Phil Hughes will not make his scheduled start Sunday, but he is not out of the rotation, at least not yet. His place in the rotation is being swapped with Andy Pettitte, who is on a much better roll.
Pettitte (10-9), who has won three straight, will start Sunday against the Orioles, who are ahead of the Yankees in the race for the second wild-card spot (and, for that matter, the AL East title). Hughes (4-13), who has not won since July 2, will start Monday against the White Sox.
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During his pregame news conference, Joe Girardi deferred an announcement. "I've got to make sure everyone knows if we're going to make a change,'' he told reporters. "I'll give you something tonight, or earlier.''
Shortly after that, Hughes told reporters that he had not heard anything. Girardi later spoke of the switch during his regular appearance on WFAN.
Robinson Cano, who played at least 159 games in each of the previous six seasons, was in the lineup after missing a game for the first time this year. After batting practice, he said his left hand, hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ on Tuesday, was OK. "Good thing it wasn't worse,'' he said. "It's hard just to sit down.''
Buck knows big finishes
Both the Yankees and Orioles could use a finish like the one Buck Showalter's 1995 Yankees achieved: 19 wins in 23 games to finish at 79-65. "We needed every one of them,'' said Showalter, now the Orioles' manager. "It was one of the best Septembers in Yankee history, I think.''
The Yankees made the postseason in 1995 for the first time in 14 years, earning the first wild card in American League history. "I've still got that hat. That's all they gave us for winning the wild card,'' Showalter said. "They gave us this hat with two cards on it. Ugliest hat you've ever seen. I've got it in some glass case at home.''
Orioles trade for Morse
The Orioles acquired Mariners outfielder Michael Morse for outfielder Xavier Avery.
Morse, 31, hit .226 with 13 homers and 27 RBIs in 76 games for Seattle. He missed 31 games this season with a broken finger on his right hand. Morse spent the previous four years with the Nationals, hitting 31 homers and driving in 95 runs in 2011.
Can I get one of those?
Yogi Berra was honored on the field before the game and presented one of the Yogi bobbleheads that were given to fans on their way into the Stadium Friday night.