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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Rotation set for Boston

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- Next weekend in Boston, Joe Girardi will send Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia against the Red Sox. When asked for the reason why he went with that order, Girardi said he wanted to make sure that his three top starters all got about the same amount of rest over the break.

• NO GARDNER: Girardi said there is nothing wrong with Brett Gardner, but the manager just wanted to give him another day off before the break because Gardner is "beat-up." Girardi said Gardner is available off the bench.

• A-ROD UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez is heading north starting on Monday to play for Double-A Trenton in Reading the next three days. In case you missed it, A-Rod made some more news this weekend.

• ALL-STAR KURODA?: AL manager Jim Leyland said he will name three replacement pitchers on Sunday so Kuroda still has a chance to make the team.