Javier Vazquez, credited with a win in relief Monday against the Red Sox out of the bullpen, will return to the starting rotation tonight in the Yankees first inter-league game against the junior varsity: the New York Mets.

Vazquez, who has now improved his record to 2-4 and his E.R.A. to 8.01, will be opposed by Hisanori Takahashi, who the Yankees have never before faced.

This is a huge series for both teams.  The Yanks have lost 3 straight and the Mets have lost 9 of their last 11 games.