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Yankees-Tigers Game 1, Part 1 in review

Gotta make this quick, but then again, we're talking about an inning and a half of baseball so far.

Fittingly wacky, though, isn't it? What a season it has been. And who's to say it'll be any better today? The forecast doesn't look too wonderful, for sure.

For my column, I wrote that last night's development virtually ensures that A.J. Burnett will be needed to pitch Game 4 (assuming there is one).

Joe Girardi usually plays his cards close to the vest last night; he didn't divulge as much about his pitching plans as Jim Leyland did. Nevertheless, Girardi said he was strongly opposed to using CC Sabathia Sunday night - on just one day of rest, after going through a full warmup and throwing 27 pitches in the actual game - and announced that Freddy Garcia would start Game 2.

Sabathia, however, said he would lobby to start Game 2. If he started Game 2, then he'd be available to start Game 5 on three days' rest.

Girardi could wait to see how Game 1 goes. If the Yankees win, then they could opt for an extra day of rest for Sabathia, and then start him in Game 3. That would put Sabathia in position to help Ivan Nova out of the bullpen in Game 5. If the Yaknees lose Game 1? Then maybe you go back to Sabathia for Game 2.

On one hand, the weather problems are annoying, but mostly, they're fun, because they add to the elements the teams are contemplating.

--For my early column, I wrote about Terry Francona's departure from Boston, tying it back to Girardi and Leyland.

--My Sunday Insider is up early. There, you can find my annual awards.

--Have a great day.

 

Tags: A.J. Burnett , CC Sabathia , Joe Girardi , Jim Leyland , Terry Francona

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