What it means: That the Yankees lost a lot more than just a series tonight. Not only did they officially lose Michael Pineda for the year, they must now have serious questions about how much they can expect out of Phil Hughes this season. Hughes had three bad outings coming into tonight, but this was the worst one yet.
Completely Hughes-less: The velocity is back, but now the ability to put hitters away has been misplaced as Hughes lasts just 2 2/3 innings -- and he didn't seem happy about getting the quick hook -- surrendering a monstrous homer to Adrian Beltre, along with a couple of doubles, and hitting two batters before Joe Girardi had seen enough. The Yankees, who seemed to have too many starters a few weeks ago, now are down to just two they can trust.
No help on the way: David Phelps, who has been suggested for a rotation spot in the likely event Hughes or Freddy Garcia can't cut it, got hammered for two long home runs by Mike Napoli and Mitch Moreland, allowing five hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em: The Yankees took no chances with Josh Hamilton tonight, intentionally walking him twice and hitting him with a pitch once, in front of Beltre. And Beltre made them pay for it twice with RBI singles.
Derek En Fuego: Still, that is. Derek Jeter singled in his first two at-bats, has now hit in 15 straight games, and his batting average stands at .420.
Raul-ing along: About a month shy of his 40th birthday, Raul Ibanez can still rake. The King of Siam doubled home the Yankees' first run and crushed a Neftali Feliz offering into the upper deck in right in the seventh.
Mirror images: Clay Rapada, left-handed sidewinder, and Cody Eppley, right-handed sidewinder, were the most effective Yankees pitchers of the night. Rapada came on in relief of Hughes and got his only batter, David Murphy, to ground out to end the third. In relief of Phelps, Eppley got the dangerous Michael Young to rap into an inning-ending double play.
Anyone seen the bats? With the exception of Jeter and Ibanez, the Yankees lineup was pretty much held in check by Johnny Wholestaff -- the collection of relief pitchers who worked the game for Texas.
Anyone seen Alex? Alex Rodriguez had a big night on Monday, but was 0-for-8 the past two nights and never hit the ball out of the infield. He was 3-for-20 on the road trip, and is now hitting .221.
What's coming: A column on a disastrous day for Yankees pitching, from Arlington to Trenton to Manhattan. Plus, assorted blog items from what is guaranteed to be a quiet, and fast-emptying, postgame clubhouse on this getaway night.
What's next: A day off on Thursday, and then Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and the rest of those Merry Men from Motown, the Detroit Tigers, pull into the Bronx for three games beginning Friday night. Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and CC Sabathia get the ball for the weekend series.