Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hughes, Bombers Get It Right

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hughes, Bombers Get It Right

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DETROIT - Shortly after Joe Girardi had cleared the air with umpire Bob Davidson, Yankees captain Derek Jeter cleared the fences.

By lashing Tiger ace Justin Verlander's first delivery of Sunday afternoon into the right field seats, Jeter announced there would be no lingering side effects from a late, emotionally draining loss to Detroit on Saturday night.

And there was some extra, added resolve from Phil Hughes, whose first professional nine-inning complete game successfully wrapped up the Yankees' long nine-game journey.

"There's always room for improvement, but I thought we played pretty well for the most part," Jeter said after a 5-1 victory against the Tigers at Comerica Park finished a 6-3 road trip.

Hughes shook off last Monday's rough outing at Anaheim with a sharp four-hitter, utilizing a fastball-curveball combo that "was probably as good as I've seen it all year long," Girardi said. "And that's encouraging."

After sweeping Oakland, dropping two of three at Anaheim and taking two of three from Detroit (25-29), the Yankees (29-24) begin a home series Tuesday against the first-place Rays.

Even with a lineup still prone to stalls, the Yankees were outmatched only once on this trip, suffering two walk-off losses - including Saturday's 4-3 Tiger victory.

Ejected from that game, Girardi caught the final two innings in the clubhouse following a fabulous tirade that included spiking his cap at Davidson's feet.

Girardi acted in defense of hitting coach Kevin Long, whom the Yanks claim was aggressively targeted by Davidson over a disputed strike call.

Long wouldn't comment about it publicly and neither would the umpires. But Girardi made it a point to bring out Sunday's lineup card - something he rarely does - just to make sure nothing carried over.

Soon, Jeter spoke up with his 27th career leadoff homer - his third to start a game this year and his sixth home run of 2012, matching last year's total. …

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