Javier Vazquez, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown and ... the biggest winner ... A.J. Burnett.
And this is where the Yankees are bogging down. Trailing 2-1 to the Tigers in their series, the Bronx Bombers are trotting out Burnett -- he of the five-year, $82.5 million contract -- for Game 4. The Yankees paid Burnett ace (or at least high No. 2 starter) money based on numbers that didn't add up to that sum. He wasn't supposed to start in this series, but mix in a little rain ... and a couple of losses ... and now a guy with a 5-plus ERA each of the past two seasons is their final hope. The theory is the Yankees have so much money that they can afford to miss on a lot of players and still be contenders. That is true, but the misses still hurt.
Speaking of hurt: Here is the Yankees' updated record in postseason games since 2003 ...
Vs. the Twins: 12-2
Vs. everyone else: 24-30