As they prepare to welcome back a fixture to their rotation, the Yankees may be discovering that their current starters can hold their own quite well.
Phil Hughes became the latest Yankees starter to impress on the team's homestand, pitching 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 win over Seattle on Saturday. When Andy Pettitte takes the mound Sunday in his first start since 2010, he will be in position to finish off a sweep of the Mariners
After Hughes' outing, Yankees starters are 4-0 through the first five games of the homestand. The team's only blemish in the Bronx this week came when David Robertson blew a save and wasted a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Wednesday night's loss to the Rays.
Hughes started the game with a nine-pitch first inning and needed only 35 pitches to get through the first three frames. He ran into some trouble in the fourth, when he allowed a one-out single to Ichiro Suzuki and then walked former Yankee Jesus Montero. But he recovered to get a popout and a strikeout and strand both in a 28-pitch inning.
Seattle entered the game ranked 29th in the Major Leagues with a .289 team on-base percentage. Hughes took advantage, striking out four and walking one before a pair of two-out singles chased him from the game in the eighth inning. Saturday's start marked only the third time since the start of the 2010 season that Hughes had recorded an out in the eighth inning.