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 (1-0, 4.50)
Sabathia vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Matt Treanor C
Jorge Cantu 1B
LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 0.00)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET / TBS
UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Angel Hernandez, LF Fieldin Culbreth, RF Brian Gorman
WEATHER: It’s beautiful outside. Temperatures in the 70s. Big blue sky. No real chance of rain. A perfect way to start the LCS.
FEELING YOUNG: As a team, the Rangers have not hit CC Sabathia very well. There’s only one player on their ALCS roster who has a better than .222 career average against the Yankees ace. That one exception is Michael Young, who leads the team in Sabathia at-bats and has a .316/.325/.421 slash line against him.
GIVE AND TAKE: Combined, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Jorge Posada are 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts in their careers against C.J. Wilson. On the other hand, Derek Jeter, Marcus Thames, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano are a combined 20-for-59 with four doubles and two homers against him. This season, Wilson has held lefties to a .144 batting average.
A GOOD START: The Yankees have won the World Series every time they’ve swept a division series (1998, 1999 and 2009).
JETER AND BERNIE: Derek Jeter needs one run to tie Bernie Williams for the most ever scored in the LCS round of the playoffs. He needs one hit to tie Williams for the second most LCS hits. As for the playoffs in general, Jeter needs two doubles to tie Williams for the most postseason doubles of all time. He needs two home runs to tie Williams for the second-most postseason homers… With one run, Jeter would also become the first player to ever score 100 runs in the postseason.
OTHER MILESTONES: With one double, Jeter would surpass 15 players and tied Jorge Posada for the thrid-most LCS doubles of all-tiem. He needs one home run to tie Steve Garvey and Albert Pujols for the fourth-most LCS home runs… Tonight Posada will tie Kenny Lofton for the sixth-most LCS games ever played. Posada needs two doubles to tie Williams and Hideki Matsui for the most LCS doubles of all time… Alex Rodriguez needs one home run — like Jeter — to have the fourth-most LCS homers of all time.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Walk. Single. Home run. It’s a 3-0 Rangers lead before Sabathia has recorded a single out. Would have been tough to predict this kind of start.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Yankees might have caught a break there. Either way, Sabathia just had one of his most un-Sabathia innings and the Yankees are in an early hole.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Cruz looked safe on the first replay shown here in the press box, but he definitely looked out on the second. I’m going to take credit for being one of the few people up here who said he was out after seeing the play live.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Another wild inning from Sabathia, but he got out of it with a ground ball from Kinsler to strand a runner at third. Sabathia is already approaching 70 pitches after three innings.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Two more runs and a 5-0 Rangers lead after four innings. The Yankees had Joba Chamberlain getting loose that inning.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Here comes Joba. Sabathia is finished after four innings. That’s his shortest outing of the year.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Dustin Moseley getting loose for the Yankees. Wonder if the pitching plan beyond this inning depends on whether the Yankees get on the board against Wilson.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Robinson Cano has put the Yankees on the board. It’s 5-1 in the top of the seventh.
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Better late than never for the Yankees, things have gotten interesting here in Texas. RBI single by Jeter, two-run single by Rodriguez. It’s now 5-4 with no outs and runners at first and second in the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Is everyone finding their way back up from the bottom of the ledge? Robinson Cano’s RBI single has tied the game, the go-ahead run is at third base and the Rangers are up to their fifth pitcher in this inning. That matches an LCS record. Does Ron Washington know it’s not September?
UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Washington’s choice is to go to the right-hander to almost certainly face Lance Berkman, or bring the lefty in to face Marcus Thames. He took his shot against Thames, and Thames delivered the go-ahead single. Yankees are up 6-5 and there are still no outs in the eighth.