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Hughes takes major step for Yankees

The pitcher not only picked up his first win of 2011, but may have slowed trade talks

Updated: July 18, 2011, 9:11 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

TRANSACTIONS: The New York Yankees have acquired a 25-year-old, 2010 All-Star. He is right-handed with a low-90's fastball, a cutter and a hard curve. The Yankees gave up nothing in the trade.

TORONTO -- About two hours before Phil Hughes unleashed his new-and-improved curveball, Yankees manager Joe Girardi described what an excellent start from Hughes would mean.

"It is almost like making a trade," Girardi said.

With the Ubaldo Jimenez rumors becoming more intense, Hughes finally ...

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