Phil Hughes was steamrolling on May 1, two years ago. He pitched 6.1 innings of no-hit ball before his hamstring gave up on him. That was his best performance ever — until he nearly duplicated that feat tonight against the Rangers, going eight strong innings in a 11-1 rout of the major’s best team (in standings).

He held the potent Rangers offense to no runs on three hits and a walk, and struck out six. Most importantly he pounded the zone and was economical with his pitches. Of his 101 pitches 65 of them were strikes.

With the Yankees leading 2-0, in the bottom of the second, Hughes allowed a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz and then hit Hank Blalock with a pitch. He was able to strike out Marlon Byrd, Chris Davis, and Taylor Teagarden in order to get out of the jam.

The Yankees jumped for two quick runs in the first. Derek Jeter led off with a double, Johnny Damon then reached on an infield single, Mark Teixeira followed with a double and the Yanks led 1-0 with runners on second and third. Alex Rodriguez drove in the Yankees’ second run with an RBI single. He ended up going 5-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored.

The Yankees added four more runs in the top of the third. A-Rod’s first double of the day brought in two runs, and two more came home on a Robinson Cano triple.

Nick Swisher drove in the Yankees seventh run in the top of the fifth with an RBI single. Swisher would later hit a sac-fly in the top half of the eighth for the final Yankees run. The Yanks added three runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out both Damon and Jeter walked, and Teixeira following with an RBI single. A-Rod then came up and smacked his second double deep into left-center field for two more ribbies.

Alfredo Aceves gave up a run on a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to retire the side without allowing any more damage.

It was a great day for the Yanks’ beginning lineup, as Damon, Teixeira, A-Rod, and Cano combined to go 11-for-18, with four doubles, a triple, two walks, eight RBI and nine runs scored.

Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow night in Arlington. Joba Chamberlain will take the mound for the Yanks and first pitch is set for 8:05 p.m.


AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, DH 5 2 1 0 1 0 4 .284
Damon, LF 4 3 2 0 1 1 2 .312
Gardner, CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .253
Teixeira, 1B 4 3 2 2 1 0 1 .273
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 5 4 0 0 0 .259
1-Berroa, PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 2 0 0 4 .315
Cabrera, M, CF-LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 6 .323
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 3 0 0 0 .225
Pena, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .246
Cash, C 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 .182
Totals 43 11 19 11 3 3 21
1-Ran for Rodriguez, A in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Jeter (10, Harrison, M), Teixeira (10, Harrison, M), Damon (11, Harrison, M), Rodriguez, A 2 (3, Harrison, M, Benson).
3B: Cano (1, Harrison, M).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon 3; Gardner; Teixeira 3; Rodriguez, A 7; Cano 4; Cabrera, M; Swisher; Pena; Cash 3.
RBI: Teixeira 2 (36), Rodriguez, A 4 (17), Cano 2 (27), Swisher 3 (27).
2-out RBI: Swisher.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M 2; Pena 2; Damon.
SF: Swisher.
GIDP: Cano; Jeter.
Team RISP: 9-for-20.
Team LOB: 10.

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hughes, P (W, 3-2) 8.0 3 0 0 1 6 0 5.16
Aceves, A 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1.84