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Yankees announce playoff rotation, Ivan Nova to start Game 2

Sep 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

New York Yankees Ivan Nova pitches to Toronto Blue Jays in New York

Last night Joe Girardi revealed his plans for the Yankees’ playoff rotation, announcing that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers followed by rookie Ivan Nova in Game 2 and veteran Freddy Garcia in Game 3.

Not exactly how the Yankees’ brass saw their October pitching shaking out back in spring training.

Because of the scheduling Sabathia and Nova will likely both be able to make a second start in the opening round, meaning the Yankees can rely on a three-man rotation while demoting A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon, and Phil Hughes to the bullpen.

Last season the Yankees had Sabathia atop the rotation, followed by Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes, and Burnett in the fourth starter role started just one of their nine playoff games.

  1. humanexcrement - Sep 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    AJ Bunett looked solid down the stretch this year, but should Phil Hughes be on the playoff roster at all?

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      Yes. Hughes is like Joba, more effective over short innings. Get him back into that bullpen mindset & he’s a great weapon.

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