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New York Yankees Vs. Baltimore Orioles: Phil Hughes Tries Again

Where does a pitcher's velocity go when it disappears? That might be an easy question to answer with a veteran pitcher nearing the end of his career. Not so easy, however, when you are talking about a 24-year-old who won 18 games a season ago and should be getting better.

Yet, Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees are asking that question after Hughes began the season with a pair of miserable starts. He lugs a 16.50 ERA to the mound tonight (7:05 p.m., YES) as the Yankees face the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Hughes' fastball has been clocking in at 88-90 mph this season, after regularly being 92-94 a season ago. For that matter, his big curveball has been non-existent, as has his ability to throw the ball where he wants to.

If you have any ideas where velocity hides when it takes a vacation write to Hughes care of the Yankees. Right now it seems the young right-hander can use all the help he can get finding his stuff again. The Yankees certainly need for him to get straightened out.

Jake Arietta pitches tonight for Baltimore.

Next Game

Baltimore Orioles
@ New York Yankees

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Jake Arrieta vs Phil Hughes

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.


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