10/02/05 9:58 PM ET
Notes: Moose to get the ball in Game 1
Jeter OK after leaving game; A-Rod wins AL homer crown
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
Joe Torre plans to unveil his ALDS rotation on Monday when the Yankees work out at Angel Stadium, though the manager wouldn't reveal which three starters would make up the remainder of that rotation.
Randy Johnson will likely start Game 3 in New York on Friday, though Torre hasn't ruled out the idea of using him in Game 2 on Wednesday. Should Johnson start Game 2, he would be doing so on three days' rest, as he threw 123 pitches in his start against the Red Sox on Saturday.
"He threw 120-something pitches, so my guess is he'll be Friday," Torre said. "We haven't officially said that, because we're not discounting anything. We'll make whatever decision we think is the smartest thing for us to do."
Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said that if Game 2 had been at home on Wednesday, he would have given more thought to the idea of using Johnson on short rest. Johnson is 11-2 with a 3.13 ERA at home, posting a 6-6 record and 4.64 ERA on the road this season.
Torre said that the only way he would consider using Johnson on Wednesday would be if he and Stottlemyre felt that it would give them more options later in the week.
"If we decide that pitching Game 2 allows him to come out of the bullpen for us late in the series, to give ourselves that option, it would be a consideration," Torre said. "But we need to have him best on the day he starts, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow."
Assuming Johnson pitches Game 3, Shawn Chacon would likely get the nod in Game 2. Chacon tossed two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's game, as it was his scheduled throw day and he hadn't thrown a bullpen session.
"We figured an inning wasn't going to hurt him," Torre said.
Game 4 would go to either Aaron Small or Chien-Ming Wang, with Wang the likely candidate because of Small's versatility out of the bullpen.
Jeter OK: Derek Jeter left Sunday's game with a bruised right knee, an injury he suffered while sliding into second base in the first inning.
Jeter was pulled for precautionary reasons, as Torre saw him running a little gingerly during his third-inning at-bat.
"It's fine; it's just a little banged up," Jeter said. "It's no big deal."
Jeter is expected to play in Game 1 on Tuesday.
He would know: Red Sox manager Terry Francona, whose Red Sox were forced to start the playoffs on the West Coast last October, said after Sunday's game that the Yankees won't be at a disadvantage because they have to fly to Anaheim on Sunday night to open the Division Series.
"I'm sure that they would rather have played at home; but it really, in the end, doesn't matter because you need to win wherever you play," Francona said. "And if something like that gets in the way, and I probably shouldn't speak for Joe, then you're not good enough.
"Wherever they tell you to go or when they tell you to play, you just try to be better than the other team."
Number crunching: Alex Rodriguez won the American League home run title with 48 homers, defeating Boston's David Ortiz, who hit 47.
Rodriguez also set the AL record for homers by a third baseman, hitting 47 of his bombs while playing third. His other homer came as a DH. The previous AL record of 46 was held by Troy Glaus of the Angels, who reached that plateau in 2000.
A-Rod finished the season as the Yankees' leader in home runs, RBIs (130), batting average (.321) and runs scored (124). Derek Jeter led the team with 202 hits, while Hideki Matsui's 45 doubles were a team best.
Quotable: "He's a manager. He has the right to do as he chooses. There's a code of honor when so much is on the line. You hope people do the right thing, but you can't control what people do." -- Rodriguez, on Rangers manager Buck Showalter's decision to pull several of his starting players early in Sunday's game against the Angels, despite the fact that an Angels loss would have given the Yankees home-field advantage in the first round
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.