There are a lot of impressive numbers regarding Phil Hughes, who tonight improved to 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA. Those, of course, headline the list but I like this one too: in last three starts combined, Hughes has walked three batters while striking out 21. Tonight Hughes walked one and struck out eight.

“We saw him grow up a lot last year and it’s carried over to this year,” Joe Girardi said. “As I’ve said all along, none of our pitchers are going to be perfect but this kid has made some huge strides for us and we envisioned him being a very good starter coming out of spring training and he’s definitely probably went beyond that.”

For his part, Hughes, always fairly confident but not in a cocky way, doesn't seem overly surprised by his numbers.

“Maybe not these exact numbers but I felt good coming into the year,” Hughes said. “I knew if I just tried to make the best pitches I could I’d have some success.”

It was overall a successful day from a pitching standpoint as Girardi, concerned coming into the day about his bullpen possibly getting burned out, only had to use a combined five pitchers in the two games. 

"Pitching we're in pretty good shape," said Girardi, though he didn't discount the possibility of another move coming tomorrow (hello Juan Miranda?). "What did we use, three guys in the bullpen today? That's pretty good in a doubleheader."

Still, there was one, for lack of a better word, casuality from the day -- Nick Swisher left the second game in the bottom of the bottom of the eighth after experiencing tightness in his left biceps.

Girardi said the rightfielder would be “day to day.”

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Swisher, who said experienced the sensation, which he called a “little tug,” for the first time a couple weeks ago and not again until before batting practice prior to the second game, was still hopeful of playing today.

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” Swisher said. 

And with that, the Yankees will try to salvage a split tomorrow afternoon as CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.04) takes on Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50). Rain and possible thunderstorms are part of a just lovely forecast so good luck to us all.