Former RiverDog Phil Hughes named Yankees' fifth starter

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On Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees announced that former RiverDogs pitcher Phil Hughes has been selected as the winner of the fifth-starter sweepstakes.

The 23-year-old Hughes has made four spring appearances, striking out 10 and walking only two while allowing 12 hits in 13 innings. He will be bumped up to pitch against the Phillies on short rest Friday, which aligns him for the fifth spot in New York's rotation.

Hughes nabbed to spot by beating out Joba Chamberlain, Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre in what began as a five-man race.

Read all about it at the New York Yankees' Web site.

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