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Yankees (0-3) vs. Tigers (3-0)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.53) vs RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Suzuki LF
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Ibanez DH
Chavez 3B
Martin C
Gardner CF
Nunez SS

The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. 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.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Yankees (0-2) vs. Tigers (2-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 1.35) vs RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.56)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Suzuki RF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Ibanez DH
Martin C
Chavez 3B
Granderson CF
Nunez SS

The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s scheduled to start at 8:07p.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 (0-1) vs. Tigers (1-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 2.16) vs RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 2.84)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It’s scheduled to start at 4:00p.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 (0-0) vs. Tigers (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 3.86) vs RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 2.57)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. 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 (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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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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Are you ready for playoff baseball in December?

Think of it…sipping hot cocoa as the first flakes of snow begin cascading onto the pristine brown Yankee Stadium grass…as the players trade their batting gloves for their Gore-Tex counterparts…and as you struggle to stay warm in 5 layers of clothing in the 400 level.

During the ordeal, you can be thankful you aren’t at Target Field where the game-time temperature is 18 below and the Twins have traded spikes for ice skates.

Does it sound far-fetched? Well, the desperately poor MLB is thinking what the game really, desperately needs is another round of playoffs, with a second wild-card team added into the mix. It won’t happen before 2012, since the players union needs to sign off on the idea – and you can bet they want cut of the action from the extra round for themselves.

Personally, I think the idea is ludicrous. One of the best qualities of baseball is the pennant races, with two or three teams fighting it out to determine the division winner. I realize folks in Kansas City or Pittsburgh don’t agree, but then again, their teams are generally out of contention by May 1 anyway. Adding an extra round will only do two things: add more money into MLB”s coffers and dilute the quality of play in the postseason.

Ah, but then again: at least we can look forward to some poor fielder losing a grounder in a snowbank.

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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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New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes Participates

Game #6 of the American League Champipnship Series is upon us. The Yankees face elimination once again, as they send Phil Hughes to the mound in Arlington, Texas. Hughes owns a a record of (W-L, 6-1) with a 3.75 ERA in 8 starts on five days rest this season. Back in 2007, Phil Hughes relieved Roger Clemens in Game #3 of the ALDS, and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the Yankees alive. He was smacked around like he was tossing batting practice in his last start, so it’s hard to pitcture him doing any worse. This will be the most important start of Phil’s career, and he may never get another chance like this.

Dave Eiland’s Game Plan:

  1. Establish the Fastball on both sides of the plate
  2. Introduce the Curveball early
  3. Use the Changeup

Feel free to say a prayer…

“Our father who art in the Bronx, Baseball be thy name..Thy will be done…The Playoffs won……On the field, as well as in the bullpen…Give us this day our bat & glove, and forgive us for our errors, as we forgive those who homer against us. Lead us not into defeat, but help us beat the Rangers. In the name of the fans, Mr Steinbrenner and in the name of the Yankees. Amen” – The Lord’s Prayer

“Do not be afraid of the Rangers. The Yankees, your God, who are going before you, will fight for you, as they did for you in Minnesota, before your very eyes, and in the Bronx.” – Your Friend, Moses

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  Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees Is

  Alex Rodriguez #13 Of The New York Yankees Celebrates

  (L-R) Robinson Cano #24, Francisco Cervelli #29 , Ramiro Pena #19 And Sergio Mitre #45 Of The New York Yankees

  Mark Teixeira #25 Of The New York Yankees Is

  Nick Swisher #33 Of The New York Yankees Celebrates

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