Game 20: Yankees at Tigers

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  Phil Hughes (0-0, -.--) vs.   Edwin Jackson (1-1, 2.77), 7:05 p.m. EST

Phil Hughes makes his season debut, getting the call up from Triple-A to take Chien-Ming Wang's spot in the rotation, as he was placed on the DL with a hip problem.  It's too bad the Tigers didn't get a chance to face Wang and his 34.50 ERA before that diagnosis. 

Hughes was 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 19 batters in 19.1 innings, so he was probably deserving of a promotion even if there wasn't an immediate need for him.  Two career starts against the Tigers have resulted in an 0-2 record and 10.24 ERA. 

After three good starts (two of them outstanding), Edwin Jackson stumbled in his last outing versus the Angels.  His defense didn't help with two bad errors, but poor control and patient Anaheim hitters resulted in him throwing a lot of pitches and lasting only five innings.  Jackson is pretty familiar with the Yankees, having faced them frequently with the Rays.  In nine starts (13 appearances) against them, he holds a 2-4 record and 5.72 ERA.

And with that, I leave you in the hands of Mr. Kurt Mensching, who will be running the show here while I'm in Seattle.  I'll see you next week.  As always, thank you for stopping by and taking part in the BYB experience!

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