With Hughes' return, the Yankees are hoping to see the right-hander start his second Major League stint strong, and from the looks of his rehabilitation progress, there's a strong possibility of that. The highly touted Yankees prospect was true to form in five Minor League starts, going 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA and earning International League Pitcher of the Week honors in his last two starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Hughes will be opposed by another young pitcher in 23-year-old Royals righty Kyle Davies. Recently acquired from Atlanta in exchange for reliever Octavio Dotel, the right-hander will make his Royals and American League debut after making 17 starts for the Braves this year.
NYY: RHP Phil Hughes (1-1, 3.38 ERA)
Hughes lasted 6 2/3 innings during his final start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, holding the Rochester Red Wings scoreless and allowing them just three hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked three before leaving the game leading, 3-0, to record his second consecutive Minor League win.
KC: RHP Kyle Davies (4-8, 5.76 ERA)
Davies' last few outings have been in the Minors, as he was optioned to Richmond on July 19 after a weak start on July 16. Against the Reds, Davies was lifted in the first inning after allowing two runs off two hits and walking three without recording an out. In his most recent start with Triple-A Richmond on July 28 at Toledo, Davies pitched five innings and gave up four runs off six hits to take the loss.
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A former teammate of Davies in Atlanta, Yankees newcomer Wilson Betemit, obtained from the Dodgers in a deal involving Scott Proctor, has had only two career at-bats against the right-hander, but they've been good ones. Facing Davies, Betemit has homered in both at-bats, collecting four RBIs.
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Sunday: Royals (Gil Meche, 7-8, 3.70) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 6-7, 4.75), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 4-4, 3.47) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 7-7, 3.97), 1:07 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Blue Jays (Josh Towers, 5-8, 5.17) at Yankees (Roger Clemens, 3-5, 4.23), 7:07 p.m. ET