April 20, 2012 12:00 AM
" Half an inning into Thursday night's Yankee game, it looked like we were going to get to extend our narrative a little bit longer.
Yankees starters had an ERA over 10 in the first inning of games when Phil Hughes took the mound against the Twins, but there's a reason that enlightened observers don't think that stat can tell you everything. Hughes didn't allow an earned run in the first, but still continued the trend of Yankees pitchers being unprepared when they come out of the bullpen.
Hughes allowed four runs, unearned because of an error by Eduardo Nunez but earned because Hughes could still have come up with outs after the miscue, and the grumbling about the state of the Yankee rotation started all over again. But it didn't wind up being the story of the night.
The story wound up being Curtis Granderson, who bailed out Hughes by hitting three home runs in the first four innings to erase the Minnesota lead and spring the Yankees toward a 7-6 victory "
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