Seattle right-hander Aaron Harang has been scratched from his start Thursday night against the New York Yankees because of lower back stiffness. In his 12th year in the Major Leagues, the Yankees were the one team Aaron Harang had yet to pitch against in his career and that will remain true after the veteran right-hander was scratched from Thursday's start for the Mariners with lower back stiffness. Instead, he woke up with more stiffness and eventually was scratched about four hours before the game. Harang is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts. The Harang news comes at a tough time for the 35-year-old right-hander since he'd just started to get into a groove after being acquired by trade on April 12. Harang is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA, but had put up back-to-back quality starts against the Orioles and Pirates and felt he had straightened out some mechanical issues that were plaguing him earlier. Noesi began his major league career with the Yankees.