TORONTO (AP) -- Orlando Hernandez has a tired arm and doesn't
know whether he'll be able to start in the playoffs.
"Maybe my arm needs a little rest," said Hernandez, who missed
the 2003 season because of shoulder surgery. "I'm feeling tired.
It's normal for the rehab. I didn't start for a long time."
Hernandez (8-2), pushed back three days in the rotation because
of a tired shoulder, gave up five hits and three walks as he
repeatedly threw soft pitches. While he didn't feel any pain,
Hernandez said through a translator that he's "forcing his arm"
and "that's not good."
El Duque, who left after 63 pitches, was on track to pitch Game
3 of the playoffs next Friday.
"He feels like his arm is a little dead," New York manager Joe
Torre said. "He's disappointed with that fact that it feels
fatigued. He doesn't feel it has any pop."
Hernandez felt tired when he warmed up.
"We asked him several times. He assured us he's not hurting.
His arm is just a little tired," pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre
said. "His arm strength just wasn't there. He just wasn't feeling
Hernandez went 8-0 in his first 13 starts before a 5-4 loss to
the Blue Jays on Sept. 22.
"Bottom line, he's done more than what we thought he'd be able
to do, but I think he'll rise to the occasion," said Stottlemyre,
who thought Hernandez could start in the playoffs.
Mike Mussina is likely to start Tuesday's opener and be followed
by Jon Lieber in Game 2. A possible replacement for Hernandez could
be right-hander Kevin Brown, scheduled to start for the Yankees on
Brown missed three weeks after breaking his left hand when he
punched a clubhouse wall on Sept. 3, then was hit hard in his
return. He got just two outs at Boston last Sunday, when he allowed
four runs and six hits.
"It's an important start for him," Torre said.
A day after clinching their seventh straight AL East title, the
Yankees started just one regular, Hideki Matsui. He has started
every game this season, extending his streak of consecutive games
played to 322. Before he joined New York, he played in 1,250
consecutive games for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League.
Jason Giambi went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, dropping to
3-for-25 (.120) since he was activated from the disabled list.
Before the game, Torre said it would be a "long shot" that Giambi
would be left off the postseason roster.
"This is definitely a big confidence-builder going into the
offseason," Bush said. "To go out this way is pretty good."
Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the
Blue Jays, who were assured their first last-place finish since
1981 -- their fifth season in the AL. Tampa Bay beat Detroit on
Friday night to clinch fourth in the AL East.
Toronto make it 5-0 in the third when Carlos Delgado singled
with two outs, Hernandez issued consecutive walks to Alex Rios,
Eric Hinske and Gabe Gross, and Guillermo Quiroz followed with a
Delgado walked against Scott Proctor with the bases loaded in
the sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Steve
Wells robbed Ruben Sierra of extra bases with a leaping
grab at the center-field wall in the seventh. ... The Yankees have
been shut out six times this season.