The Yankees finally know where they’re going to play Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and it’s a place they’ve grown rather familiar with over the last few months. CC Sabathia will be on the mound for the Yankees Friday at Rangers Ballpark, as the Bombers’ quest for their 41st American League pennant begins in Texas.
Getting ready for the ALCS at a workout on Tuesday, the Yankees said they didn’t have any real preference (save for perhaps Lance Berkman, who will be plenty pleased to see familiar faces in his home state), but Joe Girardi knew no matter who won last night’s ALDS Game 5, they were going to have their work cut out for them.
“I think they’re pretty similar clubs, actually,” Girardi said. “Their starting pitching has been good. Their bullpens have been good, they have speed, they have power. We’ve seen Tampa a lot more than we’ve seen Texas this year, but to get to where they are, they’re both very good clubs. Whoever we face, it’s going to be a big challenge.”
Today the Yankees will hold another workout at the Stadium, giving mound time to A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez, among others. Team brass had an early-morning meeting upstairs to decide various items for the ALCS now that they know their opponent, including the probable rotation as well as any roster moves. Those should be announced today.