Another day, another Baltimore Orioles victory, but the Yankees were able to keep up and stay in first place when Phil Hughes pitched a brilliant game to carry them to a slim 2-0 victory over the Red Sox in Fenway.
It was the type of start that you want to see from a veteran starter in a pennant race. He K’d seven Sox while walking just one and more importantly he didn’t give up any homers over 7.1 innings.
The Yankees offense, which only had five hits but did have seven walks, was as frustrating as ever. 12 base runners and they could only plate two runs. Alex Rodriguez remains red hot though and Derek Jeter picked up a big RBI hit that actually tied him with Willie Mays for 10th on the all-time hit list. It would be nice if anyone other than those two would hit consistently.
The Yankees now head home to face the Rays in a three game series this weekend. They are four-games out of first in the AL East and the Yankees could really ruin their chances at taking the division with a big weekend.