Pitch choice the difference for Pelfrey

Pitch choice the difference for Pelfrey

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees take their hacks against Mike Pelfrey on Saturday, they will face a different Pelfrey than the one they saw a year ago.

"I would almost say I've changed from being a sinkerball guy to a four-seam guy," Pelfrey said. "There are times when I'll only use the sinker when I get in trouble. I've changed."

Unlike in previous seasons, when Pelfrey has attacked hitters with more than 70 percent sinkers, he is now throwing the pitch less than half the time. Pelfrey credits that to his newest pitch, the split-fingered fastball. But the right-hander is also throwing nearly three times as many changeups and curves as he did last season.

-- Anthony DiComo