UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Yanks are nine outs away from the ALCS. That deserves a new thread, no?
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Pettitte finishes with a swinging strikeout. What a night: 6 1/3, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. That’s big-game Andy. Joba on now.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Just putting this out there: Pettitte was at 81 pitches. If Joba-to-Hughes-to-Mo works fine, nobody says anything. If it doesn’t …
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Not a good start. Young doubles to the gap, and Twins MVP (of this series) Brendan Harris is up now. Phil Coke just got up in a hurry in the pen.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: I’m sure Rodriguez likes having Teixeira hitting ahead of him in the lineup, but he must also like throwing to him at first base. That was a nice scoop at the bag.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: And Joba gets out of it. It wasn’t pretty, but he got the job done. Hughes for three, Mo for three and it’s Game 1 on Friday at the Stadium.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Announced crowd of 54,735 at the Dome tonight. Matt Guerrier on for the Twins now.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.:UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: No need to wait any longer. Rivera for the last four outs.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: You can set your watch to it: Mo busts someone in, weak grounder to first, inning over.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Two outs away and some dude just ran on the field, sprinted right past the mound and out into center field, where he tried to climb the blue baggie fence (he was unsuccessful). How cool is Mariano Rivera? He just sort of looked at the guy as he ran past. No flinch, no nothing. Threw a few warm-up pitches as the guy was “escorted” off by the cops and he’s ready to get back to work.