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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Phil Hughes picked up his first spring victory since 2011 after allowing one run in four innings Tuesday against the Orioles.
He allowed just one hit, but it was a Chris Davis solo homer. While he probably couldn't care less, Hughes had been 1-7 in 20 starts and six relief appearances since 2009, including 0-3 since 2012. Being spring training, you can be pulled after one or two innings and still qualify for the victory. It just hadn't happened for Hughes in a long time. Mar 17 - 6:13 PM

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Phil Hughes was tagged for four runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Marlins on Thursday.

Jeff Mathis's three-run homer was the big blow. Hughes is on track to serve as the Twins' Opening Day starter, and a bad spring won't change that. He had a 4.74 ERA last spring, giving up 26 hits in 19 innings.
Mar 12 - 4:48 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Phil Hughes is penciled in as his Opening Day starter.

A no-brainer here. Hughes, 28, posted a terrific 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings last season for the Twins and signed a three-year, $42 million contract extension in December.
Feb 23 - 12:20 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Twins.

The extension wipes out the final two years and $16 million on Hughes' original three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. So it's essentially a five-year, $58 million pact, and it'll keep Hughes in Minnesota through the 2019 season. The 28-year-old right-hander revitalized his career in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings. He had a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 2013, his final year with the Yankees.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:59:00 AM

Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to get his $500,000 bonus.

Hughes allowed one run over eight innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks, with a rain delay ultimately leaving him one-third of an inning shy of reaching the bonus. He's apparently content with closing the book on the season now. And why not, as he has the best single-season K/BB ratio of all-time. There's no need to risk losing that. Perhaps the Twins should just fork over the cash.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Phil Hughes held the Diamondbacks to one run over eight innings Wednesday in a 2-1 Twins victory.

Hughes needed to log 8 1/3 innings in the outing to trigger a $500,000 roster bonus and probably would have accomplished that easily if not for a rain delay. Maybe the Twins will give him a short relief appearance in their season finale on Sunday as a show of good faith. Hughes has been tremendous in his first year with Minnesota, boasting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio in 209 2/3 innings after today. He set the all-time record for strikeout-to-walk ratio at 11.63.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

Hughes gave up 10 hits, his most in a start since back on July 11. He was in line for the loss before Cody Allen blew a save in the ninth inning. Hughes fanned five and walked none, so he now has an incredible 181/16 K/BB ratio over 201 2/3 innings. That puts him on track for the single-season MLB record, beating the 143/13 K/BB ratio that Bret Saberhagen put up in 1994. He'll make one final start next week against the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:42:00 AM

Phil Hughes allowed five runs -- three earned -- over seven innings Saturday as the Twins dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the White Sox.

Hughes was scheduled to pitch Friday but the game got rained out. He struck out 11 batters and walked just one, but the White Sox got to him for a homer and three doubles. Hughes will carry a 15-10 record, 3.56 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP into his next start at home against the Tigers.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Friday's game between the Twins and White Sox has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday. Scheduled starters Phil Hughes and Jose Quintana will be pushed back a day.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:36:00 PM

Phil Hughes surrendered three earned runs over seven innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

Hughes gave up runs in the first, second, and third innings, and then the Twins' bullpen got pounded late. The right-hander still has an excellent 3.55 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 165/15 K/BB ratio in 187 2/3 innings this season. He's scheduled to face the White Sox next.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Phil Hughes held the Orioles to three unearned runs over eight innings Monday for his 15th win.

Baltimore scored those three runs on a Nick Hundley homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that was preceded by a throwing error. Hughes was otherwise dominant, striking out five batters and yielding only five total hits over his eight frames. He's 15-8 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 157/15 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings this season. A home meeting with the Angels is next.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 04:23:00 PM

After pitching shutout ball into the eighth, Phil Hughes ended up allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Royals.

Hughes gave up five singles, one of the bunt variety, before being pulled with two runs in. Two inherited runners came around to score off the pen from there, snapping Hughes's streak of five straight quality starts. Of course, for seven innings tonight, he was just as good as in any of the previous five.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:13:00 PM

Phil Hughes outdueled Corey Kluber on Thursday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball as the Twins beat the Indians 4-1.

Hughes struck out eight and walked none in earning his fourth straight win and 14th overall. Thursday's start was his 15th in a row and 24th in 26 outings this year with one or zero walks. Still, the fact that he's allowed just 12 homers in 165 innings might be even more surprising than his 148/15 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Phil Hughes hurled 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Twins' 4-1 defeat of the Royals.

Hughes was again sharp, striking out six without issuing a walk and scattering seven hits over his seven-plus frames. The right-hander moved to 13-8 on the year and now boasts a 3.76 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 140/15 K/BB ratio in 158 innings with the Twinkies. He'll look to keep things rolling next week against the Indians.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Phil Hughes limited the A's to one run over seven innings as the Twins prevailed 6-1 on Sunday.

Hughes gave up just four hits and a walk, striking out seven on the afternoon. He's now won two straight after a three-game losing streak, moving him to 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 134/15 K/BB ratio over 150 2/3 innings this season. Hughes will try to keep rolling Saturday against the Royals.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 10:02:00 PM