New York Yankees Announce 25-Man ALDS Roster

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees hits his second home run of the night against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning during their game on October 3, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As they get ready to enter the postseason looking for their 28th World Series title, the New York Yankees have released their 25-man roster for the 2012 American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles

Not that there were many surprises expected, but it looks about the way everyone would have predicted. The one slight shocker is the inclusion of Brett Gardner, who has only played in 16 games this season due to an elbow injury. 

But even Gardner was able to get a couple of at-bats in the last series of the year against Boston and has been used as a pinch-runner in spots, so it's not like this came out of nowhere. 

Plus, I love the idea of being able to utilize his speed in a late-game situation when you need a runner who can take an extra base on a hit or a steal when the situation calls for it. 

On the pitching side of things, you have the usual suspects in the rotation—CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. 

Derek Lowe, who has been very good for the Yankees since being picked up late in the season, also gets a roster spot. 

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The bullpen is led by the two-headed monster of David Robertson and Rafael Soriano. This is going to be an interesting October for Soriano, who has the unenviable task of closing games in the shadow of Mariano Rivera. 

That is another story for another day. Right now, here is a full look at the 25-man roster the Yankees will run out for the ALDS against the Orioles. 

 SP CC Sabathia
 SP Andy Pettitte
 SP Hiroki Kuroda
 SP Phil Hughes
 RP Joba Chamberlain
 RP Boone Logan
 RP Derek Lowe
 RP David Phelps
 RP Clay Rapada
 RP David Robertson
 RP Rafael Soriano
 C Russell Martin
 C Chris Stewart
 1B Mark Teixeira
 2B Robinson Cano
 3B Alex Rodriguez
 3B Eric Chavez
 3B Jayson Nix
 SS Derek Jeter
 SS Eduardo Nunez
 LF Raul Ibanez
 LF Brett Gardner
 CF Curtis Granderson
 RF Ichiro Suzuki
 RF Nick Swisher