UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: We’re halfway through and it’s already time for a second thread. Yankees up 3-0.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: So much for the Yankees not allowing a home run this postseason. Solo shot by Kendrick makes it 3-1.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: That’s it for Weaver. Darren Oliver coming in to pitch for the Angels.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Random fact: Darren Oliver’s last postseason appearance against the Yankees before this series? For the Texas Rangers in the 1996 ALDS (as a starter!).
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Ugly, ugly swing from Swisher on strike three. He’s 3-for-21 this postseason. Meanwhile, Melky nearly assassinated Chone Figgins with that bat shard. Nice job by Figgins hanging on to the ball and not getting impaled.
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: That base hit by Abreu snapped an 0-for-11 this series. Also, Joba Chamberlain is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Monster shot from Vlad and suddenly it’s 3-3. He absolutely crushed it to deep left.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Looked like Pettitte got way too much of the plate to Guerrero, who generally will swing at anything that’s in his zip code. Vlad is waking up – he was 2-for-11 in the first two games but is 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI today.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: Nice work by Texieira to work a walk there, getting A-Rod to the plate with a man on. Scioscia is going to Kevin Jepsen – who throws near 100 mph – to try and get Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: Not this time for A-Rod. Fielder’s choice to third and it’s stretch time. Yankees have seven LOB today.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: That’s it for Andy, as Joba comes in to face Kendrick. Meanwhile, they just showed the Rally Monkey in a clip from “Pirates of the Caribbean” on the big screen. The place is going nuts.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: That didn’t take long — Kendrick absolutely smokes one off the right-field wall and doesn’t ever slow up, sliding into third with a triple. Swisher tried to climb the wall and get it but couldn’t. Yanks have the infield in as Izturis bats for Napoli.
UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: Izturis gets the job done. Crushes a fly ball to right that Swisher catches by the warning track. Nothing he can do as Kendrick walks home with the go-ahead run. 4-3 Angels.
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: Joba is getting roped around pretty good. Three straight hard-hit balls, this one down the line into the RF corner for a double. Now Figgins up. This place got very loud, very quick.
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Marte coming in to face Figgins. Rally Monkey now in the “Psycho” shower scene on the big screen. Hilarious.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Here we go. Chad tells me Figgins is 0-for-6 against Marte lifetime.
UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: Make that 0-for-7. Now Yankees have to rally against Jepsen.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Leadoff walk for Matsui and Gardner hops off the bench to pinch-run.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: This is one of those good news/bad news situations: Posada just hit a game-tying homer to dead center but it came seconds after Gardner was caught stealing. Instead of being up a run, they’re tied at 4. I think they’ll take it.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: After a single and walk, Cabrera continues to be brutal. Now it’s up to Jeter to try and break the tie.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Jeter on the back foot and taps back to the mound. It’s 4-4 going to the bottom of the eighth and Coke is coming in. What a game.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Not quite sure why Girardi is going with Coke to replace Marte. One lefty for another? Seems like a waste. It’s not match-up, either: Abreu was 0-for-3 against Marte, Chad says.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: That is an absolutely brutal mistake by Abreu. Terrible. In truth, he had a better shot at being safe at third than he did going back to second. Great play Teixeira to get to the bag for the tag. Huge break for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: We head to the ninth and to a third thread. Come on over.