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Challenge awaits as Garcia tries to rebound

Challenge awaits as Garcia tries to rebound

Challenge awaits as Garcia tries to rebound
ARLINGTON -- Freddy Garcia will be challenged to contend with the dangerous duo of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder on Saturday against the Tigers, but the veteran right-hander was going to pitch at some point this weekend no matter what.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it didn't take much thought to list Garcia as the club's probable starter for Saturday, even though CC Sabathia -- who will start Sunday -- could have made the start on a regular four days' rest.

"CC was really good on that extra day [Monday] and I talked to him," Girardi said. "This way, you don't give Freddy too much time. Sometimes you don't want to give a guy too much time.

"I think you could do it either way, but then you're looking at throwing CC four or five times on normal rest. After this he's going to be on normal rest, because we don't have an off-day for a while."

Garcia was smoked by the Red Sox for five runs and seven hits on Saturday at Fenway Park, recording just five outs. He was let off the hook with a no-decision when the Yankees scored 15 unanswered runs after the fifth inning, trouncing Boston, 15-9.

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