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Cahill grounds Nationals in victory

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--OF Brett Gardner will be shut down for two more days because of pain in his injured right elbow, meaning he will not come off the 15-day disabled list before this weekend. "We're going to give him 2 days where he does nothing, so seeing him Thursday or Friday is not going to be the case," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll give him today and tomorrow and we'll go back to work on Friday and see how he does over the weekend." Gardner will travel with the team to Kansas City for this weekend's four-game series, Girardi said.

--RHP David Phelps will make his first major league start Thursday in Kansas City after impressing in long relief. The Yanks are hoping he can throw between 75-90 pitches. "I'm really excited," said Phelps, who has a 3.57 ERA in six outings. "I'm trying as much as I can to take it like it's any other game, but it's a big deal for me. Hopefully, I'll go out and do what I've been doing."

--OF Nick Swisher remains unavailable because of a hamstring issue, but the Yankees aren't going to put him on the DL despite only having two bench players Wednesday against Baltimore because they are carrying 13 pitchers. "Right now, it's not the ideal situation, but we're comfortable with the way we have it because we don't want to miss Swisher for more than six or seven games," Girardi said. "If you put him on the DL, he'll miss 14, basically, and we're not comfortable doing that."

--3B Eric Chavez suffered whiplash and a possible concussion diving for J.J. Hardy's double down the third-base line in the fifth inning Wednesday. He remained in the game, but felt woozy when he came to the plate in the bottom of the next inning. He was helped off the field by Joe Girardi and a trainer and went to the hospital for further tests. Girardi said the team would know more about his status after the tests, but Chavez did not fly to Kansas City on the team charter after the game.

--OF Curtis Granderson has reached base via a hit or walk in all 23 of the Yanks' games since going hitless on opening day. It is the longest streak in the majors, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

BY THE NUMBERS
0 -- That's how many Yankees reached second base in their 5-0 loss to the Orioles Wednesday night.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We're better than we showed the last three days. We've been really good at scoring runs all year, but the last three days we just haven't gotten it done." -- 1b Mark Teixeira on the Yankees' recently-sputtering offense.

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