Shortly after we learned that Hiroki Kuroda would start on short rest for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi set the rotation for the rest of the series.
Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees will use Phil Hughes in Game 3 on Tuesday and CC Sabathia on regular rest in Game 4 on Wednesday. Girardi told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that he plans to stick with this arrangement even in the event that they lose the first two games of the series.
And so, here’s the tentative rundown of the matchups for the series:
Game 1 Tonight in New York: Doug Fister vs. Andy Pettitte
Game 2 Sunday in New York: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Game 3 Tuesday in Detroit: Phil Hughes vs. Justin Verlander
Game 4 Wednesday in Detroit: CC Sabathia vs. Max Scherzer
Game 5 (if necessary) Thursday in Detroit: Andy Pettitte vs. Doug Fister
Game 6 (if necessary) next Saturday in New York: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Game 7 (if necessary) next Sunday in New York: Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia
If Sabathia gets the call in a potential Game 7, he would be going on three days’ rest. Meanwhile, Verlander would be on regular rest.
The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.
Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.
Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.
Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).
Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.