Phil Hughes sharp in second start

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws in the third Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes throws in the third inning of a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (March 6, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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TAMPA, Fla. -- His manager traveled the long road specifically to see him, and Phil Hughes didn't blink.

The righthander, in a four-way competition for one of the three available rotation spots, was sharp Sunday in the Yankees' 5-1 split-squad loss to the Twins in Fort Myers.

Hughes, OK against the Pirates in his first outing Tuesday, allowed one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings against the Twins.

Joe Girardi could have stayed in Tampa and watched most of his key cogs against the Phillies, but instead chose the 21/2-hour drive to evaluate Hughes. "I want to see him pitch. I want to see him build off of what he did the last time," Girardi said Saturday.

Hughes is in a competition with Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda for three rotation spots. Garcia has pitched well in his two outings -- two runs, four strikeouts and one walk in five innings -- and Hughes held serve Sunday.

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Solid second for CC

Sabathia, who allowed a combined 15 runs and 19 hits in 62/3 innings in his last three second starts of spring training, cruised against the Phillies, throwing three shutout innings of two-hit ball. Sabathia walked one and struck out two. "I felt good," he said. "Fastball command was pretty good, secondary pitches were working. Still have a ways to go, but I felt good today."

Nuñez concerned

Infielder Eduardo Nuñez, out since getting hit with a pitch on his right hand last Monday against the Phillies, felt some pain while taking BP Saturday and is out indefinitely. "It still bothered me a lot," Nuñez said of the wrist area, which remained in a wrap Sunday.

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X-rays of his hand and wrist that were taken last Monday came back negative, and although no further tests are scheduled, Nuñez will be re-evaluated. "Of course I'm worried," he said. "I want to play and show I'm ready to go."

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