The Yankees 4-1 loss to the Twins was another of those starts that perfectly encapsulates the good and bad of Phil Hughes. Through 7.1 innings, he had a season-high 10 strikeouts, walked one and allowed just five hits. But three of those hits were home runs, with the biggest blow coming on his final pitch of the game, a two-run homer by No. 9 hitter Pedro Florimon in the eighth inning. Had Hughes limited the damage to the first two solo homers — one by Trevor Plouffe, one by Ryan Doumit — the start would have been an absolute positive, an infinitely winable game that would have rested strictly on the shoulders of the offense. With that final home run, though, Hughes snapped a string of three straight starts without allowing more than two runs. Not an awful start, but no longer an awfully good one. The Yankees out-hit the Twins, but their only run came on Robinson Cano’s RBI single in the first inning.
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