The Yankees might have gotten away from the Cleveland rain, but that doesn't mean they're finished dealing with the consequences of consecutive rainouts Wednesday and Thursday against the Indians. In Saturday's case, that could end up being a good thing.
The Yankees go for their fifth straight win as they continue their three-game series with the Orioles behind right-hander Phil Hughes, who's starting because Andy Pettitte's Sunday start was pushed back due to back spasms. Hughes was expected to start Thursday before Mother Nature intervened, but the added benefit is the Yankees don't have to rush Pettitte. Hiroki Kuroda, initially slated to start Saturday, will now start Sunday.
Pettitte and the Yankees aren't concerned about the lefty, but it's still nice to give Pettitte a couple of days to recover.
"We've got some extra days here as far as with the rainouts, and obviously the guys are ready to pitch," Pettitte said. "I'm just glad it's not like we're in a bind right now as far as needing a starter to get out there and throw on Saturday and Sunday."
Those days off didn't seem to hamper the Yankees on Friday, as they ripped off their fourth straight victory.
"You worry a little bit about rust after two days off," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's unusual to have two days off now at the beginning of the season ... but I think we'll be OK."
Looking to snap that New York streak will be Orioles righty Jason Hammel, who is 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA in 14 career appearances (eight starts) against the Yankees. He suffered the loss in his last outing against the Twins, giving up four runs and walking three in 6 2/3 innings.
"He could have easily had six or seven shutout innings, but it didn't happen," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Hammel's last start.
Orioles: Minor move
Baltimore added a right-handed reliever to its organizational bullpen depth Friday, claiming Alex Burnett off waivers from the Blue Jays. Burnett, who posted a 4.61 ERA in 174 games with the Twins from 2010-12, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
"He's a qualified big leaguer," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "He's 25 years old, got a good sinker, a good slider and we think he can support our Major League team."
Yankees: New guys fitting in
Kevin Youkilis is making quite an impression in his early days as a Yankee. The infielder has hit safely in his first nine games with New York, the longest such streak by a Yankee since 1945, when Joe Buzas hit safely in his first 10 games.
Youkilis isn't the only one who's fitting in; Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco, Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Youkilis are batting a combined .314 with nine doubles and eight homers.
• Second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .643 with six runs, three doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in last three games.
• Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is a .583 career hitter (7-for-12) against Hammel, who sported a 3.94 ERA in three starts last season against the Yankees.
• Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis (.310, 13-for-42) is the only Oriole with more than 15 at-bats hitting higher than .270 against Hughes.
• Hughes is 6-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 17 career games (14 starts) against Baltimore.