Girardi Presser Notes: Rotation & Roster

Key to Game One: Keeping Adam Jones in check
Update: Hammel and Chen to start first two games for Orioles

Joe Girardi held his ALDS Workout Day press conference — which was broadcast live on — this afternoon at Camden Yards. There were a lot of general questions about playing the Orioles and all that stuff, but here are the newsworthy items…

  • Girardi announced that Andy Pettitte will indeed start Game Two behind CC Sabathia. Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes will then follow in Games Three and Four, respectively.
  • Girardi said the primary reason was Pettitte’s and Kuroda’s workloads. They wanted to give Kuroda, who threw a career-high 219.2 innings this year, some extra rest while not letting Pettitte go too long between starts. Splitting up the lefties wasn’t a huge concern.
  • The Yankees have more or less finalized their ALDS roster, but they are not announcing it just yet. It’s not due until 10am ET tomorrow, and Girardi said it is still subject to change.
  • Jayson Nix, who worked out at Yankee Stadium yesterday, is a possibility for the roster according to the skipper. Casey McGehee, Chris Dickerson, and David Aardsma have all confirmed that they are not on the roster in some way.
Key to Game One: Keeping Adam Jones in check
Update: Hammel and Chen to start first two games for Orioles
  • Joe F

    Kuroda, we meet for the third time this season on Wednesday my friend.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    Great move. If your two best starters are lefties throw them 1-2. All we need to do is to take 1 in Baltimore and the series swings heavily in our favor. Phil and Hiroki pitch well at home.

    • Rey22

      With CC and Andy going? Screw that, take 2 out of 2.


      • Laz

        Makes sense though. Miguel Gonzalez who is going in game 3 has been very good vs Yankees this year, while Kuroda has started to struggle.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Nix would be a huge bonus. I don’t want to see E duardo in the field at all.

    • tim

      You see Nix in the field their is a big problem. Jeter and Cano are playing every game now.

      • Laz

        yep. They have had what? 3-4 days off. Jeter and cano should be able to play 5 straight days now. Nix is handy in case they need a someone if they pinch run. Top 9th and jeter is on 2nd with no outs you want to sub gardner in.

  • Rich in NJ

    An easy decision, imo.

  • CountryClub

    I think the yanks sweep. 2 of the games will be super close, but I think they take 3 in a row.