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Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:11:08 AM

There was something different about the way Phil Hughes pitched on Tuesday night. He had an edge. Hughes exhibited the body language of a pitcher who expected to win or a pitcher who was weary of having to explain what went wrong. He wanted to make some things go right for the Yankees.

So Hughes was aggressive, throwing his 93-mile per hour fastball to get ahead in counts, and using his slider and his curveball to bury hitters. So Hughes attacked, tossing strike after strike and not relenting when he needed 10 or 11 pitches to finish off one at-bat. So Hughes was resilient, overcoming what could have been a fiasco of a 32-pitch first inning to work seven solid innings.

 It was a night where the Yankees played one of their most rewarding and complete games of the season in defeating

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:44:23 PM

TAMPA– On Monday, Phil Hughes explained how his five-day-a-week workouts at Athletes’ Performance in California in the off-season had helped him get a jump start for the 2013 season. On Tuesday, the Yankees announced that Hughes had stiffness in his upper back. On Wednesday, Hughes revealed that he had a bulging disc in his back. He will miss at least two weeks.

In the span of 48 hours, Hughes went from discussing how prepared he was for the season to speculating on whether he will be ready for the start of the season. Hughes’s injury occurred when he ran to cover first base during pitcher’s fielding practice, routine drills that aren’t supposed to result in injuries. Hughes’s early injury reinforced the value of depth because every team will have to

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:44:51 PM

Phil Hughes wasn’t supposed to be a pitcher at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. He was a third baseman, a superb athlete who felt awkward while growing into his changing body as a freshman. Hughes had excruciating pain in his right elbow, the residue of expanding bones, ligaments and joints on a collision course.

Then, in a random summer game before Hughes started his sophomore year, his high school team needed some pitchers. A coach asked Hughes if he could help. Hughes quickly agreed to devour a few innings. A pitching career was born.
“All of a sudden, he started pitching,” said Gary Fishel, one of Hughes’s high school coaches. “All of a sudden, we realized that we had to watch this guy.”

Now the baseball world is watching Hughes.

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 17, 2010 at 10:30:01 AM

Phil Hughes looks different on the mound this season, different in a positive way. He acts more assertive and more fearless. He has the demeanor of a pitcher who is anxious to throw the ball because he doesn’t expect batters to do any damage. He looks that cool for the Yankees.

Watch how Hughes performs when he faces the Red Sox Monday night. He rarely strays from the rubber because he doesn’t want to waste time between pitches. He shows little emotion because he is focused on the next pitch. While Hughes’ friends have told him that they have noticed a difference in his presence, he believes the most crucial difference is what has transpired above his neck.

When Hughes thinks about what has allowed him to rumble to a 5-0 record with a 1.38 earned run average, he centers

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:42:18 PM

BALTIMORE –- The Yankees have played 18 games, which is about 11 percent of their schedule. It is barely an appetizer, the equivalent of receiving bread and water before a seven-course meal. No matter how satisfied the Yankees were about going 12-6, it is only a sliver of their season.

Believe it or not, there is still time for Javier Vazquez to potentially win the 15 games, still time for Mark Teixeira to hit like himself and still time for Nick Johnson to climb above the .270 mark. Likewise, there is still time for Andy Pettitte to pitch like a mortal, for Robinson Cano to struggle with runners in scoring position and even time for the mighty Mariano Rivera to blow a save.

But, for now, the 18-game sample, however small, is the way to evaluate the Yankees. General Manager Brian