The New York Yankees send right-hander Phil Hughes to the mound today as they look for a sweep of their Opening Weekend series against the Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m., YES). The Yankees won the first two games of the series as first baseman Mark Teixeira starred, hitting three-run home runs in both games.
Hughes, the 24-year-old right-hander is aiming to build on an impressive 2010 season. He went 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA in his first full season as a big-league starting pitcher.
After today, the Yankees host the Minnesota Twins for four games beginning Monday night. The Yankees then go to Fenway Park for three games against the arch-rival Boston Red Sox, who are favored by most analysts to win the American League East.