More on Hughes

Update 2:35: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season. Hughes also walked in the fourth.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”

Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”
Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”
Update 2:05: Hughes doubled in his first at-bat in the second inning and scored the game’s first run courtesy of Craig Tatum, who had his first hit off the Green Monster. Cesar Izturis followed with a single. Raise your hand if you thought you’d see that sequence this season.

Good thing his family stuck around. Rhyne Hughes is in the lineup again, and the Hughes clan -his parents and young brother — minus his sister -are back at Fenway Park for his second career start.

He singled in first career at-bat against John Lackey Friday night and also singled in the fourth. He hit a ball to the warning track in center field before ending the game courtesy of a strikeout from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While Hughes was understandably disappointed he didn’t come through at the end, it was an impressive debut nonetheless.

“He seems to be pretty well grounded being here,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I don’t see him being really out of control or nervous. He looks the same to me as in Spring Training. The same kind of approach, the same swing. I am sure it is really exciting for him.”

Hughes acknowledged it was nice to get his first hit out of the way and said instead of getting nervous or scared, he’s taking the attitude that he belongs.

“I don’t think they would have called me up if they didn’t think I was ready, so that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Hughes said.

“I was enjoying [being up in the ninth inning]. It’s one of those things where I feel like I belong so I’m going to go up there overmatched or anything like that. I knew what was on the line, it was neat to go up there with the game on the line; I just didn’t come through.”

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