NEW YORK -- With an off-day this week, it was suggested that Yankees manager Joe Girardi could have chosen to skip Vidal Nuno's turn in the rotation, instead starting Masahiro Tanaka on regular rest.
Nuno is winless in eight starts at Yankee Stadium, while Tanaka leads the Majors in wins (11) and the American League in ERA (2.11), but Girardi nevertheless selected Nuno to face the Red Sox on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.
Girardi outlined his logic behind the decision before the game.
Tanaka, still in his first season in the Majors, was used to throwing once every seven days in Japan. The Yankees are beginning a stretch of 17 consecutive games without an off-day until the All-Star break, so Girardi wanted to give him an extra day of rest while he could.
And the rest of the Yankees' rotation could benefit from a break.
As Girardi pointed out, Chase Whitley is a rookie in his first season in the Majors. Hiroki Kuroda may have suffered from fatigue toward the end of last season. David Phelps has been used in both the rotation and bullpen throughout his career and has never thrown more than 100 innings in the Majors.
"I have to be careful, it's a long season," Girardi said. "And if I start [Tanaka] today or tomorrow, he still makes the same number of starts before the All-Star [break]. This is about five guys, it's not about one guy."
CC to throw 40-45 pitches in first rehab start
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia is expected to throw between 40-45 pitches when he makes his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Tampa on Saturday facing Dunedin in a 6 p.m. ET game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Sabathia, who has been sidelined since May 10 with a right knee injury, is expected to make at least three starts during his rehab assignment. His workload will increase with each start -- around 60 pitches for his second start and 70-75 for his final one.
"The important thing to me is that he's able to bounce back, that the knee is not an issue and it doesn't get in the way," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "If it doesn't, then we can have him back fairly quickly."
In eight starts prior to going on the disabled list, Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA and had allowed 10 home runs. Sabathia maintained that his injury was not the sole reason for his early-season struggles, but he had been feeling some discomfort for at least his last three starts before the Yankees decided to shut him down.
"I'm hoping that this little break will help him physically be better and stronger," Girardi said. "Because for it to get to that point, my thought is maybe there was a little weakness in there before. But our hope is yes, that he will be better and he will be strong and he will help anchor this rotation."
Jeter looking to lock up 14th All-Star appearance
NEW YORK -- In his first game since celebrating his 40th birthday on Thursday, Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored in the Yankees' 6-0 win against the Red Sox on Friday.
"I'm not so sure that he feels 40," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "That's a good thing."
Jeter, who announced prior to the start of the season that he will retire at the end of the year, currently leads the All-Star voting among American League shortstops (2,353,336) in the most recent polls released this past Sunday.
He is hitting .271 with a .327 on-base percentage and 27 runs scored. Jeter currently has the sixth-most votes in the AL, and if the results hold, he would become an All-Star for the 14th time in his career.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Robertson's charity receives generous donation
NEW YORK -- David Robertson's "High Socks for Hope" charity received a $10,000 donation on Friday from the MVP Foundation, with the Yankees' closer accepting a check in an on-field ceremony before the game against the Red Sox.
Robertson said that the donating charity, founded by Trenton Thunder team chiropractor Thomas Haveron, has been a great help to "High Socks for Hope's" mission over the last few years.
"It's really important," Robertson said. "A lot of people forget that years after a natural disaster, there are still people who need help. That's where we come in and can help people out."
Robertson said that the funds would be used for furniture for families who have had their homes destroyed or severely damaged by storms.
Robertson and his wife, Erin, founded "High Socks for Hope" in April 2011 after tornadoes ravaged the pitcher's hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala. The foundation also contributed to the recovery efforts from 2012's Hurricane Sandy and tornado damage in Moore, Okla.
"We're not the biggest charity, but if you need some help and we can do it, we're going to make it happen," Robertson said.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.