With their losing streak over and two key members of their lineup back from injury, the New York Yankees hope they can now begin to get on a roll.
Phil Hughes is on one of his own against the Boston Red Sox, as he'll look to win a fourth straight start over them in the middle game of this three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
New York (31-23) had lost a season-high five in a row, including a four-game sweep by the New York Mets, before beating Boston 4-1 on Friday.
Mark Teixeira (partially torn tendon in right wrist) made his season debut and Kevin Youkilis (back) played for the first time since April 27. Teixeira went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run while Youkilis added an RBI single.
The infielder is batting .357 during a seven-game hitting streak against his former team.
The returns of Youkilis and Teixeira are timely for a Yankees club that has been ravaged by injury throughout the season.
''These guys grind out at-bats,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''I think their impact is big, and we need to keep them healthy.''
Hughes (2-3, 4.97 ERA) will try for a third straight strong outing as looks to put a pair of rough games further behind him. The right-hander allowed 13 runs in 6 1-3 innings over a pair of starts in mid-May, but he's given up three runs in 13 innings in two outings since.
Hughes allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Mets on Monday.
He has been dominant during his three-start win streak against Boston, posting a 1.27 ERA and giving up no earned runs in the past two matchups.
Boston (33-23) will look to end that run while attempting to get back on track offensively. The Red Sox have dropped three of four after a 10-3 stretch, totaling five runs in the past three defeats.
Boston leads the major leagues in runs.
Dustin Pedroia had three hits Friday to extend his hitting streak to five. He's gone 15 for 31 in his last eight against the Yankees.
Boston played the series opener without Jacoby Ellsbury due to a tight left groin. He stole a team-record five bases in a 9-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday and experienced tightness after the final one.
''We're expecting to be a day-to-day and hopefully not too long of a situation,'' manager John Farrell said.
The Red Sox will send Felix Doubront to the mound Saturday as he seeks his first victory in six starts.
Doubront (3-2, 5.29) has posted a 3.18 ERA over his last three outings but has received two runs of support in that stretch. He allowed four runs - two earned - and struck out eight in six innings against Cleveland on Sunday before the Red Sox rallied for four in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5.
The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts against the Yankees. He opposed Hughes the last time he faced them, giving up two runs and walking five in 6 1-3 innings of a 2-0 defeat Sept. 13.
Hughes struck out seven in 7 1-3 innings.