The New York Yankees could use a similar outing from the right-hander Tuesday night as they continue to try to stabilize their rotation.
Tied atop the AL East for the eighth straight day, the Yankees hope Hughes can bounce back from a rough performance when he faces the A’s in the Bronx.
Hughes (15-6, 4.12 ERA) pitched 7 1-3 hitless innings at Oakland on April 21, striking out 10, but departed after being hit by a comebacker off the bat of Eric Chavez(notes). He couldn’t find the ball after it bounced off him, ending both the no-hit bid and his night.
Hughes had gone 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA in six games coming into his latest outing Wednesday, but suffered through his shortest start of the season. He lasted 3 2-3 innings and gave up five runs in a 6-3 loss at Toronto.
With A.J. Burnett(notes) struggling, Andy Pettitte(notes) injured and Javier Vazquez(notes) banished to the bullpen, New York (81-50) has been scrambling to find viable rotation options beyond CC Sabathia(notes).
Dustin Moseley(notes) wasn’t able to come up with a good start Monday, allowing four runs in 4 1-3 innings, but Vazquez came on to finish the game and the Yankees got another big night from their Alex Rodriguez(notes)-less lineup in an 11-5 victory over All-Star Trevor Cahill(notes) and the A’s (65-65).
Mark Teixeira(notes) returned after missing one game due to a bruised thumb and went 3 for 3 with a home run and a double, while Robinson Cano(notes) and Nick Swisher(notes) each had three hits and three RBIs.
“I’m just getting a chance to get in there more often,” Thames said. “I was telling the guys, every year I go through one of these things. It feels good, especially because we’re winning ballgames.”
New York continued its longstanding tie with Tampa Bay for first place with its third straight win. The Yankees said that’s the longest stretch that two teams have been tied for first this late in a season.
The Yankees will look to continue their offensive roll against Vin Mazzaro(notes) (6-6, 3.61), who is 0-1 with 6.75 ERA in two starts versus New York, both last year. He gave up six runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2009.
“I was a different pitcher back then. I’ve learned a lot the past year,” Mazzaro said.
The right-hander has suffered from a lack of offense over his last six starts, going 0-4 despite a 3.89 ERA. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer five times during that stretch, while receiving 11 total runs of support.
Mazzaro ended up with a similar result Thursday, giving up three runs in 6 1-3 innings but losing 3-2 at Cleveland.
Swisher has recorded at least a hit in seven straight games and 11 of 12, batting .348 in that span.
The Yankees lead the season series with the A’s 6-1.