Hola, amigos, as Jim Anchower always says when starting a column. Quiet news day here at the Stadium, as Joe Girardi declined to disclose either his starting rotation or his roster for the ALCS.
My hunches: Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte will go in Games 2 and 3 (flip-flopping from the ALDS), and the roster will be the same. Girardi seems to like the idea of going lefty-righty-lefty-righty with CC Sabathia, Hughes, Pettitte and A.J. Burnett. And I'm betting that, with the Rangers having two lefty starting pitchers (C.J. Wilson in Game 1 and Cliff Lee in Game 3), Girardi will want to have Austin Kearns around, just in case.
Yes, Game 4 will be very interesting.
--Good piece by Jon Heyman updating the managerial sweepstakes. Notice how there's no mention of Girardi being a candidate to manage the Cubs. I think that ship is sailing before Girardi even looked at it.
--Live chat Friday at 1:00. We'll be just hours before first pitch of the ALCS.
--Have a good night.
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Two quick things: I just listened in on a Mets conference call with Jeff Wilpon and John Ricco. Not much hard news, except that they confirmed that Sandy Alderson will interview tomorrow, and they clarified that they're looking for a general manager, rather than a "president of baseball operations." And that they're unlikely to hire two of these candidates.
Also, Bobby Valentine has withdrawn his name from the Marlins manager job. This didn't seem like it was going to work out. For one thing, the "long-time" relationship between Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has been overstated. They're not that close.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: The Yankees have announced their rotation and roster. As expected, Hughes will pitch Game 2 and Pettitte Game 3, and there is no change in the roster. As I wrote earlier today, I would've stuck with Pettitte in Game 2 and Hughes in Game 3, but I'm not make sure it makes much of a difference either way.