Phil Hughes gave the Yankees seven strong innings tonight as the Yankees won the game, 10-3. The Yankees scored nine earned runs off Red Sox starter, Josh Beckett in only 5 2/3 innings. However, both Robinson Cano and Nick Johnson left with injuries…

Steven Senne

Initial Reaction:

Even though the Yankees won the game, they left the game with a few more injuries! Nick Johnson exited the game in the 5th inning with a sore wrist. He is apparently heading to the DL again for the same right wrist that put him on the shelf for 138 days in 2008. This can’t be good. Expect an early call-up tomorrow morning.

An inning later, Robinson Cano was hit by a Josh Beckett fastball in back knee and left the game. Cano is expected to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Positives From The Game:

Hughes Da Man: Phil Hughes has given the Yankees everything and then some so far. Tonight, he went seven inning giving up only two runs on seven hits while only walking one. He added seven strikeouts as well. In five starts this season, Hughes is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He has struck out 31 hitters in 32 innings. With Andy Pettitte recovering from an inflamed elbow, the Yankees will ask Hughes to keep providing them with length and dominance.

Resilient Yankees: If you saw the first two innings of the game, you know how good Beckett’s stuff looked. He was featuring a 96 MPH fastball, paired with a 77 MPH curve ball. After the first two innings, Beckett struck out five Yankees. Completely dominant.  However, the Yankees got to Beckett in the 3rd and 6th innings. Beckett gave up nine earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings.

The Hawk Is Soaring: Nick Swisher crushed a three-run, 3rd inning home run off Beckett to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Swisher has now hit five home runs in his last seven games.

The Bottom Picks It Up: The 8th and 9th hitters in the order, Francisco Cervelli and Randy Winn went 4 for 7 with three runs scored.

Negatives From The Game:

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

I guess a picture is worth a thousand words. As you can see, Cano was definitely in pain after he got hit by the pitch.

With the game getting out of hand, Beckett was not intending to hit anyone. However, over the course of the game, Beckett threw up-and-in twice to Francisco Cervelli while hitting both Cano and Derek Jeter. CC Sabathia became a little animated on the bench, but Joe Girardi settled the big man down. I’m sure he’ll carry that emotion to the hill on Saturday.

Interesting Facts:

1: The number of players left on the Yankee bench tonight. Since the Yankees did not put Jorge Posada or Andy Pettitte on the disabled list, they are playing this series with a short bench. Due to the aforementioned injuries, two-thirds of the bench (Ramiro Pena and Marcus Thames) was used early in this contest. Jorge Posada was the last man standing in the dugout.

7.46: Josh Beckett’s 2010 ERA through seven starts.

1.69: Phil Hughes’s 2010 ERA through five starts.

What’s Next?: The Yankees will look to take their ninth series in ten opportunities.

Saturday, 3:10 PM, FOX: CC Sabathia (4-1, 2.74 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (3-2, 2.97 ERA)

Career Stats:
Sabathia: 5-5, 3.62 ERA
Buchholz: 0-1, 5.74 ERA