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Yankees (74-47) vs. Twins (54-68)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 2.93) vs LHP Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher DH
Jones RF
Nunez 3B
Cervelli C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s scheduled to start at 8:10p.m. ET. The game will be televised on MY9. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Thurs: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 2.93) vs LHP Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)

Fri: RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55) vs RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91)

Sat: TBA vs LHP Francisco Liriano (8-9, 5.12)

Sun: TBA vs RHP Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.53)

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Yankees (3-1) vs. Twins (1-3)

Pitching Matchup: 

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.00) vs LHP Brian Duensing (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

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

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It is scheduled to start at 7:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00) 

Tue: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.00) vs LHP Brian Duensing (0-0, 0.00)

Wed: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0-, 0.00) vs RHP Carl Pavano (0-1, 15.75)

Thurs: RHP A.J. Burnett (1-0, 5.40) vs LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 8.31)

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  Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees AnswersYankees (2-0) vs. Twins (0-2)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19) vs LHP Brian Duensing (10-3, 2.62)

Lineup

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

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On Wednesday, the real season begins: the postseason, that is. The Bombers will travel to Minneapolis to take on the Twins; first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 ET.

I realize many of you are still wondering what happened over the weekend, when the Yanks managed to lose the division (in what may be the craziest final weekend in memory) and haven’t had a chance yet to really focus on the task at hand. Most of you are probably still trying to figure out what a “Twins” might be.

The Twins finished the regular season 94-68 and won the AL Central by a very comfortable 6 games over the White Sox. Once again, Ron Gardenhire‘s crew of unknowns and cast-off’s won the division, even though most prognosticators had them pegged for no better than third place at the start of the year. During the season, the Yankees won the season series, 4-2, but these aren’t the same Twins that faced the Yankees in May. Here’s a quick breakdown on the team that will face off the with the Bombers.

Rotation:

Just like their better known opponents, the Twins face a conundrum regarding their starting rotation. Without a doubt, Francisco Liriano (14-10, 1.62 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will get the ball in game 1, but after that it’s a crapshoot. Will game 2 go to Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP), Brian Duensing (10-3, 2.62 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) or Scott Baker (12-9, 4.49 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)? The smart money is on Pavano for several reasons: one, he pitched much better at home than on the road this year and two, the last thing Gardenhire seems likely to want is to pitch Pavano in the first game at Yankee Stadium. That makes Baker the probable starter in game 3 – if Duensing can’t get two starts, his best value to the Twins is as the ace left out of the pen. The big question for the Twins, like the Yanks, is do they go with a 3- or 4-man rotation? If they opt for a four man staff, expect game 4 to go to Kevin Slowey (13-6, 4.45 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). In short, this is a righty-heavy staff facing a Yankee line-up that mauls right-handers (.796 team OPS and 118 OPS+). The Twins bullpen looks to get plenty of work in games not started by Liriano. Edge: Yankees

Bullpen:

The Twins are pretty formidable if they have a lead going into the 8th inning, with the duo of set up man Jon Rauch (3-1, 21 SV, 1.30 WHIP) and closer Matt Capps (2-0, 16 SV, 1.18 WHIP). Capps was acquired in a deadline deal with the Senators, where he posted 26 SV and a 1.30 WHIP; the 42 combined saves are the principle reason the Twins made the move. Duensing was effective out of the pen before finding himself in the rotation, posting a 1.80 ERA and holding lefty-hitters to a .162 average. The Twins also figure to lean heavily on Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier, with Jose Merias being the other left-handed option in the ‘pen. Overall, the pen is the strength of this Twins team. Then again, it was the strength of last year’s team, too. Edge: Twins

Offense:

The Twins lost Justin Morneau mid-way through the season and with him gone, the Twins lost both their starting first baseman and premier power threat. As a team, they only have four players who reached double figures in home runs and nobody hit more than 25. Despite that, they still scored 781 runs – good for fifth in the American League. This is a team that gets by on creating rallies from doubles and smart baserunning. Yankee catchers look to catch a breather, as the Twins were last in steals and attempted steals this season, averaging one attempt every two games. The attack is anchored by reigning MVP C Joe Mauer (.327, 9 HR, 75 RBI), back-from-the-dead DH Jim Thome (.283, 25, 59) and always steady RF Jason Kubel (.249, 21, 92). Perhaps their most intriguing player is LF Delmon Young. After years of waiting for Young to turn his talent into a solid season, this seems to have been his breakout year (.298, 21, 112) – even if nobody outside of the Twin Cities noticed. The question surrounding Young is, will he continue to produce in the postseason or revert to his more pedestrian career numbers (career OPS .704)? Edge: Yankees

Defense:

Defensively, the Twins are once again a solid – if unspectacular – team. They ranked 2nd in the AL in fielding percentage, but overall, they’re range is not exceptional. In other words, they make the plays on the balls they get to – they just don’t get to as many balls as you would expect from a top-flight defense. This is a team that needs to play sound fundamentals – because they lack the ability to overcome errors with the great play (and the pitching staff, other than Liriano, lacks the ability to pick up their teammates with a strikeout). Edge: Yankees

Manager:

Gardenhire is consistently recognized as one of the game’s best managers, and with good reason. Every season, he brings a small market, mid-budget team that project to somewhere around 85 wins, figures out a way to win an extra 5-10 games a year and delvers Minnesota to the post-season. Once they get there, the Twins tend to get sent back home. But it’s not the manager’s fault. Edge: Twins

Other notes:

The Twins are opening their first post-season at Target Field, which figures to be not really cold for Wednesday’s opener (forecast: 63 degrees at first pitch). The Twins learned their new park pretty quickly. Mauer may complain about the stadium robbing home runs with its dimensions, but the Twins were still 53-28 at home. The +12 differential between home and away wins is the largest spread for any of the eight playoff teams.

Projection:

Once again, the Twins make the playoffs – and once again, they exit early with their hearts broken. On paper, they seem to match up well with the Yankees, and if this were a nine game series, the added depth in their rotation would probably be their greatest asset. But this is a five game series and the off days mean the Yanks don’t need to entrust a start to either AJ Burnett or Javier Vazquez. The Yankees superior front three and line-up depth should make this one Yankees in 4.

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Yankees (12-14) vs. Twins (14-11)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (0-3, 3.94) vs LHP Brian Duensing (0-2, 5.73)

Jeter SS
Thames DH
Posada C
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Gardner LF
Pena 2B
Miranda 1B (more…)

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Alex Rodriguez

CC Sabathia took the hill tonight with many critics in doubt that he could make a big start in the postseason. He proved them all wrong. He did exactly what they are paying him to do, and that is win and give them innings. CC went 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and struck out 8 batters.

Sabathia’s pitching line was: W, 6.2IP 8H 2R 1ER 0BB 8K. The thing that stands out a lot is that he didn’t walk any batters, which is a great sign. In his previous postseason starts, he was worn down because he was pitching on short rest. This was a different case, and it showed in the results. The only thing I can bring up as a negative was that Jorge Posada didn’t look so good when catching Sabathia. The signs were crossed up a couple of times, and it created two passed balls.

Phil Hughes entered the game to record the last out of the 7th inning. He struck out Orlando Cabrera to end the inning. Hughes came back in the 8th to get one more out, before handing the ball over to Phil Coke. Phil Hughes career postseason numbers are: W, 6.1IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 8K 1.48ERA. Coke got and out, and then Joba had Delmon Young force into a ground out to end the inning.

Mariano Rivera got the ball in the 9th inning, even though it wasn’t a save situation with a 7-2 lead. I guess Girardi wanted to give him some work since the Yankees have the day off tomorrow, and he can still be ready to pitch on Friday for the Yanks. Rivera was a bit shaky, giving up a hit and a walk. He wound up striking out two batters and closed out the game without allowing any runs.

As for the offense, Alex Rodriguez put an end to his slumping in October. A-Rod had 29 postseason at-bats with a runner on base without getting a hit, which dated back to 2004. A-Rod had two singles with RISP on the game. He went 2-for-4, with one run and 2RBI’s. I guess he has the monkey off his back for the moment. Good for him.

Derek Jeter hit a two-run home run in the bottom fo the 3rd inning to tie the game up at 2-2. It was Derek’s 18th career postseason home run. He  tied Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle for third place on the all-time postseason homer list.  Former Yankee, Bernie Williams (22 Postseason HR’s) is still ahead of him. Jetes went 2-for-2 on the game, picking up 2 walks, 3 runs, and 2RBI’s. Hidkei Matsui hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Yankees ahead 6-2.

Definitely important to take Game 1 of the series. Let’s hope Burnett can put the Yankees up 2-0 in the series on Friday night. 1 win down…10 more to go (more…)

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Yankees (0-0) vs. Twins (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00ERA) vs LHP Brian Duensing (0-0, 0.00ERA)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF (more…)

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

Tonight: LHP Brian Duensing, (0-0, -.–) vs LHP CC Sabathia, (0-0, -.–)

Friday: RHP Nick Blackburn, (0-0, -.–) vs RHP A.J. Burnett, (0-0, -.–)

Sunday: RHP Carl Pavano (0-0, -.–) vs LHP Andy Pettitte, (0-0, -.–)

We will have more matchups when they are released..if those games are necessary.

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