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09/17/06 3:20 PM ET

Notes: Yanks careful with Lidle

With commanding lead in division, team will not rush veteran

NEW YORK -- Cory Lidle hasn't thrown since his start on Wednesday because of tendinitis in his right index finger, and the Yankees aren't going to take any chances with such a cushy lead in the American League East.

Even though manager Joe Torre said on Saturday that Lidle would be a possibility to start Wednesday, he backed away from that on Sunday, saying the spot is still undecided.

"We're nowhere yet," Torre said. "It could be [Sean] Henn, but I'm just throwing a name out. We're certainly not going to accelerate anybody to pitch on that day, our regular starters. I originally thought Lidle, but that's not missing a turn yet."

Torre said Lidle will work out of the bullpen before making his next outing, which is up in the air because Torre doesn't want to disrupt the regular rotation to squeeze Lidle in.

That decision was fine by Lidle, who surrendered 10 earned runs in his past 5 2/3 innings over two starts. Lidle said the pain in the finger affects his ability to throw his splitter and has thrown off his overall command.

"I think it just needs rest," Lidle said.

When asked if he had thought about starting on Saturday, Henn broke out in laughter. He has thrown two innings of relief for the Yankees this season, giving up an earned run in each. Henn was 3-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 18 games for Triple-A Columbus this season, six of which he started.

Rest for the weary: Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi weren't in Sunday's lineup for Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Red Sox. The game off won't affect Jeter's 25-game hit streak.

Aaron Guiel, Craig Wilson and Nick Green filled in for the three middle-of-the-lineup hitters.

Torre also said he will not use reliever Brian Bruney in either game on Sunday after he was used in both ends of the twin bill on Saturday.

Hello Carl: The Yankees will see Carl Pavano for the first time since his car accident in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 15.

Pavano will pitch for the Yankees when they travel to Tampa Bay to open a four-game series. Pavano hasn't been seen by reporters in the Yankees' clubhouse since the incident.

"We'll probably see him in Florida," Torre said. "As far as his chances of pitching with us, I think we'll know that this next weekend."

Rivera watch: Torre knows how important Mariano Rivera's health is to the Yankees, so he went to check things out for himself on Saturday.

Torre, who remembered watching Andy Pettitte pitch in his last visit to the bullpen, was nervous when he saw Rivera standing idle throughout the session. Rivera was only pausing to more accurately simulate what an inning would feel like.

Torre didn't visit Rivera in his bullpen session on Sunday, but assumed there were no problems.

"Everything is fine," Torre said. "He felt nothing [on Saturday]. That's big going off the mound, because that usually accentuates whatever problem you have."

Checkmate: With back-to-back doubleheaders and a rainout on Friday, the Yankees have had plenty of time to kill. But they haven't been wasting it.

Sal Fasano and Craig Wilson have been locked in games of chess, even including pitching coach Ron Guidry and others in the fun and games. Asked who was winning the duel, Fasano said he and Wilson were about even.

Up next: The Yankees will start a seven-game road swing when they travel to Toronto to open a three-game set on Monday. Darrell Rasner will face A.J. Burnett in the 7:07 p.m. ET start.

Ryan Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.