Yankees RHP Tom Gordon has mild tendinitis in his right shoulder but proclaimed himself ready to pitch yesterday after walking off the mound a night earlier.

The setup man left Thursday night's 7-2 win over Cleveland after three batters because of tightness in his pitching arm.

"I feel good and I am available," Gordon said through a Yankees spokesman while receiving treatment on the shoulder.

Before finding out the results of an MRI exam, New York Manager Joe Torre said he would probably not use Gordon on a rainy night against Cleveland.

"I hope this thing is a short-term problem," Torre said. "We're certainly not going to take any chances and throw him out there just on the assumption he's okay. We have to make sure he feels good and whatever stiffness is in there is no longer there."

Torre will have a new starter on the mound today when LHP Darrell May makes his Yankees debut. New York purchased May's contract yesterday from Class AAA Columbus and said he would start in place of Carl Pavano, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday because of a sore shoulder.

May was acquired from San Diego along with RHP Tim Redding last Saturday for Paul Quantrill and was immediately sent to Columbus.

"I never exactly knew what my role was there, starting, relieving," May said of the Padres. "It's a tough role to get used to."

* ONE AND DONE: Detroit's Nate Robertson was ejected in the bottom of the first inning after throwing his first pitch of the night behind Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford, apparently in retaliation for the Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir hitting Placido Polanco with his first pitch.

Robertson, who had been staked to a 4-0 lead, was immediately tossed by plate umpire Tim McClelland when the left-hander's pitch sailed several feet behind Crawford. Tigers Manager Alan Trammell argued the ejection briefly while Franklyn German was summoned from the bullpen.

Kazmir hit Polanco with the first pitch of the game, but McClelland did not issue a warning. The 21-year-old rookie went on to give up four runs and three hits in the inning. One of the runs scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

McClelland issued a warning to Kazmir before the start of the second inning.

* PESKY'S WIFE DIES: Ruthie Pesky, wife of Red Sox special assignment instructor Johnny Pesky for 60 years, died after a long illness, the team announced. She was 82.

She had suffered a heart attack in February and spent two weeks in a hospital before returning home. Pesky, 85, missed the start of spring training to be with her and showed up in mid-March at the team's training camp in Fort Myers, Fla.

-- From News Services

New York setup man Tom Gordon has mild tendinitis but said, "I feel good."