Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP A.J. Burnett (first postseason start)
Burnett vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vlad Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
David Murphy LF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B
RHP Tommy Hunter (0-1, 4.50)
Hunter vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET / TBS
UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Gerry Davis, LF Tony Randazzo, RF Jim Reynolds
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s again, but it feels colder than last night. The flags at the top of the stadium suggest a pretty solid breeze blowing out to left field.
THE SCORE IN FOUR: The Yankees have played in 11 ALCS Game 4s. They’ve won eight of them. The Rangers have played in Game 4s in franchise history — both in the division series — and they lost both of them.
JETER STANDS ALONE: Last night was Derek Jeter’s 50th ALCS game, moving him past Manny Ramirez for the most League Championship games of all time. Jeter is five hits away from tying Ramirez for the most ALCS hits of all time.
BOUNCING BACK: Since the start of the 2008 season, the Yankees are 17-4 in games immediately following a shutout… The Yankees have trailed two games to one in an ALCS two other times and came back to win each one (1977 and 1998).
ONE EXCEPTION: The Yankees are 8-2 in playoffs games at the new Yankee Stadium. Both losses came against Cliff Lee.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Some empty seats near the field, but this place is loud, and Yankee Stadium loved that 1-2-3 first inning from Burnett. His stuff looks good. It’s a matter of sustaining it. I would hate to be Tommy Hunter right now. This can’t be a comfortable place to pitch in this situation.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The postseason, not exactly a great time to have my regular computer completely shutdown, only to be replaced with an old one that sometimes refuses to connect to the Internet. While I’ve been trying to get online, the Yankees have 1. Taken a lead on a controversial home run call. 2. Had another controversial home run call reversed. 3. Lost the lead without allowing the ball out of the infield. A.J. Burnett has allow only an infield single, but a walk and a hit batter have helped the Rangers pull ahead 2-1.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Derek Jeter with a two-out triple. The Yankees would certainly like to get this run. #expertanalysis
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Curtis Granderson – that no-good addition by that no-good Brian Cashman! — comes through with the RBI single and it’s a 2-2 game.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Brett Gardner’s bat went the same way of Marcus Thames’ bat in Game 1. It died a hero. That would have been an infield single for Gardner, but a great play let the Rangers get the out at third base. Regardless, the go-ahead run scored for a 3-2 Yankees lead in the fourth. Hunter is already out of the game.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Gardner was going to catch that ball. If that Hamilton at-bat ended with anything other than an out, there would have been a Yankees fan moving to Idaho and changing his name.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: That’s got to be a pulled hamstring. Not good news at all. Here’s Marcus Thames to pinch run for Teixeira. I have to think he’ll go to right field, Nick Swisher will take first base.
UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: As my computer continues to drive me insane… Burnett was one pitch away from a standing ovation and was instead booed off the mound on Molina’s go-ahead home run. Boone Logan came in to face Josh Hamilton and allowed Hamilton’s third home run of this series. It’s 6-3 Rangers in the top of the seventh. Amazing the change that’s happened in this ballpark.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: It’s official, my computer is a disaster on the worst night possible. Anyway, it’s now 7-3 Rangers in the bottom of the eighth. Teixeira has a strained hamstring and the Yankees are six outs away from needing three straight wins to stay alive.