NEW YORK -- Manager Buck Showalter is expected to reveal his full American League Division Series rotation in the next few days, but he did confirm on Monday night that he will go with four starters.
Showalter, who joked that reporters should already know who will start Game 1, will not pitch anyone on short rest and it seems all but official that right-hander Chris Tillman will get the ball first. Showalter has the rest of the team's rotation for the regular season all lined up, but he wants to wait to check on a few things before divulging his plans. Sunday's finale will be mostly a bullpen game, since he wants to make sure everyone stays fresh.
"There will be a starter," said Showalter of Sunday's game. "It may be that somebody comes in and throws to one hitter. I just think everybody needs to get the ball in their hand on Sunday. If someone has to pitch on Saturday, extended, that might change. We will be trying to win those games, but we will have a starter from that six starting that game.
"We want to pitch everybody in the 'pen on Sunday. I don't want them sitting around for more than three days. Same with position players, I don't want to see them sitting around for six days and not play in Toronto. We're trying to win games, trying to make sure everybody's ready, because I'm going to give everybody [Monday] completely off and we'll work out Tuesday and Wednesday."
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