The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a divisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series.
The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest.
It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series.
And Boone will be assessing two potential roster moves in the likes of LHP CC Sabathia and OF Aaron Hicks. Both players appear to be healthy, and during a conference call with the media on Wednesday, Boone noted they will both be of consideration for the ALCS roster.
Hicks told reporters down in Tampa that he was "pretty much doing everything" as it related to the game, and Boone revealed that he was actually up at Yankee Stadium putting in work on Wednesday.
"Yeah he is very much a consideration," Boone said of Hicks. "He's here today actually. We're hoping to have some sim game stuff going on with a couple of our pitchers. He did a lot of hitting and what not. He's good physically. Obviously hasn't had the kind of reps or games that you'd like, but he has certainly put himself in the position to be considered."
In Sabathia's case, the veteran left-hander was held out of the ALDS after the Yankees determined he wasn't ready to go, dealing with a shoulder injury. However, Boone did like what he saw on Wednesday when Sabathia threw.
"CC did throw today and frankly looked really good," Boone said. "I was really excited about how he looked. He was sharp, he was really able to finish his pitches. I think he's feeling considerably better than he was this time last week certainly. I would say he is now an option for us as well and somebody that we're considering. We'll see how he bounces back tomorrow from his session today."
Boone wouldn't say whether or not he'll carry 12 or 13 pitchers in this series. They carried 12 last time, so if that's the same thought process for Boone, Sabathia would have to take someone's spot. Tyler Lyons would be a good, educated guess.
But where exactly would Boone use Sabathia?
"I think there's a little bit of a couple different roles he could fill," Boone explained. "Multi-inning might be a little aggressive, but certainly a one-off where he's facing a left-handed hitter. I could certainly see him in there in a lane where he's facing three or four hitters. Possibly an inning-plus, something like that. I think the biggest thing is evaluating where he is."
The Yankees must be confident that both Hicks and Sabathia are fully healthy, and they still have time to determine that. But as the saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." That could be in the back of the Yankees' minds after seeing what their initial 25-man accomplish against the Twins.