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RHP Chase Whitley was originally slated to make his 13th career start Sunday but will pitch out of the bullpen. Whitley is 4-3 with a 4.60 ERA in his 13 appearances (12 starts) but has thrown 60 2/3 innings with the Yankees and 87 overall. The most innings he has thrown in five professional seasons was 91 with Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2011.
LHP Chris Capuano was surprised to find out he will be starting Saturday, but that's the direction the Yankees will go. Capuano was acquired by the Yankees from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday for cash considerations. He made 28 appearances for the Boston Red Sox before being released July 1 and will also be the only lefty in the Yankees' rotation since CC Sabathia is lost for the season following knee surgery and Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona on July 6.
Ichiro Suzuki will no longer hear about not having a home run. Suzuki helped the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the 17th consecutive time at home by hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning in Friday's 6-4 victory.
1B Mark Teixeira is feeling better but will do baseball activities to see his lower lat strain is feeling well enough for him to return. Teixeira missed five straight games with the injury and 26 overall with various ailments. The Yankees are holding off on deciding to place him on the disabled list because they don't want him to be wasting time on the disabled list if he's feeling better.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda made his 200th career start and survived 5 2/3 innings for the win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher to make his 200th career start playing for the Yankees since Javier Vazquez in 2004.
RHP Chris Leroux was designated for assignment Friday and seems likely to return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He had his contract purchased Wednesday as an extra arm following Tuesday's 14-inning win over the Texas Rangers. Leroux made two appearances earlier this season and allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings.