Don't count out Sabathia, Verlander 

October, 5, 2011

DETROIT -- Doug Fister will start Game 5 for the Tigers in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, and Ivan Nova will start for the Yankees. But the bullpens will be standing room only, presumably. Freddy Garcia will have his spikes on, as he did at the start of Game 4, at the request of manager Joe Girardi, and so will A.J. Burnett.

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William Perlman/US PresswireCC Sabathia could be called upon in relief for the Yankees in Game 5.
The greatest weakness of the Yankees' bullpen all year has been the lack of left-handers, but in Game 5, there will be an additional left-hander with a Cy Young Award on his résumé -- CC Sabathia, who is anxious to contribute after throwing out a stinker in Game 3. There will probably be a situation when Alex Avila, the most prominent left-handed hitter in the Detroit lineup, will be due to hit, and Girardi could turn to Sabathia.