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Yankees will start Betances tonight

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 28, 2011 01:18 PM

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You're all about to become big fans of Dellin Betances.

That's who the Yankees have decided to start against the Rays and David Price tonight at Tropicana Field according to Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times.

Betances is a 24-year-old righthander from Brooklyn who has 2/3 of a inning of big league experience. That came last Thursday against the Rays. He walked four and hit a batter in the eighth inning.

Betances was 0-3, 5.14 in four starts for Class AAA Scranton this season after going 4-6, 2.42 in 21 starts for Class AA Trenton. He did have 142 strikeouts in 126.1 innings in the minor this year while allowing 102 hits.

The Yankees will use Betances and assorted call-ups tonight. Cory Wade, Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson and Mo Rivera all got their work in last night, so they'll be resting today in preparation for the playoffs.

If that upsets you, it shouldn't. Terry Francona is fine with the idea of the Yankees playing reserves against Tampa Bay.

“They can do whatever they want. They played themselves into that position,” he said on Monday. “That’s their luxury. If they want to rest guys, they can. I wish we were in that position. I’ll never have a problem with that. They have responsibility to do what’s in their best interest.”

Look at it this way: If the roles were reversed, would you want the Red Sox using their best guys only to benefit the Yankees? Of course you wouldn't.

Whatever happens tonight, good or bad, is the responsibility of the Red Sox. They're the ones who played themselves into this spot.

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