Joe Girardi is sticking with A.J. Burnett to start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.
When he was asked in the postage press conference if he was still going to pitch Burnett, Girardi didn't hesitate.
"Yes. Yes," Girardi said.
He answered the follow-up -- if he'd had to think about it -- just as quickly.
"No," Girardi said.
Burnett was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in the regular season and wasn't used in the ALDS. He went 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season. However, he did make three starts against the Rangers this year and went 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Last season, Burenett was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in five postseason starts.
The Yankees could have used CC Sabathia on short rest, but then would have had to find a Game 5 starter on short rest, too.
Burnett will face Tommy Hunter, who was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA. He went five innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sept. 11, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking three in a Rangers victory.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .