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NYY@TOR: Hughes sharp in Toronto to earn first win

White Sox left-hander John Danks is in a groove.

Yankees righty Phil Hughes had better find his, and quickly.

Hughes, who has struggled since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, could very well be pitching for his spot in the starting rotation on Tuesday against the White Sox. The Yankees recently moved to a six-man rotation, but manager Joe Girardi has said he would like to limit his number of starters to five. The skipper didn't drop any hints about Hughes going to the bullpen should he falter.

"Competition is a good thing," Girardi said of Hughes and teammate Ivan Nova, who recently spent time in the Minor Leagues but will start on Thursday. "I think it brings out the best in people. I think they're both working hard, going about their business, approaching the games the way they need to approach it."

Hughes said prior to Monday's game that he doesn't feel any added pressure because of Nova's performance. He also said that he hasn't thought about potentially moving to the bullpen because, as he said, "What am I going to do about it, you know?"

Instead, Hughes said he needs to focus on what he can control, like being aggressive with his fastball. He said he thinks that got away from him when he dealt with diminished velocity earlier in the season.

"Attack the zone a little bit more, get back to what I had success doing when I was in the bullpen and in the early parts of last year," Hughes said. "Just having no fear out there, letting it go and being aggressive."

While Hughes looks to keep it a six-man rotation in New York for at least another turn, Danks is looking to continue his recent dominance. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last six starts, and he struck out a season-high 10 in his last start, against Detroit.

Yankees: Keep scoring, Grandy
• Center fielder Curtis Granderson has scored a Major League-high 96 runs this season, already 20 more than he scored last year and only 26 shy of the career-high 122 set in 2007 with Detroit. Granderson is on pace to score the second-most runs by a Yankees outfielder since 1950, behind Rickey Henderson, who scored 146 runs in '85.

• With his next home run, Mark Teixeira will reach the 30-homer mark for the seventh straight season and third time as a Yankee. He will become the fourth player in club history to hit at least 30 home runs in each of his first three seasons with the club, joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez.

White Sox: Konerko day to day
• First baseman Paul Konerko, who left Sunday's game against the Red Sox before the fifth inning upon being hit on the left knee, didn't play on Monday and has no set timetable to return.

"I couldn't imagine taking a swing right now, but sometimes these things can go from when I had that thing with my wrist early in the year -- that was on a Friday, and I played on Sunday," said Konerko, referencing a previous injury. "But probably on Saturday morning, I would have said I was a few days away. It went quick. Hopefully, it's something like that. You hope it's that and gets out of there quickly."

• The White Sox are 51-64 in August since 2007 and haven't posted a winning record in the month since '06.

Worth noting
• Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who exited Sunday's game with a bruised right middle finger and sat out Monday's 3-2 win, is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

• The Yankees are 23-9 in games started by left-handers this season, including 11 wins in their last 13 tries.

• New York right-hander David Robertson has not allowed a run in 20 road appearances this season, spanning 21 1/3 innings.

• When he plays in his next game, Chicago's Omar Vizquel will tie Brooks Robinson for 13th place on the all-time list with 2,896.

• Granderson has only one hit in 23 career at-bats against Danks.

• Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano appeared in his 1,000th career game on Monday.

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