A.J. Burnett will start Game 5 of the World Series for the New York Yankees on three days' rest tonight.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose the Game 2 winner over Chad Gaudin and could start Andy Pettitte on short rest in Game 6 if the Series returns to New York. Burnett beat Pedro Martinez in Game 2 and is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts on short rest.
Game 1 winner Cliff Lee will try to extend the season for the defending champion Phillies. He has a 0.54 ERA on four postseason starts.
New York is seeking its first title since 2000 and its 27th overall.
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A-Rod gets cameras moved
A day after Alex Rodriguez’s drive to right field hit a TV camera overhanging the fence at Citizens Bank Park, Major League Baseball and the Fox network took a step to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.
“As a precaution, we’ve moved the right-field foul pole camera back slightly so that the edge of the lens is completely in line with the top of the wall,” Fox spokesman Lou D’Ermilio said Sunday before Game 4.
Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner’s office, said the camera was never supposed to hang over the fence.
“Get it back and keep it back,” he said MLB told Fox.
Rodriguez originally was given a double in the fourth inning of Game 3, but after a video review was awarded a two-run homer. It was the first video review by umpires in World Series history.
Will Matsui return?
If this is Hideki Matsui’s final season with the Yankees, he’s going out in a big way.
Matsui, who can be a free agent after the season, homered in Games 2 and 3 against the Phillies.
“I think the nine games during the interleagues helped me for the preparation as far as a pinch-hitter, so I think I was able to draw from that experience,” Matsui said through a translator.
TV ratings soar
World Series television ratings are at their highest levels in five years.
The New York Yankees’ 8-5 win in Game 3 received a 9.1 rating and 18 share, Fox said Sunday.
It was up 49 percent from the 6.1/13 for the Phillies’ 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 3 last year, which also was delayed by rain.