Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 for Yankees, Phil Hughes goes in Game 3By AP
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Pettitte to start Game 2 for Yanks, Hughes Game 3
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have bumped struggling starter A.J. Burnett to the bullpen for the AL playoffs against Minnesota.
Game 1 starter CC Sabathia would start on three days’ rest if a Game 4 is necessary. Andy Pettitte will follow Sabathia and start Game 2, with Phil Hughes going in Game 3 back in the Bronx.
Manager Joe Girardi says he wants to throw as many lefties as he can against a Minnesota lineup that is loaded with lefties.
Burnett says he understands the decision. He was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 33 starts this season. He hasn’t pitched in the bullpen since April 16, 2008, when he appeared in the 14th inning against Texas.
Burnett says he will be ready for any role manager Joe Girardi wants.
The series opens at Minnesota with games on Wednesday and Thursday.
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