The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins tonight by a final score of 8-1. Phil Hughes dominated (more on that below) as he could suddenly be the leader in the clubhouse to start Game #2 of the ALDS for the Yankees. With the win, the Yanks move to 76-47 on the season.

AP

Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Hughes

7.2

2

1

1

2

3

Slowey

5.2

9

6

6

4

1

When Phil Hughes gave up a solo home run to Trevor Plouffe in the first inning, it looked like it would be more of the same for the Yankee starters. Then, he simply turned it on and allowed only one more hit and three walks over the next seven innings. In fact, between the third to seventh innings he retired fourteen Twins in a row. It looks like Phil will continue to get the chance to redeem his disastrous start to the season from here on out.

Offensively, the story of the game was Russell Martin, who has quietly put together a five game hitting streak. His solo shot in the third and two-run homer in the sixth put the Yankees ahead for good. It’s a little weird to consider that Russell’s two home runs were more than Minnesota slugger Joe Mauer has hit all season. Other key contributors for the Yankees were Curtis Granderson (2 RBI) and Mark Teixeira (3 RBI).

What’s Next?

The Yankees look to continue their dominance against the Twins on Saturday night at 7:10.

7:10 PM, YES. AJ Burnett (9-9, 4.61 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (8-9, 5.12 ERA)