In the second game of a day/night doubleheader, the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 8-0. Phil Hughes was dominant and the lineup added six insurance runs in the top of the ninth. The win puts the Yankees at 22-11 on the season.

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Initial Reaction:

When I last covered the Yankees on Monday, there were two spot starters taking the mound. Tonight, we had two up-and-coming future aces: Phil Hughes and Jeremy Bonderman. While Bonderman pitched well, Hughes pitched great. Over seven innings, he allowed only five hits and one walk while striking out eight, which improves Hughes to 5-0 and will lower his already low ERA (1.69).

Positives From The Game:

Small Ball: The Yankees stole two bases tonight (Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter). Both of those steals led to runs off of singles. That’s the way you win games in spacious Comerica Park.

Keeping the Former Yanks in Check: The Yankees held Austin Jackson and Johnny Damon to one hit over seven at bats, with the one hit by Jackson being a very questionable call at first base.

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Congrats to the 24-year-old rookie Greg Golson who got his first career hit today with a line drive to left center off of former Yankee, Phil Coke.

Big Bats Turning it On: Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both went 2-5 and had a combined five RBIs. If they can keep this up, the Yankees will have a very scary lineup.

Negatives From The Game:

Jeremy Bonderman: Bonderman was one tough cookie today. That isn’t necessarily “good” considering the bullpen strength of Detroit, but the Yankees managed some runs tonight.

Swish Hawk: Before the game, members of the Detroit Tigers gave each other Mohawks. This obviously distracted the Original Swishhawk, Nick Swisher, as he went 0-3 tonight and left the game in the 7th inning. Let’s hope the injury bug isn’t back.

Interesting Facts:

85: Happy 85th Birthday to the one and only Yogi Berra!

Kryptonite: Miguel Cabrera has hit in 18 straight games against the Yankees.

The last time a Yankee pitcher this young started the season undefeated was 1950, when a 21-year-old named Whitey Ford started the season 9-0.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will play their final game in Detroit for the season tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. You can catch this game on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.04 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50 ERA). Expect a low, low scoring game.