Game 154: Yankees vs. Rays

I brought a windbreaker to the Stadium today, just in case things get a little wet in the Yankees’ clubhouse at some point. There could be some splashing around, with the Yankees’ magic number for the playoffs at two and the AL East at three.

Any win over the Rays clinches a postseason berth, while a doubleheader sweep and a Red Sox loss to the Orioles tonight would secure the division. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hasn’t really talked to the team about celebrating.

“I want the guys just to do what comes natural to them. I feel that’s important,” Girardi said. “The guys have worked extremely hard all year long and we know what the goals are here, to clinch the division and get home field advantage. I let them do what they want, in a sense.”

Girardi acknowledged that it might be a little odd to spray bubbly between games of a doubleheader, but there’s a chance it might happen.

“I want them to let out when they have an ability to let things out,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’d have to be careful what we did in between games, but we’ll see.”

Here are this afternoon’s lineups for Game 1 –

September 21, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 1:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

RAYS (85-68)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson 2B
Reid Brignac SS

Pitching: James Shields RHP (15-11, 2.78)

YANKEES (93-60)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C

Pitching: Hector Noesi RHP (2-1, 4.01)

11 Comments

Salute my friend…Yanks in ..now let rays and sux bite their nails…Have a Guiness and enjoy!!!…Wheres all the experts that said we don’t have enough pitching?…..shhhhhhhhh….

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Well folks we got them into the postseason again. Where would they be without our sound advice? Congrats to the Yankees, their management, coaches and staff. And especially a Congrats to my fellow bloggers, back in the postseason again time to go out and buy a Guinness. Salute!!!!

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That’s all folks!

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Foo!

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Hey Seek! Tough break for Phil.

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You are the lucky one RobertG. Afternoon all, it’s always something with Hughes, Joba or A Jerk. Don’t doubt the back spasms but it is always something with these three.

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At the end of one: Rays 0 Yankees 1.

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Let’s jump in front early!

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Hey Allan!

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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Until the work’s finished, leave the champagne – spray it after the doubleheader’s done! Bonus though, i get to watch the nightcap in this one and tomorrow nights game too – 3 games in 3 days, it’s like christmas come early!

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