(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees have been decimated with injuries to
start this season, but will get Phil Hughes back on Saturday when the right-
hander is activated from the disabled list to start against the Detroit
Hughes started the season on the DL because of a bulging disc in his back, but
instead of the 26-year-old going to the minors for a rehab start, he'll join
the rotation. Last season, Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts.
He's 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) against the Tigers.
Because of Hughes joining the staff, the Yankees are expected to move David
Phelps to the bullpen.
Max Scherzer, who went 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA in 32 starts last season, counters
for the Tigers. The righty is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in four starts versus the
On Friday, Prince Fielder hit two home runs and had five RBI and Alex Avila
added a solo shot as the Tigers downed the Yankees, 8-3, in a rematch of the
2012 American League Championship Series.
The last time New York played at Comerica Park the Tigers swept the postseason
series in four games before San Francisco returned the favor and swept Detroit
in the World Series.
"I was just excited to put our team ahead," Fielder said. "Anytime you get
some runs for your team, it's always exciting."
Miguel Cabrera had an RBI and scored two runs and Omar Infante finished with
two hits, one run scored and an RBI for Detroit, which hasn't lost a home
opener since 2008. Starter Doug Fister (1-0) tossed five innings and allowed
three runs on six hits while striking out two in his season debut.
Detroit dropped two of three in its season opening series versus Minnesota.
New York starter Ivan Nova (0-1) lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on
five hits while striking out five batters in defeat. The righty was left off
the postseason roster last season after going 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano had one hit and scored a
run for the Yankees, who had dropped their first two games to Boston at home
before left-handed veteran Andy Pettitte tossed eight solid innings in a 4-2
Detroit lost six of its 10 regular season meetings to the Yankees in 2012.
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