Helping compensate for an injury-depleted roster, CC Sabathia has given the Yankees a much-needed lift over his first three starts of the season. Similarly, Wade Miley has stepped up in a big way for the D-backs following an abbreviated Spring Training and uncertain expectation despite a standout rookie campaign.
The pair of lefties will meet on Wednesday night at 7:05 ET, when they start the second act of a three-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.
In his last outing, Sabathia tossed eight superb innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) in a win against Baltimore. That victory came after the southpaw blanked the Tigers over seven innings on April 7.
"I thought he was brilliant tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sabathia's effort vs. the Orioles. "I thought he had a great sinker and a great changeup and a great slider tonight. I think that was probably the best stuff he's had all year, and that's encouraging as we go on."
The runner-up for last year's National League Rookie of the Year Award, Miley battled a dead arm throughout Spring Training but has won each of his first two starts of the season. After surrendering just one run over six innings against Milwaukee, Miley tossed 6 2/3 innings his last time out, against the Pirates, giving up two runs in a 10-2 Arizona victory.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson believes that Miley, heading into a prime-time game at Yankee Stadium, will handle the stage just fine.
"I think he's pretty good at just getting on the mound," Gibson said. "You'll see Wade when he struggles a little bit -- he'll go quicker. He trusts his catcher, and he's got a pretty good ability to hit the glove."
Yankees: Pettitte set for Friday
After throwing around 40 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday, Andy Pettitte said he should have no issue being ready to start against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday evening.
The Yankees pushed back the 40-year-old Pettitte when he experienced back spasms after traveling to New York from Cleveland last week.
Pettitte looked terrific in his first two starts of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against the Red Sox and Indians, and he expressed some concern that the long layoff might affect his command in Toronto.
"I can tell I haven't pitched," Pettitte said. "I feel strong. I'm back to square one. When I get out there Friday, it's going to be trying to control yourself when you feel a little bit strong.
D-backs: Hill to DL; Gregorius activated
The D-backs placed second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a broken left hand. In a corresponding move, the club reinstated fellow infielder Didi Gregorius, who was rehabbing with Triple-A Reno.
Hill originally suffered the injury on April 9, when he was hit by a James McDonald pitch in a game against the Pirates. Because initial examinations showed no break, Hill attempted to return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Dodgers, but he left in the fourth inning when the pain flared up.
That's when the club opted to search again for evidence of a more serious injury and discovered a small surface fracture that is expected to keep Hill out for four to six weeks.
"I was very disappointed yesterday when I learned the extent of my hand injury," Hill said. "I am going to take some time off from baseball activities to let the break heal before starting the rehab process. I am committed to do everything in my power to return to the lineup as soon as possible."
Hill was off to a strong start, hitting .306 with two homers and six RBIs in 10 games. Gregorius, 23, hit .387 (12-for-31) with two home runs and two RBIs in seven rehab games with Reno. Acquired from the Indians during the offseason, Gregorius -- ranked the D-backs' No. 3 prospect by MLB.com -- started the season on the DL with a strained right elbow.
• To honor those lost and affected by the tragedy at Monday's Boston Marathon, the Yankees held a moment of silence prior to Tuesday's game and played Fenway Park favorite "Sweet Caroline" following the third inning.
• Right-hander Daniel Hudson, recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, threw batting practice on Tuesday at the D-backs' Spring Training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.