New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies won't reveal pitching matchups past opener

Veteran Pedro Martinez, who is experienced in the postseason and against the Yankees, is an option to start Game 2.

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Veteran Pedro Martinez, who is experienced in the postseason and against the Yankees, is an option to start Game 2.

NEW YORK — For starters, the pitching matchup in Wednesday's opener will be Phillies LHP Cliff Lee and Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, former Indians teammates.

But beyond that, neither team is saying.

The Phillies worked out in Philadelphia before taking a train to New York on Monday, and manager Charlie Manuel was coy about his plans, specifically about whether he'd start RHP Pedro Martinez in Game 2 at Yankee Stadium — in what would be an electrifying moment — and LHP Cole Hamels in Game 3 at home, or the other way around.

"Pedro has been in the big environment," Manuel said. "He has pitched everywhere you can pitch. I don't think anything is going to really bother him or get him upset. We can pitch him in either ballpark, really. I don't think it matters at all."

The Yankees took Monday off, so there was no official word. If they stick with their postseason plan, they'd start RHP A.J. Burnett in Game 2 and LHP Andy Pettitte in Game 3. But the bigger question is if they'll try to use Sabathia on short rest in Games 4 and 7 or incorporate a fourth starter, likely ex-Ray Chad Gaudin.

Boss words: There's going to be a lot of talk during the series about Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, who is expected to make the trip from Tampa for the opener. Monday, Steinbrenner issued one of his infamous statements: "The Yankees' enormous will to win, tremendous professionalism and great team spirit, backed by the best, most vocal and supportive fans have propelled us into the World Series. We're looking forward to our 27th ring."

Baseball king in NYC: New York fans overwhelmingly chose baseball over a regular-season football matchup Sunday night.

Fox said its coverage of Game 6 of the AL Championship Series, which pitted the Yankees against the Angels, was watched by 26.4 percent of the market's homes with televisions and 40 percent of households with TVs in use at the time. The numbers for NBC's Giants-Cardinals Sunday Night Football game were 9.3 and 14.

Phillies fans were apparently scouting their next opponent: The ALCS figures were 20.6 and 31 in the Philadelphia market.

Miscellany: Raul Ibanez will DH for the Phillies in Game 1 with Ben Francisco starting in right. … RHP Brett Myers may be added to the Phillies roster, replacing either LHP Antonio Bastardo or a reserve — ex-Ray Miguel Cairo or Eric Bruntlett. … Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will perform before Game 1.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies won't reveal pitching matchups past opener 10/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:51am]

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