MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after taking some heat for pulling Phil Hughes in favor of Boone Logan in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota, New York manager Joe Girardi showed no regret about his decision.
Hughes had just retired the Twins' Pedro Florimon with a strikeout for the second out of the inning, but he had also given up two hits and a walk while throwing 26 pitches in the inning. Girardi decided to go with Logan against Denard Span in a left-on-left matchup, and Minnesota rallied for four runs in the inning.
"You go with what your gut tells you," Girardi said. "It's not always going to work. I could have left Phil in there, and who knows what happens. It could have went the same way. ... It happens."
Hughes and catcher Russell Martin said they felt like Hughes hadn't worn down and could have finished out the inning. Girardi didn't exactly see it the same way.
"The 26-pitch inning -- how hard he had to work," Girardi said. "You look at that and you say, 'I'm not sure how much he has in the tank here.'"
Span had been 0-for-5 against Logan in his career before connecting for the game's go-ahead double on Tuesday.
"[Hughes] still had good stuff, I thought," Martin said. "It's easy to look back and criticize after one of your lefties [Logan] -- who's been money all year -- doesn't get it done. Same thing could happen to Hughes. Or Hughes could have gotten out of the inning, or Boone could have gotten out the inning as well.
"That's the way baseball is."