weeks ago, gave up three runs of his own through 2.1 innings and now has an ERA of 4.30. Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak, and Raul Ibanez had a home run and an RBI double, but the Yankees struggles were — as they’ve been most of the season — in the starting rotation.
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