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All pitching hands on deck for Yankees

All pitching hands on deck for Yankees

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ANAHEIM -- All hands are on deck for the Yankees' pitching staff for Monday's Game 5 of the American League Division Series, as New York needs a win over the Angels to advance to the ALCS.

Mike Mussina, who has been doing his work in Southern California for the past three days, will get the start, with Chien-Ming Wang, Randy Johnson and Aaron Small ready to take the ball if necessary.

"Everybody is available tonight except for [Game 4 starter Shawn] Chacon," said manager Joe Torre. "Whoever doesn't see the light of day today could be our guy tomorrow."

Tomorrow, of course, would only matter if the Yankees win on Monday. Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Tuesday night at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox will send Jose Contreras to the mound.

If the Yankees need all of their pitchers on Monday, they have a backup plan in place for Tuesday, as Jaret Wright flew to Chicago late Monday afternoon.

"He's had real good bullpen work," Torre said. "He's a possibility."

Wright was not on the roster for the ALDS, but Torre indicated that the right-hander would likely be added if the Yankees advance. Left-hander Alan Embree would be the likely candidate to be left off the ALCS roster.

Even Chacon, who threw 87 pitches on Sunday, said after Game 4 that he would be available in the bullpen if his team needed him to pitch in Game 5.

"If we get in one of those games they had [Sunday] in Texas, you'd have to consider everybody," said Torre, referring to the 18-inning Braves-Astros game. "We don't have the pinch-hitting scenario, so we won't run out of players like they did in that game."

Torre doesn't plan to keep Mussina on a short leash in Game 5, though he will base his decisions on how he feels watching him pitch.

"We have a trust factor with Moose," the manager said. "He pitched Game 1 for a reason, and we trust him in Game 5 for that same reason. If he looks out of whack, we'll have to do something."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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