The roster debates will continue until official word comes down, but here’s my guess on how the Yankees look in the first round:
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Comments: I don’t have nearly the concern about catching Molina with Burnett as some people do. Yes, it’s a step down in your lineup but Molina will hit three times; it’s far more important that Burnett throw his 100-plus pitches to the guy he’s most comfortable with behind the plate. … Of the bench players, Hinske figures to see the least amount of time. The Yankees have two guys (at least) they’d pinch-run for in Matsui and Posada, while only one they’d (maybe) pinch-hit for in Cabrera. Hinske is mostly there to pinch-hit for a pinch-runner. … Having two lefties in the pen is more important if the opponent is the lefty-heavy Twins. Chad Gaudin could jump in if the Tigers are the opponent.