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ALCS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (95-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Sukuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 3.86)
Pettitte vs. Tigers

TIGERS (88-74)
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C

RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 2.57)
FisterĀ vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Cold. Legitimately cold.

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Jeff Nelson, LF Gary Cederstrom, RF Mike Winter RF

GETTING STARTED: The Yankees have won the first game in each of their past four postseason series and nine of their past 11.

ANDY IN GAME 1: Andy Pettitte will make his seventh career Game 1 start, first since the 2005 NLCS at St. Louis with Houston. This?is his fifth Game 1 start as a Yankee, first since the 2001 ALCS at Seattle. It is his first Game 1 start at home since the 2000 World Series against the Mets. Overall he is 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA (37.0 IP, 23 ER) in his six previous Game 1 starts. The start by Pettitte snaps a streak of seven consecutive Yankees postseason Game 1s started by CC Sabathia dating back to 2009.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Yankees were a Major League-best 51-30 at home in 2012. They have collected at least 50 home wins in each of the first four seasons in the current Yankee Stadium. According to Elias, this stadium is the second to ever host the postseason in each of its first four years of existence, joining Atlanta’s Turner Field.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Yankees will gladly give Cabrera bases-empty singles. He’s left stranded on the Fielder strikeout and Pettitte is through the first without a run. That’s huge. He got through Jackson, Cabrera and Fielder, the most dangerous parts of this lineup.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Andy gets through a 1-2-3 second inning, but it’s still scoreless because Peralta made a nice play on Rodriguez’s sharp grounder with the bases loaded in the first.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Yankees loaded the bases in both the first and second innings, but did it with two outs each time and still don’t have a run. Tough luck both times.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Another scoreless inning for Pettitte who’s allowed three hits through four innings. As always, just needs some run support.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Fister has settled in a little bit and this game is scoreless through five innings. Fister and Pettitte trading good innings.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Lucky triple and a couple of RBI singles have put the Tigers in front 2-0 in the sixth. Intentionally walked Cabrera, but Fielder and Young have gotten the job done.




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