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New York state of mind

At the moment, it looks like there will be a Game 6 in the World Series as the Phillies lead the Yankees 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Cliff Lee has allowed one hit since the first inning. He hasn’t been sharp but he has been sharp enough. A.J. Burnett lasted only four batters into the third inning. He was charged with all six runs.

Now, unless the Yankees have Chad Gaudin up their sleeves, they’ll start Andy Pettitte on short rest on Wednesday. It will be the first time he has done that since 2006.

The lack of development by Joba Chamberlain is coming back to haunt the Yankees now as they try and win the Series with three starters. Chamberlain was 1-4 with a 7.75 ERA over his final 10 starts, giving up 56 hits and walked 19 over 40 2/3 innings. That got him shipped back to the bullpen.

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Meanwhile, the Celtics are in the house. Rajon Rondo, Eddie House, Philly native Rasheed Wallace and Lester Hudson are in a suite catching the game. Rondo had the hook-up via Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Both are sponsored by Red Bull.

Speaking of which, I’ll be stopping on the Jersey Turnpike for a Red Bull when I drive back to New York tonight for tomorrow’s workout. They should sponsor sportswriters.

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