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CC or no CC for Tribe

NEW YORK --  Plenty of media types here are ready to skewer Eric Wedge for going with Paul Byrd in Game Four Monday night in Yankee Stadium. The thinking is that C.C. Sabathia could come back on three days rest for the Indians, like Chien-Ming Wang is doing for the Yankees, and Fausto Carmona would then be ready for Game Five.

Wedge has been adamant since before the series started that Sabathia, who has pitched on short rest just once in his career, would not do it in this series and that the Tribe needs four starters to win. Furthermore, with Byrd on the hill, Wedge loses some offense because he uses Kelly Shoppach at catcher, moves Victor Martinez to first and sits Ryan Garko.

Is Wedge working from a position of strength because he still leads the series or is he making a big mistake?

---Mike Harrington


AL Division Series
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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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