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ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Tigers10.06.11

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

RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)
Nova vs. Tigers

TIGERS (2-2)
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Don Kelly RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Wilson Betemit 3B

RHP Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83)
Fister vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:07., TBS

WEATHER: It’s starting to get cold, but at least it looks like they’ll play. Only the slightest chance of rain tonight.

UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Eric Cooper, LF Gerry Davis, RF Dan Iassogna

WINNER TAKE ALL: The Yankees are playing an ALDS Game 5 for the seventh time, their first since their 2005 series loss and the Angels. This is the ninth time the Yankees have played a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 in the ALCS).

CAPTAIN CLUTCH: Derek Jeter has played in seven winner-take-all postseason games, hitting safely in each one and combining to go 10-for-29 (.345) with four runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

FIRST TIMER? According to Elias, Ivan Nova will be only the second rookie pitcher to make his first postseason start in a winner-take-all game, joining the Phillies’ Marty Bystrom in the 1980 NLCS Game 5 at Houston. Bystrom (5.1IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K) did not record a decision in the 8-7, 10-inning Phillies victory. Don’t forget, Nova technically was not the starting pitcher in Game 1.

GO WITH GARDY: Brett Gardner has gone 4-for-7 (.571) with runners on base during this division series, including 2-for-2 with four RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Pitches No. 6 and 7 from Nova are solo home runs, one by Don Kelly and one by Delmon Young, who now has three in the series.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Leadoff double in the top of the second, but Nova’s one out away from leaving that runner stranded. First time through the order, three Tigers have hit the ball hard.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Nova strikes out pesky utility man Ramon Santiago to leave Ordonez stranded at third. Nova has three strikeouts through two innings.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Sharp double by Teixeira, who’s been needing to drive the ball this series and finally did with a hard-hit ball to the right-center gap.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: That’s a quick hook. Nova retired the last three batters he faced in the second inning, but here’s Phil Hughes out of the Yankees bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: So Nova pitched 6.1 innings as a reliever this series, and only two innings as a starer. That’s normal.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: The crowd here thought Cano had a two-run double, but Jackson tracked it down for the final out of the third  innings, leaving Granderson and Gardner stranded at first and second. It’s still 2-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Playing matchups in the fourth inning. Hughes looked alright to me, but here’s Boone Logan to face Alex Avila, who doesn’t have a hit this series.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Well, that didn’t work. Avila just singled to right, and now Cory Wade is getting loose.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: CC Sabathia now warming in the bullpen. Maybe try to get two innings out of him to get into the seventh? I’m not sure. We’re well into uncharted water here.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Gardner up with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth. No sign of Eric Chavez to pinch hit.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Pretty good at-bat, and Gardner’s been terrific this series, but he just popped up in foul territory to end the fourth. CC is coming in to pitch the fifth. It’s his first career relief appearance, regular season or postseason.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Nova left the game with a tight right forearm.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Victor Martinez makes the Yankees pay for intentionally walking Cabrera. His two-out single scored Austin Jackson — the run was going to score with or without Granderson bobbling the ball — and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Now the Tigers have shifted Kelly to right field and brought Brandon Inge to play third.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Cano’s eighth postseason home run has the Yankees on the board, 3-1, in the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Bases loaded for Rodriguez. This is a chance for the heart of the order to make up for a lost series.

UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Rodriguez goes down swinging, now it’s Teixeira’s turn.

UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: Teixeira drew a walk for his first RBI of the series, but Swisher went down swinging and the Yankees still trail 3-2 heading into the eighth.

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Game 101: Yankees vs. Mariners07.26.11

YANKEES (60-40)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP CC Sabathia (14-5, 2.62)
Sabathia vs. Mariners

MARINERS (43-59)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Dustin Ackley 2B
Miguel Olivo C
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Mike Carp DH
Greg Halman LF
Chone Figgins 3B

RHP Doug Fister (3-11, 3.30)
Fister vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: Much nicer than last night. The sun’s been shining today and there doesn’t seem to be much chance of a delay. Very light wind blowing right to left.

UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Jerry Layne

ONE OF FOUR: According to Elias, last night Derek Jeter became the fourth player in franchise history to have a home run and a triple in the same game at age 37 or older (Babe Ruth twice in 1932, Red Ruffing in 1941 and Tim Raines in 1998).

ONE OF A KIND: CC Sabathia has allowed four runs, all earned, in his past 51.2 innings dating back to June 19… He’s 11-2 with a 2.12 ER in his past 13 starts since May 19… He’s won his past six starts against the Mariners dating back to August 13, 2009. He has a 0.82 ERA in those games, allowing a total of four earned runs and 26 hits in 44 innings.

MAKE IT OFFICIAL: After batting practice, the Yankees officially optioned Brandon Laird back to Triple-A to make room for Eric Chavez.

ON THIS DATE: On July 26, 1931 the Yankees set a franchise record for runs scored in a game at home. They beat the White Sox 22-5 in the second game of a double header at the original Yankee Stadium.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Sabathia’s gone three up, three down in the first three innings. I’m honestly not sure he’s broken a sweat.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: There’s No. 28 for Curtis Granderson. That’s a 1-0 lead for the Yankees in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: CC is through five innings. If you’re not already watching, I’d start.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Serious clouds starting to form all around Yankee Stadium. Needless to say, those could make things interesting.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Welcome back Eric Chavez. His RBI single has pushed the Yankees lead to 2-0 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Rain is falling steadily and there’s some lightning in the area, but so far the players are still on the field.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: It was beautiful here this afternoon, but now it’s pouring and we’re in a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Sabathia has struck out seven in a row.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: The crew is beginning to remove the tarp.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: The Yankees say play will resume at 9 p.m. That’s pretty quick. The Yankees are getting loose as I type this.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: It was a 30-minute delay, and Sabathia promptly retired the first two batters he faced after getting back on the mound. He’s through six innings.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Brendan Ryan’s hit streak continues, and Sabathia’s no hitter ends.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Second rain delay. Ugh.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: And we’re back. That one lasted just 14 minutes.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: That second rain delay might have been too much for Sabathia. He’s walked the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth, and now Houdini himself is coming out of the pen to try to get out of trouble. Here’s Robertson.

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