Yankees starter Phil Hughes pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays...

Yankees starter Phil Hughes pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 21, 2010) Credit: Jim McIsaac

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling to secure a playoff spot, the New York Yankees have changed course again and will start Phil Hughes against Boston in the finale of their weekend series.

Hughes will pitch in place of Dustin Moseley on Sunday night as the Yankees try to avoid a three-game sweep.

Hughes originally was scheduled to pitch Sunday night, then was pushed back to Wednesday in Toronto, with the Yankees saying the move was part of their plan to limit the right-hander's innings in his first full season as a major league starter.

But after dropping the first two games of their series with the Red Sox, the Yankees announced Sunday that they were switching back to Hughes, who is 17-8 with a 4.31 ERA in 169 1-3 innings. 

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