Rodriguez back in Yanks' lineup, dropped to 6th

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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Girardi picked Hiroki Kuroda to start Game 2 on Sunday, when Detroit goes with Anibal Sanchez. The 37-year-old Kuroda has never started on short rest in his big league career, STATS said.

"I'm not too concerned. I prepare myself as the next game that I'm going to pitch is my last," he said through a translator. "I have always taken that approach, so I am just going to do the same for tomorrow."

Phil Hughes is slated to start against AL Cy Young Award and MVP winner Justin Verlander in Game 3 on Tuesday in Detroit, with CC Sabathia down for Game 4 the following night against Max Scherzer. Kuroda could pitch on short rest again if there is sixth game.

Girardi decided not to pitch Sabathia on short rest in Game 3, but might bring him back on three days' rest for a seventh game on Oct. 21, which Verlander likely would start for Detroit.

"You want to bring him on short rest now? Or if you need to do it later, do you want to do it later?" Girardi said.

NOTES: The Yankees added reliever Cody Eppley to their active roster and dropped INF Eduardo Nunez. Adding Eppley gives the Yankees 12 pitchers for the series. The 27-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings over 59 relief appearances. Nunez was 1 for 5 in the five-game division series win over Baltimore, starting Game 2 as the designated hitter and coming into two other games off the bench.