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Yankees to use Phil Hughes in Game 3, CC Sabathia in Game 4

Oct 13, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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Shortly after we learned that Hiroki Kuroda would start on short rest for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi set the rotation for the rest of the series.

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees will use Phil Hughes in Game 3 on Tuesday and CC Sabathia on regular rest in Game 4 on Wednesday. Girardi told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that he plans to stick with this arrangement even in the event that they lose the first two games of the series.

And so, here’s the tentative rundown of the matchups for the series:

Game 1 Tonight in New York: Doug Fister vs. Andy Pettitte
Game 2 Sunday in New York: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Game 3 Tuesday in Detroit: Phil Hughes vs. Justin Verlander
Game 4 Wednesday in Detroit: CC Sabathia vs. Max Scherzer
Game 5 (if necessary) Thursday in Detroit: Andy Pettitte vs. Doug Fister
Game 6 (if necessary) next Saturday in New York: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Game 7 (if necessary) next Sunday in New York: Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia

If Sabathia gets the call in a potential Game 7, he would be going on three days’ rest. Meanwhile, Verlander would be on regular rest.

  1. manxman97 - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Not in love with the Phil Hughes vs. Justin Verlander match-up for game 3. Hughes tends to give up long balls (not good against top of Tigers lineup) and Verlander tends to overmatch Yankees. But the rest of the match ups look to be good games.

    • vallewho - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Hughes has gotten lucky before, and the Yankees have touched-up or outlasted Verlander before, but it’s had to bet against Verlander here.

    • zzalapski - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Better to have Hughes in spacious CoPa than Yankee Stadium.

      Also, Verlander is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 32/76 BB/K in 77 IP over 13 career games against the Yankees in the regular season, 1-0 with a 5.02 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 9/17 BB/KK in 14 1/3 IP over 3 postseason games. Not terrible, but I wouldn’t call that an “overmatch”.

  2. alexo0 - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I really really really hope this series goes 7.

  3. mrobinson14 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Callin it. Tigers in 7

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    But who are the bluejays using in game 2? oh thats right their season is OVER!!

  5. theskinsman - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Doesn’t matter if the yankmes resign Roidger again, this looks like the team is flat and out of synch. Bad call aside, the yanks can’t hit water if they fell out of a boat lately.
    I’d whine about replay if I was Girardi,too…it takes away from the pathetic at bats his team has had so many times in the playoffs.
    BTW,harry…isn’t it time for skip bayless to ask how much repeated steroid use contributed to Jete’s fracture?

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