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Hughes "ticked" by minor-leaguer's HR

Twins righthander Phil Hughes was mostly happy with his Class A outing, but a home run by Rays prospect Jake Bauers left him "ticked."

"Hughes the Force" bobblehead at the center of Twins' Star Wars promotion

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes walked just 16 batters in more than 200 innings last season. The natural question: Was he using Jedi mind tricks? Probably not is the only logical answer, though the Twins are not dispelling the notion. They are using Hughes as a focal point of their Star Wars promotion for a May 4 game against Oakland (Yes, that means you can say “May the fourth be with you,” but if you say it too much you will get punched). There is a “Hughes The Force” bobblehead giveaway (yes, another pun, but pretty clever), in which Hughes looks like a cross between a Jedi master and...

Twinsights: Phil ready to 'Hughes the Force' on May the Fourth

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It took Phil Hughes until his ninth major league season to receive his first team-sponsored bobblehead in his honor. That he is depicted as Anakin Skywalker, wearing a hooded cloak and brandishing a bright green light saber, only adds to the achievement in advance of Star Wars Night on May 4 at Target Field. “They showed me the designs they had in mind for the bobblehead,” Hughes said Thursday. “I thought it was funny and cool. I had no objections to it. It wasn’t like I was some superfan or something. I was never really big […] The post Twinsights: Phil ready to...

Pelfrey solid, Hughes not so much in Twins win

Mike Pelfrey retired nine of 11 batters after starter Phil Hughes failed to survive the second inning. The Twins rallied for a 7-6 victory over Miami.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Mar 12, 2015
Twins' Phil Hughes fuming after rough outing

Twins' Phil Hughes fuming after rough outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For one of the rare times since he's been with the Twins, Phil Hughes lost his composure Thursday afternoon.

Twinsights: Phil Hughes 'fuming' after cutter command eludes him

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For one of the rare times with the Twins, Phil Hughes lost his composure Thursday afternoon. After losing the feel with his cutter and having a couple of close calls go against him in the second inning while facing the Miami Marlins, Hughes threw “a bazillion cutters” in an effort to make things right. When he followed Jeff Mathis’ three-run homer with a four-pitch walk to Don Kelly, Hughes was about as angry as he could recall at this time of year. Twins pitching coach Neil Allen quickly popped out of the dugout for his first-ever […] The post Twinsights: Phil...

Hughes wouldn't give up on cutter

Twins righthander Phil Hughes says he gave up four runs because he stubbornly stuck with a pitch he wasn't commanding well.

Phil Hughes knocks off the rust

Twins righthander wasn't sharp on Saturday in loss to Boston

Minnesota Twins: Phil Hughes works on changeup in shaky debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the surface, Phil Hughes' spring debut was a little shaky.

Twinsights: New pitching coach Neil Allen emphasizing the changeup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the surface, Phil Hughes’ spring debut was a little shaky. Three singles allowed, plus a five-pitch walk to Daniel Nava on Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park. “Not exactly how I would have liked it to go, but it’s all a process,” Hughes said. Under new Twins pitching coach Neil Allen, that process will include a renewed emphasis on the changeup, a pitch Hughes threw just 32 times last season -- or 1.1 percent of his more than 3,000 offerings. Back in 2012, when Hughes went 16-13 for the New York Yankees, he threw changeups a […] The post Twinsights: New...

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