Yanks won't skip Moseley against Boston

Yanks won't skip Moseley against Boston

NEW YORK -- Even with Thursday's day off, the Yankees will keep their starting rotation in turn for this weekend's four-game series against the Red Sox.

Javier Vazquez will start Friday's opener, followed by CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Dustin Moseley.

Manager Joe Girardi bypassed the chance to skip Moseley's turn and start Phil Hughes on regular rest in Monday's finale -- a maneuver he made in two prior series against Boston to skip the then-struggling Vazquez.

"He didn't pitch as bad maybe as the numbers indicate," Girardi said of Moseley's start during Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays. "He's thrown the ball pretty good for us."

Moseley allowed five runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, with three of those runs scoring on a four-pitch sequence with two outs in the fourth.

"I felt good -- I threw a lot of strikes," said Moseley, who is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA on the season. "I just want to go out there and do what I'm capable of doing."

Girardi indicated that he plans to stick with Moseley in the rotation until Andy Pettitte returns from the disabled list. Pettitte is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session on Friday as he attempts to return from a strained left groin.

-- Tim Britton