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Closing argument: Can Hughes finish?

Right-hander's ERA has increased each month since sterling start to 2010

Updated: September 5, 2010, 6:50 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes kept getting ahead 0-2 and giving up home runs on Sunday, which leads to a big question: Can he finish?

The answer on Sunday was a resounding no. But the bigger issue is Hughes' ability to finish what he started this year.

Can his final eight weeks look like his first eight weeks?

Hughes built his All-Star selection on a 2.00 ERA in April and a 3.03 ERA in May. In June, Hughes ERA rose to 5.17, while in July ...

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