Javy's back. Everybody duck

Javier Vazquez will make his return to the Yankee Stadium mound on Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 23, the night he hit three consecutive Tampa Bay Rays in a disastrous seventh inning. Vazquez will be one of two pitchers -- Chad Gaudin, Mop Up Man is the other -- who will relieve A.J. Burnett in a simulated game, raising the possibility that one of them will be added to the ALCS roster, since the Yankees will need a long reliever with Burnett returning to the starting rotation.

The sim game will start at an appropriate time --"High noon,'' said Burnett -- an hour in the Old West when innocent bystanders wer.e often in danger of being hit in the crossfire of wayward bullets.