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Sabathia starting Game 3, Burnett in line for Game 4

Oct 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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Game 1’s 27-hour rain delay threw a hitch into the Yankees’ and Tigers’ rotation plans for the ALDS.

On Sunday morning, we got a bit of clarity.

According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed in his pre-game press conference Sunday that staff ace CC Sabathia will indeed start Game 3 and A.J. Burnett will take the mound in a potential Game 4.

Ivan Nova will return for Game 5, if needed.

Sabathia pitched two innings of Game 1 Friday before the rain began pouring at Yankee Stadium, allowing one earned run but fanning four batters without issuing a walk. He had a 3.00 regular-season ERA.

Burnett posted a 5.15 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 190 1/3 innings during the regular season. He has a 5.67 career ERA in the playoffs and allowed five earned runs over six innings in last year’s ALCS vs. the Rangers.

  1. southofheaven81 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Oh damnit. I know sweeping the Tigers is a really, really tall order, but…please? Just to keep AJ out of this?

    • presidentmiraflores - Oct 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      So basically, if the Yankees take the series, it either happens in Game 3 or Game 5.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    why would they put AJ in over Colon? Or anyone else for that matter

  3. jayswin93 - Oct 2, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Sabby’s trying to eat another pie! He’s gotta control that appetite.

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