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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are closing in on a decision concerning their fifth starter, and general manager Brian Cashman has been pleased with the competition.

Michael Pineda is generally thought to be the front-runner, having fired nine scoreless innings, but David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno have all stated convincing cases.

"Everyone's doing well, thankfully," Cashman said. "It's been the best of all scenarios so far, where they're making it tough. Whoever doesn't get picked will be disappointed, and they'd have a right to be."

Cashman said that he has been speaking with manager Joe Girardi and the coaching staff about the rotation, which also affects the composition of the bullpen. Girardi has suggested that the team might be ready to announce a decision by Sunday.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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