BALTIMORE- The Baltimore Orioles will bring 12 pitchers into their AL division series against the New York Yankees.
The 12-man staff includes starters Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman and Joe Saunders. But manager Buck Showalter says Saunders and Tillman will be available out of the bullpen for Game 1 on Sunday night because Hammel has a balky right knee and is making only his third start since mid-July.
Rookie Steve Johnson, opening-day starter Jake Arrieta and right-hander Zach Britton were not on the roster. But Showalter added, "Every one of those guys has to have the mindset they're playing tomorrow."
Utility players Steve Tolleson and Xavier Avery were omitted in favor of veterans Lew Ford and Endy Chavez.Yankees
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has placed 11 pitchers on the team's 25-man roster for the AL divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles.
In addition to projected starters CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes, the Yankees will have right-handers Joba Chamberlain, Derek Lowe, David Robertson, David Phelps and Rafael Soriano. The left-handed relievers are Clay Rapada and Boone Logan.
The Yankees will have two catchers, Russell Martin and Chris Stewart. The infield includes backups Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez.
Brett Gardner and Raul Ibanez are listed as outfielders, along with regulars Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki and Nick Swisher.
The best-of-five series begins Sunday night.
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