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Game 122: Yankees at Twins08.18.11

YANKEES (74-47)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 2.93)
Sabathia vs. Twins

TWINS (54-68)
Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe 2B
Joe Mauer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka SS
Drew Butera C

LHP Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)
Duensing vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Beautiful night at the best ballpark in the American League.

UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B D.J. Reyburn, 3B Ron Kulpa

WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: The Yankees are 20-20 in series openers this season. They have gone 28-12 in the second game of series.

TWIN KILLING: CC Sabathia Is undefeated in his last eight regular-season and postseason starts against the Twins, going 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA since August of 2007.

WELL PLAYED: Joe Mauer is making his first career start in right field.

NOT SO WELL PLAYED: In the Twins lineup, only three players — Mauer, Thome and Revere — are hitting better than .244. Thome and Revere are hitting below .260.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Whatever happens with this home run call, Sabathia’s been hit pretty hard in this first inning.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Not sure why Gardenhire argued until he was ejected. I thought the replay looked like the Morneau home run was foul. The umpires got the call right, Sabathia got out of the first inning, and the game is still scoreless.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.:Trying to write three newspaper stories and play blog babysitter at the same time makes me fall behind a little bit.

Sabathia hasn’t looked good this game. He’s being knocked around a little bit, and the Twins took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. The Yankees, though, answered with Mark Teixeira’s two-run homer in the third. It’s now 3-2.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: It’s a little less exciting now that Eduardo Nunez usually makes all of his throws.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Back-to-back Yankees homers in the fifth. Nick Swisher’s two-run shot came first, but it’s Andruw Jones’ solo job that raised eyebrows. He just went into the third deck. That was a monster. It’s 6-2 Yankees.

UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Sabathia seemed to have settled in for a while there, but now he’s getting hit again in the seventh. The Twins have scored one run in the inning, and they’ve now loaded the bases on Eduardo Nunez’s error.

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ALDS Game 3: Yankees vs. Twins10.09.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19)
Hughes vs. Twins

TWINS (0-2)
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer C
Jason Kubel RF
Delmon Young LF
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Danny Valencia 3B
J.J. Hardy SS

LHP Brian Duensing (10-3, 2.62)
Duensing vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:37 p.m. / TBS

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Chris Guccione, LF Jerry Crawford, RF Hunter Wendelstedt

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s dipping well into the 50s. It’s been a sunny day, though. Pretty much no chance of rain, and it actually feels pretty nice at the ballpark.

EITHER OR: In the past two years, the Yankees have seen Brian Duensing four times in the regular season, always as a reliever. Tonight will be the second time they’ve faced him in the postseason, both as a starter. They beat him in Game 1 of last year’s ALDS.

MAKING A CHANGE: With a right-handed pitcher on the mound, the Twins actually dropped lefty power hitter Jim Thome to sixth in the order. To be fair, Jason Kubel — who moved up to fill the clean-up spot — also crushes right-handed pitching.

BOTTOM’S UP: The Yankees Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in this series: 5-for-15 with 3 runs, a double, a triple, a home run and 4 RBI.

FAMILIAR RESULT: The Yankees led the Majors with 48 comeback wins this season. They’ve now come from behind in eight straight postseason wins against the Twins. According to Elias, that’s the longest such winning streak in postseason history.

BREAKING FROM HISTORY: With a win tonight, the Yankees would advance to the ALCS as the wild card for the first time in franchise history. They’ve been the wild card three other times and lost in the ALDS each time.

ALDS Twins Yankees BaseballUPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A few observations from pregame: Mariano Rivera might get bigger cheers than Derek Jeter at this point… Congrats to anyone who had Ramiro Pena in the who’s-going-to-catch-the-first-pitch pool… Outstanding job on the anthem… I understand booing Carl Pavano, but was booing Javier Vazquez really necessary?

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Good first inning for Hughes, and good job by the scoreboard department with another strong pregame video. I like those things. I’ve seen this team play a million games this season — or something like that — but I still watch the highlight videos.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Robinson Cano gets the big hit to get it started, then Jorge Posada gets the RBI single for the early lead. Posada passed Mickey Mantle for ninth on baseball’s all-time postseason RBI list with 41.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m: A double play erases the first Twins hit of the game, meanwhile the Yankees have pushed their lead to 2-0 on an RBI single by Teixeira.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: That’s the first career postseason home run for Marcus Thames, and that’s a 4-0 Yankees lead in the fourth. Meanwhile, not the most graceful moment for Mick Kelleher. Funny though.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Sac fly by Gardner scores Granderson for a 5-0 lead in the fourth. Less than halfway through the game, every Yankee except A-Rod has either a hit, run or RBI.

UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Hughes sat for a long time through that bottom of the fourth, then had his longest inning of the night. The top of the fifth was a grind, but Hughes got through it and it’s still a 5-0 Yankees lead. What can you say? The kid’s good.

UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: Seven scoreless innings from Hughes. The biggest start of his career and Hughes was outstanding. Now it’s Kerry Wood in the eighth and — I assume — Mariano Rivera in the ninth to wrap this thing up. It’s a 6-0 Yankees lead after a Nick Swisher solo shot in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Unusually rocky inning from Kerry Wood, but Boone Logan got Jason Kubel to pop up and now Dave Robertson is on to face Delmon Young with the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Robertson strands the runners. First person to high-five him in the dugout was Kerry Wood.

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