- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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In a surrising development, Joe Girardi has decided to give the ball to rookie Dellin Betances for tonight's season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, a game that could well decide the AL wild card winner.
Last week, Girardi specifically said Betances would not be the starter for the final game of the season, but apparently changed his mind over the past few days as his team prepares to host the ALDS against either the Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers Friday night.
Betances spent most of the season with the AA Trenton Thunder, going 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA; after being promoted to AAA Scranton in August, he went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA. In his only appearance with the Yankees, Betances walked four batters and hit one in 2/3 of an inning against the Rays on Sept. 22, allowing two earned runs without giving up a hit.