4/14/2008 01:18:00 AM

Hughes Still Trying To Find Rhythm

Posted by Mark McCray |

Bryan Hoch/MLB.Com:

Phil Hughes spent time in the seats of Fenway Park on several occasions, a transplanted youth from California soaking up the essence of New England baseball.

His vantage point was much better on Sunday, but only temporarily. Hughes' first appearance on Yawkey Way went by more quickly than he would have hoped, as the Yankees right-hander lasted just two-plus innings in the Red Sox's 8-5 victory -- the shortest outing of his big league career.

The Red Sox scored three times against Hughes in a 39-pitch first inning. Jacoby Ellsbury walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error, coming home on Manny Ramirez's run-scoring single. Kevin Youkilis lifted a sacrifice fly to score J.D. Drew, and after Sean Casey's ground-rule double, Hughes and Molina were crossed up on a curveball that bounced away for a passed ball, allowing Ramirez to score.

Boston chased Hughes in the third inning by putting another three runs on the board. All four batters Hughes faced in the inning scored as Youkilis and Casey both knocked run-scoring hits. With Ross Ohlendorf relieving, a wild pitch allowed Youkilis to score and Ellsbury ripped a run-scoring single to right.

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