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Burnett set aside in favor of N.Y. lefties

MINNEAPOLIS — As had been guessed at Monday, the Yankees bumped struggling starter A.J. Burnett to the bullpen for their American League Division Series against the Twins.

Game 1 starter CC Sabathia would pitch on three days' rest if Game 4 is necessary Sunday. Andy Pettitte will start Game 2 on Thursday, Phil Hughes Game 3.

"We felt with all the (Twins') left-handed hitters, we would try to throw four lefties at them in five games," manager Joe Girardi said.

NO ZITO: Veteran LHP Barry Zito will not be in the Giants' National League Division Series rotation against the Braves and might be left off the playoff roster.

Manager Bruce Bochy will go with RHP Tim Lincecum in Game 1 on Thursday, then RHP Matt Cain and LHP Jonathan Sanchez. Bochy said options for Game 4 would be rookie LHP Madison Bumgarner or Lincecum on short rest.

Zito, 32, posted a 4.15 ERA, the fourth highest of his career, and was 1-8 with a 6.72 ERA over his last 11 outings.

BRAVES STARTERS: Manager Bobby Cox said RHPs Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson are the Braves' first three starters in their series. Lowe will start Game 1.

Cox said Lowe or rookie RHP Brandon Beachy would start if a fourth game is needed. Lowe would be pitching on three days' rest but would likely lobby with Cox to make the start.

Also, key RH setup man Takashi Saito, who sat out for two weeks in September with a shoulder injury, was left off the playoff roster.

BROWN MAKES ROSTER: Rookie OF Domonic Brown, a former Pasco High standout, made the Phillies' NL Division Series roster. Brown, 23, considered a top prospect, batted .210 with a .257 on-base percentage and a .355 slugging percentage in 35 games this season.

UMPIRES: Jerry Crawford, Dana DeMuth, John Hirschbeck and Tim Welke are the umpire crew chiefs for the division series. Welke was assigned to the Rays-Rangers series.

Burnett set aside in favor of N.Y. lefties 10/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:17pm]
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