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So, about last night. Let’s see, Nick Johnson went down with a wrist injury. Josh Beckett beaned Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter and brushed back Francisco Cervelli two separate times. Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia both screamed at Beckett from the dugout, and then Sabathia called out Dallas Braden in his postgame interview. Somewhere in the midst of all the crazy was Phil Hughes, who pitched a gem. Facing the Red Sox in Boston, Hughes straight dominant. Over 7 innings, Hughes threw 101 pitches, 70 of which were strikes. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs, striking out seven and walking only one. Hughes was also able to keep his head about him in a hostile environment, while Josh Beckett folded like a cheap tent before our eyes.
One of the most fascinating aspects to Hughes’ start was his velocity. According to Brooks Baseball, Hughes threw 60 fastballs, averaging 94.29 mph and maxing out at 96 mph. … Click here to read the rest