ALCS Game 2: Yankees vs. Tigers

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

Austin Jackson CF
Quintin Berry LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Andy Dirks RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B

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.


I wish I could be optimistic going to Detroit but honestly it looks like this squad has nothing more than overseason on their minds. Until this squad rids itself of PROVEN losers in the pitching, fielding and hitting departments than the Yankees might be contenders but in the playoffs are only pretenders.


I’m not even talking power hitting – you don’t expect 5 homers a game in the playoffs, but getting the ball in play would help, not swinging at poor pitches would help more. Seriously the bats haven’t just been poor, they’ve been shocking and right about now I’m not holding out any hope, we’re facing Verlander on Tuesday and well, if we’re not hitting mediocre pitching god alone knows what we’re gonna do against that!


Allan, as you know, the HRs drop drastically in the playoffs. You only see the best pitching and runs are at a premium. I agree the Yankee pitching has been good enough to win the first two. However, when you have Cano, Granderson, Swisher and Aroid having more K’s than hits, you lose. I thought the season ended in late April on the warning track in KC. Frankly, I am surprised this team made the playoffs. IF Yankee Mgmt. is serious about winning #28 there better be some changes to this team next season. Players that have repeatedly failed in the playoffs and regular seson NEED to be gone. That and for God sakes, get some younger players!!!


We only have maybe 3 contact hitters, one of them is out for the rest of the season, one has been out almost the whole season & the other was only acquired DURING the season. But this game has been dire, blown calls in both games, anemic offense in both games & two EXCELLENT starts from our pitchers only to have it destroyed by people swinging whiffle ball bats.


mickeyyogi what you are talking about is contact hitters. There are VERY few of them on this ballclub. It’s HR or NOTHING with this squad. Most of them are swinging from their heels with little or no knowledge of making contact and putting the ball in play. This team is poorly put together and has been for years. What upsets me more than anything is bases loaded. less than two outs and the total inability to make contact or give oneself up for a run. As I’ve posted repeatedly this team needs an enema and acquire some players who have knowledge on how to win games without the long ball.


Would someone please hit the ball!! Anybody, somebody——hit with 2 outs, string together three hits,——its got to end soon. So much good pitching has gone by the boards. PLEASE, hitters, wake up!!!


Twice up today, two K’s for the Aroid man. Hey Joe put his lazy Arse on the bench and DO NOT play him again. It’s time to part company with this $25 million waste of a ballplayer.


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