Aug 20, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Hughes solid in Twins debut

A lot of the Minnesota Twins hopes for a resurgence in 2014 depends on their revamped pitching staff. Phil Hughes journey as an anchor in that rotation started today against the Miami Marlins.

Hughes went 2.2 innings today, one out shy of manager Ron Gardenhire’s expectation of three innings. He was hampered mostly by a 25-pitch second inning which followed an impressive three up, three down, 12 pitch first.

In the second inning, as St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino notes, Hughes was down in the count to both catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-0) and Greg Dobbs (3-0), walking Salty and allowing a two-out single to Dobbs. The one run Hughes allowed was on a single to Ed Lucas, scoring Salty.

After striking out Christian Yelich on a curveball, Hughes had to call it a day. Berardino reports that Hughes had decent velocity on his fastball, between 92-94 MPH and was featuring good control on his curveball.

The final line for Hughes reads like this: 2.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K, 44 pitches.

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