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Yanks announce spring rotation

2/27/2012

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.