NEW YORK -- With Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankees dropped their third straight game and found themselves looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East standings for the first since June 12.

Although the skid comes in the midst of a heated pennant race, Yankees manager Joe Girardi maintains he isn't concerned about his team.

"Our club has been really good at playing its way out of it," Girardi said. "I think you have to be careful that when you lose a couple days in a row, you don't push the panic button. We've lost three in a row before this year, and we've come out fine. Every club goes through it."

Tuesday's loss, however, marked the fourth time this season that the Yankees have dropped three straight. But in each of those circumstances, the club has bounced back with a win in its next game.

-- Didier Morais

Yanks won't skip Moseley against Boston

NEW YORK -- Even with Thursday's day off, the Yankees will keep their starting rotation in turn for this weekend's four-game series against the Red Sox.

Javier Vazquez will start Friday's opener, followed by CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Dustin Moseley.

Manager Joe Girardi bypassed the chance to skip Moseley's turn and start Phil Hughes on regular rest in Monday's finale -- a maneuver he made in two prior series against Boston to skip the then-struggling Vazquez.

"He didn't pitch as bad maybe as the numbers indicate," Girardi said of Moseley's start during Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays. "He's thrown the ball pretty good for us."

Moseley allowed five runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, with three of those runs scoring on a four-pitch sequence with two outs in the fourth.

"I felt good -- I threw a lot of strikes," said Moseley, who is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA on the season. "I just want to go out there and do what I'm capable of doing."

Girardi indicated that he plans to stick with Moseley in the rotation until Andy Pettitte returns from the disabled list. Pettitte is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session on Friday as he attempts to return from a strained left groin.

-- Tim Britton

Worth noting

Right-hander Alfredo Aceves, out since early May with a strained lower back, was scheduled to throw a batting-practice session on Wednesday. ... Nick Johnson is still recovering from his right wrist surgery in Tampa, Fla. "The reports have been pretty good," manager Joe Girardi said. ... Entering Wednesday, the Yankees had yet to suffer a sweep of at least three games at the new Yankee Stadium or during this season. New York had not been swept at home by the Toronto Blue Jays since 1992. ... Brett Gardner was honored before Wednesday's game as the winner of the "Heart and Hustle Award," presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. One player from each team will earn the award this season before an overall winner is selected in November.

-- Tim Britton