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NEW YORK -- There wasnt much reaction at Yankee Stadium when Phil Hughes name was announced during pregame introductions Sunday. Wholesale Penguins Jerseys . A small smattering of boos, maybe. Mostly, collective apathy from a crowd still filing in. Then the right-hander went out and showed New York fans hes no longer the floundering pitcher they last saw. Looking all grown up on the mound with a well-manicured beard, Hughes threw eight poised innings in his return to the Bronx and wound up a winner when the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Yankees 7-2 behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth. "It was a little bit strange," said Hughes, who tipped his cap to New York pitching coach Larry Rothschild while walking onto the field. "But once I got on the mound, it just kind of cleared away and I was just able to focus on how I was going to pitch. After the first inning, I was just hoping I wouldnt start walking toward their dugout." Willingham belted a tying homer on the first pitch from closer David Robertson, denying rookie Chase Whitley his first major league victory. Robertson (0-2) then walked two batters and gave up Doziers two-out double, putting the Twins on top 3-2. Eduardo Nunez, also let go by the Yankees, lined a two-run double on Matt Daleys first pitch. Oswaldo Arcia added a two-run single off Matt Thornton to make it 7-2, all but sealing Minnesotas second victory in the three-game series. Hughes (6-1) held his former team to three hits -- all in a row to begin the fourth -- and retired his final 15 batters during his sixth straight win. "I dont think it means more than any other start," he said. "A little bit more nerves than usual, but thankfully I was throwing strikes early and was able to make some pitches," Hughes explained. "Obviously, it was a half-inning away from being a different story, but the guys rallied there in the ninth and it was a solid win for us." Hughes never quite lived up to lofty expectations in New York, though he did make his mark during seven seasons in pinstripes. He was a key member of the bullpen in 2009, helping the Yankees to a World Series championship, and made the All-Star team while winning 18 games the following year. But he faded to 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season, struggling with the homer-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. With the second-highest flyball ratio among major league starters, he went 1-10 with a 6.32 ERA at home. "He didnt need too much real estate here today," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Minnesota, which plays at pitcher-friendly Target Field, signed Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract in December, and hes off to a terrific start with his new team. He was 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his previous seven starts, and acknowledged Friday there would be "some weird at-bats" when he faced his former teammates. "We all know how big this is for him," Gardenhire said before the game. Hughes came right after the Yankees with 91-94 mph fastballs and cutters. He faced the minimum through three innings and only had trouble in the fourth. Brett Gardner tripled off the auxiliary scoreboard in right-centre and Derek Jeter singled. After a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a rare walk to Brian McCann, Hughes did not permit another baserunner. "He never stopped attacking," Gardenhire said. Ichiro Suzukis bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It stayed that way until the ninth, when Robertson was charged with five runs in two-thirds of an inning. He was booed off the mound after his second blown save in 14 chances since taking over as closer for Mariano Rivera. "I just made some big mistakes and it cost us the game," Robertson said. "I stunk today, what can I say? ... Im itching to get out there to prove I can still do this." Hughes struck out six and walked two, throwing 72 of 100 pitches for strikes against a lineup missing injured sluggers Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran. "These are the guys we have and theyve got to find a way to get it done," manager Joe Girardi said. Trevor Plouffe had a two-out RBI single for the Twins in the third. Hughes went 178 straight batters without issuing a walk before McCann drew a free pass on a full count leading off the second. "He was more mad about that than anything else," Gardenhire said. Dozier turned an artful double play to end the inning. The second baseman grabbed a bouncer toward the middle and went into a neat pop-up slide, touching the bag with his glove before throwing to first just in time to get Suzuki. NOTES: Beltran (elbow) is headed to Tampa, Florida, to begin taking at-bats in extended spring training Monday. ... New York RHP David Phelps (1-2, 3.38 ERA) faces Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (7-1, 2.57) on Monday night in the makeup of an April 30 rainout. ... Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson (4-4) starts Monday night in Milwaukee against ex-Twin Matt Garza (2-4). Cheap Adidas Penguins Jerseys . But unfortunately for the Niagara Falls, Ont., native, a pulled muscle wouldnt allow him to go past the second set. Japan sealed its victory over Canada in the first-round Davis Cup tie after Nishikori downed an ailing Dancevic 6-2, 1-0. Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys . The 22-year-old Kreider was injured Friday night in New Yorks win at Columbus, but played in the next two games -- including Monday nights win over Phoenix. But the left winger, who has 17 goals and 37 points this season, was limited to about 10 minutes of ice time in each of the previous games.Dear Cub fans, Theres probably no one on earth who understands you like we do here in Maple Leaf Land. All the losing, the mediocrity, and never-ending fandom that dates back generations, every one of them pining for the day when all the pain and suffering is over. What would that be like, Cub fans? No, we cant imagine it either. Yes, were unique in the sports world. Our teams can lose and lose and lose and lose and all that happens is people love them more. Your Cubs havent won a World Series since 1908, havent played in one since 1945. We here in Leaf Land arent quite that bad although the last time we won a Cup the NHL had three fewer teams in it than the CFL. Now this week we see youve hired a new manager. And Joe Maddon certainly comes highly recommended, having won lots of baseball games for that little mistake known as the Tampa Bay Rays, the team with no money and no fans and a stadium thats, well … no one will ever mistake it for Wrigley Field. But then again who are we in Toronto to make cracks about sterile, charmless baseball stadiums? But we digress. What we really want to talk to you about is this whole idea of trying to break your pattern of losing by hiring guys with proven records in other places. Boy do we know about that. Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein is a formidable combination, one bound to make you believe that this time is going to be different. Cheap Penguins Jerseys Authentic. I mean, how could you not believe after Maddon starting talking World Series at his Monday news conference. But we here in Toronto, we just want to warn you to be, well, cautious because weve been down this road before with our Maple Leafs. We know just what its like too when someone arrives in town with a shiny track record and big promises because weve seen that here in the centre of the hockey universe. We had Brian Burke and his truculence and pugnacity. And Tim Leiweke and his Stanley Cup parade route. Both those men were with teams which had recently won the Stanley Cup, but it didnt rub off on our Leafs. Oh, but it will be different with Joe Maddon, you insist. If he can win in Tampa Bay, he can win in Chicago. Well, be careful with that. Did you know the four most recent Maple Leaf head coaches all managed to get their teams to the Stanley Cup final. Thats right, Pat, and Paul and Ron all took their teams to the big dance and Randy even led his team to win a Stanley Cup. So you see, sometimes trees dont transplant so easy, Cub fans. Just dont say we didnt warn you that not even genius can overcome history. Sincerely, Leaf Nation ' ' ' 



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