Burnett to start World Series Game 5 for Yankees

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PHILADELPHIA - A.J. Burnett will start Game 5 of the World Series for the New York Yankees on three days' rest Monday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose the Game 2 winner over Chad Gaudin and could start Andy Pettitte on short rest in Game 6 if the Series returns to New York. Burnett beat Pedro Martinez in Game 2 and is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts on short rest.

Game 2 winner Cliff Lee pitches Game 5 for the defending champion Phillies. He has a 0.54 ERA on four postseason starts. New York is seeking its first title since 2000 and leads the Series 2-1.

According to STATS, no team has won the Series using just three postseason starters since the 1991 Minnesota Twins.


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