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ALDS Game 3: Yankees vs. Orioles10.10.12

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32)
Kuroda vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (1-1)
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

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s. Feels like a heat wave compared to Baltimore.

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

FIRST TIMER: Hiroki Kuroda will become the first Japan-born player to make a postseason start for the Yankees. No, not even Kei Igawa ever did that. Kuroda went 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 starts at Yankee Stadium this season, the seventh-best home ERA in the American League in 2012. Pitchers making their first postseason start as a Yankee have gone 8-6 since 2000.

LET THE KIDS PLAY: The Yankees are 16-14 against rookie starting pitchers in 2012 (including the postseason), with wins in 11 of their past 15 matchups. … The Yankees are facing two different rookie starters in the same postseason series for just the third time. It?also happened in the 1955 World Series against Brooklyn when they lost to Roger Craig in Game 5 at Ebbots Field and defeated Karl Spooner in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium; and the 1952 World Series against Brooklyn when the Dodgers had four games started by rookies (Joe Black in Games 1, 4 and 7 and Bill Loes in Game 6).

AT HOME IN THE BRONX: The Yankees are 112-69 all-time in postseason home games. Only Cleveland, 27-16, has a higher home winning percentage in the playoffs among American League teams. The Yankees are 10-5 in postseason games at the current Yankee Stadium.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Lukewarm reception for Rodriguez in his first at-bat. Handful of boos, but mostly light cheering.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Comebacker off Kuroda for the last out of the top of the second. Still scoreless. Kuroda seems fine.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: One-out single for Swisher in the second. First Yankees hit of the night.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: One of the Orioles just went deep for a 1-0 Baltimore lead. If you guess Ryan Flaherty would be that Oriole, take one step forward and pat yourself on the back. Also, you’re a liar.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Adam Jones did a better job blowing a bubble than tracking the fly ball. It’s a triple over his head and  a 1-1 tie in the third.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Kuroda dances in and out of trouble and gets through the fourth inning leaving the bases loaded. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the chat below from time to time. Lots of folks in there right now. We’d love to have you join us.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: The kid has the Yankees in the lead. Manny Machado hits the game’s second solo homer off Kuroda — they were hit by the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters — and the O’s are up 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Yankees trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Kuroda has done his part.

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ALDS Game 2: Yankees at Orioles10.08.12

YANKEES (1-0)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez DH

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87)
Pettitte vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (0-1)
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Jim Thome DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-1, 4.02)
Chen vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Chilly like last night, and also cloudy, but it looks like they’ll play on time. (scratch that)

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

FIVE IN NINE: The Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning last night. It was the fourth time they scored that many runs in the ninth of a playoff game, all of which have come on the road (also 1936 World Series Game 2, 1936 World Series Game 6, and 1999 ALCS Game 4).

ALL ABOUT ANDY: At 40 years, three months and 24 days old, Andy Pettitte will be the fourth-oldest Yankee to make a postseason start. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Roger Clemens (45 in 2007), Randy Johnson (43 in 2006) and David Wells (40 years, 4 months in October 2003) were older. … This will be his 43rd postseason start, which is nearly five times as many appearances as the entire Orioles staff entering this ALDS (9). … It will be Pettitte’s 16th start in Game 2 of a postseason series, most all time. Tom Glavine (11) has the second most.

FIRST TIMER: The Yankees have won four of their past five postseason games dating back to 2007 when facing a starting pitcher making his first postseason start.

ON THIS DATE: Today marks the anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Dan Rydell — or the guy who played him on SportsNight — threw out the first pitch. Mark Feinsand and I were quite pleased.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Looks like the right call to me. Tough break, but it’s a double play. Such is life for Rodriguez. He finally hits a ball kinda hard and it’s a double play.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: And I think that call was right, too. Crazy dance by Ichiro for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9;22 p.m.: Pettitte, six up, six down. Still a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Couple of two out singles are left stranded. Still a 1-0 game with Pettitte heading back to the mound for the third.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Pettitte retired the first eight Orioles. Now four straight have reached, capped by a two-run single by Chris Davis. All of this is with two outs, and suddenly the Orioles are up 2-1.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Horrible baserunning by Hardy, who somehow missed the sign and stopped at third. Cost the Orioles a run and it’s still 2-1 at the end of three.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Good hold by Thomson. No chance Teixeira scores on that play. He’s just not running well enough.

UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Jeter and Nunez can’t get the ball out of the infield and the bases are left stranded.

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Rough game for Jeter at short.

UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: That’s a gutsy baserunning decision by Nunez. Pays off in a hustle, bloop double to start the seventh.

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ALDS Game 1: Yankees at Orioles10.07.12

YANKEES (96-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez DH

LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (93-69)
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis RF
Lew Ford DH
Robert Andino 2B

RHP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)
Hammel vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 6:15 p.m., TBS (delayed by rain)

WEATHER: Cloudy and rainy all day, but right now it’s clear enough to play.

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

CHAT WITH CARP: Just another reminder that columnist Rick Carpiniello will be hosting a live chat during tonight’s game. You can find it beneath this game post, so go check in every once in a while.

BEAST OF THE EAST: The Yankees are facing an A.L. East opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 ALCS against Boston. I’m sure you all remember how that one went. The Yankees haven’t played the Orioles in the postseason since the 1996 ALCS. I’m sure you remember how that one went, too.

LEADING OFF: Derek Jeter has played in the first game of a playoff series 31 times in his career. He’s reached base safely in 28 of those, batting .378 with 27 runs, five homers, 11 RBI and 18 walks. He’s a career .444 hitter in Game 1 of the division series.

ACE ON THE MOUND: This will be CC Sabathia’s ninth career Game 1 postseason start (all rounds), which will push him past Whitey Ford and Roger Clemens for the second-most Game 1 starts all time behind Greg Maddux who has 11. Sabathia’s five career Game 1 wins are tied with John Smotlz and Red Ruffing for the most in postseason history.

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees went 32-20 in series openers during the regular season. According to Elias, that was the second-best such record in the Majors trailing only the Angels who went 36-16.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Crowd is very, very into it. They might not show up in the regular season, but this place is packed and full of orange tonight. Terrific atmosphere.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Jeter single, Ichiro double, and a quick Yankees lead. Of course, Ichiro getting thrown out at third with no outs and the middle of the order coming up is pretty stupid.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: The Yankees could have made a big statement that inning, but a 1-0 lead feels tiny compared to what might have been.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m..: Sabathia fell behind Machado, then went after the kid for a strikeout. Sabathia looks sharp, folks.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Two-run single by Nate McLouth has the Orioles in front 2-1. Settling for one run in that first inning could really come back to hurt the Yankees. This crowd is nuts.

UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Teixeira crushed that ball, but it’s off the wall for a single with Teixeira out stretching. He tied the game, but it’s clear that Teixeira still can’t run on that calf.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.:  Yankees tie the game, but they again let the O’s off the hook with only one run in an inning that could have been much bigger.

UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: That’s just a terrific play by Martin. Without that, it’s first and second with no one out.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Big pitches from Sabathia to leave runners at the corners in the fifth and keep this game tied. That inning had trouble written all over it. Still 2-2.

UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Hammel is at 104 pitches as this Cano at-bat starts. The Orioles have a lefty throwing in the bullpen, but Showalter is sticking with Hammel.

UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Hammel is out after the two-out Swisher single. Heck of an outing by him.

UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Davis clearly couldn’t see that ball at the end. It was blocked by the wall, but he put his glove up and made the catch in a part of the park that I didn’t even know existed.

UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Jeter wasn’t ready for the hop, but Sabathia pitches around the error to keep the game tied at 2.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: With a righty warming in the Orioles bullpen, Girardi let Ibanez hit for himself against the lefty, and Ibanez drew a walk to put two on with no outs for the top of the order. Another chance for a big inning.

UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: That’s a tough, tough play for Wieters on the short hop throw from Andino. Nice play at the plate to put the Orioles one out away from getting out of this jam.

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Rodriguez is in pass-the-baton mode. He needed a walk there to get Cano to the plate.

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Game 161: Yankees vs. Red Sox10.02.12

YANKEES (93-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF

RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34)
Phelps vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (69-91)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava LF
Cody Ross RF
James Loney 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Lavarnway DH
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Jose Iglesias SS

LHP Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94)
Lester vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Rainy, but a chance of getting this game in. Have to think the Yankees will wait as long as it takes to avoid a double header tomorrow. No one wants to decide a season that way.

UMPIRES: HP Bill Miller, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Dan Iassogna

PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Yankees enter play today with a one-game lead over Baltimore, and tied with Texas for the best record in the American League. The Yankees own the tiebreaker with Texas after winning the season series against the Rangers, 4-3. If the season ended today, the Yankees would face the winner of the Wild Card game in a best-of-five series beginning on Sunday at the Wild Card team’s home stadium.

ACE: CC Sabathia is the first Yankees starter to reach 15 wins in four straight seasons since Ron Guidry (1977-80), and one of six Yankees to do so in each of his first four years with the club — first since Allie Reynolds (six straight, 1947-52).

ANOTHER MARK FOR JETER: Derek Jeter needs one more run to reach 100 for the season. It would be his 14th career 100-run season, which would break a tie with Lou Gehrig, Rickey Henderson and Alex Rodriguez for the second-most all time behind Hank Aaron (15).

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Ellsbury single, Pedroia double and it’s already a 1-0 Red Sox lead.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Pedroia scores on a sac fly and the lead is up to 2-0. Ellsbury and Pedroia are easily the most dangerous hitters in this Boston lineup — it’s not even close, really — and those two have put the Yankees in an early hole.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Teixeira can’t beat out the double play, but he doesn’t seem to have hurt himself either. Small victories?

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: There’s 10 stolen bases for Granderson this season. Every time he steals one these days I’m stunned. I actually keep forgetting that he can do that.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Nunez gets credited with a single. The lesson, as always: Hit the ball hard and good things happen.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Ichiro just tried to bunt and fouled the ball into the second deck. When a bunt goes into the second deck, it’s usually not properly executed.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Phelps has settled in and he’s through five innings without allowing another run. The Yankees are in the familiar spot of waiting for the lineup to produce. Still a 2-1 Red Sox lead.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Phelps absolutely did his job — just one hit after those two hits to start the game — and Boone Logan came in to finish off the sixth inning. The Yankees still trail 2-1 and still need something from their offense.

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Game 160: Yankees vs. Red Sox10.01.12

YANKEES (92-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (14-6, 3.42)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (69-90)
Pedro Ciriaco 2B
Daniel Nava LF
Cody Ross RF
Mauro Gomez 1B
Ryan Lavarnway DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Danny Valencia 3B
Che-Hsuan Lin CF
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Clay Buchholz (11-7, 4.22)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s. Actually feels really nice out.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Bill Miller, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Dale Scott

IN THE POSTSEASON: The Yankees clinched a postseason berth with yesterday’s win and the Angels’ loss. It?marks the Yankees’ 51st postseason appearance, most for any MLB franchise, and their 17th postseason appearance in the last 18 years. Joe Girardi has become the fourth Yankees manager to lead the team to four consecutive postseasons, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.

THE CAPTAIN: According to Elias, Derek Jeter’s 213 hits are the most in a season by a player who entered the year with 3,000 or more career hits, surpassing Ty Cobb’s previous mark of 211 hits in 1922 and ‘24.

NUMBERS GAME: Outside of Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, none of the Red Sox starting position players has more than five home runs this season, and only one of those has more than three. Four of their final five hitters are batting below .200.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Sabathia leaves a runner stranded at third base and the game is still scoreless heading into the bottom of the second. Need some offense (how many times has that been true lately?).

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: There’s the offense. A long home run for Cano for a 1-0 Yankees lead. That’s his 31st of the season.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Add a two-run shot by Granderson and it’s 3-0.

UPDATE, 7:45 pm.: Looks like a Red Sox fan tried to interfer, but it also looks like Martin’s ball legitimately went out for a 4-0 lead. Hard to tell though, might have hit the top of the wall. Couldn’t definitively argue with either call.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Impressive. The Yankees have knocked Buchholz out in the second inning. They’ve scored seven runs this inning, and now it’s Alfredo Aceves — of all people — coming in to pitch.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Good grief. Welcome back Teixiera. There’s a two-run homer, his 24th of the season, and it’s a 9-0 Yankees lead with two outs in the second.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Third time in Yankees history that they’ve hit four homers in a single inning, and Swisher nearly made it five homers in the inning. If he’d gone deep there, the over-under on the number of time “bro” would have been said in the postgame interview would have been off the charts!

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sabathia through the fifth with a 9-1 lead, meanwhile the out-of-town scoreboard shows the Orioles have come back to tie the Rays at 1.

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Game 159: Yankees at Blue Jays09.30.12

YANKEES (91-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez DH

RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.10)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (70-88)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
J.P. Arencibia C
Adeiny Hechavarria 2B
Anthony Gose CF

RHP Henderson Alvarez (9-14, 4.91)
Alvarez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Rainy outside so the roof is closed.

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Mike Everitt

MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 2. To win the American League East: 5.

WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 32-18 in series finales and?have won their last five on the road.

HEATING UP: Robinson Cano has collected 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats (.632 average) over his last five games. The five consecutive multi-hit games matches his season-long stretch (also June 30 through July 4) and ties for the third-longest such streak of his career. He is batting .337 (69-for-205) with 16 doubles and 11 home runs in day games this season.

MOVING UP: Derek Jeter needs three more runs to reach 100 for the season. It would be his 14th season of at least 100 runs, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig, Rickey Henderson and Alex Rodriguez for the second-most all-time behind Hank Aaron. … Alex Rodriguez is one RBI away from tying Stan Musial for the fifth-most RBI all-time. … If Jeter can manage 15 hits in these last four games he would move into a tie with Eddie Collins for the ninth-most hits all-time. Of course, that would be a fairly epic set of four games.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Had to watch a lot of these first few innings in front of a TV while I dealt with some random travel stuff, but the reality doesn’t really change whether on television or in person. The Yankees are down 2-1 while still playing one of the worst teams in the league. Big homer by Chavez, great catch by Ichiro, but the Yankees just need to win in whatever way possible.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Hughes has retired seven straight.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Think Hughes could have gotten out of the way of that linedrive if he weren’t wearing that absurd mustache?

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Two-run homer by Lawrie and it’s a 4-1 lead for the Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Massive letdown of a start for Hughes, who leaves witha 5-1 deficit after three straight two-out singles in the fifth. Derek Lowe is in here with runners at the corners. Up to him to quiet the Jays and give the Yankees offense a chance to do something. Hard not to notice that the out-of-town scoreboard shows the Orioles winning right now.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Leadoff pinch hit single by Nunez with the score 5-2 in the seventh. Jeter follows with a ground-rule double — his second hit of the day — and the Yankees have something brewing here. Of course, they had a lot of things brewing last night…

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Sac fly by Ichiro and it’s 5-3 Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Cano sneaks an RBI double just past the first baseman and it’s now a one-run game. Yankees are showing some fight in this inning.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Good luck: Wild pitch lets the tying run score. Bad luck: Swisher ropes a line drive, but a diving catch turns into an inning-ending double play. Unreal. It’s 5-5.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Boone Logan gets through the seventh with the game still tied.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Ibanez singles off the lefty — no sense pinch hitting because the Blue Jays had a right-hander loose — and there are runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth. Huge opportunity for the Yankees with Martin coming to the plate.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Deep sac fly by Nunez and it’s a 6-5 Yankees lead. This would be a big win ona  day when it seemed they might completely fold.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Either a steal attempt or a hit-and-run. Either way, pinch runner Gardner was off with the pitch, letting him score from second on the single by Jeter. It’s now 7-5.

UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: Bases-loaded single by Granderson and the lead is up to 9-5. Dickerson is going to hit for Gardner.

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Game 158: Yankees at Blue Jays09.29.12

YANKEES (91-66)
Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-3, 2.71)
Pettitte vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (69-88)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Yan Gomes 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Jeff Mathis C
Adeiny Hechavarria 2B
Anthony Gose LF

LHP Ricky Romero (9-14, 5.76)
Romero vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Warmer outside. Same inside.

UMPIRES: HP Mike Everitt, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Paul Schrieber

MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 2. To win the American League East: 5.

STILL IN THE LINEUP: Robinson Cano has collected 10 hits in his last 16 at-bats over his last four games (all multi-hit affairs). He is batting .332 (67-for-202) with 16 doubles and 11 homers in day games this season.

PART OF THE CLUB: With Eric Chavez’s homer last night, the Yankees now have nine players with at least 15 home runs this season. It?marks the franchise’s most players with at least 15 homers in a single season and ties the Major League record (also the 2005 Indians and 2005 Rangers). The Yankees could set the all-time record. Andruw Jones currently has 14.

JOINING ANOTHER CLUB: Russell Martin hit his 20th home run of the season last night. That’s his single-season career high, and it makes him one of an all-time Major League single-season-high eight catchers in 2012 with at least 20 homers according to Elias.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs, Cano hits a sac fly for an early Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Another sac fly for Granderson. Andruw Jones’ strikeout is the only unproductive out of the inning and it’s a 2-0 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Solo homer by Davis is the first run Pettitte has allowed since coming off the disabled list.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Another strikeout for Jones. He’s really giving the Yankees nothing at this point. Nunez follows with a line out that seemed sure to be an RBI single. Still a 2-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: No kidding, the Cano single was just ruled an error on the pitcher. That call has to be overturned, right?

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: That Davis hopper might have been heading foul, but Rodriguez tried to get the out at first, couldn’t do it, and the tying run scored. That’s how we got to 2-2 heading into the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: Well, now Jeter’s at short and the Yankees have no utility infielder.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Given where he was playing, I’m not sure Cano could have gotten to first base in time for the Yankees to make a play on that bunt.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Pettitte’s out. Chamberlain is in. There are two outs and runners at the corners in the sixth. Meanwhile, Jeter is warming up at shortstop while Chamberlain throws his final warmup pitches on the mound.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Chamberlain allows a go-ahead RBI double, and the Yankees get out of the inning only because the Blue Jays are horrific baserunners.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: The throw beat Gardner, but he was definitely safe.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Steve Pearce has been claimed off waviers. … By the Orioles.

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Game 156: Yankees at Blue Jays09.27.12

YANKEES (90-65)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 3B

RHP Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.94)
Nova vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (68-87)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Kelly Johnson 2B
Moises Sierra RF
Anthony Gose LF

RHP Brandon Morrow (8-7, 3.28)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Cold outside, but cozy under the roof.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Laz Diaz

MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 4. To win the American League East: 6.

GETTING STARTED: The Yankees are 31-19 in series openers in 2012. They have won their last three after a six-game losing streak in openers.

NEXT ON THE LIST: Alex Rodriguez has 1,949 career RBI. His next will tie him with Stan Musial for the fifth-most all-time.

Ks FOR CC: After last night’s 10-strikeout game, CC Sabathia has struck out 21 combined batters over his past two starts. It’s the fourth time he has fanned at least 10 batters in back-to-back starts (third time as a Yankee). He has recorded 15 games of 10-or-more strikeouts as a Yankee, the fourth-most in the Live Ball Era.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: So far, so good for Nova. First inning single is left stranded and it’s a scoreless game heading into the second.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: A walk and a home run. That’s a good way to spoil what had been a good outing so far. The Yankees are now losing 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Their offense hasn’t done much at all against Morrow.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Granted, this place is empty, but Gose hitting the wall was really loud. He slammed into the fence to take away extra bases from Swisher and double off Cano at first.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Encarnacion has three hits already and it’s now a 4-0 Blue Jays lead after his two-run double in the fifth. Nova is still in, but there are two pitchers getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Here’s Rapada with two outs and a runner at second base in the fifth. Another letdown from Nova.

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Game 155: Yankees at Twins09.26.12

YANKEES (89-65)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Chris Stewart C
Chris Dickerson LF

LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.47)
Sabathia vs. Twins

TWINS (65-90)
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer DH
Ryan Doumit C
Chris Parmelee 1B
Matt Carson LF
Jamey Carroll 3B
Alexi Casilla 2B
Pedro Florimon SS

RHP Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.54)
Deduno has never faced any of the Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Chilly day in Minneapolis, but seems to be warming up a little bit. When the breeze picks up it’s pretty cold.

UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Kerwin Danley, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Dana DeMuth

OPEN AT THE CLOSE: The Yankees are 31-18 in series finales. They have won their last four on the road and are 12-7 in the rubber game of a three-game series.

SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher has homered in four of his last six games, including each of his last three. That marks the fifth time he’s homered in three straight games, and his first time doing so since 2008 with the White Sox when he homered in four straight. He has hit safely in each of his last eight games (.367, 11-for-30) with 11 RBI, going 4-for-9 with RISP. Six of his last 12 homers — and seven of his last 15 — have given the Yankees the lead.

FAMILIAR FACE: Twins left fielder Matt Carson never really gained traction as a minor leaguer in the Yankees organization, but he’s since gotten some big league time with Oakland and Minnesota. In Triple-A, he was once ejected from a game, and the umpire claimed it was because Carson dropped an F-bomb while arguing a called strike. Carson’s postgame response: “I’ve never used that word in my life.” I believed him. He’s that kind of guy.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: If that play happens 10 more times this season, it will never end like that. Thought for sure Swisher would let it roll foul, but diving, spinning throw to first and the tumbling, shoestring catch by Cano worked perfectly. Replay shows it was the right call.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: That’s it for Deduno who leaves after 30 pitches with some sort of injury. Now he’s the lefty Duensing to face the Yankees vRHP lineup.

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: The Twins say it’s an eye issue for Deduno. Weird.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Bases loaded for Cano. Should be an ideal situation, but he’s really struggled against lefties this season.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Hard-hit ball by Cano, bad play by Revere, and two runs for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Cano’s double, Swisher’s single, Granderson’s triple and Duensing’s wild pitch have made it 6-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: For whatever reason, Casilla owns Sabathia and has another hit of him here in the fifth. In his career, Casilla is a 11-for-20 off the Yankees ace.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: I honestly feel like there are few players more on top of the game than Eric Chavez, but he definitely had a mental moment there. Thought there were two outs and turned a possible double play into a single out at third base. The look on his face, however, was priceless (though I suppose that depends on how this inning works out).

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Sabathia gets out of it and everyone in the Yankees dugout comes over to give Chavez a hard time.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Wow. Dickerson continues his audition for a roster spot next season, showing some of that grown-man power that Swisher has talked about in this park. His long home run to right-center has pushed the Yankees lead to 8-1.

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Game 154: Yankees at Twins09.25.12

YANKEES (89-64)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 2B

RHP Phil Hughes (16-12, 4.05)
Hughes vs. Twins

TWINS (64-90)
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere LF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit DH
Chris Parmelee RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Jamey Carroll 2B
Pedro Florimon SS

RHP Esmerling Vasquez (6-4, 6.75)
Vasquez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Little bit chilly tonight in Minneapolis, but the sky is clear. Wind blowing out to right field.

UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Paul Nauert

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Yankees hit four home runs off Twins starter Liam Hendriks last night, marking the sixth time they hit at least four homers off a single pitcher this season. That’s the Yankees’ most such games since 2006 (also six).

JETER’S STREAK: Derek Jeter is riding a season-high 18-game hitting streak since September 4. He’s hit .370 during the streak. It’s the fourth-longest hitting streak of his career. He?hasn’t had a longer single-season streak since 19 in-a-row in 2007. He has compiled two 15-game hitting streaks in the same season for the second time in his career (he had three such streaks in 2007). The 18-game streak is the longest by a Yankee in September over the last 25 years since 1987.

IBANEZ HEATING UP: Raul Ibanez has combined to go 7-for-12 with two doubles, three homers and five RBI in his past three games. He was hitless over his previous 18 at-bats and had just two over his prior 45 at-bats with no home runs from August 21 through September 19.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: The Jeter hit streak continues with a leadoff single.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Jeter’s ankle didn’t look good after that fly ball, and I’m guessing the last thing he wanted was a slow chop back to the mound forcing him to sprint up the line.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: There’s Swisher’s second homer in as many days. This one puts the Yankees in front 2-0 in the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: For the Yankees, two straight innings have ended with a strikeout-throw out. Good slide by Martin nearly avoid the tag, but not good enough to dodge it completely. Still 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Ibanez misplayed the ball when it got to the wall, but there’s no error on the play and Parmelee has an RBI bloop double to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Hughes is through six innings on 73 pitches. Surprisingly few outs hit to the outfield.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Martin matches his career-high with his 19th homer. It’s now 3-1 in the seventh.

UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Big strikeout for Hughes, who was down in the count 3-1 and came back to get Florimon before handing the game to Boone Logan. Here’s Logan to face Span with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. This could be the ballgame right here.

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Wild pitch lets one run in, and a two-run double brings in the next two. Ugly. It’s now a 4-3 Twins lead.

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