PHILADELPHIA — Actually, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, it wasn't a hard decision to name ace LHP CC Sabathia to start tonight's Game 4 rather than ex-Rays RHP Chad Gaudin.
Sabathia said he felt good, and felt good about pitching on three days' rest. And that was good enough for Girardi.
"I think the important thing on short rest is you have to know how your pitcher physically is feeling," Girardi said. "He went through all his work (Friday), and we talked to him (Saturday), and he threw a pretty good game after short rest last time, and he had some extra days off."
By pitching Sabathia — who was strong on three days' rest against the Angels in the ALCS and is 3-1 with a 1.01 ERA in four regular-season starts — tonight, the Yankees could also use him, again on short rest, in a potential Game 7 on Thursday. But Gaudin still could be involved as the Yankees are also faced with bringing back RHP A.J. Burnett on short rest for Monday's Game 5, and LHP Andy Pettitte for a potential Game 6 on Wednesday.
Though Burnett has done well on short rest (4-0, 2.33 in four starts), Girardi said he hadn't made a decision yet and "Chad could start Game 5."
PLAY IT AGAIN: Alex Rodriguez's fourth-inning homer was the result of the first use of instant replay in postseason play. Rodriguez also was the hitter for the first use of replay in a regular-season game, Sept. 3, 2008, at the Trop, with his homer upheld. "Well, it's only fitting, right?'' Rodriguez said. "I'm just glad we got a good ruling.''
There wasn't really any controversy on whether the ball he hit Saturday struck the camera above the rightfield fence. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel questioned whether it was a home run since the camera was protruding over the top of the fence into the field of play; umpire crew chief Gerry Davis said it was.
FLU CREW: Phillies INF Greg Dobbs, who was sent home from New York because he was so sick, was feeling "much better," Manuel said, and available for duty.
Several other Phillies have had symptoms, but team officials downplay the idea of a widespread breakout. And, at least according to RHP Joe Blanton, there is not much concern.
"I'm just a go-with-it guy," he said. "I don't really go out of the way to wash — do all the extra stuff to try to keep from getting sick. If you're going to get sick, you're going to get sick. … This is the time of year."
AVERAGE JOE: Blanton is buoyed by the success he had in Game 4 against the Rays last year, when he worked six strong innings, allowed two runs and struck out seven — and hit a homer off Edwin Jackson."Just the fact that you've been there before, you've been in that environment, you've been in that atmosphere, you've kind of been in that big-game situation and you can just kind of draw back and kind of keep your emotions in check," he said.
MISCELLANY: Jayson Werth was the 48th player to hit two homers in a Series game. ... It was the second Series game played on Halloween, after the events of 9-11 delayed the 2001 Series. … Andy Pettitte's RBI was the first by a Yankees pitcher in a Series since Jim Bouton in 1964.