-- There may still be a few boos ringing in Javier Vazquez's ears, but Erik Boland noted that Vazquez didn't pitch all that poorly in yesterday's 5-3 loss to the Angels.

-- Mark Teixeira is a notoriously slow starter, but this season's .089 average so far is lousy even for him, Kimberley Martin reported from the Stadium yesterday.

-- Erik B. checks in with tonight's starter, Phil Hughes, who brings a new pitch back from extended spring training to make his 2010 debut.

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-- And Ken Davidoff checks in with a sharp analysis of why MLB circa 2010 is about speed and defense, rather than standing around and waiting for a PED-enhanced teammate to drive you in with a long ball.