Phil Hughes SP MIN 15 hours ago

Hughes allowed two runs on six hits and no walks Friday with nine strikeouts in a complete-game loss at the Mariners.

Hughes pitched well, aside from two elevated offerings that resulted in solo homers. Those were the difference in the game, as the Twins provided no run support. Hughes again showed superb control, throwing an impressive 72 of his 96 pitches for strikes, but he's now allowed six home runs in 26.2 innings this season.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 7 days ago

Hughes dropped to 0-3 on the season Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.2 innings, striking out three.

Last year's excellent HR/9 rate hasn't carried over into 2015 yet, and Hughes has now been touched up for four home runs in his first 18.2 innings on the season. His control is still excellent, but he'll need to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park if he wants to start shaving down his 5.30 ERA.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Hughes gave up three runs with four strikeouts and no walks over six innings, but fell to 0-2 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Hughes wasn't helped by his defense which dropped two popups and made a three-base error on a fly ball. The misplays didn't cost Hughes any runs, but he had to throw extra pitches as a result. Minnesota's poor outfield defense may continue to be a problem for Hughes and the Minnesota starters.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Hughes was hurt by the long ball in his Opening Day start Monday, allowing four runs over six innings against the Detroit Tigers.

Hughes surrendered home runs to both J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila in the second inning and was unable to recover from that. After posting a 5.28 ERA this spring, Hughes will look to rebound from a rough start against the White Sox this weekend.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Hughes gave up one run over four innings in Wednesday's spring start on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He finished the spring with a 5.28 ERA, but 15:7 K:BB ratio.

Hughes is set at the top of Minnesota's rotation and Opening Day starter, so his spring numbers are probably meaningless. He looked good in his last outing and looks set for the regular season.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes was named Minnesota's Opening Day starter by manager Paul Molitor, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

It's not a surprise after Hughes' amazing 2014 season that saw him set a major league record for K/BB (11.6) - with as many wins as walks (16) over 209.2 innings.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 4 months ago

Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with Minnesota, the New York Daily News reports.

The contract will replace the two years and $16 million remaining on his contract to in effect give him a five-year, $58 million deal. Hughes set a major league record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.63) in his first season in Minnesota while going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 7 months ago

Hughes finished the 2014 season on a high note, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts in eight innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

In an under-the-radar impeccable 2014 campaign, Hughes set a major league record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.63), and he actually had as many wins as walks (16) over 209.2 innings, which is a mind-boggling stat. Not only did he walk as many guys in the season as some pitchers do in a month, but he combined his superb control with 186 strikeouts, showcasing his ability to still miss bats while living in the strike zone. Hughes came at a bargain on draft day this season, but look for him to be treated as at least a solid No. 3 fantasy starter going into next season.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 7 months ago

Hughes allowed four runs on 10 hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out five over seven innings but came away with a no-decision in the Twins' 5-4 win over Cleveland in 10 innings Friday night.

Hughes was, as he has all season, throwing strikes (68 of 90 pitches), but as sometimes happens, he missed in the zone a little too often leading to four runs, and a no-decision. He's walked just one batter in his last seven starts, and he'll carry a very respectable 3.61 ERA as he goes for his 16th win against Arizona in his final 2014 start.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 7 months ago

Friday's game against the White Sox has been postponed due to rain, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

As a result, both Hughes and Jose Quintana will be moved back to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, with Logan Darnell to follow for the Twins in the nightcap. Trevor May will still start Sunday, meaning Tommy Milone now goes Monday.