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NYY@DET: Hughes fans four in return to rotation

The Yankees won the first two, and rain was victorious in Wednesday's third game of the series, meaning the Cleveland Indians are still in search of their first win at Progressive Field this season.

In Thursday night's series finale, the Tribe is also looking to avoid its first home sweep at the hands of the Yanks since May 2000.

It appears Wednesday's rainout won't affect Thursday's pitching matchup, as the Yankees' Phil Hughes and Cleveland's Zach McAllister will still get the ball for their respective clubs.

Hughes remains a bit of a question mark, however, as the right-hander is battling a stomach virus. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Hughes is feeling better, but if he regresses in the next 24 hours, Ivan Nova, who was initially slated to get the ball Wednesday, will take Hughes' place.

"We'll skip [Nova]," Girardi projected. "If he's skipped, he'll be in the bullpen a couple days, and then we'll get him back [in the rotation] the following week."

Hughes, who suffered a bulging disk in his back early in Spring Training, came off the DL to make his first start on Saturday. He'll need to prove he can last deeper into the game, after being knocked out in the fifth inning against the Tigers.

For the Indians, McAllister getting the ball means Corey Kluber won't get the start he was called up to make on Wednesday.

"Any time that you've scuffled a couple games in a row," Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said of the rainout, "this can be a nice little pick-me-up for the staff as a whole. It's maybe a day to relax a little bit and come out the next day and get 'em."

McAllister pitched better than his line indicated in his last time out. Two of the four runs he surrendered were unearned, and he struck out three, while walking none in six innings.

Yankees: Jeter, Granderson on the mend
• Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took batting practice, fielded grounders and threw to first base on Wednesday at the Yankees' Minor League complex.

It marked the first time Jeter hit on the field since March 23, and Girardi called it a "big step" in his captain's recovery from a fractured ankle.

Meanwhile, outfielder Curtis Granderson said he should be able to start his throwing program on Thursday in his recovery from a fractured right forearm.

Indians: Cabrera slumping
• In eight games this year, Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has struggled, batting just .133 (4-for-30). He went yard Tuesday against New York, however, it was only his second long ball of the season.

"The season started, and he's played every inning -- until [Monday] -- of every game," manager Terry Francona said. "He's racking up some at-bats quickly and making some outs, because he's hitting in the middle of the order. He just hasn't felt real comfortable swinging yet. It was nice to see him hit that home run, because he's such a vital part of what we're doing."

Cabrera had a rough time against the Bombers last season, posting just three hits in 21 at-bats.

Worth noting
• Former Yankee and current Indians slugger Nick Swisher holds an 18-game hitting streak at Progressive Field, which is one away from tying Texas' Elvis Andrus for the longest active streak. Michael Young (2004-08) hit safely in 20 straight games there for the all-time record.

• In 15 at-bats against Hughes, Cleveland slugger Mark Reynolds has just three hits, but all of them have gone for extra bases (a double and two homers).

• The Yankees are looking to score seven runs or more in a game for the fourth consecutive contest, which would be the longest streak for the club since May 2010.

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