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No surprise on rotation; a couple on the roster

MINNEAPOLIS -- As expected, Andy Pettitte will start the second game of the Division Series against the Twins and Phil Hughes will start Game 3.

The Yankees formally announced their rotation Tuesday morning for the first three games of the series, which starts Wednesday night with CC Sabathia taking on Francisco Liriano in Game 1.

Should the series go to a fourth game, the Yankees are expected to bypass A.J. Burnett, who is on the 25-man Division Series roster, and pitch Sabathia on three days’ rest. Pettitte, on regular rest, would pitch the decisive fifth game, if necessary.

Sabathia, who went 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA last postseason – two of his five starts came on three days’ rest – said he broached the topic recently with Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland.

“I told Joe and Dave that I am prepared to do it if they need me to do it,” Sabathia said Sunday in Boston. “I want to be out there every chance I get.”

There were some moderate surprises on the postseason roster. Rookie righthander Ivan Nova was left off, as was lefty reliever Royce Ring. Manager Joe Girardi had strongly hinted over the weekend that Ring might make the roster because it would give him a second lefthander out of the bullpen to go along with Boone Logan against the Twins, whose lineup is lefty-heavy. The Yankees went with 12 pitchers, including righthanders Dustin Moseley and Sergio Mitre. Among the reserves are Marcus Thames, Austin Kearns and Greg Golson.

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