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yankees beat twins; hughes knocked out of starting rotation


fort myers, fla. – phil hughes gave up one run thursday during the twins' 2-1 loss to the yankees at hammond stadium, then found out later he'd made the team as a long reliever.hughes needed 87 pitches to get through 4 ⅔ innings and retired the side in order only once. he needed 20 pitches to get out of the first inning alone.he seemed to get sharper as the game went along, painting the outside corner with several fastballs at the knees."my fastball command was pretty good," hughes said. "my curveball and my slider were pretty good secondary pitches [thursday]. that's kind of been the story of my spring, i've been really happy with my breaking stuff. i still need to get my changeup going into that mix. i'd like to have four solid pitches i can lean on at any time. it's a really big help."t






twins lose, phil hughes so-so in audition for twins starting role


phil hughes, trying to lock down a spot somewhere on the twins pitching staff, gave up only a run over 4⅔ innings thursday during a 2-1 loss to the new york yankees at hammond stadium.hughes threw 87 pitches, and the fact that he was unable to finish five innings with that workload — and against a yankees lineup of mostly backups — could present a dilemma for the twins as they try to set the starting rotation and bullpen.there could be room for hughes as the fifth man in the twins rotation, if they decide to begin the season with five starters. the number of off-days in april make a four-man rotation more likely. that means hughes could land in the bullpen as a long reliever.hughes needed 20 pitches to get out of the first inning on thursday, setting the tone for an afternoon during which






how about this rotation for twins in playoff?


assuming the twins earn the second wild card spot in the next few days, i had it my way, this is how the twins would stack up their postseason starting pitchers:• ervin santana starts the wild card game against the yankees. this is pretty much a no-brainer, and it's how the twins have had their rotation set up for weeks. if he's cruising in that game and the twins have a significant lead, he stays in. but the yankees have a way of grinding teams down and getting pitch counts up. the twins should plan for santana to only pitch four or five innings, at which point they hand the ball to jose berrios.unlike the yankees, the twins don't have a bunch of 100 mph relievers to blaze through the final three innings. berrios has fantastic stuff, and as a 2-3 inning guy for this game, he could be deva






twins activate hughes for bullpen, put breslow on dl with rib soreness


    boston — phil hughes was in buffalo this morning at 1:45 a.m., resting up for his planned two-inning appearance for the rochester red wings tonight, when his phone rang. there’s been a change of plans.    hughes is in uniform at fenway park today, and could face major league hitters for the first time since may 21 tonight. the veteran righthander was activated from the 10-day disabled list this afternoon, replacing lefthander craig breslow, who will be sidelined at least through the all-star break by soreness in his ribcage.    “given where we’re at, in terms of some [relievers] being down because of recent usage, we had to find a way to replenish a little bit,” twins manager paul molitor said. “if he gets into the game, there’s a good chance [hughes] is going to be asked to pitch 35 t






judge, gregorius, bullpen rally wild-card yankees past twins


new york — minutes into the playoff debut for these young new york yankees, they trailed minnesota by three runs. their starting pitcher lasted just one out. a sellout crowd was stunned.could their postseason be over almost before it began?nope. a strange al wild-card game was only just beginning."we've had a quite a few games where we've gotten down early," aaron judge said. "just keep battling. just stay calm. just play your game, and good things will happen."judge, didi gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued new york and lifted the yankees to their first postseason victory in five years.gregorius' three-run homer tied the score in the first inning after minnesota knocked out luis severino, a pumped-up judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his playoff






twins beat cardinals; hughes, duffey pitch two scoreless innings


fort myers, fla. – brian dozier doubled and walked, and erick aybar singled twice, and the twins won their second consecutive grapefruit league game monday, 5-4 over the st. louis cardinals at hammond stadium.but the number that might have meant the most to the twins was 91. that's the velocity reading in miles per hour that righthander phil hughes routinely registered with his fastball, a sign that the veteran starter is healthy again after two seasons ruined by thoracic outlet syndrome."to go and have a little life behind my fastball was pretty encouraging," said hughes, who gave up a single to cardinals rookie outfielder tyler o'neill but no other baserunners in his two-inning start. "if it's low 90s, that's what i need to be, and not 88, 89 [mph] like you've seen in the past."hughes, w






yankees rally past twins to earn spot in alds – la times


aaron judge, didi gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued new york from a rugged start and lifted the yankees to their first postseason win in five years.gregorius' three-run homer tied the score after minnesota knocked out luis severino in the first inning, a pumped-up judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his postseason debut and the yankees beat the twins 8-4 tuesday night in the al wild-card game.brett gardner also homered for the yankees, who chased ervin santana after two innings and once again knocked the twins out of the playoffs.chad green, david robertson, tommy kahnle and aroldis chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief.new york opens the al division series on thursday at al central cleveland. the twins lost their 13th co






al wild card: yankees rally past twins to earn spot in alds


aaron judge, didi gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued new york from a rugged start and lifted the yankees to their first postseason win in five years.gregorius' three-run homer tied the score after minnesota knocked out luis severino in the first inning, a pumped-up judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his postseason debut and the yankees beat the twins 8-4 tuesday night in the al wild-card game.brett gardner also homered for the yankees, who chased ervin santana after two innings and once again knocked the twins out of the playoffs.chad green, david robertson, tommy kahnle and aroldis chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief.new york opens the al division series on thursday at al central cleveland. the twins lost their 13th co






twins' hughes to try two-inning stint at class aaa ball


boston – after three one-inning demonstrations that he can pitch again, the twins have asked phil hughes to give two innings a try. assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.hughes, who hasn’t pitched in the majors in five weeks because of a recurrence of symptoms of the thoracic outlet syndrome he had surgically corrected a year ago, will throw 35-40 pitches for class aaa rochester on wednesday, twins manager paul molitor said. “and then we’ll see about getting him back in the mix, maybe sometime this weekend,” molitor added.hughes pitched back-to-back games for the red wings over the weekend with no physical problems, molitor said, and with the exception of a solo home run to yankees outfield






twins' hughes to try two-inning stint at class aaa ball


boston – after three one-inning demonstrations that he can pitch again, the twins have asked phil hughes to give two innings a try. assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.hughes, who hasn’t pitched in the majors in five weeks because of a recurrence of symptoms of the thoracic outlet syndrome he had surgically corrected a year ago, will throw 35-40 pitches for class aaa rochester on wednesday, twins manager paul molitor said. “and then we’ll see about getting him back in the mix, maybe sometime this weekend,” molitor added.hughes pitched back-to-back games for the red wings over the weekend with no physical problems, molitor said, and with the exception of a solo home run to yankees outfield






hughes facing yankees tonight; lynn will pitch tuesday


i entered the pressbox at george m steinbrenner field just a little while ago and ran into a national baseball writer from the mid-atlantic region. i asked him what was he doing here."i'm here to write yankees, although your team is more interesting," he said."it's been quite a few weeks at camp," i replied."hey, you guys are the yankees now," the national writer fired back.that's the new perception of the twins after an eye-opening run of acquisitions since camp started. they trumped their trade for jake odorizzi with the signing of logan morrison. then they trumped that addition by signing lance lynn, which the twins made official today.combined with what what did earlier in the winter, the additions of zach duke, addison reed and fernando rodney, and the twins have added depth to lineup






espn's olney: twins-yankees a 'more level playing field' this time


minnesota fans are painfully aware of the twins’ playoff history against the yankees. the twins won the al central six times between 2002 and 2010. and in four of those seasons — 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 — the yankees knocked them out of the playoffs in the division series, going 12-2 in the process. having helped cover the vast majority of those playoff games — often drawing the assignment of covering the yankees clubhouse — i’m well aware of the twins’ history and the hold the yankees have had on them.the twins are back in the playoffs for the first time since that last defeat at the hands of the yankees, so naturally … they have to play the yankees. minnesota fans are taking three approaches to tuesday’s game at yankee stadium: 1) gloom and doom based on past history. 2) talking themse






here's the pitching plan to get the twins to the world series


the twins might not allow themselves to think about this 100 percent until a playoff berth is fully secured and the magic number is zero instead of one, but chances are they've already invested at least some thought into how they should line up their pitching for a one-game playoff in new york and potentially beyond.if i had it my way — and unless someone has given me a promotion to the top of the twins' organizational chart that i don't know about, i do not have things my way — this is how i would stack things up with the pitching:*ervin santana starts against the yankees. this is pretty much a no-brainer and it's how the twins have had their rotation set up for weeks. if he's cruising and the twins have a significant lead, he stays in. but the yankees have a way of grinding teams down an






hughes rocked, defense again shaky as twins fall 13-4 to pirates


bradenton, fla. - any inning that begins with walking the opposing pitcher is likely to be a bad one. for phil hughes, it was just the beginning.hughes gave up eight hits, including two home runs, and the pirates used them, a walk to righthander chad kuhl and another rough day by minnesota’s defense to pile up nine runs en route to a 13-4 win over the twins at lecom park.hughes, still trying to make a case for a spot in the starting rotation, gave up a first-inning homer to his former catcher, francisco cervelli, but was encouraged when he struck out three in the second inning, two of them on swing-and-misses. but walking kuhl, who has drawn only two walks in 78 regular-season plate appearances, seemed to change the outing for hughes — though the twins’ defense didn’t help. when pirates le






twins put together a clunker, drop to .500 in 11-4 loss to cleveland


for the first time this season, the twins played down to their 2016 level.a big blunder on defense. pitching to impact. little from the offense. their 11-4 loss to the indians on tuesday night at target field was the kind of game from which the twins want to distance themselves. but there it was, as cleveland slugged two homers and josh tomlin went six innings to get the win.“it took us 14 games to have a clunker,” twins manager paul molitor said, “and that was pretty much from the get-go.”once 5-1, the twins dropped to 7-7 while cleveland, which began the day in last place in the al central, now has the same record.righthander phil hughes, whose 2-0 start was his best since 2010, fell behind early and was knocked out in the fourth inning.hughes couldn’t catch a break in the first, when he






indians feast on twins' 'clunker' to take 11-4 victory


for the first time this season, the twins played down to their 2016 level.a big blunder on defense. pitching to impact. little from the offense. their 11-4 loss to the indians on tuesday night at target field was the kind of game from which the twins want to distance themselves. but there it was, as cleveland slugged two homers and josh tomlin went six innings to get the win.“it took us 14 games to have a clunker,” twins manager paul molitor said, “and that was pretty much from the get-go.”once 5-1, the twins dropped to 7-7 while cleveland, which began the day in last place in the al central, now has the same record.righthander phil hughes, whose 2-0 start was his best since 2010, fell behind early and was knocked out in the fourth inning.hughes couldn’t catch a break in the first, when he






twins gain doubleheader split with royals


brian dozier votes for traditional doubleheaders, like the one the twins played on sunday against the royals, and not day-night doubleheaders, like the one they played on thursday against the rockies.“i think we were drained after the colorado one,” the twins second baseman said. “i think we’re good to have a traditional one rather than be here all day again.”weather dictated that the twins experienced both in a span of four days. the outcomes ended up the same — they split each twinbill. on sunday, the twins dropped the first game 6-4 to kansas city before bouncing back in the nightcap to win 8-4.it ended a challenging week for the twins. they had to brush up on the rules on makeup games and when they can use their 26th man. more importantly, the twins had to scramble to assemble a starti






gregorius, judge, bullpen rally wild-card yanks past twins


new york — aaron judge, didi gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued new york from a rugged start and lifted the yankees to their first postseason win in five years.gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score after minnesota knocked out luis severino in the first inning, a pumped-up judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his postseason debut and the yankees beat the twins 8-4 tuesday night in the al wild-card game.brett gardner also homered for the yankees, who chased ervin santana after two innings and once again knocked the twins out of the playoffs.chad green, david robertson, tommy kahnle and aroldis chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief.new york opens the al division series on thursday at al central cleveland. the twins lost th






carrasco shines, encarnacion homers, indians beat twins 8-1


minneapolis — the surprising minnesota twins have had at least a share of first place in the al central since may 11. however, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show.carlos carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, jose ramirez had three hits and edwin encarnacion homered as the cleveland indians beat the pitching-thin twins 8-1 friday night.the indians pulled a game behind the twins at the top of the division standings, and they certainly have the pitching advantage in this four-game weekend series. minnesota's first three starters began the series with 13 combined career starts, while sunday's starter, kyle gibson, was demoted to triple-a earlier this year after a poor start to the season."we talked about shaping up the rotation a couple of weeks ago,"






phil hughes activated by twins, who put craig breslow on dl


boston — right-hander phil hughes has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the minnesota twins.the 31-year-old hughes had been on the dl since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on may 21. he allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances with triple-a rochester.hughes has been mostly a starter since 2009, but manager paul molitor said hughes will work out of the bullpen when he returns.left-hander craig breslow was put on the 10-day dl with rib cage soreness. he is 1-1 with a 5.28 era in 27 games.






hughes to 'roll with the punches' in twins bullpen for now


boston – phil hughes isn’t cured, exactly, but he’s back with the twins. his eagerness to help a surprising al central contender was stronger, the veteran righthander realized, than any lingering symptoms of circulatory problems in his pitching shoulder.“it’s something i have to manage. it’s not going to go away overnight,” hughes said after being activated wednesday, several days ahead of schedule, due to the twins’ ongoing shortage of rested pitchers. “hopefully it’s not something that hinders my ability to go out there and throw an inning or two.”it was, however, hindering his ability to throw 100 pitches at a time five weeks ago, the feeling of ennui in his arm and tingling in his fingers prompting fears that offseason surgery hadn’t completely resolved his case of thoracic outlet synd






hughes hasn't pitched great, but good enough for twins to win


 kansas city, mo. – same pattern, same result for twins righthander phil hughes.tuesday, hughes gave up runs to texas early before the twins rallied to win. sunday, he gave up two runs in the second inning to kansas city, but miguel sano’s three-run homer in the third put the twins ahead for good in what wound up as a 7-5 victory over the royals at kauffman stadium.so, while hughes would like to pitch better, he did pick up two victories in his past two starts and is 4-1 for the season. all four victories, interestingly enough, have come on the road.“that’s twice now i’ve given up a couple of runs early, and we came back and the offense has supplied us with a lead,” hughes said.he still is searching for that form that will lead to cleaner outings. his era sits at 5.06, and opponents are ba






hughes hasn't pitched great, but good enough for twins


kansas city, mo. – same pattern, same result for twins righthander phil hughes.tuesday, hughes gave up runs to texas early before the twins rallied to win. sunday, he gave up two runs in the second inning to kansas city, but miguel sano’s three-run homer in the third put the twins ahead for good in what wound up as a 7-5 victory over the royals at kauffman stadium.so, while hughes would like to pitch better, he did pick up two victories in his past two starts and is 4-1 for the season. all four victories, interestingly enough, have come on the road.“that’s twice now i’ve given up a couple of runs early, and we came back and the offense has supplied us with a lead,” hughes said.he still is searching for that form that will lead to cleaner outings. his era sits at 5.06, and opponents are bat






where the current twins were drafted


the twins and the draftthe twins have 18 players who were chosen in the mlb draft on their current roster, including eight first-round picks:player pos rnd overall team yearjoe mauer 1b 1st 1 twins 2001byron buxton of 1st 2 twins 2012jason castro c 1st 10 houston 2008alex wimmers p 1st 21 twins 2010glen perkins* p 1st 22 twins 2004kyle gibson p 1st 22 twins 2009phil hughes* p 1st 23 n.y. yankees 2004jose berrios p 1st 32 twins 2012matt belisle p 2nd 52 atlanta 1998eddie rosario of 4th 135 twins 2010trevor may* p 4th 136 philadelphia 2008buddy boshers p 4th 139 l.a. angels 2008tyler duffey p 5th 160 twins 2012robbie grossman of 6th 174 pittsburgh 2008justin haley* p 6th 211 boston 2012brian dozier 2b 8th 252 twins 2009taylor rogers p 11th 340 twins 2012chris heston p 12th 357 san francisco






hughes to experiment with return to relieving for twins


it’s been eight years since phil hughes was primarily a relief pitcher. he owns a world series ring to remind him of that season.the twins wouldn’t mind if returning the righthander to the bullpen has a similar side effect. but right now, they’re more concerned about getting hughes back on the mound and in games. he hasn’t pitched since may 21, when the weakness in his pitching shoulder that bothered him last year returned.“at least for now, we’re going to try him out there and get him accustomed to getting up during a game,” twins manager paul molitor said. “as far as the long term, how we’re going to get him stretched out, that’s a question for” the future.hughes’ velocity has dipped 2-3 miles per hour since joining the twins a couple of seasons ago, a problem the twins hoped was related






state of the rotation: twins need pitchers for thursday, saturday


the twins need starters for thursday against the white sox and saturday against the indians.indications are that righthander nick tepsech will get the ball thursday for the series finale against the white sox in chicago. tepesch was knocked out in the second inning saturday against boston, but it was his first game in over two weeks and the twins want to see what he does when he’s on a regular five-day schedule.that still leaves the twins with a need for saturday at cleveland. the two candidates are lefthander adalberto mejia and righthander jose berrios. mejia is coming off a poor outing for class aaa rochester, raising the possibility that berrios, their top starting pitching prospect, gets the nod.sunday, berrios improved to 3-0 with a 1.13 era for the red wings, giving up one run over






mariners beat up minnesota 14-3, and starter yovani gallardo boosts his case


gallardo’s performance in monday’s 14-3 rout of the minnesota twins gave the mariners an optimistic glimpse of what could be if he stays on the roster.minneapolis — yovani gallardo isn’t just pitching to get wins for himself and the mariners. he’s also pitching for his spot in the starting rotation. it may seem impossible to believe that seattle’s beat-up starting rotation is getting healthy enough that decision-makers could even think about removing an experienced pitcher from its 40-man roster or demoting him to the bullpen. but with felix hernandez expected to return to the rotation sometime on the upcoming homestand and hisashi iwakuma possibly returning soon after, the mariners will eventually reach a point where they ask themselves do they move forward with gallardo, who hasn’t been






twins place hughes on disabled list because of shoulder discomfort


the first warning sign for the twins came during the first game of sunday’s doubleheader. righthander phil hughes could not throw the ball where he wanted, and he experienced a dip in velocity on his fastball.he was not made available to the media after the game, as initially expected, and the club announced he was getting treatment. that was the next sign that something was wrong with hughes.the twins confirmed, splitting two games with kansas city at target field, that they placed hughes on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder discomfort. hughes, speaking after the second game, said he began having problems in the second and third innings sunday that were reminiscent of his injury-plagued 2016 season. he was limited to 59 innings last season after having surgery to treat thoracic






souhan: santana, coming off best year, exudes confidence


new york – the twins’ failures against the yankees during the 2000s were easily explainable. the twins were the lesser team.tonight at yankee stadium, a new edition of the twins will face the made-over yankees, and yet the twins face a familiar challenge. they are again the inferior team.the yankees scored more runs and allowed far fewer than the twins this season. the yankees won more games and will play at home, where they swept the twins less than two weeks ago.new york will start luis severino and hope he can hand a lead to a deep, hard-throwing bullpen that has easily handled the twins lineup. severino’s era this season, 2.98, is better than any current twin who pitched more than 32 innings.if the twins have any clear advantage entering tuesday night’s game, it would be that their sta






souhan: coming off best year, santana exudes confidence


new york – the twins’ failures against the yankees during the 2000s were easily explainable. the twins were the lesser team.tonight at yankee stadium, a new edition of the twins will face the made-over yankees, and yet the twins face a familiar challenge. they are again the inferior team.the yankees scored more runs and allowed far fewer than the twins this season. the yankees won more games and will play at home, where they swept the twins less than two weeks ago.new york will start luis severino and hope he can hand a lead to a deep, hard-throwing bullpen that has easily handled the twins lineup. severino’s era this season, 2.98, is better than any current twin who pitched more than 32 innings.if the twins have any clear advantage entering tuesday night’s game, it would be that their sta






shoulder weakness puts hughes on disabled list; gibson starts tonight in baltimo


 the first warning sign for the twins came during the first game of sunday’s doubleheader. righthander phil hughes could not throw the ball where he wanted, and he experienced a dip in velocity on his fastball.he was not made available to the media after the game, as initially expected, and the club announced he was getting treatment. that was the next sign that something was wrong with hughes.the twins confirmed, splitting two games with kansas city at target field, that they placed hughes on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder discomfort. hughes, speaking after the second game, said he began having problems in the second and third innings sunday that were reminiscent of his injury-plagued 2016 season. he was limited to 59 innings last season after having surgery to treat thoraci






hughes perseveres through shaky start as twins fall to pirates


bradenton, fla. – home run. hit batter. home run. and phil hughes was off to a disastrous start on monday. but he adjusted, kept his changeup down and survived.the twins lost 4-1 to pittsburgh on monday, but hughes came away feeling better about himself after rocky first inning. he gave up just one more run after the first three batters, and faced the minimum 12 batters over the final four innings of the game. in addition to the change up, hughes mixed in an effective curveball.he threw 79 pitches over six innings, then tossed another 11 in the bullpen afterward.hughes likely will throw fewer than 90 pitches on saturday in his final start of the season. his arm is ready to throw 100 pitches now.the twins scored their only run in the second inning on a home run to left by miguel sano. it wa






mlb player stats - phil hughes - minnesota | twins


startribunestatssplitsfieldinggame logsnewslatest newsmay 22 8:26 am pt9:26 am mt10:26 am ct11:26 am et11:26 et15:26 gmt23:26 8:26 am mst10:26 am est10:56 am ven19:26 uae10:26 am ct-hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list sunday with shoulder discomfort.analysis: hughes took the loss in the first game of sunday's doubleheader. right-hander kyle gibson will take hughes' place on the roster. may 21 3:33 pm pt4:33 pm mt5:33 pm ct6:33 pm et18:33 et22:33 gmt6:33 3:33 pm mst5:33 pm est6:03 pm ven2:33 uae (+1)5:33 pm ct-phil hughes fell to 4-3, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in 4.0 innings, as the minnesota twins lost to the kansas city royals 6-4 on sunday. hughes struck out four, ending the game with a 5.74 era and 1.51 whip on the season.may 17 9:47 pm pt10:47 pm mt11:47 pm






jorge polanco returns to twins, but not in lineup; no timetable for phil hughes


report from target field by joe christensen (@joecstrib)jorge polanco is back from the bereavement list, but twins manager paul molitor is waiting to throw him back in the lineup.polanco hasn’t played since june 3, and manager paul molitor didn’t want to rush him back into the lineup.“i’m sure he’ll be available [off the bench], but we’ll give him a chance to run around and see how he’s doing and try to get him back in [the lineup] in the short term,” molitor said.hughes searching for answersthe twins still have no timetable for starting pitcher phil hughes’ return from his right shoulder injury. molitor said monday that hughes has experienced “sensations in fingers and things that we’re not totally sure what the source is.”“we’re going to try to do the best we can to try to get to the bot






twins 4-1-1: everything about the twins-yankees wild card game


links to team updates, rosters, statistics, our live blog and more. click here for a guide to tuesday night's wild card game between the twins and yankees.






photos: yankees 8, twins 4


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: minnesota twins relief pitcher trevor hildenberger (39) got the ball back after delivering a pitch in the sixth inning. an american league wild card playoff game between the minnesota twins and the new york yankees tuesday, oct. 3, 2017 at yankee stadium in new york.






bird flu: second case found at farm in wyre, lancashire


image copyrightthinkstockimage caption the farm in wyre has about 1,000 pheasants, defra said bird flu has been found at a second pheasant farm in lancashire, the department for environment, food and rural affairs (defra) has confirmed.the uk's chief veterinary officer said h5n8 avian flu has been discovered at a farm with 1,000 birds in wyre. graeme cooke said it has a "business link" to nearby farm hy-fly game hatcheries limited in preesall where the infection was confirmed on tuesday. public health england (phe) said the risk to humans was "very low". 'business link'a 1.8 mile (3km) protection zone has been set up around the farm.defra said: "this case was proactively identified as part of a routine investigation of premises traced as a result of confirmation of the disease in lancashir