At this point, it seems the rain might have helped the Yankees.
Leaving Detroit with the division series tied heading into a decisive Game 5, the Yankees are moving forward as planned. It was their expectation all along that Ivan Nova would start Game 5, and now they have Nova pitching with CC Sabathia available out of the bullpen — on two days of rest, not one — should things get crazy.
“(Nova)’s been pitching well for us all year,” Derek Jeter said. “He pitched well the first playoff game. He’s got good stuff. I think the thing with him that stands out is his demeanor. He doesn’t seem like he’s fazed by too much. Maybe because he doesn’t speak fluent English and I don’t know it, but it appears to me like he’s pretty comfortable out there.”
It’s the Tigers who have changed plans. Originally, it was supposed to be Justin Verlander starting for Detroit on Thursday. Because of the rain, it’s Doug Fister. As good as Fister has been in the past two and a half months, he’s no Verlander.
“We have an opportunity,” Joe Girardi said. “We have an opportunity to win a series. We fought all year long to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Hopefully we can get it done on Thursday.”
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