ALCS Game 2: Yankees vs. Tigers
2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – GAME 2
NEW YORK YANKEES (3-3/95-67) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (4-2/88-74)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 2.16) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 2.84)
Sunday, October 14 • 4:07 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium
Pitching: Anibal Sanchez RHP
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jayson Nix SS
Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda RHP
BIRTHDAY BOY: Manager Joe Girardi is celebrating his 48th birthday today.
EXTRA, EXTRA: The Yankees have played three extra-inning games thus far in the 2012 postseason (12 inn., 13 inn. and 12 inn.), with all three coming over their last four contests… matches their most extra-inning games in a single postseason all time (also 1996, 2004 and 2009)… had played three extra-inning games over their previous 31 postseason contests entering 2012.
ð Have lost their last two extra-inning games at home (also ALDS Game 4 vs. Baltimore)… prior to the setbacks, had won 10 straight extra-inning postseason wins at home dating back to 1999.
ð Have now played six extra-inning games in their last 10 home games.
ð Have played 46 combined innings over their last four games/days.
SO COOL: With his game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning last night, RHP Raul Ibanez became the first player in Major League history to homer three times in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason (also had a game-tying solo HR and “walk-off” solo HR in ALDS Game 3 vs. Baltimore)…joins Johnny Bench as the only two players ever with three career game-tying or go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later in postseason play.
HEY, REMEMBER THE 80s: Today, the Yankees will do something they haven’t done since 10/28/81 (Game 6 of the World Series) – play a postseason game without either Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter on the roster.