No change to Yanks' plan for Vazquez

No change to Yanks' plan for Vazquez

NEW YORK -- Following Javier Vazquez's superb relief performance on Monday night, manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees still haven't made any alterations to their rotation. Vazquez replaced starter Dustin Moseley, who labored through 4 1/3 innings against the Athletics.

"Right now, we're on schedule," Girardi said on Tuesday. "We're worried about tonight, and if we have to do something, we'll do something."

Vazquez was shifted to the bullpen after an Aug. 21 start against the Mariners in which he allowed four runs in just three innings. In two relief appearances since, though, the right-hander has given up only two runs on four hits in nine innings. He picked up the victory on Monday, marking his Major League-leading 11th consecutive season with at least 10 wins.

"Javy has thrown the ball extremely well his last two outings. There's no hiding that fact," Girardi said, adding that the Yankees haven't yet discussed the possibility of Vazquez taking Moseley's turn in the rotation.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Vazquez's effort on Monday was the renewed life on his fastball. Vazquez's departure from the rotation was preceded by a drop in velocity, but against Oakland, he hit as high as 92 mph on the radar gun and averaged better than 89 mph on his fastball.

"The last three or four times, it has had more life," Vazquez said on Monday. "It's late movement. You can just feel that the ball has some at the end."

-- Tim Britton