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Hurler set to make Sunday start

NEW YORK -- Yankees slugger Jason Giambi was out of the
starting lineup for the sixth straight game Thursday night while
the team kept waiting for test results to show why he's felt so
weak for so long.

"The evaluation is not complete," general manager Brian
Cashman said before New York played Baltimore.

The Yankees hoped to get some answers earlier this week after
Giambi went through extensive tests at Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center. Diagnosed with an intestinal parasite on June 29,
the former AL MVP is batting only .221 with 11 home runs and 36
RBIs. He's in an 0-for-21 slump.

"It's different levels of doctors in different fields,"
Cashman said. "It's taken longer, but so be it."

Giambi remained unavailable to play and had not appeared in the
Yankees' clubhouse 70 minutes before gametime.

"Until he finds out completely, he's curious, worried,"
Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He's not feeling the way he
should. Sure, he's concerned."

Giambi was elected to start at first base for the AL in the
All-Star game despite his struggles this season. He didn't start
eight straight games around the time of his diagnosis, and has
repeatedly said that he's been fatigued.

With Giambi ailing, the Yankees have been in contact with a pair
of free-agent first basemen -- Fred McGriff and John Olerud.

McGriff, recently released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, worked
out twice this week at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa.
Cashman said Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reached out to
McGriff.

Cashman also spoke to the agent for Olerud, released by the
Seattle Mariners. The GM said the Yankees could not put Giambi on
the disabled list for the time being, and sign either McGriff or
Olerud, "without a certified injury."

The Yankees had encouraging news, however, about their banged-up
pitching staff.

Kevin Brown, out since June 9 because a lower back spasm and an
intestinal parasite, is set to start Friday night against the
Orioles. He is 7-1 with a 4.13 ERA in his first season with the
Yankees.

"His mood was elevated," Torre said. "He seems to be ready to
do this."

Orlando Hernandez, who left Tuesday night's start after two
innings with tightness in his left hamstring, is scheduled to start
Sunday against Baltimore.

Also, Mike Mussina will have a bullpen session this weekend,
which might lead him to a rehabilitation start. He's been sidelined
since July 6 because of a stiff right elbow.

Cashman said it might be two or three weeks before Mussina is
ready to rejoin the Yankees.

"Don't put a date on it, let's just let it happen," Mussina
said.