There's a first time for everything, especially in October.

Hiroki Kuroda has never pitched on three days' rest in his career, but the veteran righty has been tabbed by Joe Girardi to do so Sunday in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers.

Girardi also named Phil Hughes as the Yankees' Game 3 starter Tuesday in Detroit with ace CC Sabathia locked and loaded for Game 4, both on full rest.

Sabathia also conceivably could pitch a potential Game 7 on three days' rest against Detroit ace Justin Verlander if the series is extended that far.

"This is probably the shortest rest I've ever had in my baseball career," Kuroda said through his interpreter. "At this point in the season we can't really be talking about anything but to win. I will prepare myself to win this game.

"I'm not too concerned. I prepare myself as if the next game I'm going to pitch is my last. I've always taken that approach."

Rookie righthander David Phelps was another option after he went 4-4 with a 3.34 ERA over 33 games during the regular season, including a 2-2 mark in 11 starts. With Ivan Nova slumping in September – leading to his omission from the 25-man roster in the first two rounds of the playoffs – Phelps gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 4-3 win in 12 over the Red Sox on Oct. 2.