Given his druthers, Joe Girardi would like to start C.C. Sabathia in Games One, Four, and Seven for the pennant. This would allow him to use a three-man rotation, with the others consisting of A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettite. That's possible, because of one day breaks after Game Two and Game Five. But early indications of heavy showers, hence a rainout on Friday, could nix this plan. Then the first two games would be pushed back a day, with no break between Games Two and Three. Of course, Girardi could pitch Sabathia on three days' rest. But that doesn't seem like a good idea. It didn't work in 2007, when Chien-Ming Wang, then the Yankees' ace, was asked to pitch a fourth game against the Cleveland Indians on three days' rest. Nor did it when Sabathia pitched Game Two of the NLDS for the Br ...
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