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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%: 85/49 | Average Draft Position: 62.14
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Twins SP Phil Hughes shines in strong outing against the Yankees


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Twins hurler Phil Hughes shut down his former team, as he blanked the Yankees for seven innings on Friday night. Hughes allowed seven hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three in the 10-1 victory.

Hughes (9-6) spent seven seasons with the Yankees prior to joining the Twins. He is now 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in three starts against his old club.

This season, Hughes has seen some uneven results. His nine wins so far are tops among the Twins' staff.

He has a 2.44 ERA over his past seven starts after Friday's strong outing. But he has two starts of four earned runs allowed during that stretch and has averaged under 3.5 strikeouts per game in those outings.


Twins SP Phil Hughes tosses seven innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes was solid during his start on Saturday against the Athletics.

Hughes tossed seven innings, allowed just one run on six hits while picking up a no-decision. He struck out two batters and allowed just one walks. Hughes made just one mistake; a solo home run to A's designated hitter Billy Butler.

Hughes (8-6) has a 4.15 ERA in 123 2/3 innings of work.


Phil Hughes takes no decision in Twins' extra-inning win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes went his fifth straight start without a loss, taking a no-decision against Baltimore on Monday. 

Hughes is 3-0 with two no-decisions since his last loss, on June 8. He gave up two runs on nine hits, his most since June 3. 

Hughes walked one and struck out three. He left with the score tied, and Minnesota eventually won in 10 innings. 


Twins: Ervin Santana to start Sunday, Phil Hughes bumped a day


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed on Thursday that starting pitcher Ervin Santana will return to the mound on Sunday, and Phil Hughes will start on Monday, per MLB.com.

Santana, who is returning from an 80-game suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, made his final rehab start in Triple-A on Tuesday.


Phil Hughes wins third straight for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes won his third straight start, Tuesday against Cincinnati. 

Hughes allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. It's the second time in the last five starts that he hasn't lasted at least seven innings and the first time in the last three he hasn't gone eight. 

Hughes allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out four. He gave up two home runs for the sixth time this season. He improved to 7-6 on the year. 


Twins SP Phil Hughes allows one run in Wednesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes was dominant throughout his start Wednesday, which the Twins won 6-1 over the White Sox.

Hughes allowed one run on six hits over eight innings of work. He also struck out five and did not walk a batter during the outing. Hughes is now 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA on the season. His lone mistake was giving up a solo home run to Adam LaRoche in the second inning.

Hughes has now pitched eight innings and allowed one run in each of his last two starts. He has earned a quality start in his last four starts.


Twins' Phil Hughes snaps two-game losing streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes earned a win in Friday's game against the Cubs. Hughes improved to 5-6 on the year, snapping a two-decision losing streak. 

Hughes allowed one run on two hits over eight innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four. 

"It's definitely the best of the year so far," Hughes said. "So far this year, it's been a bit disappointing for me. But coming off back-to-back wins over St. Louis, carrying the momentum over to tonight was big for us."

Hughes' next start is Wednesday, against the White Sox. 


Twins P Phil Hughes hoping to remedy issue with velocity


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is a bit concerned that his velocity has dropped this season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

In years past, Hughes has thrown pitches up to 93 and 94 mph. This season, Hughes is peakng in the low 90s on the radar gun. In Sunday's start against Texas, Hughes' fastball didn't clock in at 90 mph even. 

"Basically, it seems like every other year I have some sort of arm strength issue," Hughes said. "It's nothing that's new to me. It's something I have to try to figure out and alleviate."

Hughes has done a couple of different things to try and remedy the issue. He's participated in a weighted-ball training program and has done more long tossing as opposed to bullpen work in between starts. 

"I'm at the point now where I can't just chalk it up to, 'Oh, well, I don't have it,' " Hughes said. "I have to go out there and get results. That's first and foremost. I don't care about the strikeout numbers or anything like that. I'm just trying to get outs and put everything in the rearview and not worry about lighting up the radar gun or getting 10 strikeouts a game."


Twins SP Phil Hughes throws six innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes earned a no-decision during Sunday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Hughes threw six innings, allowed nine hits and three earned runs while striking out three batters. He allowed home runs to Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and center fielder Leonys Martin.

"Phil had to grind it," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's just had trouble finding the feel of his pitches and was missing up early. But he was able to minimize the damage and got through six innings. Our bullpen did great with Casey getting a couple big zeros for us and Glen staying perfect."

Hughes has a 4.79 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings of work this season.


Twins SP Phil Hughes allows three runs in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes produced a solid outing Monday, but it was not enough as the Twins fell 3-1 to the Royals.

Hughes allowed three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings of work, but he received a loss for his effort. His biggest mistake came in the second inning when Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run. Hughes (4-6) also struck out three batters and walked one.

Prior to Monday's performance, Hughes had given up a total of nine runs in his last two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday at Texas.


Twins SP Phil Hughes can't get past the fifth inning Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes was ineffective in his start on Wednesday against the Red Sox. The veteran right-hander lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on a season-high 11 hits. He walked one and struck out four, needing 77 pitches to record 13 outs in the 6-3 loss.

"He was in the stretch a lot. Had to labor," manager Paul Molitor said after the game, per MLB.com. "I think command was a little off, seemed like the ball was elevated quite a bit. A lot of [hits] up the middle, the other way. They were staying on the ball really well, and we couldn't contain."

Hughes (4-5) has had mixed results so far this season. He's given up four or more earned runs in six of his 11 starts and now owns a 4.96 ERA.

"It's more just about location and really executing a pitch when I need to," Hughes said. "In big spots, especially. Two outs, two strikes, guys on, stuff like that."

He'll look to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Monday at home against the Royals. 


Twins' Phil Hughes, Trevor May to pitch in Wednesday doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) The Twins have tabbed Phil Hughes and Trevor May to start in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Twins, according to the Pioneer Press. Hughes will start the opener, while May will go in the second game.

The team has not decided who will start Thursday at Boston.


Twins SP Phil Hughes battles for fourth win on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes picked up a victory in the team's 6-4 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Hughes wasn't stellar, but received enough run support from his offense to still walk away victorious.

Hughes (4-4) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked two as the Twins swept the Red Sox. All of the runs he gave up were a result of two, two-run home runs to Dustin Pedroia. 

Hughes' ERA rose a tick to 4.59, and he'll get a re-match with the Red Sox on Tuesday in Boston.


White Sox get 8 hits on Twins P Phil Hughes


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes gave up two earned runs in Friday evening's 3-2 loss to the White Sox. 

It was a mixed bag for Hughes, who kept the run total low but did give up eight hits. He struck out three batters and walked one. This is the third game in his last four that he's allowed at least eight hits. 

Hughes now has an ERA of 4.50 this season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Red Sox. 


Twins starter Phil Hughes wins third straight start Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Twins starter Phil Hughes (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings Friday to take the win against the Rays. 

Hughes gave up a solo home run to David DeJesus in the victory. 

After beginning the season 0-4, Hughes has now won three starts in a row. 

"Everybody has to step up and do their job. You can't really afford to have guys that aren't pitching well in the rotation," Hughes said of his slow start. "I knew I had to be better. Hopefully this puts me in a spot where I can continue to improve."

Hughes' next start is set for Friday in Chicago against the White Sox.


Twins starter Phil Hughes loses it, but wins it in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) A fine start turned into a mediocre one Saturday for Twins ace Phil Hughes. But he'll take his second win in six decisions.

Hughes was rolling along with five shutout innings and a 7-0 lead when the Indians started to tee off. A Michael Brantley RBI single ended the blanking in the sixth, then Hughes allowed two doubles and a David Murphy homer that made it 7-4. He was removed after a Jason Kipnis single.

"It's frustrating because I feel like I had good enough stuff and the ability to breeze through this one, but that wasn't the case," Hughes told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "I have to do a better job maintaining my stuff because we're not always going to have seven runs to work with."

The right-hander finished having given up four runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He has allowed 12 runs on 26 hits in his last 17 1/3 innings. He will try to lower his 5.11 ERA next Friday against Tampa Bay.


Twins' Phil Hughes gives up five runs in loss vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes picked up a win Monday despite giving up five earned runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings while striking out two in his team's 8-7 victory over the A's.

Hughes (1-4) had given up four runs or fewer in each of his first five starts, but it was in his worst line of the season that he managed to collect his first win. He served up a grand slam in the top of the first inning but was able to largely avoid danger after that, with his only other run coming on a sixth-inning solo home run. After the Twins ralled for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 8-5 lead, Hughes was in line for the win for the first time in the game.

Hughes owns a 5.02 ERA and 28:4 K:BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings. His next start is expected to come Saturday against the Indians in Cleveland.


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.