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New York Yankees: Phil Hughes Will Be No. 5 Starter for Yankees in 2012

A.J. Burnett's time in pinstripes is coming to a close, it's abundantly clear that the No. 5 starter spot in the New York Yankees rotation will belong to Phil Hughes for the 2012 season.

Burnett, along with Freddy Garcia, were the only competition that Hughes had to deal with going into spring training—those two and a slew of young, unproven pitchers in the Yanks' farm system, if you want to count them as competition at this point.

Long story short, it's Hughes' job to lose.

Garcia will end up being an expensive insurance policy and the shaky Hughes will have slightly more time to get his stuff together, but I'm sure manager Joe Girardi won't have too long a leash for his former top prospect.

After Garcia's impressive ...

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