Who starts in five days: Huff or Hughes?
September, 7, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports.David Huff on his performance Saturday: "I was terrible."NEW YORK -- David Huff gave a very honest assessment of his first start as a Yankee after getting shelled Saturday afternoon.
“I was terrible,” said the 29-year-old journeyman left-hander, who gave up nine runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings in the Yankees’ 13-9 loss to the Red Sox at the Stadium. “To come off what I’ve been doing here and to have that happen today, it’s just embarrassing on my behalf.”
Huff had allowed just two runs in his first 16 innings (six games) with the Yankees. He retired the Red Sox in order in the first, but his outing unraveled from there. Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off Huff in the second, and Jonny Gomes took him deep for a three-run shot in the third.
“I started off aggressive, and then I started getting too fine, I started nibbling,” Huff said.
Said manager Joe Girardi: “He left some balls up in the zone, and they didn’t miss them. Right now, they’re not missing pitches.”
In their past three games against the Yankees, the Red Sox have scored 34 runs. So it comes as no surprise they’ll have a chance to go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
Girardi now has a decision on who he’ll start five days from now: Huff, Phil Hughes or someone else.
Hughes (4-13, 5.11 ERA) has been terrible all season, but Girardi really has nowhere else to go. After all, David Phelps, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno are all injured.
Brett Marshall produced 4 1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball out of the bullpen. Marshall hadn’t pitched in 12 days. He said that can be difficult at times, but it wasn’t on Saturday.
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