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Sori mystery: Ready or not?

10/3/2012

It is still unknown whether Yankees closer Rafael Soriano will be available for tonight's regular-season finale against the Red Sox. Soriano worked a season-high two innings, and threw 43 pitches, 12 more than he has in any other game this season, in Tuesday night's 4-3, 12-inning victory.

Soriano said before the game he would play catch and talk to Joe Girardi, who would inform the media. Girardi said in his pregame news conference he had not spoken to Soriano yet. Afterward, Soriano went to the outfield, tossed a little bit, shagged some flies and disappeared through the bullpen gate.

So it appears we will all find out at the same time if Soriano is available tonight -- if, in a save situation, the bullpen door swings open and out he comes.

Until then, it remains a mystery.