Yanks will use everyday lineup in Wednesday's finale

Yanks will use everyday lineup in Wednesday's finale

NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Girardi is avoiding thinking ahead to a multitude of playoff scenarios, but should the Yankees clinch the American League East title Tuesday against the Red Sox, he still plans to field his everyday lineup in Wednesday's regular-season finale in an effort to secure the No. 1 seed in the AL. He will, however, consider scratching scheduled starter Hiroki Kuroda to set up his playoff rotation.

"Unless I thought something was really physically wrong with someone, I would probably play our guys," Girardi said.

With New York's magic number at two with two games to play and the Orioles only a game back in the division, the Yankees could still be forced into a Game 163 against Baltimore or a one-game AL Wild Card matchup to advance to the AL Division Series.

Traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz made reservations for the Yankees in five cities, Girardi joked, although the possibility remains the Yankees could play in Baltimore, Oakland, Detroit or Texas.

"I tell you I take it one day at a time, because it's changing all the time," Girardi said. "For me to think out all these different scenarios, I feel like it's a waste of energy."