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45 Phil Hughes SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 6/24/1986 | Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $7,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 91/72 | Average Draft Position: 62.12
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Twins starter Phil Hughes (hip) throws normal bullpen on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (hip) tossed his regular bullpen session Friday and is ready to go for his scheduled start on Monday, reports the Pioneer Press.

Hughes left his start on Wednesday with a mild left hip flexor strain.

Hughes is 0-4 in five starts this season with a 4.55 ERA.

Twins' Ryan: Phil Hughes (hip) will make next start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Thursday that he's not worried about the injured hip of Phil Hughes and that the pitcher will make his next scheduled start Monday, MLB.com reports.

Hughes came out of his start Wednesday with a left hip flexor strain, but it appears the injury is a minor one that won't cost him any playing time. He gave up three runs in five innings Wednesday and is now 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA and 26:2 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.


Twins' Phil Hughes exits start with left hip flexor strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes was forced out Wednesday afternoon's clash against Detroit with a mild left hip flexor strain, according to FOX Sports North.

Hughes surrendered three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four over five innings of work before exiting the game. Tim Stauffer took over for him and pitched two-thirds of an inning to start the sixth. He finished with a no-decision to keep his record at 0-4 on the year.

Hughes' ERA rose from 4.39 to 4.55 after his final start of April. After the game, he told reporters his hip got progressively worse as the game went on. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session in the coming days before the team determines his status for his next scheduled start on Monday at home against Oakland.


Twins SP Phil Hughes suffers complete-game loss Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes had his finest start of the season Friday at Seattle and was deserving of his first win. Unfortunately, Hughes was opposing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who was just that much better in a 2-0 win for Seattle.

Hughes (0-4) allowed just two runs on six hits and no walks in eight innings, while striking out nine. However, Hernandez threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout. He also had nine strikeouts.

Hughes' only mistakes Friday were solo home runs to Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison. Despite the loss, he lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.39.

The right-hander had his fourth-career complete game Friday. He will look for his first win in his next scheduled start Wednesday vs. Detroit.


Twins' Hughes still on track to pitch Friday despite fingernail issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes remains on track to start Friday against the Mariners after playing catch Monday and reporting no issues with the cracked fingernail on his right middle finger, per the Pioneer Press.

Hughes is 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 career outings (nine starts) against Seattle. He is also 5-0 with a 0.61 ERA in six career outings (four starts) at Safeco Field.


Twins pitcher Phil Hughes now 0-3 with defeat on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (0-3) surrendered four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of work Saturday to get tagged with the loss against the Indians.

Catcher Roberto Perez had three hits in the game including a homer off Hughes.

"Some guys just come out of spring training and they’re not quite ready yet," Hughes said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Maybe I need 3 extra weeks of spring training."

Hughes will seek his first win of the season Friday in Seattle.


Twins' Phil Hughes records quality start in loss vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes took the loss Sunday, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out four and walking none in his team's 6-2 defeat against the White Sox.

Hughes (0-2) surrendered a pair of home runs in his season debut and then, after giving up two runs in a rough first inning, served up another in the third inning Sunday. He was able to put together a strong performance after the home run, working out of his only trouble spot in the top of the fifth.

Hughes takes a 5.25 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio into Saturday's scheduled start against the Indians.


Twins SP Phil Hughes gives up two HRs in Opening Day loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes had an Opening Day showdown with Tigers ace David Price. Unfortunately, Hughes did not emerge victorious as Price was pretty dominant in a 4-0 win for the Tigers.

Hughes (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings. He opened the game with a scoreless first inning before running into trouble in the second inning. J.D. Martinez led off the inning with a solo home run. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a double before Alex Avila hit a two-run homer two batters later.

Hughes, who struck out six, allowed his fourth run of the game on Nick Castellanos' sac fly in the sixth inning, which followed a one-out triple by Cespedes.

The right-hander is slated to make his next start Sunday against the White Sox.


Twins to keep pitcher Phil Hughes around 100 pitches for Opening Day


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said pitcher Phil Hughes will receive around 100 pitches during his Opening Day start Monday, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"We'll see how it goes and how the innings go, how stressful they are," Molitor said.

Hughes will face the Tigers and LHP David Price. The Twins are the underdogs (+160).


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins SP Phil Hughes strikes out five in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes went four innings in his final spring start Wednesday against the Red Sox. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five.

"I felt good for the most part," Hughes said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I felt like my stuff was all right. I was locating pretty well, especially as it went along farther. So it's a nice way to end things and get ready for Detroit."

Hughes finishes the spring with a 2-0 record and 5.28 ERA in five starts. Hughes is scheduled to make his first regular season start in Monday's season opener against the Tigers. Hughes went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts against the Tigers last season.


Twins' Phil Hughes strikes out seven Class A batters Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes made a minor-league start Friday against Rays' Class A players, per MLB.com. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits (one home run) in six innings, while throwing 69 pitches and recording seven strikeouts.

Hughes is 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four spring starts. He has allowed eight runs on 13 hits (two home runs) and five walks, while striking out 10 in 11 1/3 innings.


Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struggles with location Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struggled with his pitch accuracy a bit on Sunday, giving up two walks in 5 2/3 innings of work. He gave up three runs on six hits and was not pleased with how he performed.

"It bothers me still," Hughes said. "Not to say I'm going to be able to avoid it all together. I'm very competitive out there, and any time something doesn't go your way, it's going to make you mad even though you know it's part of Spring Training. After a few months off, you're not going to be able to go out there and be in midseason form, but it's still something you don't want to see."

Hughes 74 pitches in the outing and is expected to be the Twins Opening Day starter.

"Phil had to work today, and that's probably a good point," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's getting his work in, and I think he's building up arm strength and he's using his pitches. It wasn't a real clean line for him today. You could see some frustration at times, but he kept grinding. I don't have any concerns about him as far as how he's coming along this spring. His last batter he had a real good sequence to get his last out."


Twins' Phil Hughes limits Orioles to solo home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk in four innings while striking out two in his team's 10-9 win over the Orioles Tuesday.

The only hit Hughes allowed came on a solo home run in the first inning, but he wasn't quite satisfied with his fastball, MLB.com reports.

"It was one of those days I didn't have great life on my fastball, but I was trying to locate it to try and get some quick outs. And I was able to do that for the most part," Hughes said.

Hughes lowered his spring ERA to 6.75 with his work Tuesday.


Twins SP Phil Hughes lasts only five outs in second spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes was pulled in the second inning of Thursday's spring start against the Marlins after the right-handed hurler had trouble locating his cutter. 

Hughes got off to a great start Thursday, as he struck out the side in the first inning. But it wasn't the same story in the second inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Justin Bour and a one-out double to Adeiny Hechavarria before Jeff Mathis connected for a three-run homer. 

Hughes walked Don Kelly following Mathis' home run before he allowed Kelly to move up to second base on a wild pitch. Hughes did get Donovan Solano to pop out to first base before he was replaced by Jason Wheeler.

Kelly would score on Dee Gordon's two-out RBI single. Hughes was charged with four runs on three hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three.

Hughes admitted after the outing he wasn't happy with how plate umpire Marvin Hudson was calling the game, per the Pioneer Press.

"He knew something was up with me out there. I was just fuming," Hughes said of getting a visit from pitching coach Neil Allen in the second inning. "I was probably going to get thrown out of the game if it wasn't spring training. I don't remember ever being that mad in a spring training game."


Molitor expects Phil Hughes to start Twins' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor knows who his ace is. While speaking to the media on Monday, Molitor said he expects RHP Phil Hughes to start on opening day for the Twins, assuming he remains healthy.  

Molitor did hedge his bet, saying that the decision was "in pencil."  

Hughes was 16-10, with a 3.52 ERA in his first season with the Twins, last year. 


Phil Hughes happy to be with Twins 'long-term'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) After going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 2014 -- his first season with the Twins -- Phil Hughes was rewarded with a three-year, $42 million contract extension. The 28-year-old right-hander is happy to be under contract with Minnesota through the 2019 season.

"I was excited to get it done and have a sense of home here," Hughes said, per MLB.com. "For me, it was about signing somewhere I felt comfortable. I wanted to do something long-term here."

Hughes said he started his offseason throwing program in November. However, he has yet to throw off a mound. 

"Every year I start throwing pretty early, like three or four days a week, and kind of steadily get going and get my arm in shape," Hughes said. "It's a program that's worked pretty well for me. I like to be ahead of the curve and show up to spring training ready and having already thrown bullpens."


Twins make it official: Hughes in the fold for three years


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) What was reported is now official - the Twins have announced that they have signed a three-year contract extension with right-hander and 2014 standout Phil Hughes for $42 million.

Hughes thrived away from Yankee Stadium, where he yielded 59 home runs in 2012 and 2013 combined. Pitching in more spacious Target Field, he allowed just 16 dingers last season and finished 16-20 with a 3.52 ERA.

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Phil Hughes agrees to three-year, $42 million extension with Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension with the Twins on Monday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News first reported the extension.

The extension supersedes the final two years of his contract, essentially giving the right-handed hurler a new five-year extension. He is slated to earn $9.2 million in each of the next two seasons, then make $13.2 million in each of the following three seasons between 2017-19.

Hughes made 32 starts last season and went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 186:16 K:BB ratio over 209 2/3 innings.

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Phil Hughes won't come out of the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes will not come out of the bullpen, according to MLB.com.

The club offered him a chance to pitch again this season, but Hughes declined. Hughes needs one more out to trigger a $500,000 roster bonus, but has decided to end his season. He posted a 3.52 ERA over 209 2/3 innings. 


Phil Hughes ends year on high note by beating Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Twins right-hander Phil Hughes completed the job Wednesday of serving as the ace of a team that desperately needed one.

Hughes finished the season with a 16-10 record, courtesy of a strong outing against Arizona. He surrendered just one run on five hits in eight innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Only a David Peralta sacrifice fly in the sixth inning prevented him from pitching shutout ball.

His strong performance ended a mini-slump in which he yielded 10 earned runs in 21 innings over his last three starts.


Phil Hughes got off to a tough start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes had a tough start Friday against the Indians.

Hughes allowed four runs on 10 hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Hughes gave up two of his runs in the fourth inning. With two outs, Hughes allowed a double, followed by two run scoring singles. Michael Brantley added to the scoring in the sixth, by hitting a solo home run to lead things off. Hughes allowed his final run in the seventh. After a leadoff double, Michael Bourn was able to plate a run with a sac fly. 

The Twins managed a comeback, giving Hughes the no-decision. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Phil Hughes whiffs 11 in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struck out 11 but was knocked around in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday, dropping to 15-10 on the year. He allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and one walk over seven innings of a 5-1 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 14 innings, Hughes has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 30 starts (194 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against Cleveland.

Phil Hughes settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday at home against the Angels. He allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of an 8-5 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 22 2/3 innings, Hughes has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.55 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 29 starts (187 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday in Chicago against the White Sox.

Phil Hughes lasts eight innings in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes picked up a win Monday, giving up three unearned runs on five hits in eight innings and striking out five in his team's 6-4 victory over the Orioles.

Hughes (15-9) served up a three-run home run with two outs in the seventh after an error had been committed earlier in the inning. The pitcher ended a string of quality starts in his last outing but bounced back nicely on Labor Day. Hughes owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 157:15 K:BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings. Since 1900, only two pitchers have qualified for the ERA title while posting a K:BB ratio of 10.0 or better (Bret Saberhagen, 1994; Cliff Lee, 2010). Hughes will look to remain on track to join that group when he faces the Angels Saturday.