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Hughes suffering from lack of command

Young starter's control problems surface at inopportune time for Yankees

Updated: July 21, 2010, 10:34 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Baseball managers have an all-purpose term for when a pitcher suddenly becomes ineffective and nobody has the slightest idea why.

The term is "lack of command," and so far this year, it has applied to -- in order -- Javier Vazquez, A.J. Burnett and now Phil Hughes.

On Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, Hughes got belted around by the Los Angeles Angels to the tune of nine hits, six runs and two more home runs in five innings of work. He also walked three batters. And aside from a 1-2-3 ...

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