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Phil Hughes Shows Improvement in Spring Debut
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In his first outing this Spring, Phil Hughes looked closer to his 2010 form. After dropping some weight, Hughes was hitting 92-93 on the gun, according to scouts

Now these numbers aren't staggering, but for someone who was having trouble breaking 90 last year, this is a great sign. 

We already know Hughes has great off-speed stuff, so if he can mix in his fastball around 93, he'll be anchoring the rotation and helping the Yankees to another division title and No. 28. 

Now I know it's only one start, but in his case, this is a big step forward. After being an All-Star in 2010, Hughes had a terrible 2011, and his future was often in doubt. He isn't out of the dark yet, but he can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

It seems that Hughes has shown up to camp in great shape, and hopefully things stay that way. Girardi says that Hughes is still competing for a spot in the rotation, so he will likely continue to improve and impress. 

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