… except for, you know, who the Yankees will play.
Here’s what we do know (for now):
• The Tigers will pitch rookie Rick Porcello against Minnesota’s Scott Baker in the one-game playoff and it’ll be on Tuesday afternoon (5 p.m. Eastern) in Minneapolis.
• The Yankees will have one hour after that game is over to let MLB know which division series schedule they would like.
• If they take series “A,” Game 1 will start at 6:07 p.m. at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Tyler Kepner of the Times blogged that Game 2 will start at the same time on Friday, though MLB still lists that game time as TBD.
• If the Tigers win, Edwin Jackson will be on turn to start Game 1, with Justin Verlander likely to start Game 2 (on full rest) and a potential Game 5 (the following Wednesday). If the Twins win? Well, their pitching scenario is a little more complicated. Nick Blackburn pitched yesterday, so he could start Game 1 on short rest or they could use rookie Jeff Manship, who started Friday and would be on regular rest.
Ron Gardenhire will gladly deal with that question if he gets past Tuesday. The Great Carl Pavano, who won today, could go in Game 2 at what would surely be a very, very friendly Yankee Stadium environment.