- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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WASHINGTON -- David Robertson is officially back in uniform and ready to go tonight, and Joe Girardi said there would be no restrictions on his use as the set-up man for closer Rafael Soriano. But Girardi did indicate there might be some flexibility to the way he uses Robertson now that he's off the DL.
"It'll be Robby and Sori in the eighth and ninth, and I'll use (Boone Logan) in the seventh," Girardi said. "(But) there could come a situation too, if you've got left-right-left in the eighth and you've got three right-handers in the seventh, maybe you flip Robertson and Boonie around a little bit."
• Former Yankees trainer Gene Monahan brought his scissors and adhesive tape out of retirement for the weekend while his successor, Steve Donohue, spends the next couple of days at home at his daughter's graduation.
• Nick Swisher spent his day at the International Spy Museum in downtown D.C. and came back with a pretty serious-looking book about the history of the CIA, which he actually said he was going to read.
• Significant matchups vs. Gio Gonzalez tonight: Mark Teixeira (.357, 5-for-14, 1 HR), Jayson Nix (.429, 3-for-7, 1 HR), Alex Rodriguez (.250, 2-for-8), Derek Jeter (.167, 2-for-12) Curtis Granderson (.154, 2-for-13, 4 K's).
• Phil Hughes has never started against the Nationals but did appear against them one time in relief. He has faced only one of the hitters in their lineup tonight, Ryan Zimmerman, and struck him out in his only at-bat.