Vazquez earns way back to Yanks' rotation

Vazquez earns way back to Yanks' rotation

NEW YORK -- For the second time this season, Javier Vazquez's resurgence in relief work has earned him another turn in the rotation, as the right-hander will return to start Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Wednesday that the team has decided to restore Vazquez into the starting mix, having used him for two solid appearances out of the bullpen. Dustin Moseley will be used in relief instead.

"We like the way Javy has been throwing the baseball," Girardi said. "We made some minor adjustments, and it seemed to really help him."

The Yankees were pleased with Vazquez's work on Monday, when he entered in the fifth inning to relieve Moseley and held the A's to a run on two hits, walking one and striking out six -- an effort that Vazquez hoped would create some tough decisions.

"I hope so -- I've always been a starter, and I would love to be in the rotation," Vazquez said then. "If they feel like I can help the team in the bullpen, that's fine with me. I just want to win a championship."

Vazquez's slight mechanical adjustment was suggested by pitching coach Dave Eiland, kicking his left leg back a little further in his windup, which may be helping the command and momentum of his offerings.

"His velocity has been consistent and his changeup has been good again," Girardi said. "I thought he had lost his changeup a little bit, and it's back again. That's an important pitch for him."