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07/29/10 12:12 AM ET

Yanks give Moseley a chance to shine

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is still weighing his options since veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte strained his left groin.

Girardi has decided to start Dustin Moseley on Thursday night at Progressive Field in the finale of a four-game series against the Indians. Girardi originally planned on sending Sergio Mitre to the hill, but the right-hander's struggles in his last start, against the Royals, led the skipper to change his mind. Against Kansas City, Mitre threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits.

Thus, the door was open for Moseley, who will be making his first start as a member of the Yankees. The right-hander has a 4.22 ERA across 10 2/3 innings in four relief appearances this year, but he has held opponents to a .189 average.

"I've said all along that I'm more than happy to pitch out of the bullpen, start or do whatever they call on me to do," Moseley said. "I think if I can go out there and do what I'm capable of doing, it'll give Joe faith if we need a spot starter or guys to eat up innings, I can do it."

Sure, Moseley is more than willing to step into a starting role while Pettitte is out, but Girardi isn't sold on the idea just yet. The manager wants to see how the 28-year-old righty performs on Thursday before deciding who will take the mound five days later.

If Moseley performs well, the job may be his. If not, Girardi may have to get creative again.

"He really shouldn't be [limited] too much," Girardi said of Moseley. "Ninety to 100 pitches is reasonable. We'll evaluate it. Not that I want to change guys all the time, but obviously, we're going to look at what he does. You'd like to have consistency, but we'll do what we have to do."

Opposite Moseley will be Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot, who has already faced the Yankees' always-dangerous lineup this season. On May 31, he threw 6 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium, allowing three earned runs, but had his solid outing spoiled by the bullpen en route to a loss.

Talbot, 8-9 with a 4.08 ERA, is coming off a start in which he racked up a career-high eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Rays but was tabbed for five runs and took the loss. Talbot retired the first eight batters he faced, including six in a row on strikeouts to match a club record.

"Mitch threw the ball very well," Indians manager Manny Acta said after his most recent start. "So well that he put his name next to some great names in the history books."

Indians: Peralta dealt to Tigers
The Indians dealt infielder Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers on Wednesday for Minor League left-hander Giovanni Soto. The Tribe also sent cash to complete the deal, offsetting the remainder of Peralta's $4.6 million salary. Cleveland is hoping to give more at-bats to Andy Marte, who went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Yankees. Soto has spent this season with Class A West Michigan and has posted a 6-6 record with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts. The 19-year-old hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts this year. The Indians sent Detroit's 21st-round pick in the 2009 Draft to Class A Lake County.

Yankees: A-Rod still looking for No. 600
Alex Rodriguez remains one home run away from becoming the seventh member of baseball's 600-homer club. He hasn't hit a long ball since going deep off the Royals' Robinson Tejeda on July 22 at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez will have another chance to accomplish the historic feat on Thursday night. He went 2-for-5 with a double on Wednesday.

Worth noting
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada returned to the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday as the designated hitter. A cyst behind his left knee forced the veteran to be a late scratch on Tuesday, but he went 1-for-5 and hopes to catch on Thursday. ... On Wednesday, A.J. Burnett won in Cleveland for the first time in four starts. He had been 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA there. ... Indians closer Kerry Wood will throw one inning for Double-A Akron on Thursday. Wood is recovering from a blister that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, but if all goes well, Acta said that Wood could be activated this weekend in Toronto. ... With a double from Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning on Wednesday, the Indians extended their streak of games with an extra-base hit to 50.

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