Masahiro Tanaka made his preference clear regarding Sunday afternoon vs. the Blue Jays.

"I'm ready to go," the righthander said Tuesday night after his strong eight-inning outing in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Orioles. "I'd like to be out there."

Rookie righthander Luis Severino will start Thursday night against David Price in the series opener. The Yankees are TBA beyond that.

Adam Warren pitched 22/3 innings of relief Wednesday night in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Orioles, and manager Joe Girardi indicated afterward that Tanaka likely will start Sunday.

That means Tanaka would pitch on a regular four days' rest, something the Yankees have done sparingly this season. If the club stays in rotation, Ivan Nova would pitch Friday, followed by Michael Pineda on Saturday.

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season on regular rest, with Aug. 9, against the Blue Jays, his most recent one. He allowed two runs in six innings of a 2-0 loss. In his next start, Aug. 15, Tanaka pitched a complete game in Toronto in a 4-1 victory. The righthander is 7-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 14 starts this season on five days' rest.

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As for Severino, his third career start came against the Blue Jays and he acquitted himself well, allowing three runs in six innings of a 3-1 loss in Toronto, with all three runs coming after Carlos Beltran lost a ball in the sun in right.

"They've got good hitters but like I've said, if you make good pitches, you're going to get outs," Severino said.

Gardner isn't quite ready

Brett Gardner didn't start a third straight game with a sore left shoulder, which he jammed Saturday afternoon while making a catch against the wall. He pinch hit in the eighth inning and grounded out."We're trying to get it as close to 100 percent as we can," Girardi said. "My thought is if you rush it and he has a setback, then you're going to miss him three or four more days and that's not what I want."