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Switch! Hughes to start Game 2

The Yankees officially announced last night in an e-mail that Phil Hughes will start Game 2 of the ALCS in Texas against the Rangers.

Andy Pettitte will start Game 3, the first game of the series in New York.

If the series goes beyond four games, Hughes would start Game 6 and Pettitte would be lined up to pitch Game 7 in Texas. Having Pettitte in line for Game 7 would be huge for the Yankees given the lefthander's postseason success.

Hughes was 7-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 13 road games (11 starts) this season. He was 11-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 18 starts at home during the regular season. Hughes also gave up 20 homes runs in 106 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium, compared to only five in 70 innings on the road.

Plus, Hughes' most memorable game took place at Rangers Ballpark. On May 1, 2007, in only his second big-league start, Hughes had a no-hitter going but injured his hamstring and was forced to exit after 6 1/3 innings.

Here are the stats for Hughes and Pettitte at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington:

Hughes
Games: 3
W-L: 2-0
IP: 15 1/3
Runs: 0
Hits: 3
HRs: 0
Walks: 4
Ks: 13
ERA: 0.00
WHIP: 0.457

Pettitte
Games: 7
W-L: 2-4
IP: 38 1/3
Runs: 35
Hits: 54
HRs: 5
Walks: 16
Ks: 22
ERA: 8.22
WHIP: 1.826

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