There's been no official announcement, but general manager Brian Cashman strongly indicated Adam Warren had emerged from the fifth-starter competition as the winner.

"There's a Secretariat right now in this race for me a number of lengths ahead of the field," Cashman said Wednesday. "Warren's certainly got a big lead in this . . . if we had to make a call today it would obviously have to be Warren."

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Girardi would not elaborate on Cashman's comments. "When I make a decision, I talk to the player first," Girardi said. "Before I say anything I think it's only fair to do it that way."

Warren, who pitches Thursday, has allowed 13 hits and no walks in 13 innings, striking out six. He has a 2.77 ERA.

Other contenders in the fifth-starter competition include Esmil Rogers (2.92 ERA, 1.46 WHIP in 12.1 innings), Chase Whitely (0.82 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings) and Scott Baker (4.32 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 8.1 innings)