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Mitre, fatigued Gaudin struggle against Tigers

New York Yankees' Sergio Mitre warms up before

New York Yankees' Sergio Mitre warms up before his turn at pitching during today's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (March 3, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

TAMPA, Fla. - In the ongoing five-way competition for the final spot in the Yankees' rotation, Saturday was a very good day for Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Of course, neither of them pitched.

Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre did, however, and neither did much to help his case to become the fifth starter.

For the second straight outing, Gaudin got lit up, allowing three runs, four hits, a walk and a hit batsman in a ragged second inning against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Mitre allowed a homer to the first batter he faced in the fifth inning, who just happened to be Johnny Damon, plus two more in the inning as the Yankees lost, 6-2, despite a lineup boasting Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

Gaudin blamed his ineffectiveness on leg fatigue caused, he said, by the intensity of training camp, with its heavy emphasis on running.

"It's definitely something I wasn't used to,'' said Gaudin, who was not in camp with the Yankees a year ago. "I just felt body-tired out there, like I didn't have my legs under me. We're going pretty hard this camp with all the programs they do here.''

Gaudin, whose ERA rose to 7.71, said he will speak to Joe Girardi about the effect the physical regimen has had on him. "I definitely want to bring it to him and see if there's something we can do to get around this fatigue,'' Gaudin said. "It almost feels like a dead arm, in a sense, only it's in my legs. I feel like I got nothing underneath me.''

Teixeira went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the third and Rodriguez drove in a run with a line-drive double to the left-center gap in the fifth.

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