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Yankees' Phil Hughes Strafed by Angels, Knocked Out in Fourth Inning

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NEW YORK--New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes' 2012 season home debut ended disastrously Saturday, as the Los Angeles Angels pounded the right-hander for six runs on eight hits over 3-1/3 innings.

Hughes (9.00 ERA) found himself exiting to a chorus of boos after Howie Kendrick crushed a three-run home run to left with one out in the fourth. Before Kendrick's blast ended Hughes' afternoon, Los Angeles jumped ahead 3-0 on Chris Iannetta's second-inning, two-run homer to right and Albert Pujols' RBI double in the third.

Hughes, who in his season debut allowed two runs, five hits and two walks to the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-0 loss, threw a total of 84 pitches (52 strikes) in Saturday's abbreviated outing.

Notes on game: Vernon Wells added a solo homer off Hughes' replacement, right-handed reliever David Phelps, in the top half of the fifth inning. Wells, whose shot put Los Angeles up 7-0, now has 250 career homers. ... Through five innings, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has allowed one run, which scored on Robinson Cano's RBI single in the fifth.

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