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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 took a complete-game loss after giving up two runs in eight innings Friday against the Mariners.
Hughes did his usual thing, and the Twins did their usual thing. The right-hander is now 0-4 despite a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. He has a 4.39 ERA, but that's partly because the Twins outfield defense is so brutal. Apr 25 - 12:29 AM

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Phil Hughes struggled in a losing effort against the Indians on Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Hughes struck out three while walking one on the afternoon. While he did enough to keep the Twins in the ballgame, he was simply outdueled by Danny Salazar on the other side of the diamond. Now 0-3 on the season, Hughes will look to improve upon a 5.30 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he takes on the Mariners in Seattle on Friday.
Apr 18 - 4:46 PM

Phil Hughes gave up three earned runs over six innings in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

As in his first start of the season, Hughes pitched a serviceable, if unspectacular, game. He allowed two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Adam LaRoche and an RBI double by Alexei Ramirez. In the third, LaRoche touched him up again, this time for a solo home run. The 28-year-old righty scattered eight hits and struck out four without a walk. In each of his first two starts, Hughes has struggled early, with the Tigers scoring four runs in the second inning on Opening Day and the White Sox putting up two in the first on Sunday. He'll try to get off to a cleaner start when he takes on the Indians in his next outing.
Apr 12 - 5:13 PM

Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs over six innings Monday in the Twins' Opening Day loss to the Tigers.

Hughes yielded a solo homer to J.D. Martinez and a two-run shot to Alex Avila in the bottom of the second inning, and the right-hander was tagged for eight hits in all on the afternoon. He allowed two or more homers in just three of his 32 starts last season. The right-hander will look to get on track in his next outing on the road against the White Sox.
Apr 6 - 3:46 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar