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Yankees choose longer series; Sox open Thursday

In a decision that certainly does not qualify as a surprise, the Yankees have decided to begin their American League playoff series tomorrow.

This means the Red Sox-Angels series will officially begin Thursday night at 9:37 p.m.

The Yankees, who own home-field advantage in the playoffs, had the choice of starting either Wednesday or Thursday against the winner of today’s Detroit-Minnesota one-game playoff for the AL Central title.

The Yankees will get a day off between Game 1 and Friday’s Game 2, allowing them to go with a three-man starting rotation while allowing for extra rest for relievers Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera.

Manager Joe Girardi announced this afternoon that CC Sabathia will start Game 1, followed by A.J. Burnett in Game 2 and Andy Pettitte in Game 3. He also confirmed that Jose Molina will catch Burnett in the second game, rather than regular catcher Jorge Posada, who has had disagreements with Burnett during the season.

The Yankees have not yet set their 25-man roster, and have not decided whether they will carry 10 or 11 pitchers. It is believed that Joba Chamberlain will be on the roster, either as a short or long reliever.

See the complete Sox-Angels ALDS schedule here.

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