PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Jared Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, making 11 starts before being turned into a reliever. He has since thrived in the reliever role.

Hughes went on to make 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis where he posted a 2.11 ERA, before getting a September callup with Pittsburgh. He made his Major League debut on September 7, where he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hughes went on to toss seven more scoreless frames before giving up his first earned run in his Major League career. Overall, Hughes appeared in 12 games before last season ended. The experience of pitching in the big leagues has helped his confidence on the mound in 2012.

"I think having it under my belt and being able to know that I can compete at this level was bi...

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