Phil Hughes Readies But Nova Escapes Second Inning

It's still Tigers 2, Yankees 0 after Yankees starter Ivan Nova escaped a modest second-inning jam.

Magglio Ordoñez led off with a double down the left-field line, and Joe Girardi instructed Phil Hughes to start warming up in the bullpen; obviously, with a stocked and rested bullpen and the season on the line, Girardi will have little patience with his rookie starting pitcher.

But Nova retired Alex Avila on a grounder to second, Jhonny Peralta on a sharp grounder to third, and No. 9 hitter Ramon Santiago on a swinging strikeout with Ordoñez standing on third base.

Meanwhile, Detroit's Doug Fister takes the mound again for the Tigers in the bottom of the second inning. In the first, he made the Yankees' top three hitters look something like Little Leaguers, and this game could, from the perspectives of the two teams, hardly have gotten off to a more disparate start.

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