Hughes pitches six strong innings in Minors game

Hughes pitches six strong innings in Minors game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Phil Hughes got his work in on Tuesday by pitching six strong innings in a Minor League game for Class A Advanced Fort Myers at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Hughes was originally slated to start against the Rays on Tuesday night at Hammond Stadium, but with Monday's game against the Orioles rained out, right-hander Vance Worley saw his start pushed back a day and started in place of Hughes against the Rays.

Hughes was sharp in Minor League action, giving up just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. He also threw 73 pitches.

"I thought he looked really good," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He was really sharp. I think he's looked sharp all spring."

Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing also pitched in a Minor League game on Tuesday, as he tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Class A Cedar Rapids. Right-handed reliever Casey Fien also pitched for Cedar Rapids, throwing a scoreless frame with one strikeout.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.