Phil Hughes and pitching coach Larry Rothschild didn’t make any drastic between-starts changes with tonight’s Yankees starter after he failed to get out of the first inning in his last outing Wednesday against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

“I felt I was a little on the side of the ball. That made my fastball go over the middle of the plate. I tried to find the middle of the ball and stay aggressive,’’ said Hughes, who was rocked for seven runs and six hits in two-thirds of an inning. “It’s not like I made massive changes.’’

Hughes, who has had two straight rocky outings, says he has forgotten the last nightmare and is focused on tonight’s game against the Orioles.

Yet he knows if the fastball misbehaves, he must find alternative ways to get out hitters.

“It’s all fastball command,’’ Hughes said. “When it’s not there I have to try and figure something out. I have to do a better job when I don’t have my best stuff.’’

The Orioles may not be the ideal team for Hughes to get untracked against. He is 6-5 with a 5.47 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) against Baltimore.

In addition to avoiding getting on the side of the ball, Hughes admitted there is a mental side to avoiding getting hurt in the opening frame.

“Sometimes you have too much adrenaline going [in the first],’’ Hughes said. “I need to do a better job handling my emotions.’’