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Girardi panicking again, going back to CC

TORONTO -- I'll be in the house covering tonight's Yankees-Blue Jays game in the Rogers Centre and I'm shaking my head at how Joe Girardi is handling things. Girardi is starting CC Sabathia tonight and risking his entire playoff rotation at a time when the Yankees' pitching is basically CC, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and prayers.

The Bombers' magic number to clinch a berth is one. To miss it, they'd have to go 0-5 and have the Red Sox go 6-0. That's not going to happen. Sabathia was going to pitch Friday in Boston to be lined up for the opener of the division series but Girardi apparently panicked again after A.J. Burnett blew up last night and is going back to his ace.

The Yanks are just 11-14 in September and headed for their first losing record in the month since 2000. Girardi gets lots of blame. He took the pedal away from the metal and seemed to just be worried about getting healthy rather than winning the AL East and now his team is in a funk. Bad decision.

I would have kept Sabathia on Friday. What do the Yankees do now? Give him an inning or two in relief over the weekend? You don't want him starting Game One after seven or eight days rest. Goofy. Girardi meets the media today at 5. It should be interesting. 

---Mike Harrington


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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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