Kuroda will be starting on three days' rest for the first time in his career. "We talked to [Kuroda]; he said he feels good and we decided to go with him on short rest," Girardi said. Kuroda has been New York's No. 2 pitcher all season behind Sabathia. "This is probably the shortest rest I've ever had in my baseball career, but at this point in the season, we can't really be talking about anything but to win," Kuroda said through a translator. Right-hander Phil Hughes will follow Kuroda in Game 3, while left-hander CC Sabathia gets the ball in Game 4, regardless of how the series goes, Girardi said. "We talked about it. The one thing about this crazy schedule is we had to meet 45 minutes after that game to put things together," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. "Hopefully Hiro will come out and help us win the ballgame," said Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte. "He'll be just fine."
About 45 minutes after CC Sabathia fired the final out of the American League Division Series into Mark Teixeira's glove, manager Joe Girardi was huddling with his coaches plotting the Yankees' pitching for the next round.