First Pitch: Which Hughes will show up?

Which Phil Hughes will show up Saturday against the Red Sox?

The Phil Hughes who has given up just two runs in his past 13 innings or the Phil Hughes who gave up seven runs in just two-thirds of an inning on May 15 against the lowly Mariners?

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

#65 SP
New York Yankees

2013 STATS

  • GM10
  • W2

  • L3

  • BB13

  • K48

  • ERA4.97

Who knows? Since his All-Star first half in 2010, the Yankees and their fans have had no idea.

The 26-year-old right-hander enters Saturday’s start with a 2-3 record and a 4.97 ERA.

The home run continues to be an issue for Hughes, who is on pace to give up 34 dingers in 2013 -- one fewer than he gave up in 2012. As always, fastball command will be key for him.

In his career against Boston, Hughes is 5-6 in 20 games (12 starts) with a 4.95 ERA. He last started against the Red Sox on Sept. 13, 2012 at Fenway Park and earned the victory after giving up just five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Yankees would love another one like that. It’s just a matter of whether or not they’ll get it.

With Hughes, though, you never know.

UP NOW: Johnette Howard writes about CC Sabathia’s dominance on Friday night. Andrew Marchand has the news story on Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis’ return to the lineup, plus other notes. I wrote about the manager’s ejection in the fifth.

ON DECK: Marchand and Matt Ehalt have you covered for Saturday’s game in the Bronx. The 7:15 p.m. matchup will feature Hughes going for the Yankees against Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront (3-2, 5.29 ERA).