Phil Hughes has retired from baseball, more than two years after throwing his last pitch.
The 34-year-old right-hander said on Twitter on Sunday he was announcing what's been “fairly...
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Besides figuring out how to fill the glaring hole at third base, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green will have a lot of decisions to make this spring to round out the young, largely inexperienced rotation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is running out of superlatives for All-Star slugger Javier Baez.
"Wow. That was a nice performance," Maddon said after Baez — who almost was scratched because he didn't feel well — hit a three-run home run and had five RBIs to highlight the NL Central-leading Cubs' 11-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ also went deep.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Phil Hughes has joined the San Diego and is set to start out in the bullpen.
"It will be in one- and two-inning spurts and we will see how he does," Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday.
Hughes was acquired from Minnesota on Sunday, along with the 74th overall pick in the 2018 draft, for young catcher Janigson Villalobos.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Phil Hughes and $14.5 million from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday for minor catcher Janigson Villalobos, hoping the former All-Star can find his form in a new spot.
The last-place Padres also got the 74th pick in next month's draft from Minnesota in the deal.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins designated pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment on Monday night, an expensive decision to dump the right-hander after continued struggles recovering from rib surgeries.
Hughes, who is making $13.2 million this season and due the same salary in 2019, has a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings. He was dropped from the rotation after two starts and made five relief appearances. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Hughes was not asked to accept a minor league demotion.
Forget Fenway Park — David Price and the Boston Red Sox are feeling every bit at home at the Flush Factory. And in Houston, George Springer and the Astros are just as likely to be talking Boogie Bombs as balls and strikes.
Why is Xander Bogaerts making an L with his fingers and dancing on second base? Who's the Ninja on Phil Hughes' Twitter feed? What's with Derek Fisher and llamas?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox because of rain, with wintry weather also threatening the rest of the series.
The team announced the decision Friday afternoon, four hours before the scheduled first pitch. No makeup date was set. Forecasts called for snow overnight, with potential for more than a foot of accumulation throughout Saturday and Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, while outfielder Ryan LaMarre beat out Zack Granite for a reserve spot on the opening day 25-man roster.
The Twins will select the contract of LaMarre to complete their roster, manager Paul Molitor said after Tuesday's 3-1 exhibition victory over the Washington Nationals.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia knows what Phil Hughes is going through.
Sabathia has learned to cope with a loss of velocity and the 37-year-old left-hander went 14-5 for the New York Yankees last year in his best season since 2012.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation after missing out on several free agents.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will miss the rest of the season because of persistent arm trouble related to a condition that required rib removal surgery a year ago.
The Twins put Hughes, who was 4-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 53 2/3 innings, on the 60-day disabled list before their game Tuesday against New York. Manager Paul Molitor said another operation is possible.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals right-hander Nate Karns hopes that by losing a rib he will gain some relief.
The 29-year-old pitcher will miss the rest of the season to have a rib removed Wednesday in a procedure designed to take pressure off the nerve in his forearm. Karns has been dealing with pain and soreness in his right arm for months, and a seemingly endless menu of tests and treatments failed to produce a solution.
HOUSTON (AP) — After cranking out 19 runs in Toronto on Sunday, the Houston Astros' bats stayed hot all the way through the All-Star break.
Brian McCann hit a three-run home run to cap an eight-run second inning, Marwin Gonzalez had a solo homer and the Astros opened the second half of the season with a 10-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, George Springer, Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa each had an RBI to chase starter Jose Berrios (8-3).
BOSTON (AP) — Right-hander Phil Hughes has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Minnesota Twins.
The 31-year-old Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances with Triple-A Rochester.
Hughes has been mostly a starter since 2009, but manager Paul Molitor said Hughes will work out of the bullpen when he returns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent pitcher Phil Hughes on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester for his right shoulder.
The Twins announced Monday that Hughes would join the Red Wings on Wednesday.
Hughes had surgery about a year ago to remove a rib, after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome that was causing shoulder pain and fatigue and contributing to decreased velocity. He went 1-7 with a 5.95 ERA last season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The surprising Minnesota Twins have had at least a share of first place in the AL Central since May 11. However, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show.
Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the pitching-thin Twins 8-1 Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Eduardo Escobar helped power Minnesota to a quick, commanding lead. Then it turned out the Twins needed every run — and some pretty nifty bullpen work.
Escobar hit a three-run homer in the first then added a fourth RBI with a double as Minnesota outlasted the struggling Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals has been rained out.
The teams were scheduled to play Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game was postponed several hours before it was supposed to begin.
Minnesota and Kansas City will make up the game July 1 as part of a day-night split doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 1:15 p.m. and the second game at 7:35 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Tomlin and Edwin Encarnacion broke out of a pair of season-long slumps for the Cleveland Indians.
In doing so, they helped put the Minnesota Twins into their first skid of the year.
Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.
Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians.
CHICAGO (AP) — Phil Hughes found his old form after getting plenty of help in the first inning.
Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in almost a year and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night for their first 4-0 start since 1987.
Miguel Sano hit an RBI go-ahead double in the sixth, and Chris Gimenez added an RBI double in the seventh for the Twins, who led the majors with 103 losses last season after opening 0-9.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong isn't ready to be over the hill.
He's still having fun on top of it.
Vogelsong is in spring training with the Minnesota Twins on a minor league contract, about four months before his 40th birthday but plenty confident he can win a spot on the staff for the season.
"I still think I can get big league guys out consistently and help a team win, so that's why I'm here," Vogelsong said.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes kept a souvenir from his forgettable 2016 season.
He stumbled to a 1-7 start, was demoted to the bullpen by the Minnesota Twins, cracked a bone in his leg when hit by a line drive and had season-ending surgery in July to correct thoracic outlet syndrome later. He still has the removed rib, which was causing nerve and vascular impingement in his throwing shoulder, and and might turn it into jewelry.