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NYY@DET: Hughes fans four in return to rotation

D-backs starter Patrick Corbin can get used to this.

The last time Corbin, a native of Clay, N.Y., took the mound, he outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

On Thursday, he'll square off against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, who is seeking his first win of the season after two rough starts, and the team he grew up watching.

It's a dream-like scenario for the young starter, despite the fact that the Yankees are one victory away from a three-game sweep.

"I'm going to go out there and keep my composure and be myself," Corbin said. "But I'll definitely be excited and have a lot of family and friends here to watch."

Corbin was an Andy Pettitte fan growing up. His favorite player was Tino Martinez. Mariano Rivera? What baseball player doesn't love Rivera?

"I was on the top step [Tuesday] when [Rivera] came in," Corbin said. "Being his last year, everybody knows his history, and it's just awesome being able to see him pitch and just being able to pitch on that mound that he has and other great Yankees. There's so much history with them, and it's just neat to be here and be a part of."

Corbin won't have to worry about facing Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera because they're all injured, but he would be wise not to ignore the names on the current roster.

The Yankees are 7-1 in their past eight games and have outscored their opponents, 51-19, during that stretch.

"I think [injured stars] want to get back as soon as they can because they love to play, but it has been nice to see how we've played," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You look back at the last week after we got off to a little bit of a slow start. I wasn't really too concerned about it, it was just a few games, but it's been nice the way that we've played. At times, we've really hit the ball, and at times, we've really pitched well and it's worked out well."

One can argue that the Yankees' acquisition of Vernon Wells has worked out very well. Wells has eight hits in his past 27 at-bats and is hitting .295 for the season.

"Vernon Wells knows who he is. Lyle Overbay knows who he is," Girardi said. "He's had success doing it the way he's done it, where a young guy can't necessarily say that. They might hear the whispers, when is someone coming back? These guys just go out and play."

D-backs: Hot and cold
• A.J. Pollock went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Wednesday and has 12 hits (nine for extra bases) over 12 games. He has hit safely in six consecutive games.

• Catcher Miguel Montero has two hits in his past 16 at-bats.

• Martin Prado has already played second base, third base, shortstop and left field this season.

"I guess when baseball people know you can play a different position, they count on you and feel good about you changing positions," Prado said. "That makes me feel good."

Yankees: Pettitte ready to go
• Pettitte (back spasms) threw another bullpen on Wednesday and expects to make his scheduled start Friday in Toronto.

• The Yankees are 4-0 in series finales this season.

• Teixeira (right wrist) hopes to rejoin the Yankees' active roster in May.

Worth noting
• D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has reached base safely in all 14 games to start the season, tying Craig Counsell (2006) and Reggie Sanders (2001) for the fifth-longest streak to start a season in club history.

• The Yankees are 11-3 against the D-backs all-time in the regular season.

• Arizona pinch-hitters have tallied seven hits in their first 19 at-bats this season.

• The Yankees are 5-0 when scoring first and 3-5 when the opposition scores first. Comments