Nothing is working for the Yankees right now, especially the pitchers, who allowed 17 hits to the Tigers today, 26 in the two games they've played here so far and a whopping 61 in the 44 innings pitched so far this season. Saturday's 8-4 loss was an absolute mess on the mound, in the field and at the plate. How much worse can it get? See below.
What it means: The Yankees must beat Justin Verlander on Sunday to escape a sweep in Detroit and avoid heading to Cleveland with a 1-5 record.
Unful-Philled: Hughes did what he could in his first start of the season, an emergency call-up designed to stop the bleeding, but after not having faced any major league hitters in spring training due to a back injury, he had only four decent innings in him before falling apart in the fifth. Hughes gets credited with four-plus innings, and allowed eight hits and four runs, three earned, and a lot of loud outs.
Burnin' Wells: Vernon Wells led off the second inning with a solo home run, his team-leading second of the season.
Double-cross: On the verge of making a game of it in the sixth, the Yankees seemed to catch a huge break on a blown call by 1B umpire Brian O'Nora, who called Wells safe when it was obvious he had been doubled off first by Fielder, who snagged Brennan Boesch's liner and outraced Wells back to the bag. But after Jim Leyland came out to argue and the umpires huddled up, the call was corrected, and instead of bases loaded and one out, the Yankees found themselves with two out and runners at second and third. After Al Alburquerque walked Francisco Cervelli, the next hitter, to reload the bases -- the fourth walk of the inning -- Lyle Overbay delivered a two-run single to cut the Tigers' lead to 5-4.
Giving back: Right after the Yankees pulled within a run, David Phelps gave the Tigers two runs back, surrendering two singles and a walk to load the bases for Fielder, who bounced into a forceout to drive in one run. Two batters later, Andy Dirks' RBI single made it 7-4 Detroit.
Getting wasted: The Yankees had four extra-base hits in the first three innings -- a HR, a triple and two doubles -- and came away with only one run, thanks largely to Brennan Boesch's attempt to score on Francisco Cervelli's shallow fly to right. Boesch was out, easily, after a rough-looking collision at the plate with Alex Avila. Of course, he would have scored, and easily, on Lyle Overbay's double immediately afterward.
Boone vs. Prince, Part 2: Worked out better than Part 1, which ended with Fielder hitting a ball so hard it almost killed a fan in the right-field seats. On Saturday, Logan kept him in the park with a single that kept the Tigers' four-run fifth inning going. Still, Logan has been unable to do his job -- retiring lefties -- effectively. Not only did Fielder get a hit, but lefty Andy Dirks had an infield single later in the inning. In between, Victor Martinez drove in a run with a sac fly.
Hurry back, Nuneee: Ever think you'd miss Eduardo Nunez's glove? Well, you did on the first batter of the game when Jayson Nix -- "NixEEE" from now on -- booted Austin Jackson's easy grounder, leading to Detroit's first run.