Joe Girardi just announced that the Yankees will take the series that starts tomorrow and that A.J. Burnett will start Game 2. More soon.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Girardi said he did not consult Burnett before making the decision. “I did not talk to A.J. about that. That was a decision I made – as a manager, you have to make some tough decisions and that was a very tough one.”
Girardi also said that he expects Matsui to be the DH in those games, though the match-up could change that. Audio coming soon.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Girardi did not announce his entire roster for the division series but said that Brian Bruney, Sergio Mitre and Ramiro Pena will go to Tampa to work out and stay sharp.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Here’s the audio from Girardi, who finished only moments ago.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: (Josh here) A disappointed Bruney was surprised to hear he wouldn’t be selected for the ALDS roster. After arm troubles and a shaky four months in general, he had allowed just three earned runs in his last 20 appearances (18.1 IP), dating back to Aug. 7. “I thought I did enough,” Bruney said before cutting the Q & A short.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Reading between the lines, it seems like there are, at most, two roster spots still questionable. One would be Cervelli, though I’m pretty convinced that with Molina starting a game Girardi will want a third catcher. So count him in. The last spot, then, would seem to be between a lefty (likely Marte) and a second pinch-runner (Guzman). One would think that if the Twins win, the Yankees will take Marte since Minnesota has more lefties. If the Tigers win, Guzman makes it.
The Yankees don’t have to make any official announcement on their roster until tomorrow morning.