Sabathia to start Game 4

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While addressing the media before Game 3, manager Joe Girardi named CC Sabathia as his Game 4 starter.
Sabathia would be starting on three day’s rest, but the decision doesn’t come as a huge surprise, since it would allow him to start a possible Game 7, if necessary, also on three day’s
rest.




Girardi hinted that Andy
Pettitte and A.J. Burnett could be in line for starts on short rest in
Games 5 and 6, although Chad Gaudin also remains a possibility.




Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
hasn’t wavered from starting Joe Blanton in Game 4. With rain expected
in Philadelphia on Saturday, a postponement could change everything.




Note: Be sure to join me for a live chat of Saturday’s Game 3. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm ET.

Update: The tarp is on the field, so we might have a slight delay. As soon as there is first pitch, the chat will be up and running.

Peter Bourjos returns to the Angels on minor league deal

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Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.

Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.

The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.