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New York Yankees starting A.J. Burnett on short rest against Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of World Series

PHILADELPHIA — The Yankees are trying to make this a short World Series by starting RHP A.J. Burnett on short rest tonight.

They chose to use Burnett on three days' rest rather than former Rays RHP Chad Gaudin and will similarly decide between Gaudin and LHP Andy Pettitte if there is a Game 6 on Wednesday.

"We'll see how Andy is doing on his side day and the day off, and depending on what happens, we'll see how he's doing," manager Joe Girardi said. "But right now, as far as we'll go is Game 5."

Burnett is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts on short rest, most recently July 2008 against the Yankees.

"I think when you're talking about being at this level and being at this time of year, the competitiveness in these guys is tremendous, and they want the ball," Girardi said. "They want to be out there. They want to help their club, and they want to do whatever it takes.

"So as far as the mentality of it, to me that's usually not a concern. It's the physical part that's a concern. If you're able to curb their workload and space it out, I think sometimes you can ask them to go on short rest."

Opposing view: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it wasn't a tough decision to wait to use LHP Cliff Lee until tonight rather than bring him back on short rest Sunday, as the Yankees did with LHP CC Sabathia.

The main reason? Lee has never pitched on three days' rest.

"You're asking Cliff Lee to do something that he has never (done) before. But we're also asking him to do it in a very big, important place, and that's in the World Series," Manuel said. "I didn't have to think very long at all about that, and neither did (pitching coach Rich) Dubee."

For his part, Lee said he was willing to try. "I just let him know I'd pitch whenever he wants me to pitch. I think I could do it, but he makes the calls," Lee said. "I'm not disappointed or mad or frustrated or anything. … I'm not going to try to second-guess or anything like that. I would have been happy either way."

Candid camera: Saturday, the umpires said the rightfield camera struck by Alex Rodriguez's replay-ruled home run ball was in play. Sunday, Major League Baseball and Fox adjusted the position so the camera did not intrude onto the field.

Hit men: Yankees SS Derek Jeter had another busy day, picking up the Hank Aaron Award as the American League's outstanding offensive performer as voted by fans. Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols was the National League winner.

Miscellany: Yankees CF Melky Cabrera left in the sixth inning with a mild strain of his left hamstring, replaced by Brett Gardner. … Jeter tied Hank Bauer and Pee Wee Reese for fifth all time with his 46th Series hit. … Phillies 1B Ryan Howard ended his 0-for-9, eight-strikeout nightmare with a fourth-inning single. … Phillies RHP Chan Ho Park recovered enough from the flu to pitch Sunday.

New York Yankees starting A.J. Burnett on short rest against Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of World Series 11/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2009 1:21am]
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