“I may go home after (tonight’s game),” Hughes said. “But I try to keep it to feel like a normal game and not anything out of the ordinary.”
Hughes has the start in tonight’s series opener against the Angels. Although he pitched at the stadium a few times in high school, he’s made only one professional start in Anaheim. It was 2007, his rookie year, and Hughes gave up five walks and five runs in 6.1 innings. Last time he pitched in Anaheim was the 2010 all-star game, when he took the loss. In between, he’s made two relief appearances, and gotten one win.
This time, Hughes is heading into Angel Stadium having won three of his past four starts, carrying a 2.81 ERA since May 6.
“It’s right next to home, just 10 minutes away, so it was easy to get to games there (as a kid),” Hughes said. “I’d go with my parents or buddies or whatever. It always brings back good memories just being there, even if I’m not pitching, just seeing the stadium. We don’t get to go out there very often, so it makes it a little more special.”
When CC Sabathia pitched in Oakland on Saturday, he bought 200 tickets for friends and family. Hughes said he’ll probably keep it closer to 20. Sabathia’s hometown crowd is a little out of Hughes’ price range.
“I can’t afford to do that,” he said.
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