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ALDS Game 1: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 06, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18)
Sabathia vs. Twins

TWINS (0-0)
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer C
Delmon Young RF
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Jason Kubel RF
Danny Valencia 3B
J.J. Hardy SS

LHP Francisco Liriano (14-10, 3.62)
Liriano vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:37 p.m. / TBS

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Crawford, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B Brian O’Nora, LF Gary Darling, RF Chris Guccione

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s for first pitch, dropping well into the 50s during the course of the game. Pretty much zero chance of rain. Nothing but blue skies all day today.

MORE OF THE SAME: The Yankees are looking to repeat last year’s Division Series when they came from behind in all three games to sweep the Twins. The Yankees starters allowed just three earned runs in 19 innings in that ALDS, and the Yankees out-homered the Twins 6-0.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: The Yankees are not hoping to repeat their previous wild card berths. They’ve been the wild card three times before this season and never advanced to the ALCS. The Yankees 95 wins matched their third-most in a season in which they did not finish in first place.

GOLDEN: According to Elias, the Yankees primary infielders combined for a .944 fielding percentage and just 27 errors. That’s the fewest of any Major League team at those positions.

THE CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has reached base in 48 of 53 career Division Series games. He’s reached in 122 of his all-time record 138 career postseason games.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Scoreless through the first inning. This place is beyond packed. I can’t believe how many people are here, literally standing in every available space. It’s very loud.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Scoreless top of the second for the Yankees, but the last three batters showed some signs of getting to Liriano. Thames drew a walk, Posada got enough of a ball for a single and Granderson ripped a ball that would have been a double if it were a little closer to the line. Not a good inning, but better than the first for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: It’s basically impossible to hit a home run to center field in this park. Cuddyer just smoked the ball to dead center for a two-run shot and a 2-0 Twins lead.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Hudson breaking for third base reminded me of Damon in last year’s World Series. That’s a heads up play, and it led to a run. It’s 3-0 Twins in the third.

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Liriano is dealing. He’s through five scoreless, and he’s been pretty economical in his past two innings. It’s still 3-0.

UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: RBI singles by Cano and Posada have gotten the Yankees back in the game. It’s still a 3-2 Twins lead in the top of the sixth. Two outs, two on and Granderson at the plate.

UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Raise your hand if you hated Curtis Granderson three months ago.

UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Robertson warming in the Yankees bullpen after Gardner very nearly made a great catch on what turned out to be a two-out double in the sixth. Runners at second and third for Kubel.

UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Didn’t see that coming. Kubel walked to load the bases for the rookie Valencia, who was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts against Sabathia tonight. Sam and I were just saying that we’d leave CC in to face the kid. Girardi seemed to agree with us, and Sabathia walked in the trying run, and did it on four pitches.

UPDATE, 11:37 p.m.: Huge strikeout by Robertson. That’s the at-bat when you’d like to have a second lefty, but Robertson gets Thome swinging to strand two and keep the Yankees in front 6-4. Kerry Wood in the eighth. Mariano Rivera in the ninth.




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