Paycheck, not performance, saves A.J.

Nova, Hughes battle for spot in Yanks' rotation high-priced Burnett can't seem to lose

Updated: August 4, 2011, 8:40 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

CHICAGO -- During the same week Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, two young, talented and hungry pitchers, are locked in a one-on-one struggle for one spot in the Yankees' starting rotation, A.J. Burnett seems to have the ultimate Get Out of Jail Free card.

"A.J.'s starting for us [next] Wednesday," Joe Girardi said.

So that's that.

A.J.'s in, and either Hughes or Nova are going to be out. It's a simple numbers game, but not the one you might think (you know, six pitchers and ...

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