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ALCS Game 4: Yankees vs. Rangers10.19.10

YANKEES (1-2)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP A.J. Burnett (first postseason start)
Burnett vs. Rangers

RANGERS (1-1)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vlad Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
David Murphy LF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B

RHP Tommy Hunter (0-1, 4.50)
Hunter vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Gerry Davis, LF Tony Randazzo, RF Jim Reynolds

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s again, but it feels colder than last night. The flags at the top of the stadium suggest a pretty solid breeze blowing out to left field.

THE SCORE IN FOUR: The Yankees have played in 11 ALCS Game 4s. They’ve won eight of them. The Rangers have played in Game 4s in franchise history — both in the division series — and they lost both of them.

JETER STANDS ALONE: Last night was Derek Jeter’s 50th ALCS game, moving him past Manny Ramirez for the most League Championship games of all time. Jeter is five hits away from tying Ramirez for the most ALCS hits of all time.

BOUNCING BACK: Since the start of the 2008 season, the Yankees are 17-4 in games immediately following a shutout… The Yankees have trailed two games to one in an ALCS two other times and came back to win each one (1977 and 1998).

ONE EXCEPTION: The Yankees are 8-2 in playoffs games at the new Yankee Stadium. Both losses came against Cliff Lee.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Some empty seats near the field, but this place is loud, and Yankee Stadium loved that 1-2-3 first inning from Burnett. His stuff looks good. It’s a matter of sustaining it. I would hate to be Tommy Hunter right now. This can’t be a comfortable place to pitch in this situation.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The postseason, not exactly a great time to have my regular computer completely shutdown, only to be replaced with an old one that sometimes refuses to connect to the Internet. While I’ve been trying to get online, the Yankees have 1. Taken a lead on a controversial home run call. 2. Had another controversial home run call reversed. 3. Lost the lead without allowing the ball out of the infield. A.J. Burnett has allow only an infield single, but a walk and a hit batter have helped the Rangers pull ahead 2-1.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Derek Jeter with a two-out triple. The Yankees would certainly like to get this run. #expertanalysis

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Curtis Granderson – that no-good addition by that no-good Brian Cashman! — comes through with the RBI single and it’s a 2-2 game.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Brett Gardner’s bat went the same way of Marcus Thames’ bat in Game 1. It died a hero. That would have been an infield single for Gardner, but a great play let the Rangers get the out at third base. Regardless, the go-ahead run scored for a 3-2 Yankees lead in the fourth. Hunter is already out of the game.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Gardner was going to catch that ball. If that Hamilton at-bat ended with anything other than an out, there would have been a Yankees fan moving to Idaho and changing his name.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: That’s got to be a pulled hamstring. Not good news at all. Here’s Marcus Thames to pinch run for Teixeira. I have to think he’ll go to right field, Nick Swisher will take first base.

UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: As my computer continues to drive me insane… Burnett was one pitch away from a standing ovation and was instead booed off the mound on Molina’s go-ahead home run. Boone Logan came in to face Josh Hamilton and allowed Hamilton’s third home run of this series. It’s 6-3 Rangers in the top of the seventh. Amazing the change that’s happened in this ballpark.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: It’s official, my computer is a disaster on the worst night possible. Anyway, it’s now 7-3 Rangers in the bottom of the eighth. Teixeira has a strained hamstring and the Yankees are six outs away from needing three straight wins to stay alive.

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Game 142: Yankees at Rangers09.11.10

YANKEES (87-54)
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena SS
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.15)
Burnett vs. Rangers

RANGERS (78-63)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Matt Treanor C
Julio Borbon CF

RHP Tommy Hunter (12-3, 3.99)
Hunter vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / YES Network and MLB Network

UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Alfronso Marquez, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Dale Scott

WEATHER: Pretty much the same as last night — temperatures in the high 80s with the wind blowing in — but this time there’s a chance of rain at about 10 p.m. local time.

WHAT GOES AROUND: After the Yankees walked off with a win on Wednesday, the Rangers walked off with a win against the Yankees on Friday. It was the first time this season that the Yankees walked off and were walked off against in back-to-back games. It happened to them twice last season.

PLENTY OF PRODUCTION: The Yankees have baseball’s only set of teammates — Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano — with 90 runs and 90 RBI apiece. They are the only team in the Majors with five players who have scored at least 80 runs this season (Cano, Teixeira, Gardner, Jeter and Swisher).

NEW EXPERIENCE: The Yankees have a total of 12 career at-bats against Tommy Hunter. Curtis Granderson (3-for-4) is the only player in the Yankees lineup with more than two at-bats against him.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: A walk and a two-out single. That’s enough for a 1-0 Rangers lead after one.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Back in his home state, Lance Berkman just singled in Robinson Cano to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: It’s like April all over again. Francisco Cervelli’s big RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead before Nick Swisher struck out to end the second innings with the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Kevin Russo and Juan Miranda have been called up. They’ll be here tomorrow.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Hey look, the Yankees got Julio Borbon out.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: An inning ago, there was action in the Rangers bullpen. Now Tommy Hunter has four straight strikeouts, including the side in the third inning when he burned through Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Another walk comes back to hurt Burnett. Guerrero drives in the run and ties the game at 2 after three innings.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Rough couple of nights for Brett Gardner, who stranded eight last night — five in the first three innings — and just struck out with two on to end the fourth inning.

Also, while the Yankees were taking the field for the bottom of the fourth, the video board showed members of the National Guard who are guests at tonight’s game. The crowd cheered and the Yankees stopped what they were doing to turn and cheer. Burnett was seriously on the mound clapping. Teixeira stopped short of the infield to do the same. Pretty neat.

UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Well that’s just bad luck. Cano lined out to second, and Mark Teixeira was doubled off to end the fifth inning. Still tied at 2.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: It’s starting to rain. A lot of the crowd is retreating.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Rain delay. Most of the Yankees are staying in the dugout. That seems to be a good sign.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field. Play is supposed to resume around 11 Eastern.

UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Chad Gaudin getting loose in the pen.

UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Another outfield assist for Gardner, Guerrero is out stretching and Gaudin is through a scoreless fifth.

UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli has reached base seven straight times.

UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Something must be wrong with Gardner. Austin Kearns is coming into pinch hit.

UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: As Ring of Fire plays at the stadium, Boone Logan is coming in with no outs and runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: It’s last night all over again. Here comes Robertson with the bases loaded. Let the quick pitching changes begin.

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Nice play by Robinson Cano helps the Yankees end the sixth inning, but two runs scored on a sac fly and a two-out single off Robertson. Texas has taken a 4-2 lead.

UPDATE, 12:02 a.m.: Pedro Strop is the same Rangers reliever who walked Mark Teixeira with the bases loaded last night. Tonight he’s come in with the bases loaded again, and this time he’s allowed a run on a wild pitch and walked Curtis Granderson to reload the bases. Now Jorge Posada is pinch hitting for Ramiro Pena.

UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Of course, Posada grounds into a double play. The Yankees have loaded the bases in three innings, and they’ve put two on in two innings. They have three runs to show for it. Eduardo Nunez now playing shortstop for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: A two-out walk and a two-out single have pushed the Texas lead to 5-3 and chased Robertson from the game. Here comes Albaladejo. There is nothing else I can add that you don’t already know.

UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: The Yankees have now loaded the bases three innings in a row, and in four of eight innings overall.

UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: Finally a Yankee gets a big hit in Arlington. Rodriguez doubled down the line, clearing the bases and giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead.

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