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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Phil Hughes relented two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision, as the Twins eked out a 10-inning win against the Orioles on Monday.
Hughes allowed nine hits, but only two mattered: solo home runs to Manny Machado and Adam Jones. He also walked one and struck out three. Hughes has notched a quality start in five of his last six starts and currently owns a 4.19 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 67/11 K/BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. He will face the Miguel Cabrera-less Tigers at home in his next start. Jul 6 - 11:10 PM

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Phil Hughes has had his next start pushed back until Monday to allow Ervin Santana to return to the rotation on July 5.

Hughes had been scheduled to go on Sunday, but instead will work in Monday's series opener against the Orioles. While it takes a two-start week away from the veteran right-hander this week, he'll make up that double against the hard-hitting O's and Tigers next week.
Jul 2 - 7:46 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Hughes gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, and two of the runs credited to him scored after Hughes had left the game. The other two came on solo homers, a problem that has popped back up for the right-hander this season. After allowing just 16 homers and 32 starts last year, Hughes has now allowed 19 homers through 16 starts in 2015. Even so, he's now 7-6 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Hughes will take on the AL Central-rival Royals on Sunday.
Jul 1 - 12:30 AM

Phil Hughes held the White Sox to one run over eight innings Wednesday in the Twins' 6-1 victory.

The only run he allowed came on a second-inning solo shot by Adam LaRoche. Hughes was otherwise terrific, yielding only six total hits, walking none, and fanning five. He's had some trouble with the long ball this season, but the 28-year-old has now been dominant in back-to-back outings and could be settling in as the weather warms. Hughes will try to keep it all working next time out in Cincinnati.
Jun 24 - 3:42 PM

Phil Hughes allowed just one run on two hits over eight strong innings against the Cubs on Friday, earning his fifth victory of the season in the process.

Hughes punched out four on the night and didn't issue a walk, needing just 95 pitches to cruise through his eight frames. The only blemish on his evening was a solo homer off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the fourth inning. He has been brutally inconsistent this season, but will look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the White Sox on Wednesday.
Jun 19 - 11:09 PM

Phil Hughes put in a quality start in a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday, yielding three runs on nine hits over six innings.

Hughes' bugaboo in this game was the home run, as he served up solo dingers to Joey Gallo and Leonys Martin in the second inning to account for two of the three runs against him. Hughes also struck out three and walked one. He has yet to find any sort of consistent groove and currently holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 51/9 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings. Given his superb walk rate, the bulk of that 1.34 WHIP is coming via hits against. A home start against the Cubs is up next on the docket.
Jun 14 - 6:21 PM

Phil Hughes allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings, but got scant run support in a loss to the Royals on Monday.

Hughes made a mistake in the second inning, resulting in a two-run home run to Kendrys Morales. He was stingy the rest of the way until allowing back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh. Reliever Aaron Thompson came in and allowed another single, bringing in one of Hughes' runners. Hughes, overall, gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He owns a disappointing 4.81 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 48/8 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings. The right-hander will make a road start versus the Rangers next.
Jun 8 - 10:52 PM

Phil Hughes was touched up for five runs on 11 hits and a walk over just 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Red Sox.

Nine of the hits Hughes surrendered were singles, but the Red Sox had no trouble squaring him up in this one. The outing was Hughes' shortest of the season. Although Hughes' walk rate remains way down this season (0.9 BB/9), that's about all he's done right, as he's struck out just 45 across 69 innings and holds a 4.96 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He'll try to bounce back next week against the Royals.
Jun 3 - 4:20 PM

Phil Hughes won Wednesday despite allowing two homers and four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox.

Hughes improved to 4-0 with a 4.64 ERA in May after going 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in April. It's almost like wins and losses don't do a very good job of describing pitcher performance.
May 27 - 4:01 PM

Phil Hughes improved to 3-4 after holding the Rays to two runs over seven innings on Friday.

Hughes struck out three and walked one while scattering five hits during his seven innings on the mound. David DeJesus burned him for a solo home run in the second inning and Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI single in the fifth, but otherwise, Hughes kept the Rays off the scoreboard. He now holds a 4.76 ERA and 1.29 WHIP to go with a 35/5 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. Next up for Hughes, a road start against the White Sox.
May 15 - 10:53 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings but escaped with a victory Saturday in Cleveland.

Hughes also got roughed up Monday by the Athletics but managed to notch a win in that one too. The 28-year-old right-hander gave up 10 hits Saturday to the Indians, though he didn't issue a walk and struck out four. He'll carry a 2-4 record, 5.11 ERA, and 1.36 WHIP into his next start at home against the Rays. Hughes has a shiny 32/4 K/BB ratio in 44 innings.
May 9 - 7:27 PM

Phil Hughes gave up five runs in six innings of work but escaped with the win on Monday against the Athletics.

Hughes served up a grand slam to Stephen Vogt in the first inning, but was able to right his ship from there. He gave up another home run, though, in the sixth with the bases empty to Mark Canha. The Twins rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to put Hughes in line for his first win of the season. Hughes, in the outing, gave up nine hits, walked two, and struck out two. He has been uninspiring over his first six starts, owning a 5.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings. Hughes travels to Cleveland to face the Indians in his next outing.
May 4 - 11:37 PM

Phil Hughes (hip) has been officially cleared to start on Monday against the Athletics after throwing a bullpen session Friday with no issues.

Hughes had to make an early exit from Wednesday's outing due to a mild left hip flexor strain, but he's fine. The right-hander holds a disappointing 4.55 ERA this season, but his 26/2 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings suggests that brighter days are ahead.
May 1 - 5:16 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Thursday that Phil Hughes (hip) will make his next scheduled start on Monday.

Hughes was forced to leave Wednesday's start against the Tigers with a mild left hip flexor strain, but the Twins are not concerned and made it clear that he'll be pitching on Monday against the Athletics.
Apr 30 - 7:45 PM

Phil Hughes left Wednesday's start against the Tigers after five innings with a mild left hip flexor strain.

That explains why he was lifted after throwing just 71 pitches. That the Twins are calling the injury "mild" is the good part, but it's unclear at this point whether Hughes has a shot to be ready for his next start. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four across five frames before exiting. Hughes is currently scheduled to face the A's his next time out.
Apr 29 - 3:35 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Eduardo Escobar
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
2Eddie Rosario
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Blaine Boyer
3Brian Duensing
4Casey Fien
5J.R. Graham
6Ryan Pressly
7Trevor May
8Ryan O'Rourke