UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Over 1,000 comments in the fourth — you guys are bringing the October game. The LoHud Yankees blog goes all night.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: That was a very aggressive send by Rob Thomson, especially after the ball kicked right off the wall to Young. But he was counting on the Twins not making two good throws in a row, and Orlando Cabrera obliged. A good throw home and Cano is out by a few steps; instead, the Yankees aggressiveness pays off and it’s 3-2.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: That’s three times on-base in three ABs for Jeter. Duensing has been good, but leadoff walks can be killer.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Wow, the wind gusts are silly. That ball started out over Cuddyer and ended up halfway between first and second.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: We can all rest easy now: A-Rod drove in a runner in the playoffs. Sharp single to left-center, it’s 4-2 Yankees and Duensing is done. Francisco Liriano coming on.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Liriano comes in, Matsui takes him out. That was his seventh career postseason home run. I don’t know what the Yankees are going to do with Matsui this winter, but there aren’t too many other players I’d want up in a big spot. The guy delivers. 6-2 Yanks.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: CC looking strong, his pitch count is at 95 through six. Nice play Punto to get Cano; Punto is one of those scrappy, do-it-all players that can give the Yankees fits.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Huuuuuuuuuughes warming in the pen.
UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.: Chad here. Just sent a text to my friend Donnie Collins, who is covering this game for my old newspaper and spent a lot of time covering Nick Punto back in the Red Barons days. After Punto made that nice charging play in the sixth, Donnie wrote: “The amazing thing is I’ve seen him make that play before more than once. He can play on my team.” I said it a lot on my old blog, I’m a big Punto fan. That guy consistently makes plays.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: That was right off CC’s left foot. Two on, one out. Hughes looks ready in the pen.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: That’s it for CC, who gets a huge ovation and tips his cap as he walks off. Sabathia pitched great, though you know he’s unhappy about leaving two men on. Huuuuuuughes on now to try and get out of it.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: That was a 10-pitch (and felt like 10-minute) at-bat for Cabrera, but Hughes wins the battle. Six outs to go for a 1-0 series lead.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: 5-4-3 rally-killer by Teixeira. That’s 0-for-4 for Tex, one of the few lowlights for the Yankees tonight. Jon Rauch – who, by the way, is like 10 feet tall – is coming on for Minny.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: What do you know, two RBI tonight for A-Rod. He’s a new man.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Interesting. Joba up in the pen.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Apparently Girardi wants to get everyone a taste tonight. Hughes out, Coke in.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Brilliant work by Phil Coke. The crowd doesn’t seem to know what to do for a guy who gives up an absolute rocket that happens to go right to the first baseman. Cheer? Boo? They do, however, love Joba – he gets a big hand as he comes to the mound.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Well, Joba is clearly ready for the big stage again. Two pitches and a groundout from Delmon Young.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Nothing better than Metallica and Mo on a cool October night. Three outs to go.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Mo gets the job done and the Yankees have a 1-0 series lead. Strong night all around for the Yankees, who got just what they needed from Sabathia and – yes – A-Rod. Back with much, much more from the clubhouse.