Yanks tab Sabathia for Game 4 against Blanton

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Fans greet the Phillies' Ryan Howard as he walks into the dugout before Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The Yankees may have just ratcheted up the pressure on the Phillies tonight in Game 3. Manager Joe Girardi just told reporters that ace lefthander C.C. Sabathia will indeed start Game 4 on three days' rest. So instead of another Sabathia-Cliff Lee match-up, it will be Sabathia-Blanton. Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett could start Game 5 on short rest against Lee, while Pettitte could start Game 6 on short rest if necessary, although Girardi said he hasn't made any decisions yet.

Both Sabathia and Burnett have pitched well on short rest in their careers.

Burnett has started four games in his career on three days rest and is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA, allowing 19 hits and two home runs while striking out 24 and walking 10 in 27 innings.

During the regular season, Sabathia is 3-1 with a 1.01 ERA in four starts on short rest. His most recent postseason start came on three days rest, when he allowed one run on five hits against the Angels in a 10-1 win in Game 4 of the ALCS on Oct. 20.

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