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New York — From the sound of it, veteran left-hander Tom Gorzelanny might be relegated to pitching in lower-leverage situations for a while.

"He's scuffling lately," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think it's mostly been command (issues); his velocity has been good, up to 92 mph. It's not a concern in the sense that we are worried about him. But we certainly want to see him get back to the way he was pitching the first month of the season."

Gorzelanny, in his seven previous outings, had given up nine runs, nine hits and seven walks over 4-2/3 innings. Opposing batters were hitting .409 with a 1.294 OPS against him.

It didn't get any better Saturday. The first five Yankees he faced reached base — three singles, a walk and a hit batter. He gave up three more runs.

"We have other left-handers we can use," Ausmus said. "Blaine Hardy has been pitching well, and we have Ian Krol. We have options from the left side."

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