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Hughes continues push for rotation

TAMPA — In Phil Hughes' eyes, he has done all he can do.

He'll find out shortly if the Yankees feel the same.

Hughes, with several members of the team hierarchy looking on, had another solid spring outing Monday afternoon.

"I just wanted to come out and pitch well (this spring) and I feel like I've done that for the most part," said Hughes, who allowed two runs, six hits and no walks with four strikeouts in six innings against Phillies minor-leaguers. "Overall, I felt like I did what I wanted coming into camp and just pitch as well as I could."

Hughes, who entered 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA in four outings, is competing with RHPs Freddy Garcia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova for three spots.

Phils: Blanton lit up

CLEARWATER — Phillies RHP Joe Blanton, who missed most of the last season with an elbow injury, allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings in a 6-0 loss to the Red Sox. After pitching five shutout innings in his first two spring starts, Blanton has given up eight runs in 10 innings in his past two games.

"I threw a lot of fastballs up," Blanton said.

Philadelphia pitching coach Rich Dubee hasn't indicated what Blanton's role will be.

"No idea; he hasn't said anything to me," said Blanton, who could start the season in the bullpen since the Phillies have two days off in the season's first week.

Jays: Deal for pitcher

DUNEDIN — RHP Dustin McGowan and the Blue Jays agreed to a $4.1 million, three-year contract that adds an additional two seasons and $3.5 million to the deal he reached in December. McGowan also agreed to make a donation to the Jays Care Foundation.

McGowan, 30, returned late last season after two shoulder operations and finished 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in five games.

Around the nation

BRAVES: 3B Chipper Jones had arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left knee is expected to be out about three weeks.

CARDINALS: RHP Chris Carpenter, out with a nerve ailment that has weakened his throwing shoulder, returned to camp, with manager Mike Matheny still unsure when his ace will be back on a mound.

INDIANS: The club restructured the contract of RHP Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, to pay him $2.5 million as a base salary with $2.7 million in performance and roster bonuses. He had been scheduled to make $7 million. … DH Vladimir Guerrero worked out for scouts at the club's academy in the Dominican Republic.

METS: The club will honor the memory of Hall of Fame C Gary Carter with a pregame ceremony on opening day. Carter's family will take part in the tribute. … 3B David Wright, who had missed all of spring training with a strained left abdominal muscle, went 1-for-2 and made a couple of nice plays during a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

ORIOLES: 2B Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion.

PIRATES: Pedro Alvarez will remain the starting third baseman despite a deep slump that began last season and has carried over into spring training.

TIGERS: 3B Miguel Cabrera rejoined his teammates a week after a bad-hop grounder in an exhibition game broke a bone below his right eye and said he'll be ready for opening day.


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Where: Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa


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Hughes continues push for rotation 03/26/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 4:36pm]
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