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Let's get reacquainted with Phil Hughes

Andy Behrens
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The headlines belonged to Alex Rodriguez(notes) after his 5-for-5 performance against Texas, but, as A-Rod himself said, "The story for me was Phil Hughes."

No argument here. When you three-hit the Rangers over eight scoreless innings in Arlington, you earn the full attention of the fantasy community.

Hughes has won his last two starts for the Yankees, piling up 15 Ks in 13 innings. He's issued only two walks and allowed just nine hits. It seems like Hughes has been around forever, tempting and disappointing, but he's still just 22 years old. He's added a cutter to his repertoire, and he had excellent command of everything on Monday. The curve was particularly devastating. Via Newsday:

"Right from the get-go, it felt like I could throw it for a strike whenever I wanted to," Hughes said of his curveball.

Two more things you have to like: 1) Joe Girardi didn't let Hughes complete the shutout against Texas, since he'd already thrown 101 pitches; 2) Hughes was fuming when he learned that he was coming out, refusing to shake his manager's hand. More Newsday:

"Yeah, he didn't want to shake my hand," Girardi said with a laugh. "He wanted to go back out but I said, 'You're going to have plenty of time to get complete games in this league.' I understood he was disappointed because he wants a complete game. But we're looking at him long-term, not just this start."

Hughes will get Cleveland in his next start; the right-hander is just 37 percent owned in PLUS leagues. His run support is outstanding and the K potential is clear. The schedule gets rougher for Hughes after the series against the Tribe, however. He'll face the Rays and Red Sox in June, assuming he keeps his spot in the rotation. For now, the stiff-arming of Chien-Ming Wang(notes) continues.

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