--RHP Phil Hughes will make his third start of the season Thursday, hoping to find some of the velocity on his fastball that has been missing during his first two outings. Hughes and pitching coach Larry Rothschild worked between starts on getting the pitcher's lower half more involved in his delivery.
--3B Alex Rodriguez was scheduled to be back in the lineup Tuesday night after missing Sunday night's game against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms, though the game was rained out.
"He was good," manager Joe Girardi said. "He was smiling today; it was good to see him smiling because he wasn't smiling Sunday."
--RHP A.J. Burnett had his start moved from Tuesday to Wednesday after the Yankees and Orioles were postponed by rain Tuesday night. Manager Joe Girardi said RHP Phil Hughes would start Thursday, though it was unclear whether RHP Ivan Nova or RHP Freddy Garcia would pitch Friday. LHP CC Sabathia will start Saturday, with either Nova or Garcia getting the ball Sunday.
--RHP Luis Ayala will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, an injury he first felt after his appearance against the Red Sox on Saturday. Manager Joe Girardi said he was not sure who would replace Ayala on the roster.
"After Saturday's game, he was tight. Sunday he was tight, so we had a test on him," Girardi said. "Instead of saying that he might be back in four to five days, we're just going to be smart and make sure we have enough pitching."
--C Russell Martin has caught all nine games for the Yankees this season. The team was off Monday and the game was rained out Tuesday, but he'll still likely get his first game off Friday, as the Yankees have their first day-game-after-night-game scenario Friday and Saturday.
"Workload for every one of my players is always on the back of my mind," manager Joe Girardi said. "Our days off have fallen very strategically for Russell up until this point."
BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- With four more RBI, 3B Alex Rodriguez would jump over three players on the all-time list. Rodriguez, who is tied with Ken Griffey Jr. for 13th place with 1,836 RBI, would move past Griffey, then pass Al Simmons and Ted Williams, who are tied for 11th place with 1,839.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I want to go out there and pitch with the stuff that I know I have. Right now, it's not there and it's frustrating. Hopefully I can turn it around (Thursday)." -- RHP Phil Hughes, on his slow start to the season.
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