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Spring Game 29: Yankees at Twins03.31.15

Masahiro Tanaka

YANKEES (15-12-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Brendan Ryan 3B
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Austin Romine C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Ramon Flores RF
Nick Noonan SS
Eric Jagielo DH

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-5, 2.77 in 2014)

TWINS (11-14-2)
Jordan Schafer CF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Chris Herrmann RF
Kennys Vargas 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Adam Brett Walker DH
Shane Robinson LF
Eric Fryer C
Doug Bernier 2B

LHP Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.19 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on TV or radio

WEATHER: Just a beautiful day. Really gorgeous. I can’t wait to get home, but this weather has been outstanding.

UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Doug Vines

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B none, SS none, 3B Eric Jagielo, LF Taylor Dugas, CF Mason Williams, RF none

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder, Cesar Vargas, Nick Goody

FINAL WEEK: The Yankees are into their final week of spring training, which means they’re getting closer to some final decisions. Austin Romine is catching here and John Ryan Murphy is catching in Tampa, each one still trying to win a job on the bench. … Chris Martin is pitching today, and Chase Whitley has a start tomorrow, each one competing with Andrew Bailey and Chasen Shreve for the final two bullpen spots. … Brendan Ryan is getting his first turn at third base, a position he might play a little bit (but not often) in the season. … Rob Refsnyder gets a start at second base. He’s been terrific with the bat, but he’s struggled in the field.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Really nice diving stop by Refsnyder going to his left. He popped up to throw quickly and sent the throw sailing wide toward the Yankees dugout. That’s another E-4 and the Twins’ leadoff hitter is on to start the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Another hit for Refsnyder. Of course, it comes in a game when he made another error. I honestly believe he’s going to be an everyday second baseman at some point — and maybe a really good one — but this spring has painted a pretty clear picture of why the Yankees aren’t sure he’s ready just yet.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Double and a single off Tanaka in the third inning. It’s now a 1-0 Twins lead. On the single, Gardner nearly threw out the runner at the plate, but his throw was up the third base line a little bit.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.:  RBI single by Flores ties the game at 1. Flores, by the way, is not wearing his usual number. He apparently forgot his uniform and had to wear someone else’s.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Tanaka allowed a solo homer and a one-out single in the fifth, and now his day is finished. He went 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. He pitched around errors in both the first and second innings, but he allowed one run the next three frames.

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Spring Game 27: Yankees vs. Orioles03.28.15

Scott Baker, Jason Castro

YANKEES (14-11-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine C

RHP Scott Baker (3-4, 5.47 in 2014)

ORIOLES (9-15)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis 1B
Travis Snider RF
Evereth Cabrera CF
Steve Clevenger C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Tyler Wilson (14-9, 3.54 in minors in 2014)

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

WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but mostly just a nice and sunny day.

UMPIRES: HP Max Guyll, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B D.J. Reyburn

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Garrett Jones

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey, Chasen Shreve, Jacob Lindgren, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller

ROSTER OPPORTUNITY: The Yankees clearly want to see Scott Baker. He was supposed to pitch yesterday, but when that game was rained out after five and a half innings, the Yankees decided to have Baker start today’s game instead. He’s getting the priority innings ahead of prospect Bryan Mitchell, which seems to be a strong indication that the Yankees are thinking of carrying Baker as a long man out of spring training.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Good, clean first inning for Baker.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Really looked like Didi Gregorius hurt himself diving for a single to left field. He landed awkwardly on his glove hand and seemed to hurt either his wrist or his thumb. Looked pretty bad at first, but after talking to the trainer, Gregorius played catch a little bit and stayed in the game. Would have been quite a blow.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Five-run second inning for the Orioles. Baker allowed four singles, and you could make the case that he wasn’t being hit hard until Alejandro De Aza just crushed a three-run homer to right.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Gregorius was on deck when the bottom of the second ended, and now he’s going back out to play shortstop in the top of the third. Looks like the Yankees dodged a bullet there.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: One of the very few innings when Jacob Lindgren has really struggled this spring. He gave up two singles and a walk in the third, but he limited the damage to just a single sacrifice fly. It’s now 6-0 Orioles.

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Spring Game 25: Yankees at Rays03.26.15

Adam Warren

YANKEES (13-10-1)
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B

RHP Adam Warren (3-6, 2.97 in 2014)

RAYS (10-9-1)
David DeJesus DH
Brandon Guyer RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Curt Casali C

RHP Kevin Jepsen (0-2, 2.63 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on TV or radio

WEATHER: Bright and sunny day here in Port Charlotte. Par for the course.

UMPIRES: HP Doug Vines, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B David Rackley

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Jonathan Galvez, 2B none, SS Nick Noonan, 3B none, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF none

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Jose Ramirez

SEAL THE DEAL: Adam Warren could lock up the fifth starter job this afternoon. The Yankees are expected to make their decision by the end of the week, and Brian Cashman has said Warren’s an overwhelming favorite.

FIRST TIME TOGETHER: Brendan Ryan is getting his first second base start of the spring, and he’ll also play alongside Didi Gregorius for the first time. Ryan will likely get some platoon playing time at second this season, so giving him some experience alongside Gregorius is at least a low-level priority.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: After a scoreless top of the first, Warren is heading to the mound to start his day. He was supposed to be throwing to Austin Romine, but Girardi explained today that Romine is out sick. Murphy gets the call instead.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Warren, which might seal the fifth starter competition completely.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Double by Slade Heathcott goes stranded — he drove in a run with the hit — but it continues the strong spring for Slade. He’s an interesting case this season. Looks healthy right now, and doesn’t seem to be favoring the knee. Has to reestablish himself, but wouldn’t be stunning to see him jump ahead of Ramon Flores, Mason Williams and Jake Cave with a big season.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Warren allows a solo home run to Longoria. It’s 1-1 in the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Not Warren’s best outing — would certainly like to get more than 3.2 innings on 74 pitches — but not a bad start either. He allowed one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. He has a 2.70 ERA, and if he was in the lead for the fifth starter spot coming into this game, he surely did nothing today to lose that spot at the top of the pecking order.

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Spring Game 23: Yankees vs. Tigers03.24.15

Esmil Rogers

YANKEES (12-9-1)
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Esmil Rogers (2-0, 5.72 in 2014)

TIGERS (7-14-2)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine 1B
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-5, 2.57 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 80s and upper 70s. Been a nice day down here.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Mark Wegner

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nick Rumbelow

LAST CHANCE FOR ROGERS: The Yankees are expected to make a fifth-starter decision by the end of the week, which means this should be Esmil Rogers’ last chance to make his case. Last time out, Rogers kind of scuffled while Adam Warren thrived. The Yankees, though, already know they like and trust Warren in the bullpen, which could help keep the door open for Rogers. Opinions seem mixed on whether Rogers or Warren is the favorite at the moment.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Rogers opens the game with a single, a stolen base, a pop up and another single. Runners at the corners with one out for J.D. Martinez.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Infield single drives in a run. Only an infield single because Gregorius managed to stop the ball from getting into left field (and he nearly got the out at first). Would have been a clean single through the hole last season. It’s 1-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Single and a stolen base for Gardner in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Well, now Gardner’s been thrown out trying to go second to third on a fly ball to center. Strong throw by Gose.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Back to back doubles by Beltran and Teixeira have tied the game at one.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Rogers just tried to rush a play on a high chopper. Wound up dropping the ball. That came immediately after a walk to utility infielder Andrew Romine. Now there are two on with one out and the top of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Two-run single up the middle for Ian Kinsler. It’s now 3-1 Tigers. Rogers not looking great in his final two starts before the big fifth starter decision.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Second walk in the inning for Rogers. Started this inning with a strikeout. Since then: Walk, error, deep fly ball, single, walk.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Now Rogers has bounced a fastball — it was ruled a passed ball, but it was definitely a wild pitch — and allowed a long, two-run double. It’s a 5-1 Tigers lead heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: There’s a strong inning for Rogers. He gets through the third inning in order.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Walk and another stolen base for Gardner. Yankees turn that into a run with a Beltran sac fly and it’s now 5-2.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Betances gives up a run on a walk and a single in the fifth. Chase Headley helped him out with a really nice charging play on a ground ball that moved the lead runner from first to second. The YES gun had Betances around 93-94 mph.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: And the crowd goes wild as Teixeira slaps a ground ball single through the left side of the shifted infield.

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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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