Rivera: Game 1 is Wednesday

The Yankees still have not announced when they’re playing Game 1 of the American League Division Series, but it’s a horribly-kept secret that it’ll be Wednesday at 6:07 p.m. ET.

As you probably know, the decision is due one hour after the Tigers-Twins game today. The Yankees’ game notes still play the ‘what if?’ game, because they have to:

“The Yankees will play Game 1 of the 2009 American League Division Series vs. the Detroit Tigers or Minnesota Twins on either Wednesday or Thursday at Yankee Stadium

But you’d think they’d have to have told CC Sabathia when he’s pitching, right? Mariano Rivera isn’t interested in fooling around with toeing the line.

“We’re playing tomorrow,” Rivera said. “For sure. Everything else is off the table. That’s what it is.”

Meanwhile, the Yankees just got done stretching in a circle in shallow right field and are now playing catch. Shades of Spring Training. There are no fans in the Stadium as this workout is closed to the public, but there are probably about 100 media types clustered around the Yankees dugout.

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