Girardi: Hughes pitching Game 4 regardless

Strike one potential topic of postgame conversation from the list. Joe Girardi said Phil Hughes will start Game 4 against the Baltimore Orioles even if the Yankees are facing elimination.

I had barely gotten finished the question at Girardi's private session with the beat writers when the manager said, "Hughesy will start tomorrow.''

Under any circumstances? "Hughesy's starting tomorrow.''

Among Girardi's reasons were his preference to have CC Sabathia on full rest for a potential Game 5, and his qualms abut using Andy Pettitte on short rest if he went to Sabathia earlier.

Bottom line, as the manager likes to say, if the Yankees lose to the Orioles tonight, their season will rest on the right arm of Phillip Joseph Hughes.