A-Rod Hits Five and Hughes Shuts Out Rangers in Victory

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 25, 2009

Don't adjust your computer screens, that is not Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit sporting his usual red NY isignia cap, that is Phillip Hughes mowing down the Texas Rangers in an 11-1 victory.

The New York Yankees sported red caps just like the rest of baseball in honor of veterans past and present during Memorial Day on Monday.

Phillip Hughes went eight innings without giving up a run, striking out six and only walking one.  He had great stuff all day long and struck out batters in key situations.

Alex Rodriguez made his return to Texas after his PED admission during the off-season.  He responded to the boos he received by going 5-5 and tying a career high in hits.

He plated four runs and had two doubles has his batting average has climbed up to .259 on the season in a blink of an eye.

It is a good start for Rodriguez to make a surge into all-star considerations for the 80th All-Star Game in St. Louis in July.

The Yankees are now 26-19 on the season and remain just one game out of the American League East.  The Red Sox escaped Minnesota with a 6-5 victory on Monday to retain the one game lead over the rival Yankees.

Mark Teixeira continued to hit well today as he plated across two runs and had two hits on the day, including his 10th double of the season.

Tomorrow night in Texas, Joba Chamberlain will take on Kevin Millwood.

In other Yankees news, Brian Bruney is headed back to the DL with a right elbow strain.  Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he is reviewing his Triple-A squad to determine who to bring up.