New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will announce who is in his ALDS rotation on Tuesday and $82 million man A.J. Burnett is out, a baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees thinking confirmed. Girardi plans to use CC Sabathia for Game 1 and, on short rest, Game 4. Andy Pettitte will be scheduled for Game 2 and, on regular rest because of the off days prior to Game 5.
According to the Sports Business Journal, marketing agent Mike Ornstein pleaded guilty to federal charges in a case involving allegations that he conspired with others to sell Super Bowl tickets he bought from people who, through the course of their employment, had obtained the tickets at face value. Ornstein, who may be best known as former marketing agent to Reggie Bush and a former NFL Properties exec, was charged in April in federal court in Cleveland with mail fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and money laundering. In addition to selling Super Bowl tickets, the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland charged him with selling pieces of NFL jerseys which were falsely represented as being worn by NFL players in games. In 1995, Ornstein pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud for his role in a scheme to defraud the league of $350,000. He admitted to submitting fraudulent invoices for goods the NFL never received.
Former major leaguer Matt Murton has broken Ichiro Suzuki's record for the most hits in a single season in Japanese Professional Baseball. Murton's two-run single to center in the second inning for the Hanshin Tigers against the Yakult Swallows on Tuesday was his 211th hit of the season. Suzuki set the previous record of 210 in 1994 when he played for the Orix BlueWave.