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Yankees (1-0) vs. Orioles (0-1)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Suzuki LF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Martin C
Granderson CF
Nunez DH

The game will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s scheduled to start at 8:00p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on WCBS 880 and ESPN Radio.

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Yankees (95-67) vs. Orioles (93-69)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38) vs RHP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Suzuki LF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Granderson CF
Martin C
Ibanez DH

The game will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s scheduled to start at 7:05p.m. ET (8:40p.m. ET because of the rain delay). The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the ESPN Radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up the American League Division Series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Sun: LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38) vs RHP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)

Mon: LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)

Wed: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32) vs TBD

Thurs: RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23) vs TBD

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Pitchers: #62 Chamberlain, Joba #65 Hughes, Phil #18 Kuroda, Hiroki #48 Logan, Boone #34 Lowe, Derek #46 Pettitte, Andy #41 Phelps, David #39 Rapada, Clay #30 Robertson, David #52 Sabathia, CC #29 Soriano, Rafael

Catchers: #55 Martin, Russell #19 Stewart, Chris

Infielders: #24 Cano, Robinson #12 Chavez, Eric #2 Jeter, Derek #17 Nix, Jayson #26 Nunez, Eduardo #13 Rodriguez, Alex #25 Teixeira, Mark

Ooutfielders: #11 Gardner, Brett #14 Granderson, Curtis #27 Ibanez, Raul #31 Suzuki, Ichiro #33 Swisher, Nick

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Yankees (2-2) vs. Tigers (2-2)

Pitching Matchup:

 RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.84) vs RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 11.57)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 8:07p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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Yankees (1-2) vs. Tigers (2-1)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Rick Porcello (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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Yankees (1-1) vs. Tigers (1-1)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.50) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 9.00)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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Yankees (0-0) vs. Tigers (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova vs (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station.

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Yankees (0-0) vs. Tigers (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It’s scheduled to start at 8:30p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The 25-man roster for the American League Division Series has been finalized by Joe Girardi. Here’s what it looks like:

Pitching: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, Cory Wade, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes.

Hitting: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Chris Dickerson, Rusell Martin, Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada.

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The Yankees open up the American League Division Series tonight against the Detroit Tigers. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Sat: RHP Ivan Nova vs (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00)

Sun: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)

We’ll have more matchups when they’re released..if those games are necessary.

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Throughout the season, you kept on hearing about how well the Yankees were playing and why they were the favorites to win the World Series. They spent 94 days in first place. On the other hand, the Texas Rangers were certainly considered a formidable opponent, but you didn’t hear people talk about them like they were on top of the American League. The Yankees, Rays and Phillies were thought to be the strongest teams in all of baseball.

By Season Half: New York Yankees

First Half: (W-L, 56-32) RS: 469  RA: 352  WP: .636

Second Half: (W-L, 39-35) RS: 390  RA: 341  WP: .527

As the season was winding down, the Yankees looked as if they were dragging their feet across the finish line. They weren’t playing like they did in the first half of the season. Girardi was resting players when they didn’t lock up the AL East division. I just never understood how you could bench your starters (even if they could use a day of rest) if you are in the middle of a pennant race. The bottom of the lineup consisted of Ramiro Pena, Austin Kearns and Juan Miranda. That wasn’t going to cut it with the fans. It’s always good to give your players a rest, especially if you expect to go deep into October, but you can do all that once you lock up that playoff spot.

The month of September didn’t turn out  the way the Yankees had envisioned it. It wound up being the worst month of the season, compiling a W-L record of 12-15 (.444). They were playing under .500 baseball during the most important part of the season. Their offense may have been doing just fine during that period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficits the pitching staff was placing them in. In the last 12 games of the regular season, the pitching was horrendous, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game. In that time, they went from 2.5 games up in the division to 1 game back. In the end, the Yankees (95-67) handed the division over to the Rays (96-66). You were actually hearing rumblings from the fans about how they “might not make the playoffs” (even though they had a nice lead over the Red Sox) during the month of September. They took the AL Wild Card and stumbled into the postseason. They had a clean slate after that. They gained some confidence when they swept the Twins in the ALDS. After seeing the Rangers take the Rays in five games, it looked like Texas was for real.

The Yankees took Game #1 of the ALCS, but you wouldn’t see them laughing after that. The Rangers would go on to win the next three games of the series (Lewis won Game #2, Lee won Game #3, & blew out the Yankees 10-3 in Game #4). Lewis pitched really well for the Rangers, but he’s not the type of pitcher who should be shutting down the Yankees. The ball was given to CC Sabathia in Game #5, and he pitched well enough to force a Game #6 (even though he didn’t have his best stuff that day).

The Yankees had their season lay in the balance, and they gave Phil Hughes the ball. Colby Lewis shut down the Yankees offense in embarassing fashion. The Rangers batters eventually got to Hughes in the 5th inning, and it was all over. You can blame the manager in some instances, you can blame the lineup and the pitching staff. In general, the team didn’t play up to what they were really capable of. There were a few players who stood out, such as Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Curtis Granderson. That wouldn’t be enough to get this team to the Fall Classic. The Rangers simply outplayed them in every facet of the game.

We all saw the Rays get knocked off by the Rangers, the Rangers eliminate the Yankees and the Giants beat the Phillies. Now, you can ask yourself..how did that happen? Back in July, the Rangers swooped in and grabbed Cliff Lee from the Mariners, which made them a major threat to anyone they would face in the postseason. Their offense was rolling on all cylinders, and the young arms on the team raised their level of play when it mattered most. Some might say the New York Yankees were the better team, but they simply didn’t step up in big situations. During the regular season, the Yankees went 4-4 against Texas. The Rangers came to play, and they earned every right to be in the World Series. Sometimes, the better team doesn’t always win.

  (2nd From L-R) Kerry Wood #39, Mariano Rivera #42, Derek Jeter #2, And Andy Pettitte #46 Of The New York Yankees Look

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