ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Tigers
American League Division Series: Game Five
October 6, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 8:07 p.m. ET (TBS, WCBS 880 AM)
TIGERS (95-67, 2-2 in ALDS)
Austin Jackson CF
Don Kelly 3B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B
Pitching: Doug Fister RHP (0-1, 11.57 ERA in ALDS)
YANKEES (97-65, 2-2 in ALDS)
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
Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA in ALDS)
UMPIRES: Ted Barrett HP, Bill Welke 1B, Tony Randazzo 2B, Eric Cooper 3B, Gerry Davis LF (*CC*), Dan Iassogna RF
ON THE BRINK: The Yankees are playing a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the seventh time, and first since their 2005 series loss vs. the Angels…marks the ninth time they will play a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 ALCS).
Are 5-3 all time in Game 5 of a “best-of-five” series, and own an 11-10 record all time in winner-take-all games of a series, which includes a 6-7 mark all-time in Game 7s.
With Tuesday’s win at Detroit, are now 8-6 in ALDS games when facing elimination.
Marks the fourth time they will play a winner-take-all Game 5 at home, winning each of the previous three: also 1976 ALCS vs. Kansas City – a 7-6 “walk-off” win, 1981 ALDS vs. Milwaukee – a 7-3 win and 2001 ALDS vs. Oakland – a 5-3 win.
LEAN ON ME: RHP Ivan Nova (who hasn’t lost since 6/3: 13-0, 3.22 ERA) tonight becomes 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 (Elias)…Bystrom (5.1IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K) did not record a decision in the 8-7, 10-inning Phillies victory.
GO, GO GARDY: LF Brett Gardner has gone 4-for-7 (.571) with runners on base during the 2011 postseason, including 2-for-2 with 4RBI with RISP and two outs.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH: SS Derek Jeter has played in seven career winner-take-all postseason games (Game 5s and Game 7s), hitting safely in each contest and combining to go 10-for-29 (.345) with 4R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI.