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Joe Girardi May Have Cost Yankees World Series by Starting A.J. Burnett

was no reason to start A.J. Burnett on three days' rest in Game Five of the World Series against the Phillies.

I'm not second guessing. As I wrote after New York won Game Four to go up 3-1, sending the right-hander to the mound was an unnecessary risk.

Sure, Burnett entered with a 4-0 record and a 2.33 ERA in his career on short rest, but he hadn't been tested like that all season.

It would've been a necessary gamble if the Series was tied at two, but with three chances to close out the Fall Classic and the red-hot Cliff Lee going for Philadelphia, manager Joe Girardi should've started Chad Gaudin.

Turning to Gaudin, who hasn't started since Sept. 28, would've given the Bombers a slim chance of beating Lee, who struck ...

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