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Yankees, Phillies tweak rosters for World Series

Oct 28, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

With the World Series now just hours away the Yankees and Phillies have both made some minor roster changes.
Philadelphia has swapped utility man Miguel Cairo for a 12th pitcher, adding Brett Myers to the bullpen after leaving him off the NLCS roster. Cairo, who played for the Yankees for three seasons, appeared in two games and batted a total of five times through the first two rounds.
Myers made one poor appearance in the NLDS before being dropped for the NLCS and has allowed five runs in 7.2 innings since returning from hip surgery, but the Phillies hope that the time off will help after spending three months on the sidelines. When healthy Myers has shown that he’s capable of being a shutdown reliever, but he’s unlikely to be used in high-leverage spots if manager Charlie Manuel can help it.
New York has reversed the ALCS switch by adding Eric Hinske back to the roster in place of Freddy Guzman, and have also added a 12th pitcher in Brian Bruney at the expense of third catcher Francisco Cervelli. Bruney will give Joe Girardi a chance to be even more manic with his bullpen management and playing under NL rules in Philadelphia makes pinch-hitting Hinske for a pitcher more valuable than pinch-running Guzman.
Cervelli got just one plate appearance through two rounds, but subtracting him from the roster could mean Jorge Posada starting every game behind the plate instead of giving way to Jose Molina when A.J. Burnett is on the mound. There’s also speculation that adding Bruney makes it more likely that the Yankees will use a four-man rotation including Chad Gaudin, who had been a reliever against the Twins and Angels.

  1. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    It matters not how much NY tweeks their roster as it is all futile. PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  2. Robert - Oct 28, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Yankees will crush phillies, just like all other teams they
    have played, best record, best team in baseball.

  3. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    The Phillies crushed the Yankees when they played. PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  4. bb - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    philly “crushed” yanks in May? yeah…hang your hat on that. The Angels crushed Yanks in July and what did that get them. Yanks just beat the next best team in baseball.

  5. NRG1006 - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Sorry, Robert….Phillies took 2 out of 3 from Yankees in NY.

  6. NRG1006 - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    GO PHILS

  7. John - Oct 29, 2009 at 3:04 AM

    Crushed them in May and again tonight!!! Perhaps Rollins was right in saying Philly in five… nah I’m sticking with mine – PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  8. ivan - Oct 29, 2009 at 5:12 AM

    4 man rotation for the yanks will give them the title. Lee can only pitch in game 1 and 4. And yanks will win games 2, 3, 5 and 6. Pedro and Hamel will lose twice.

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