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- New York Yankees
By The Sports Xchange September 4, 2013 1:10 PM
The New York Yankees bumped struggling right-hander Phil Hughes from the rotation, ESPNNewYork.com reported Wednesday. Manager Joe Girardi decided this week to replace Hughes with left-hander David Huff. "It's been (an) up-and-down year for Phil and Huff's been throwing the ball well, and we are just going to make the change," Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com. Hughes has a 4-13 record with a 4.86 ERA in 26 starts this year. He has given up 23 home runs and the team's record is 10-16 when he starts. Huff pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run in relief of Hughes on Monday in a game against the Chicago White Sox. Huff is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in six appearances this season for the Yankees, who acquired the 29-year-old after the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment in May. The 27-year-old Hughes, who becomes a free agent after the season, will now pitch out of the bullpen for the first time since 2009. In the past, he was more effective as a reliever, with a 1.44 ERA in relief compared with a 4.72 career ERA as a starter.