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Phil Hughes | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Phil Hughes struck out eight while tossing 7 1/3 shutout frames in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Mariners.
Hughes scattered eight hits and declined to issue a free pass in a return to his elite May form (3-0, 1.62 ERA). The veteran right-hander needed a positive outing after going 1-2 with an 8.05 ERA in his past three starts, a stretch that likely cost him a chance to pitch in his home ballpark in next week's All-Star Game. Having improved to 9-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, Hughes travels to Colorado on Sunday to close out a first half renaissance. Jul 9 - 12:50 AM

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Phil Hughes was rocked by his former team, allowing seven runs in 6 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

It's easily the worst start of the season for Hughes, who pitched well against the Yankees back on June 1. The right-hander surrendered two home runs, both in the fourth inning, to Carlos Beltran and Zelous Wheeler. Overall, he allowed eight hits, walked one, and struck out six. Hughes may be experiencing some regression, as he has struggled in four out of his last six starts. He now sports a 3.95 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 94/11 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into next week's start against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Jul 3 - 10:59 PM

Phil Hughes was knocked around for five earned runs on 11 hits Saturday against the Rangers.

It's the second straight rough outing for Hughes, who is regressing quickly from his impressive start to the 2014 season. He struck out six Texas hitters on Saturday and issued only one walk, but the Rangers battered him for nine singles and two doubles. Hughes will try to get back on track next week against his former team, the Yankees.
Jun 28 - 6:46 PM

Phil Hughes allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings but came away with the win against the White Sox on Sunday.

The White Sox did all of their damage in the third inning, when Hughes allowed six of his eight hits on the afternoon. Otherwise, it was largely a start like many of Hughes' in 2014 -- even after the unbecoming start, Hughes owns a 3.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 15 starts. He'll look for a similar result but a better showing Saturday at the Rangers.
Jun 22 - 7:21 PM

Phil Hughes allowed two runs on eight hits in a complete-game loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Hughes fanned six in the outing while not walking a batter. Even in the loss, the right-hander continues to pitch like one of the best pitchers in the American League -- outside of a start earlier this month against the Astros, Hughes has turned in a quality start in 10 of his last 11 starts. He owns a 3.09 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 78/8 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings this season, and he'll take on the White Sox on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 10:11 PM

Phil Hughes struck out nine while tossing seven shutout frames in Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

He allowed seven hits and didn't walk anyone. The nine punchouts were a season high for the right-hander. Hughes' best work probably came in the sixth inning, when he was able to strand runners at first and third with no one out with a Jose Bautista foulout and strikeouts over Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind. The righty now boasts a 3.17 ERA and 70/8 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings this season. He'll try to keep it going next week in Boston.
Jun 11 - 4:29 PM

Phil Hughes was knocked around for a season-high five runs over six innings Friday in a loss to the Astros.

It was his first loss since April 15. Hughes fell victim to the home run ball on Friday, as he gave up three of them. He's a fly ball pitcher, so he still figures to have his bad days from time-to-time. Still, he struck out seven and walked none and still owns a fine 3.46 ERA through 12 starts this season. He'll look to bounce back next week when he faces a tough test against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Jun 7 - 1:12 AM

Phil Hughes stymied his former team Sunday, holding the Yankees to two runs on just three hits and two walks over eight frames in a 7-2 victory.

Hughes whiffed six on the day and was in control much of the afternoon aside from the two-run fourth inning. It's a very encouraging start, as Hughes entered the outing with a career 4.82 ERA at Yankee Stadium. After a brilliant May that saw him post a 1.62 ERA without walking a batter, the righty has gotten off on the right foot in June. Hughes will try to keep it going next weekend against the Astros.
Jun 1 - 4:42 PM

Phil Hughes turned in another quality start in a no-decision on Tuesday, allowing three runs over seven innings against the Rangers.

Hughes gave up eight hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out three. The outing marked the seventh straight quality start for Hughes, who owns a 3.23 ERA and 1.19 WHIP for the year. Unlike teammate Ricky Nolasco, Hughes has been well worth the money the Twins dished out for his services over the winter. He'll return to his former home Sunday when the Twins visit the Yankees.
May 27 - 11:02 PM

Phil Hughes limited the Red Sox to one run in six innings and struck out eight on Thursday.

Hughes gave up a bunch of flyballs once again, but this time, they all stayed in the park. It's also helped his cause that he hasn't walked anyone in nearly a month; he's gone four straight starts without a base on balls. He'll give up more homers as times goes on, but he's on quite a roll right now.
May 15 - 5:01 PM

Phil Hughes was outstanding in Friday’s victory over the Tigers, hurling seven shutout innings while scattering eight hits.

Hughes struck out three on the evening without walking a batter. He’s been a tremendous addition to the Twins rotation thus far, posting a 4-1 record, 3.92 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 32/6 K/BB ratio through his first 41 1/3 innings. He’ll look to keep it rolling when he takes on the Red Sox at home on Thursday.
May 9 - 10:53 PM

Phil Hughes earned his third straight win Sunday, holding the Orioles to two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Hughes' only blemish came on a two-run home run by Nelson Cruz. The right-hander gave up six hits while not issuing a walk. The win raised his record to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 4.72 through six starts. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.
May 4 - 5:21 PM

Phil Hughes turned in a nice performance in Saturday's victory over the Tigers, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings of work.

The veteran right-hander punched out six on the afternoon without walking a batter. He now sports a 2-1 record, 5.14 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 26/6 K/BB ratio over his first 28 innings. He'll go in search of his third victory when he does battle against the Orioles at home on Friday.
Apr 26 - 7:21 PM

Phil Hughes picked up a quality start against the Royals on Sunday, allowing three runs over six innings for his first Twins victory.

Hughes wasn't perfect, giving up nine hits and a walk in his time, but his offense gave him more than enough support to pick up his first win of the season. The numbers still aren't pretty for the right-hander, as he now has a 6.43 ERA and 1.67 WHIP through four starts. His next will come Saturday against the Tigers.
Apr 20 - 5:39 PM

Phil Hughes allowed four runs on eight hits over five-plus innings against the Blue Jays and was saddled with his first loss in a Twins uniform Tuesday.

Hughes was rolling right along until the sixth inning, when he allowed the first four batters to reach base. All four came around to score -- two after Hughes had exited the game -- marring what had been an otherwise positive performance for the right-hander. The fact that it was Hughes' first loss as a member of the Twins speaks less to his prior effectiveness as it does to his run support in those outings, though, as it was his third straight start allowing four runs. On a brighter note, he did strike out seven batters over his five innings, giving him a 17/5 K/BB ratio over 15 innings thus far. Hughes will continue looking for his first win of the season in Sunday's tilt at the Royals.
Apr 15 - 11:52 PM

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