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ALDS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted By Chad Jennings On September 30, 2011 @ 8:33 pm In Gameday Thread | 465 Comments

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YANKEES (97-65)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
Sabathia vs. Tigers [2]

TIGERS (95-67)
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B

RHP Justin Verlander
Verlander vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 8:37., TBS

WEATHER: Feels perfect outside. Very slight breeze. Not hot or cold. Just a gorgeous night.

UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Dan Iassogna, LF Ted Barrett, RF Bill Welke

CLOSER AT THE BEGINNING: Mariano Rivera threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he threw it to Jorge Posada. Pretty cool.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: CC Sabathia is making his eighth career Game 1 start, including all round. He ties Whitey Ford and Roger Clemens for the second-most Game 1 starts all time behind Greg Maddux (11). His five career Game 1 wins are tied with John Smoltz and Red Ruffing for the most in postseason history. Since joining the Yankees in 2009, Sabathia has started Game 1 in each of the club’s five postseason series, going 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA (31.2IP, 12ER). The five straight Game 1 starts is the longest such streak in club history.

WINNING: The Yankees have swept each of their past two ALDS matchups, both against Minnesota. Their current six-game winning streak in ALDS games is tied for the longest all time.

ONE AWAY: With one hit, Posada will pass Kenny Lofton for the fourth-most postseason hits all time. Posada currently has 97. Derek Jeter is the all-time leader with 185… Jeter needs two homers to tie Bernie Williams for the second-most postseason home runs all-time with 22.

Update, 8:46: Sabathia was dominant in the first expect for that one pitch to Young. Of course, that was a big one, a solo homer to put the Tigers up 1-0.

Update, 8:56: Brian Heyman to continue the in-game blogging. It’s 1-1 on A-Rod’s RBI bouncer. And it’s raining.

Update, 9:08: Rain delay. The home plate area was becoming a muddy mess.

Update, 9:15:  Bad news if you’re a player assigned to Triple-A by the Yankees next season. You’re living out of a suitcase. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will have six home venues because of reconstruction at PNC Field – Rochester, Syracuse, Batavia, Buffalo, Allentown and the Red Sox’s Triple-A home in Pawtucket.

Update, 9:37: The tarp is coming off. There’s more rain in the forecast into tomorrow night.  

Update, 9:49: Tarp is back on. It’s raining hard.

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[3] Verlander vs. Yankees: http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/batvspitch/_/id/6341/justin-verlander