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45 Phil Hughes SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/240 | Birthdate: 6/24/1986 | Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $7,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 93/70 | Average Draft Position: 220.97
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Keep the faith with Phil Hughes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/28/2014) Phil Hughes was cruising along Wednesday at Kansas City until the Royals rallied for six runs, the first four off him, in the eighth inning. As a result, Hughes didn't meet the criteria for a quality start, but that doesn't mean he wasn't quality.

Of course, considering he allowed just one earned run in each of his previous four starts, winning all of them, Fantasy owners probably don't need to be convinced of his utility by now, but as has been the case in just about all of his poor starts this year, home runs weren't the cause of his downfall Wednesday, as they were so many times in his days with the Yankees. He didn't allow any in that start and has allowed just three in his last 10 -- four of which were less than quality.

As Al Melchior has pointed out time and time again, Hughes has become the strike-throwingest (well, how would you put it?) starting pitcher in the majors this year -- and by a wide margin. Between that and his dramatically reduced home run rate, you wonder how he's ever less than quality.

For all the success he's had this year, you could argue he's been unlucky still.


Phil Hughes loses it late against Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes lost it late in the game Wednesday.

Hughes allowed four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Hughes was exceptional over the first seven innings. He gave up just two hits during those first seven innings. Things fell apart in the eighth. Hughes gave up two singles to start the inning. He was able to induce a pop out for the first out, but couldn’t pull it together. Hughes gave up singles to the next three batters. He was pulled after giving up two runs. Both runners Hughes left on base wound up scoring, and were charged to Hughes.

With the loss, Hughes dropped to 14-9. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start.


Phil Hughes wins fourth straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes twirled yet another gem Thursday, in a 4-1 win over the Indians, his fourth straight.

Hughes allowed just one run for the fourth start in a row, while completing seven full innings yet again. He scattered five hits without walking a batter, and struck out eight over 97 pitches for the win.

Hughes improved his record to 14-8 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 3.65. He will try to stretch his winning streak to five starts when he takes on the Royals Wednesday. 


Phil Hughes excellent against Kansas City


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes turned in an excellent start against the Royals Saturday.

Hughes allowed one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. Hughes was tagged for his only run in the fourth inning. After giving up a leadoff double, catcher Kurt Suzuki made a throwing error on a steal attempt, allowing the run to score. Hughes wound up throwing 94 pitches during the start.

With the win, Hughes improved to 13-8. He’ll make his next start against the Indians. 


Phil Hughes wins second straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes won his second straight decision Sunday afternoon against the A's in Oakland, improving to 12-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 6-1 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Hughes has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 24 starts (150 2/3 innings). His next scheduled start will come at home on Saturday against Kansas City.

Phil Hughes strikes out nine in win vs. Padres Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out nine in his team's 3-1 victory over the Padres.

Hughes (11-8) was able to break a three-game losing streak with a fine outing Tuesday, giving up just a solo home run in the fifth inning. It's his highest strikeout total since racking up nine strikeouts on June 11. Hughes owns a 4.01 ERA and 127:14 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Sunday.


Phil Hughes tosses quality start in loss vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes took a loss in a quality start Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out five in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Royals.

Hughes (10-8) had to leave his last start after just three innings when he was hit by a line drive, but he was able to come back Wednesday and pitch a solid game, though he took his third straight loss after giving up three runs in an ugly sixth inning. Hughes owns a 4.12 ERA and 118:13 K:BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.


Phil Hughes to make next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who was struck in the right shin by a comebacker Thursday, will not miss a start, according to The Star Tribune. Hughes is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Royals.

Manager: Phil Hughes should make next start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Ron Gardenhire has expressed optimism that Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will make his next start despite taking a shot to the shin Thursday off the bat of Adam Dunn. That would be Tuesday or Wednesday in Kansas City as the Minnesota rotation has been a bit jumbled.

Hughes could certainly use a shot in the arm instead of one to the shin. He has yielded 12 earned runs on 25 hits in his last 15 innings pitched to send his ERA soaring to 4.10, its highest point since May 4.


Phil Hughes 'feels a responsibility' to make next start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Slumping Twins right-hander Phil Hughes feels thankful that his shin wasn't broken when it took a smash off the bat of Adam Dunn on Thursday. The blow forced him out of the game after three innings.

Negative X-rays could allow him to make his next start Tuesday in Kansas City.

"[I] feel a responsbility to not miss any time," Hughes told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Hughes has given up 12 earned runs on 25 hits in the last 15 innings to lower his record to 10-7 and raise his ERA to 4.10.


X-rays come back negative for Phil Hughes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes underwent X-rays on his injured shin, which came back negative, according to MLB.com.

Hughes left Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. Manager Ron Gardenhire remains hopeful that Hughes will make his next start on Wednesday at Kansas City.


Phil Hughes dealing with shin contussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with a right shin contusion, and has been listed as day to day moving forward, FOX Sports North reports.

Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start at Kansas City.

Phil Hughes exits start after taking a liner off the leg


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg. Hughes walked off the field in obvious pain with manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson. He was replaced by Samuel Deduno in the top of the fourth inning.

Hughes allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. He owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 21 starts (131 2/3 innings). He now remains uncertain for his next start, Wednesday at Kansas City.


Phil Hughes gives up five runs in loss vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes surrendered five earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out just one in his team's 5-1 loss to the Rays.

Hughes (10-6) gave up three runs in the second inning, with two coming off a Sean Rodriguez home run. The Rays then tacked on two more in the seventh inning. Hughes owns a 4.06 ERA and 109:12 K:BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings after giving up five earned runs or more in five of his last six starts. He's scheduled to face the White Sox Thursday.


Twins adjust rotation versus Rays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The Twins adjusted their rotation for the first series after the All-Star break and will throw Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes and Kevin Correia against the Rays, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The team previously listed Correia ahead of Hughes in the rotation.

Phil Hughes escapes rough outing with the win Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes escaped a rough outing with the win Sunday afternoon against the Rockies in Colorado. The right-hander was charged with five runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out six over five innings of work.

Hughes head into the All-Star break with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 19 starts (121 2/3 innings). He will make his first start after the break on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Twins set rotation beyond All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Twins announced their rotation for the three-game series starting Friday against the Rays. Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Phil Hughes will face Tampa Bay, with the rest of the rotation still undetermined, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Phil Hughes strikes out eight in excellent start Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes earned a win Tuesday, giving up eight hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out eight and walking none in his team's 2-0 victory over the Mariners.

Hughes (9-5) had hit a bit of a rough patch heading into Tuesday's start, giving up 17 earned runs in 19 innings over his previous three outings. He turned things around in this game, turning in his fourth scoreless start of the season. Hughes owns a 3.70 ERA and 102:11 K:BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to wrap up his first half Sunday in Colorado.


Phil Hughes hammered for seven runs in loss vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struggled in a loss Thursday, surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 7-4 defeat against the Yankees.

Hughes (8-5) pitched very well over most of the season's first half, but the bottom has fallen out over the last three games, with the pitcher surrendering 17 runs in 19 innings during that stretch. The Yankees scored the team's first four runs on two home runs in the fifth inning and added the next three in the seventh. Hughes owns a 3.95 ERA and 94:11 K:BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track Tuesday against the Mariners.


Phil Hughes surrenders five runs again in loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes was hung with a loss Saturday after surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 5-0 defeat against the Rangers.

Hughes (8-4) entered the eighth inning having given up just two runs, but the Rangers were able to score three more to extend the lead. The pitcher has now surrendered five earned runs in three of his last five starts, though he has otherwise been very effective since the beginning of May.

Hughes owns a 3.58 ERA and 88:10 K:BB ratio in 103 innings. He's on track to face the Yankees Thursday.


Phil Hughes suffers tough-luck defeat vs. Red Sox


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes went the distance Tuesday, but his teammates didn't help him out much in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Hughes tossed his first complete game of the season, though it was of the eight-inning variety, as the home Red Sox did not need the bottom half of the ninth to win it. He allowed two runs on eight hits in the outing, while going without a walk issued for the third straight start. Hughes walked six batters in the loss.

Hughes is enjoying a breakout season for the Twins, thanks to his impeccable control. He has walked just two batters in his last 10 starts, while lowering his ERA to 3.09. Hughes enters his next start, Sunday against the White Sox, with a 7-3 record.  


Phil Hughes puts all concerns to rest


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Those who speculated Phil Hughes' strong start to 2014 was too good to be true got some some validation Friday when he served up three homers, nearly doubling his season total, in a five-run outing against the Astros.

But even more telling was the way he bounced back at Toronto Wednesday. Pitching in one of the game's most homer-friendly parks against the team that leads the league in homers, Hughes went seven scoreless, once again demonstrating impeccable control with no walks. He struck out nine.

I emphasize the home runs because they're what killed him with the Yankees the last couple years. Following this start, he's allowed less than half as many home runs per nine innings as he did last year, and it's had a profound effect on his ERA.

If he can bounce back from the occasional hiccup this well in those conditions, I'm inclined to believe it will continue.


Phil Hughes K's nine in return to form


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes bounced back from a subpar start with seven shutout innings Wednesday, in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Hughes, who was tagged for five runs in his last outing, got his home run troubles under control. He kept the powerful Blue Jays lineup in the park, scattering seven hits in seven shutout innings. He struck out a season-high nine batters and walked none while throwing 80 of 101 pitches for strikes.

Hughes has now tossed a quality start in nine of his last starts and has improved his record to 7-2 on the season. He carries a 3.17 ERA into his next start, set for Tuesday in Boston. 


Phil Hughes gets roughed up by Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Twins starter Phil Hughes was hit hard on Friday against the Astros, dropping to 6-2 on the year.

Hughes served up homers to Marwin Gonzalez, Matt Dominguez and George Springer. The right-hander permitted five runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven in six innings of a 5-4 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 21 innings. Hughes has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.46 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP through 12 starts (75 1/3 innings). He will look to make his next start Wednesday at Toronto.

Phil Hughes stays on a roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Twins starter Phil Hughes beat his former team Sunday, holding the Yankees to two runs on three hits over eight innings in a 7-2 victory. Hughes (6-1) lowered his ERA to 3.12 while throwing 72 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Hughes has thrown at least seven innings in four of his last five starts. With six strikeouts Sunday, he has fanned 56 in 69 1/3 innings. He'll face the Astros on Friday.