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MIN@SEA: Hughes fans eight over 7 1/3 shutout innings

Twins hurler Phil Hughes tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners on Tuesday, breaking out of a three-start funk that interrupted what has otherwise been a strong first season in Minnesota for the former Yankees right-hander.

He compiled an 8.05 ERA as he gave up five runs or more in three straight outings, causing his ERA to balloon from 3.09 to 3.95. Hughes acknowledged that the stretch likely cost him a shot at an All-Star selection at his home park of Target Field.

"The last few times out kind of sealed my chances, especially in the American League," Hughes said on Tuesday. "You look at the guys in the Final Vote and they all deserve to be in it. So I just hurt my chances the last few starts. It would've been cool, but I'm happy for the guys who are going to be there."

However, despite bouncing back with a scoreless outing his last time out, he has given up eight hits or more in five straight turns. As the right-hander takes the hill at Coors Field opposite lefty Brett Anderson on Sunday, a high hit total could hurt him once again.

"I felt like the last couple times out I got hurt with a couple weird plays, but tonight I got some good bounces with double-play balls," Hughes said after his most recent turn. "Sometimes the difference is just a couple things going right for you. I thought my fastball command was good tonight and I just kind of worked from there."

Meanwhile, Anderson will make his first start for Colorado since exiting after three scoreless innings with a left index finger fracture on April 12. He was well on his way to a third straight quality start to begin 2014 before the injury occurred.

Anderson recorded a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of rehab with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He was scheduled to make three rehab starts with the Sky Sox, but will instead take the hill for the Rockies with a pitch count of 85.

Twins: Dozier riding hot streak
As Brian Dozier prepares to take part in the Gillette Home Run Derby, he is getting all the other kinds of hits out of his system. He has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games, hitting just one homer and recording six hits in his last 18-bats.

Dozier is batting .273 (12-for-44) since the stretch began with three doubles, three RBIs and three multi-hit games. Although Dozier's 15 doubles are not on pace to match his 33 from 2013, his 41 RBIs are close to his career high of 66 achieved last year.

Rockies: Tulo practicing for power performance
Troy Tulowitzki will compete with Dozier and eight others in the Derby scheduled for Monday night at Target Field, and he appears ready to go. The shortstop has homered three times in the past four games.

Not only do Tulowitzki's 21 homers tie him with Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton -- another Derby competitor -- for the National League lead, but the figure is tied for third-most by a Colorado player prior to the All-Star break.

Tulowitzki is tied with Todd Helton's 21 home runs before the 2003 Midsummer Classic, ranking behind Preston Wilson's 23 from that same season and teammate Carlos Gonzalez's 25 from a year ago.

Worth noting
• The Twins are batting .269 (66-for-245) in their last eight games against left-handed starters, totaling four homers, 23 doubles and 30 runs scored.

• Justin Morneau, who will also compete in the Derby, is batting .125 (2-for-16) in 18 career plate appearances against Hughes, but both hits are home runs. He has also walked twice and struck out three times against the right-hander. Comments