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Yanks announce spring rotation

RHP Adam Warren will be the first Yankee starter of the spring, facing the University of South Florida in the team's first preseason game on Friday, March 2 at The Boss. Thereafter comes the real rotation: Ivan Nova on Saturday, March 3 against the Phillies at Clearwater; Freddy Garcia on Sunday, March 4 against the Phillies in Tampa; Michael Pineda making his Yankees debut Monday, March 5 against the Phillies on Clearwater; CC Sabathia, relieved by Phil Hughes, on Tuesday, March 6 against the Pirates at Bradenton, and Hiroki Kuroda in his first Yankee start Wednesday, March 7 at Tampa.

Joe Girardi said not to read anything into the fact that Hughes, headed into either the No. 5 spot or the bullpen, will be used in relief before getting a start; he said he is trying to line up his rotation for a split squad doubleheader on March 11.