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• The Yankees have set their rotation for the upcoming weekend series against the Orioles. CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes will start in the set. There had been speculation that manager Joe Girardi might push Hughes back to next week's series against the White Sox.

Zoilo Almonte and Travis Hafner are hitting tee-and-toss and could start taking batting practice by the end of the week. It is likely that they both could join the Yankees after rosters expand on Sunday.

• Michael Pineda is throwing side sessions, and David Phelps is moving closer to throwing. Both recovering right-handers are in Tampa, Fla., and it is possible that they could help the Yankees out of the bullpen in September.

• On this date in 1977, Ron Guidry pitched his third shutout of the year in a 1-0 victory over the Rangers. He faced just one batter over the minimum, permitting two hits. Graig Nettles tripled and scored on a Reggie Jackson single for the game's only run.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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