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Thursday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (4-8) at New York Yankees (6-6), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Anthony Swarzak (0-2, 3.75)
New York - Phil Hughes (0-2, 9.00)
(Sports Network) - Phil Hughes tries to get himself back on track this evening
when the New York Yankees wrap up a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at
After a so-so season debut, Hughes was awful on Saturday against the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he failed to get out of the fourth inning,
surrendering six runs and eight hits in just 3 1/3 frames.
"I just threw too many balls in the middle of the plate," said Hughes, who
needed 84 pitches to get 10 outs. "I felt like my stuff was pretty good. I
just wasn't locating. There were a couple that hurt me really bad. I was
hitting the glove but not necessarily in the spots I wanted to."
On the heels of an impressive spring, Hughes, who is 1-0 in four games (two
starts) against the Twins with a 2.40 ERA, couldn't get out of the fifth
inning of his first start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"I feel like I can succeed in this league," Hughes said. "It's something that
I've done before and hopefully that I can do again. That sort of helps."
The Twins, meanwhile, will rely on righty Anthony Swarzak, who has lost both
of his starts, but has received just one run of support in those outings. On
Friday against the Texas Rangers, Swarzak surrendered four runs and nine hits
in seven innings to get the loss. He had allowed a run in five frames in his
"They hit some balls hard," Swarzak said. "I made some pitches when I needed
to but the bottom line is I gave up four earned and we got the loss
Swarzak has faced the Yankees three times (one start) and is 0-1 against them
with a 5.40 ERA.
The Twins guaranteed themselves at least a split of this series on Wednesday,
as Justin Morneau hit a pair of homers, knocked in three runs and scored three
times in Minnesota's 6-5 win. Joe Mauer, Jamey Carroll and Sean Burroughs all
added an RBI for the Twins, who had lost three in a row coming into this
Jason Marquis (1-0) gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings to pick
up the win in his season debut.
"He's got courage and he knows how to pitch," said Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire about Marquis. "He's a veteran and he knows what he's doing out
there. It wasn't pretty, but he got it done."
Robinson Cano hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the Yankees, who
fell to 6-6 on the young season. Derek Jeter added a solo shot and Nick
Swisher had two RBI.
Hiroki Kuroda (1-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 frames to take the
loss. Kuroda was coming off a brilliant performance in his Bronx debut last
Friday, when he gave up five hits over eight-plus innings to get the win.
"He was up most of the game," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi about Kuroda.
"He didn't have his good sinker tonight that he had against the Angels and
they made him pay."
Still, the Twins have won just four of their last 14 and nine of their last 35
in the Bronx.
04/19 10:43:17 ET