The Yankees could have waited until one hour after Tuesday's AL Central tiebreaker between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins to pick when they wanted to begin.
The Yankees, holding home-field advantage throughout the postseason, had the choice of starting either Wednesday or Thursday at 6:07 p.m. EDT against the Tigers-Twins winner. They picked to get going right away at Yankee Stadium.
With the schedule they chose, the Yankees will get a day off between Games 1 and 2. The other AL playoff series between Boston and the Los Angeles Angels out West, will now start Thursday night.