Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Following the New York Yankees come from behind win against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night in the Bronx, Yankees manager Joe Girardi made an announcement that could affect the playoff race directly.

Girardi announced that LHP David Huff will start for the Yankees on Saturday when they take on the Boston Red Sox, with the struggling Phil Hughes moving into the bullpen.

"It's been an up-and-down year for Phil," Girardi said. "Huff's been throwing the ball well and we're just going to make the change."

Hughes started for the Yankees against the White Sox on Monday, but a near two-hour rain delay forced the Girardi to take Hughes out of the game as play resumed. Going to the bullpen, he called on Huff to restart the game on the mound. Huff delivered the Yanks a solid relief outing out of the bullpen, tossing 52/3 innings of one-run ball.

Since coming back up with the Yankees in August, Huff has pitched 15 innings in five appearances, permitting just one runs on six hits.

"I'm happy about it. I'm just trying to go out there and help out the team as much as possible," Huff said. "I'm just here to help, basically. Whether it's an inning out of the bullpen or it's a start."

While Hughes has been nothing but a loss waiting to happen on the mound, losing 11 of his last 14 starts for the Bombers. At Yankees Stadium, Hughes hasn't been able to find a way to fit in, suggesting he might never start a game for the Yanks against, as he will become a free-agent this winter.


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