ALDS Game 1: Yankees vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Orlando Cabrera SS
Joe Mauer C
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Jason Kubel RF
Delmon Young LF
Brendan Harris DH
Matt Tolbert 3B
Nick Punto 2B
Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (5-2, 3.64)
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (19-7, 3.21)
OFFICIAL NEW YORK YANKEES GAME INFORMATION
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play Game 1 of the 2009 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins tonight at Yankee Stadium…are making their 14th postseason appearance in the last 15 seasons after missing the playoffs in 2008…will be the Yankees’ 15th ALDS all-time, going 8-6 in the series (including a victorious 1981 appearance vs. the Milwaukee Brewers to determine the AL East Champion)…are 12-7 in 19 “best-of-five” postseason series since 1976…went 25-9 (.735) against the AL Central this season, including sweeping the season series from Minnesota, 7-0.
RETURN TO OCTOBER: With their win on 9/27 vs. Boston, the Yankees clinched the American League East division title and home-field advantage throughout the 2009 playoffs
…was the Yankees’ 16th AL East title since Divisional play began in 1969, tying the Braves (16) for most division titles all time, and first since 2006…clinched their 46th first-place finish in team history, the most of any professional sports franchise (the 46 first-place finishes include a “first-half” title in the strike-shortened 1981 season)…is their 48th postseason appearance all time, most for any franchise…became the first team in the Majors to clinch a playoff spot in 2009 with their win on 9/22 at Los Angeles-AL.
CENTURY CITY: The Yankees reached 100 wins in a season for the 19th time in franchise history, and first since 2004 (101-61)…no other franchise has more than 10 seasons of at least 100 wins (Oakland/Philadelphia Athletics franchise-10)…of their 18 previous 100-win seasons, the Yankees have advanced to the World Series 14 times, winning 11championships…recorded their most victories since 2002 (103-58).
AT THE TOP: The Yankees secured the best record in the Majors in 2009…finished 44 games over .500 and 8.0G ahead of Boston for first place in the AL East…marked their most games over .500 at the conclusion of a season since 2002 (103-58, 45 games over)…were in first place (shared or sole possession) for 92 days this season, including each of the final 79…surpassed Boston for sole possession of first place in the division with 7/21 win vs. Baltimore and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the season…did not reach more than 17G over .500 in 2008.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: The 2009 season marked Joe Girardi’s second as Manager of the Yankees, guiding the club to a 103-59 record and the best record in the Majors…were the Yankees most wins since 2002 (103-58)…became the eighth Yankees manager to collect at least 100 wins in a full season, joining Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Joe Torre…joined McCarthy, Houk, Martin and Howser as the only five Yankees skippers to accomplish the feat within their first two full seasons with the team…joined Lou Pinella as the only current Managers to have played for and managed teams that won at least 100 games…appeared in 39 career postseason games as a player (1989 w/ CHC, 1995-99 w/ NYY), most among all current American League managers…among Major League skippers, only Lou Piniella (44G) and Dusty Baker (40G) played in more postseason games as a player…also appeared in 2005 ALDS as Yankees Bench Coach…is making his postseason managerial debut.
YANKEE STADIUM: The 2009 season marked the Yankees’ first in Yankee Stadium…located directly across the street from the site of the original, the new Stadium is a living museum with architecture that celebrates the spirit and tradition of the franchise, most notably the instantly recognizable frieze that again circles the grandstand. The Yankees became the seventh team among Baseball’s current 30 franchises to advance to the postseason in the first season in their current stadiums (also Atlanta,-1997 Boston-1912, Colorado-1995, St. Louis-2006, San Francisco-2000 and Toronto-1989)…are looking to become the third team to win the World Series in their first season in their current stadium (also the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals and 1912 Boston Red Sox)…prior to the 2006 Cardinals, the 1923 Yankees were the last team to WIN a World Series the first year in a new stadium (credit: Elias).
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees led the Majors with 15 “walk-off” wins this season (including three straight against Minnesota from 5/15-17)…marked their second-most “walk-off” wins in a season behind a franchise-record 17 in 1943…nine different Yankees collected a “walk-off” hit in 2009 (including two rookies)…the Yankees also led the Majors with 51 come-from-behind wins in 2009, and owned a Major League-most 28 wins in their last at-bat. Collected a franchise-record 36 comeback victories at home in 2009, surpassing their previous record of 34 set in 1932 (credit: the Elias Sports Bureau). The Yankees’ nine wins when trailing at the end of the seventh were more than double all of last season…had five wins when trailing at the end of the eighth after collecting just one such win all of 2008.
HOME BODIES: The Yankees won 31 of their final 39 regular season games at Yankee Stadium following the All-Star break…at 57-24 (.704), compiled the best home winning percentage in the Majors in 2009…the Yankees had last finished with the Majors’ best home winning percentage in 2004 (57-24, .704)…went 51-17 at home since 5/15 (Alex Rodriguez’s first game at Yankee Stadium), after beginning the year 6-7 at Yankee Stadium.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees tied the all-time record for most wins at a ballpark in its first Major League season, matching the Red Sox who went 57-20 in their first season at Fenway Park in 1912.