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Game 96: Yankees vs. Reds07.19.14

Brandon McCarthy

YANKEES (48-47)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 1.35)
McCarthy vs. Reds

REDS (51-45)
Billy Hamilton CF
Zack Cozart SS
Todd Frazier 3B
Jay Bruce RF
Devin Mesoraco C
Brayan Pena 1B
Chris Heisey LF
Donald Lutz DH
Kristopher Negron 2B

RHP Alfredo Simon (12-3, 2.70)
Simon vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s cloudy, but the temperature is perfect (mid 70s). The forecast calls for just a 10 percent chance of showers.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Adrian Johnson, 3B Larry Vanover

B-MAC IN THE BRONX: Brandon McCarthy will make his first start at Yankee Stadium since the team acquired him earlier this month from the Diamondbacks. McCarthy threw 6.2 innings in Cleveland on July 9 in his Yankee debut. He allowed nine hits, walked none and surrendered four runs, although only one was earned.

IS THIS STAT AN ERROR?: Weird. The Yankees are 3-1 in their last four when committing at least three errors, a feat they accomplished again last night. They also beat Tampa on April 20 and the Angels last Aug. 13 on error-prone days.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: McCarthy’s home Yankee debut has been better than imagined so far. He’s just burying sinkers on hitters. His velocity has been 91-94, and he even touched 95 on the strikeout of Billy Hamilton.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Through four, here’s McCarthy’s line: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. 56 pitches, 39 strikes.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: McCarthy was one bad pitch from allowing the Reds to tie it up. Instead, he struck out Pena with high heat, giving him 9 Ks through six. That might be it. If it is, it’s a strong Bronx debut for McCarthy.

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Game 51: Yankees at Mets05.28.13

YANKEES (30-20)
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67)
Kuroda vs. Mets

METS (19-29)
Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda LF
Marlon Byrd RF
Rick Ankiel CF
John Buck C
Ike Davis 1B
Matt Harvey RHP (5-0, 1.93)
(Harvey has never faced any hitter on the Yankees)

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9, ESPN and SNY

WEATHER: It has rained almost the entire afternoon and is raining again now. The groundscrew removed the tarp and raked the infield, but the rain returned and the field is covered as of 6:50 p.m. No official word, but we’re not starting on time, folks. Having said that, the forecast claims it will dry up soon. Temperatures will hover in the high-50s with light winds.

UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Adrian Johnson, 3B Fieldin Culbreth

FIRST NO MORE: The Yankees dropped out of first place with Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Mets and the Red Sox 9-3 win over the Phillies. They had been at least tied for first since beating the Rockies on May 9.

THE DARK KNIGHT OF GOTHAM: If we ever get underway, the Yanks are scheduled to face Matt Harvey, the 24-year-old phenom whose 0.83 WHIP is the best in baseball. He has never faced anyone on the Yankee roster in 20 starts, which have almost all been either good or brilliant. Harvey has a 2.30 ERA in his career and has posted 144 strikeouts in 129.1 IP while allowing just 83 hits.

TWO’S THE LIMIT: The Yankees have lost two straight, meaning they enter tonight with a chance to lose three in a row for the first time all season. According to Elias, the Yankees haven’t been this deep into a season without a three-game losing streak since 1955. They lost their third straight in game No. 58 that year.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: According to the Mets, first pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. The rain is very light and the Mets say the forecast looks good.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: First pitch: 8:41. The delay was 1:31.

Also, Rivera threw out his ceremonial first pitch to John Franco. Mets PA deemed them “two of the greatest closers in baseball history.” I’ll leave the punchlines to you…

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Both Harvey and Kuroda have been terrific. That Harvey-Cano encounter was the best moment of the night, but Harvey struck out Cano on a slider.

Harvey has been as good as advertised, painting the black with 98-mph heat and throwing all four pitches effectively for strikes. Kuroda has been nearly as sharp. He has retired 11 of 12 since Murphy and Wright had consecutive singles in the first.

Watch for Gardner in his next at-bat. He’s had two strong swings against Harvey so far.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Per Yankees PR on Twitter, the go-ahead single by Overbay was his ninth go-ahead RBI of the year, tying Travis Hafner for the most on the team.

Kuroda has continued to pitch great. He threw a splitter to strike out David Wright with Ruben Tejada on second. He then picked off Tejada to end the sixth.

Terry Collins was the luckiest Met of all. He doesn’t have to watch his awful team anymore. He was thrown out arguing the call.

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Game 50: Yankees at Mets05.27.13

YANKEES (30-19)
Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Phil Hughes RHP (2-3, 5.51)
Hughes vs. Mets

METS (18-29)
Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda LF
John Buck C
Rick Ankiel CF
Ike Davis 1B
Mike Baxter RF
Jon Niese LHP (3-5, 4.80)
Niese vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network, MLB Network and SNY

WEATHER: It should be mid-60 and clear at game time. A beautiful Memorial Day for baseball after an ugly weekend.

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Adrian Johnson

SUBWAY CINCH: The Yankees are 54-36 (.600) all-time against the Mets. They are just 25-20 (.556) in Queens, but 8-4 here since the Mets moved to Citi Field. The Yankees have also won nine of 11 overall against the Mets.

NO NEED FOR LEFTY LUCK: The Yanks are 11-4 this year against lefties and face the struggling lefty Niese in tonight’s Subway Series opener. Their .733 winning percentage is the best in baseball, and they’ve been their best of late, winning eight of nine, the last against unbeaten Matt Moore.

SENIOR SCHOOLING: I stole the subhead from the Yankees’ game notes because it cannot be topped. Of course, neither can the Yanks when facing the NL. They’ve won 16 of 21 and 24 of 32 and haven’t lost an interleague series on the road since 2010.

I’ll post my share both here and on Chad’s Twitter account @LoHudYankees.

UPDATE: 9:00 p.m.: You have to wonder watching this if Phil Hughes would have (or, if the Yankees don’t re-sign him, WILL) fulfill his potential if he pitched in (or pitches in) a home park like Citi Field? David Wright, Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy all might have gone yard if this game was played in the Bronx. Instead, Hughes takes a three-hit shutout into the seventh.

And speaking of that Murphy hit, what a catch by Gardner. That has to move pretty high up on the list of Subway Series highlights.

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Game 43: Yankees vs. Blue Jays05.18.13

YANKEES (26-16)
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP David Phelps
Phelps vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (17-25)
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
J.P Arencibia C
Adam Lind 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Maicer Izturis SS
Emilio Bonifacio 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures are in the mid to high 60s. It’s cloudy, but there’s only a 10 percent chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Rob Drake, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Joe West, 3B Andy Fletcher

PECKING ORDER IN TACT VS. JAYS: The Blue Jays were expected to contend in the AL East this year, but the Yankees have won seven of the last eight between the teams this year.

NO EXTRAS, THANK YOU: The Yankees will play one short today unless Reid Brignac arrives in time, but that isn’t expected. They acquired Brignac last night and DFA’d Alberto Gonzalez, but Brignac is still in transit. For their sake, they don’t want to go into extra innings tonight, that’s for sure.

THEY HAVE HIS BACK: Yankee relievers have pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in support of Phelps during his three starts.

I’ll have pregame notes in a bit. They were delayed because Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were available prior to today’s game. Check back for more from Steinbrenner in a few minutes. In the meantime, I’ll post some updates here and on Twitter @LoHudYankees, which I will man today in Chad’s stead.

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Cano ripped two home runs so far today, moving him into the AL lead with 12 homers. He’s the only Yankee to have a multi-homer game this season (also did it Apr. 8 at Cleveland) and now has 12 such games in his career.

Surprisingly, Cano has never hit three in one game. He certainly still has time.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Phelps is probably done after seven strong and 113 pitches. He was wild early, but finished strong, striking out eight free-swinging Jays while allowing six hits, three walks and just the one run. Another solid start.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Hafner now has seven home runs in exactly 100 at-bats as a Yankees. Not surprisingly, he’s been his best at home. He now has five homers in just 54 ABs at Yankee Stadium.

In unrelated news, the Blue Jays are an embarrassment.

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ALCS Game 4: Yankees at Tigers10.18.12

YANKEES (0-3)
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS

LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.53)
Sabathia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (3-0)
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 Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)
Scherzer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 407 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Beautiful. Traded a bad night for a perfect day. Very little wind.

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

THE BRIGHT SIDE: Yankees pitchers have compiled a 2.25 team ERA this postseason, their lowest mark since 1961 (1.60). The Yankees have won the World Series in each of the previous 13 postseasons they recorded a ERA under 2.50. They have held opponents to three runs or less in seven of eight games thus far, including five games of two runs or fewer.

TOP OF THE ORDER: The Yankees used three different leadoff hitters in the first three games of this series (Jeter, Ichiro and Gardner). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time the Yankees used a different leadoff hitter in three consecutive postseason games since the 2000 World Series Games 2-4: Chuck Knoblauch, Jose Vizcaino and Derek Jeter.

MUST WIN: CC Sabathia undefeated in his six road postseason starts as a Yankee, going 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA. He is undefeated over his last eight postseason starts, going 4-0 with a 3.97 ERA. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all but two of those outings.

UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Top of the order sent down in order. It’s a 1-2-3 top of the first and here’s CC to try to keep pace.

UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Good call at first, good hustle by Infante, and the Tigers have an infield single. A-Rod would have had the out, right? Think Cano would have beat that out?

UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Infield single comes back to haunt the Yankees as Infante scores after a pair of two-out singles and it’s now 1-0 Tigers in the first.

UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Gardner with the always popular head-first slide into first base.

UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: Nunez reaches on an error and steals second base. With Ichiro at the plate, this might be the Yankees best shot at a run for a while.

UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Ichiro walks and Swisher goes down looking at an outside strike three.

UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: No error on Teixeira, ruled a single for Fielder.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Sabathia doesn’t look particularly sharp, which is bad news for this slumping Yankees offense. Tigers have two on with one out in the third.

UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Peralta got the ball a lot better than it looked. Thought it was a shallow fly, nearly made it all the way to the warning track. Wind might be blowing up high.

UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Rough inning for Teixeira. That’s his first error and second bad play of the inning. Meanwhile, Sabathia’s pitch count is already up to 65.

UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Infield single by Garcia has pushed the lead to 2-0. Nunez made a pretty nifty play to give the Yankees a shot at the out, but the run scores and Teixeira’s error(s) loom large.

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Scherzer has a no-hitter through four innings.

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Two-run homer for Cabrera and the Tigers lead is up to 4-0. Yankees offense needs its highest-scoring game since the division series opener.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Good grief, the Tigers are really burying the Yankees now. Peralta’s two-run homer has pushed the lead to 6-0. The Tigers have 11 hits, the Yankees have none.

UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Eppley coming in to face Garcia with two outs in the fourth. Unreal. Sabathia is finished after just 11 ours and 93 pitches.

UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Eppley gets out of it, but the damage is clearly done. Six runs feels like two dozen the way this offense has been playing.

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Sabathia line: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 93 pitches, 59 strikes.

UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Nunez breaks up the no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the sixth.

UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Rodriguez coming up to pinch hit against Smyly.

UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Kick save by Joba to get the Yankees out of the sixth without another run coming around to score.

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: Insult to injury as former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson goes deep a half inning after Curtis Granderson struck out.

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ALCS Game 3: Yankees at Tigers10.16.12

YANKEES (0-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 1.35)
Hughes vs. Tigers

TIGERS (2-0)
Austin Jackson CF
Quintin Berry LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Andy Dirks RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B

RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.56)
Verlander vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Nice, clear sky with temperatures in the 50s.

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

TWO DOWN: The Yankees have lost the first two games of an ALCS for the second time (also 1980 when they were swept by Kansas City under a three-game format). It marks the ninth time the Yankees have started a best-of-seven series 0-2, all coming in the World Series (1922 vs. New York Giants, ‘56 vs. Brooklyn, ‘58 vs. Milwaukee, ‘63 vs. Los Angeles, ‘76 vs. Cincinnati, ‘78 vs. Los Angeles, ‘96 vs. Atlanta and 2001 vs. Arizona). They came back to win the series four times in those previous situations (‘56, ‘58, ‘78 and ‘96). They were swept in ‘22, ‘63 and ‘76 and lost in seven games in ‘01.

NO HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: This is the third time the Yankees have lost the first two games of a best-of-seven series with both losses coming as the home team (also ‘63 when they were swept by the Dodgers and ‘96 when they won four straight vs. Atlanta (beating Glavine, Avery, Smoltz and Maddux).

BAD START, BUT GOOD STARTERS: Yankees starters have combined to go 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA in the 2012 postseason. They have 48 strikeouts, a .201 opponents average, and?have tossed at least six innings with three earned runs or less in all seven starts, matching their World Championship season of 2009 for the best such stretch to start a postseason in franchise history.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Here we go folks. Gardner leading off, showing bunt in his fourth at-bat since April. Don’t forget, Carp is chatting down below.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Gardner grounds to second and the Yankees go down in order in the first.

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Cabrera gets on in the air, but it’s caught by Granderson for the second out of the first inning. A fly-ball pitcher against Cabrera and Fielder is a dangerous thing.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Single, walk and a couple of medium-depth fly balls, but Hughes is through the first inning and through the heart of the Tigers order with the game scoreless after one.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Impossible to question whether Ibanez is hustling out of the box.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Make that 15 postseason strikeouts for Granderson.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Hughes got ahead of Cabrera, but with two outs and a man on, walking him isn’t the worst result. Gotta get Fielder now. Lefties had a harder time hitting Hughes than right handers during the season.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Annnnnnd breathe. Fielder swings at a 3-0 pitch and flies to center. Hughes is through three innings, game still scoreless, Verlander — of course — working on a perfect game.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Ichiro singles for the Yankees first hit of the night.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Young continues to clobber the Yankees in the postseason. His solo homer to start the bottom of the fourth has the Tigers in front 1-0.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Hughes velocity has been 90-91 most of the night, and now he’s pulled because of some sort of apparent injury concern. He’s given the Yankees the kind of start I think they were hoping to see — some hits, but until the inevitable homer he’d kept this lineup off the board — and now it’s Phelps coming in from the pen.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Still no word on Hughes’ injury, but Phelps is one out away from getting out of the inning.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Groundball to short and Phelps is out of the inning. It was dicey — a single and a couple of medium-depth fly balls — but Phelps has done the job. Can’t see anyone getting loose in the bullpen, so it looks like the fifth inning will belong to Phelps as well.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Verlander is awfully good, and the Yankees have very little to show for their at-bats so far. Ichiro’s fourth-inning single remains their only hit heading into the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Bad hop for Chavez, but it’s an E-5 and the leadoff man is on for the Tigers in the fifth. Middle of the order now coming to the plate.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Bad route for Granderson on the hard line drive by Cabrera. It’s an RBI double and the Tigers lead is up to 2-0.

UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Terrific play by Nunez to save a run (for now). Here comes Eppley to face Peralta with two outs and runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: One unearned run in the inning as Eppley gets out of it.

HUGHES UPDATE: Phil Hughes has a stiff back according to the Yankees.

UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Girardi’s most questionable bullpen decision of the series might have been letting Boone Logan pitch to Miguel Cabrera with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth. Of course, Logan got a groundball to third and an inning-ending double play. Who knew?

UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Logan is still out there for the ninth. This pitching staff — despite Hughes’ stiff back, Chavez’s error and a lot of work for the bullpen — has done its job. Two runs is awfully good against this Tigers lineup, but the Yankees offense has been awful once again. Obviously a lot of that is Verlander, but given the way this postseason has gone, it seems the Yankees never really had much of a chance. They’ve got one inning to prove people wrong, but right now it’s the same old story all over again.

UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Logan got through 2.1 innings on 25 pitches, including that huge double play against Cabrera. Here’s Joba Chamberlain to face Infante with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth. The Yankees have Nunez, Gardner and Ichiro coming to the plate in the ninth. Verlander is at 115 pitches.

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ALCS Game 2: Yankees vs. Tigers10.14.12

YANKEES (0-1)
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jayson Nix SS

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 2.16)
Kuroda vs. Tigers

TIGERS (1-0)
Austin Jackson CF
Quintin Berry LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Andy Dirks RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B

RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 2.84)
Sanchez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:07 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Temperatures back into the 60s today. It finally feels nice here again.

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

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: Today, the Yankees will do something they haven’t done since October 28, 1981 (Game 6 of the World Series) — play a postseason game without either Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter on the roster.

EXTRA! EXTRA!: The Yankees have played three extra-inning games so far in the 2012 postseason with all three coming in their past four games. That?matches their most extra-inning games in a single postseason all time (also 1996, 2004 and 2009). They?had played three extra-inning games over their previous 31 postseason contests entering 2012. The Yankees have lost their last two extra-inning games at home. Priot to those losses, they had won 10 straight extra-inning postseason games at home dating back to 1999. They have now played six extra-inning games in their last 10 home games. They have played 46 combined innings over their last four days.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Joe Girardi’s 48th birthday.

UPDATE ON DEREK JETER: CT scan and MRI confirmed an ankle fracture. He will see Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Charlotte, in the coming days. Jeter is currently in a splint and on crutches. He is not at Yankee Stadium and will not travel to Detroit.

UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Kuroda dealing through two innings. He’s struck out five of the six batters he’s faced.

UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Nix gives it a ride but it’s caught at the wall to end the bottom of the second with Swisher left at first.

UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Another strikeout for Rodriguez, another scoreless inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Terrific play by Cano keeps Kuroda perfect through five innings.

UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Another 1-2-3 inning for the Yankees. Really need Kuroda to keep this going. Can he?

UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Kuroda finally allows a hit, but he leaves the runner stranded to get through the sixth with the game still scoreless. He’s been oustanding. Just oustanding.

UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Nix goes down swinging to leave Granderson at second. It’s a 1-0 Tigers leave heading into the eighth and Kuroda is going back to the mound.

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ALCS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers10.13.12

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)
Fister 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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ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Orioles10.12.12

YANKEES (2-2)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.08)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (2-2)
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Lew Ford DH
Robert Andino 2B

RHP Jason Hammel (0-0, 3.18)
Hammel vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 5:07 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Temperatures still in the mid to low 50s. Little colder than last night.

UMPIRES: HP Mike Everitt, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Angel Hernandez, LF Brian Gorman, RF Fieldin Culbreth

WINNER TAKE ALL: The Yankees are playing a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the eighth time (also 1981, ‘95, ‘97, 2000, ‘01, ‘05 and ‘11) and second straight season. They lost in last year’s ALDS Game 5 at home against Detroit. This is the 10th time they will play a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 ALCS, each against Kansas City). … The Yankees are 5-4 all time in Game 5 of a “best-of-five” series (3-4 in the ALDS), and own an 11-11 record all time in winner-take-all games of a series. They are 8-7 in ALDS games when facing elimination. … This marks the fifth time they will play a winner-take-all Game 5 at home. They won each of the first three before losing last year.

FRIENDS CLOSE, ENEMIES CLOSER: Over the first four games of this series, the Yankees and Orioles have been separated by no more than one run at the end of 41 of the 43 innings played.

KEY TO THE KINGDOM: Yankees starters have combined to go 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (30.2 IP, 8 ER) this series, with 23 strikeouts and a .209 opponents average. Yankees relievers have combined to allow just one earned run in 11.1 innings (0.79 ERA, 6 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts).

ACE ON THE MOUND: CC Sabathia is undefeated over his last seven postseason starts (3-0, 4.66 ERA) and is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA in postseason 11 starts as a Yankee. He has made one start in a postseason game in which his team was facing elimination (2010 ALCS Game 5 against Texas) winning that contest (6 IP, 11 H, 2 ER). Conversely, Sabathia has made one previous postseason start in which his team could have clinched a series (2007 ALCS Game 5 against Boston with Cleveland) taking the loss (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER).

ALCS GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED: Major League Baseball announced the game times for the League Championship Series. If the Yankees win this game, they’ll play ALCS Game 1 at 8:07 p.m. on Saturday. Game 2 will be at 4:07 p.m. on Sunday.

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: 1-2-3 inning for Sabathia to start this thing.

UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Another perfect inning for Sabathia. Goes without saying that the Yankees need some offense.

UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Sabathia perfect through three innings. He’s doing his part so far.

UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Leadoff single by Teixeira breaks up the no-hitter in the fifth. Still no outs in the inning. Chance to do something.

UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: Teixeira stolen base, Granderson single and Yankees run all in the same inning.

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Very, very close call on McLouth’s foul ball. Might have grazed the pole, but that’s almost impossible to say. It’s ruled foul and CC gets the strikeout on the next pitch.

UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: Ichiro gives the Yankees an insurance run with his double, now an intentional walk to bring in a lefty to face Ibanez. Would you pinch hit Rodriguez?

UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: Ibanez says in to strikeout and end the inning. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead heading into the seventh.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Good call by Girardi to play Granderson. His second hit of the game is a solo homer to push the lead to 3-0 in the seventh.

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ALDS Game 4: Yankees vs. Orioles10.11.12

YANKEES (2-1)
Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS

RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23)
Hughes vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (1-2)
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jim Thome DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Manny Machado 3B

LHP Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63)
Saunders vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:37 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid to low 50s. Little colder than last night.

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Tony Randazzo, LF Angel Hernandez, RF Brian Gorman

WIN FROM THE PEN: Dave Robertson earned his third career postseason win last night. He’s now tied with Sparky Lyle for the third-most postseason relief wins in franchise history behind Mariano Rivera (8) and Mike Stanton (4).?Robertson has recorded the victory in each of the Yankees’ last three postseason extra-inning wins (also 2009 ALDS Game 2 vs. the Twins and 2009 ALCS Game 2 vs. the Angels).

WIN IN EXTRAS: The Yankees have won each of their last four extra-inning games dating back to the regular season, all coming in their last seven home games. The Yankees are 7-3 overall in extra-inning contests this season, including three wins against Baltimore (also April 10 and 11). The Yankees have won each of their last 10 extra-inning postseason games at home dating back to 1999. According to Elias, that is the longest such streak in Major League history.

NICE ROUND NUMBER: Derek Jeter is three hits away from 200 postseason hits in his career. No other player has collected more than 128 postseason hits, and no active player — unless you count Manny Ramirez — has as many as 100 postseason hits. Chipper Jones career ended at 97.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Hughes gets through a rocky first with no damage done.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Leadoff double by Nix goes nowhere in the third inning. Jeter puts together a 13-pitch at-bat, but it ends with the first of three straight outs to leave Nix stranded.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Hughes gave up a ton of home runs this season, and he’s just allowed one to Nate McLouth to put the Orioles in front in the fifth. The Yankees offense, meanwhile, has two hits.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Hughes is getting the job done. Needs some offense in the worst way.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Rodriguez goes down swinging against the right hander and it’s a tie game. The sac bunt worked to help bring in one run. Hughes back out for the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: McLouth is 2-for-2 with a walk, double and home run off Hughes. Easy call to bring in Logan here, but Hughes gave the Yankees all they could have asked for: 6.2 innings, one run, eight strikeouts. He leaves with a 1-1 tie.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Former Yankees reliever Luis Ayala coming in to face Jeter with two on and two out in the seventh. Big opportunity to tkae the lead here.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Jeter takes a low strike and takes a high strike and it’s a strikeout to leave two runners stranded. Still tied at 1 with Robertson coming in.

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