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Aceves struggles in bid for rotation spot

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Yankees' fifth starter could be named later this week after the Yankees get another look at Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in game action.

Alfredo Aceves made what might have been his final pitch for the job yesterday; if so, it wasn't a positive impression. After allowing one run in 10 innings going into the game, he gave up five runs in 41/3 innings in an 8-6 loss to the Astros.

"He wasn't as sharp as he's been, but he managed to get outs," Joe Girardi said. "You're not always going to have your 'A' stuff, so you want to see guys manage to get outs."

Aceves said he struggled with the location of his pitches. In 141/3 innings over four starts, he has allowed six earned runs, eight hits and one walk.

Hughes pitches this afternoon (in relief of A.J. Burnett) against the Tigers at Steinbrenner Field and Chamberlain starts against the Phillies in Clearwater tomorrow. Girardi will meet with his staff this week and a decision could come as early as Thursday.

He's versatileTino Martinez hopes to have a full-time job in baseball someday, but he is not yet sure whether he wants to coach, work in the front office or be an announcer. So he's trying out all three positions.

In this spring training, Martinez could have been spotted in uniform as one of the Yankees' many guest coaches. Or a viewer might have seen one of his on-camera reports during a YES Network game broadcast.

And he still reports to Brian Cashman as a special assistant to the general manager, a title he has held since 2008.

"I'll see where this all takes me," Martinez said. "I don't have any long-term plans yet."

The YES Network gig is new. Martinez said he is slated to be a part of six spring training broadcasts and then will huddle with the producers to decide his regular-season role.

Trainer's room

Girardi said Curtis Granderson had "minor, minor, minor stiffness" in the bottom of his right hand after being hit by a pitch Friday night. He expects Granderson to be in the lineup this afternoon as scheduled.

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