The Yankees drop to 8-6 on the season.
MARTY! GET THE DeLOREAN: It was "Back To The Future" time in the Bronx. Shades of the 2001 World Series, as the Yankees turned in some late-inning home run magic against an Arizona Diamondbacks closer. In the ninth, versus Byun-Hyun Kim, I mean J.J. Putz, Francisco Cervelli hit a solo shot that scraped over the left-field wall to tie the game.
REPLACING JETER: With the winning run at second and two outs in the 11th, Eduardo Nunez nailed a hard liner to right that was caught.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Down a run in the eighth, the Yankees put men on first and second with one out. Vernon Wells stepped to the plate with Robinson Cano on-deck. The last thing Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez wanted to do was walk Wells. Hernandez walked Wells on four pitches.
Cano, though, got behind in the count and struck out on a pitch that hit his leg. Yankees manager Joe Girardi protested, but umpire Ron Kulpa could not be swayed. Next, Kevin Youkilis struck out to leave the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second.
CANO DID HOMER: In the sixth with the Yankees down two, Cano got one of the runs back, nailing his fifth of the season. Cano didn't hit his fifth homer in 2012 until May 22. He ended up with a career-high 33.
PHIL-ING IT UP: Phil Hughes pitched way better than he did in his first two starts. It is hard not to when you come in at 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA.
In the third, rookie Didi Gregorius got him on the first pitch Gregorious saw as a Diamondback. Leading off the sixth, Martin Prado nailed another solo shot. In 2012, Hughes led Major League Baseball with 22 homers allowed at home. After Thursday, he has allowed five in 2013.
HOWEVER: Hughes' stuff was much improved. He pitched out of trouble in the fifth when Nunez didn't commit an error, but failed to come up with a playable ball off the bat of ex-Yankee Eric Chavez to begin the inning. After an out, Gregorius' double put runners at second and third. However, Hughes struck out Cliff Pennington and got Gerardo Parra to fly out to center.
To end his night in the seventh, Hughes dialed it up to 93-mph on his 109th pitch to finally get Gregorius swinging.
Hughes finished with a nice line: two earned runs on six hits, six strikeouts and no walks.
E-NUNEZ: Nunez made his first error of the season on a bad throw on a relatively routine play in the eighth.
PAID ATTENDANCE: 36,033. Still, a lot of empty seats on a cool night.
ON DECK: I will be in the clubhouse after the game so check back in a little while to hear the postgame chatter. First Pitch will be up at 6 a.m.
IN THE HOLE: The Yankees are in Toronto. Andy Pettitte pitches for the first time since suffering back spasms a week-and-a-half ago. The matchups: Pettitte (2-0, 1.20) vs. Brandon Morrow(0-1, 4.60); Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.87) vs. Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31); Sunday, Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.59) vs. Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.91). Friday's game is a 7:07 p.m. start, while Saturday and Sunday are set for 1:07 p.m.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: Will Hughes ever be more than a No. 4 or 5 starter?