Meet the phenom 

April, 24, 2007
The Yankees can't wait. Phil Hughes is starting against the Blue Jays Thursday. contributor Bob Klapisch wonders if the Yankees are panicking, and so does Newsday's Jim Baumbach.

After all, Hughes didn't fare well in his brief spring training trial with the big club, and he's pitched only 16 innings this month with Triple-A Scranton. But as Baseball America's Jim Callis reports, Hughes recently made "a minor adjustment with his delivery, [and] was back to locating his 90-94 mph fastball and plus curveball with precision." The result last week: six innings, two hits, zero walks, 10 strikeouts.

If you're not a serious Yankees fan, or a crazed fantasy owner, answer this question: Before this month, had you ever heard of Darrell Rasner, Chase Wright, or Jeff Karstens? Let alone all three of them? Well, they've combined to start six games for (theoretically) the world's best baseball team, and Wright and Karstens both have been hammered. Meanwhile, Kei Igawa co-leads the staff with four starts, but doesn't lead with a nifty 7.84 ERA.