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On to the ALCS

“It’s what I am here for. It’s what I play the game for. I guess I should feel a little pressure or something like that, but I don’t. I mean, I feel like that every time out. It can be Game 1, it can be Game 15, it don’t matter. I feel like I need to go out and win every time out. And I think that takes a lot of pressure off me. I put so much pressure on myself to go out and perform well that I expect it.” – CC Sabathia

ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Orioles

2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 5
NEW YORK YANKEES (2-2/95-67) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (2-2/93-69)
LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.08) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (0-0, 3.18)
Friday, October 12 • 5:07 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium

ORIOLES
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Lew Ford DH
Robert Andino 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B

CC Sabathia LHP

Game information from the Yankees’ media relations team:

ON THE BRINK: The Yankees are playing a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the eight time (also 1981, ‘95, ‘97, 2000, ‘01, ‘05 and ‘11) and second straight season…fell in last year’s ALDS Game 5 at home vs. Detroit, 3-2…marks the 10th time they will play a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 ALCS, each vs. Kansas City).
ð Are 5-4 all time in Game 5 of a “best-of-five” series (3-4 in the ALCS), and own an 11-11 record all time in winner-take-all games of a series.
ð Are 8-7 in ALDS games when facing elimination.
ð Marks the fifth time they will play a winner-take-all Game 5 at home…won each of the first three (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) before losing last year.

FRIENDS CLOSE, ENEMIES CLOSER: Over the first four games of this series, the Yankees and Orioles have been separated by no more than one run at the end of 41 of the 43 innings played.

START US UP: Yankees starters have combined to go 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (30.2IP, 8ER) this series, with 23K and a .209 opponents average (24-for-115).
ð Yankees relievers have combined to allow just 1ER in 11.1IP (0.79 ERA, 6H, 0BB, 10K).

COMING UP ACES: LHP CC Sabathia is undefeated over his last seven postseason starts (3-0, 4.66 ERA)…is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA (68.1IP, 25ER) in 11 starts as a Yankee.
ð Has made one start in a postseason game in which his team was facing elimination—2010 ALCS Game 5 vs. Texas, winning that contest (6.0IP, 11H, 2ER)…conversely, has made one previous postseason start in which his team could have clinched a series—2007 ALCS Game 5 vs. Boston w/Cleveland, taking the loss (6.0IP, 10H, 4ER).

CONEY RETURNS TO THE MOUND: Former Yankees pitcher David Cone will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. He made 14 postseason appearances (12 starts) with the Yankees, going 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

A-Rod on benching: “I’m not happy and disappointed”

Alex Rodriguez met with the media on the field while the Yankees were taking batting practice this afternoon prior to ALDS Game 5, discussing manager Joe Girardi’s decision to bench him in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive game of the series against the Orioles.

Here is the transcript:

On Rodriguez’s reaction:
“Obviously I’m not happy and disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but as I keep telling you guys, this isn’t a story about one person. This is about a team, and we have some unfinished business today. Our objective is to win one game tonight and keep this thing moving.”

On helping off the bench:
“Without question. I do know in 27 outs, a lot can happen. I’ll be ready.”

On feeling singled out:
“No. It is what it is. I can’t control that. The only thing I can do is go out and try to have some quality at-bats and help this team win.”

On being unhappy with himself or Girardi’s decision:
“It’s never about Joe. I always have to look in the mirror and do what I can do to do the best I can. Don’t assume you’ve heard the last from us or me.”

On if being benched is different than being pinch-hit for:
“I’m not going to get into that. We’re ready to go today. We’ve got one game and I’m part of this team. I’m ready to roll. I’ll be ready.”

- Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller.

Joe Girardi on benching A-Rod for decisive Game 5

Here are a selection of quotes from Joe Girardi’s off-camera session with the beat reporters earlier in the afternoon —

“As I’ve talked about a little bit, it has been a struggle against the right-handers. Chavy has been a guy that we’ve played against a lot of right-handers and has been pretty successful, so it’s a tough decision – there’s no doubt about it, because of what he’s meant to our club. But I just thought with the struggles that he’s had, I’m going to go with Chavy. He said he’s ready to help when he needs to help, and let’s win today.”

“I think a lot of it is where we are right now. It comes down to nine innings or whatever we play today. Chavy’s at-bats have been really good against right-handers this year and I’m going with it.”

On potential future ramifications: “You can’t think about that now. You’ve got to think about winning a game. This is not June. This is October.”

A-Rod’s reaction: “You know what? The man has a lot of pride and the man has accomplished a lot in his career. I’m sure it’s not easy. Imagine if you’re in his shoes? Everyone wants to be in it. I always wanted to play too, and I understood. It’s something we have to deal with.”

Consult anyone on this?: “Of course I talk to other people. I talk to the people in our organization and I sleep on it and look at stuff. I know it’s not easy. I had a chance to witness it first-hand as a player too. I can imagine some of the trepidation that Joe [Torre] went, playing Cecil [Fielder] over Tino [Martinez], I think it was 1996. Tino had a monstrous year for us. And it’s not easy. Players have a lot of pride and they have a lot of belief in themselves. It’s not easy. As a manager, sometimes you’ve got to make tough decisions.”

ALDS Game 4: Yankees vs. Orioles

2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 4
BALTIMORE ORIOLES (1-2/93-69) at NEW YORK YANKEES (2-1/95-67)
RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63 w/ BAL in ’12)
Thursday, October 11 • 7:37 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium

ORIOLES
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jim Thome DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Manny Machado 3B

Joe Saunders LHP

YANKEES
Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS

Phil Hughes RHP

Game information from the Yankees’ media relations team:

DAVID’S WINS: RHP David Robertson earned his third career postseason win last night, now tied with Sparky Lyle for the third-most relief wins in franchise history behind Mariano Rivera (8) and Mike Stanton (4)… Robertson has recorded the victory in each of the Yankees’ last three postseason extra-inning wins (also 2009 ALDS Gm 2 vs. Minnesota and 2009 ALCS Gm 2 vs. Los Angeles-AL).

EXTRA, EXTRA: The Yankees have won each of their last four extra-inning games dating back to the regular season – all coming in their last seven home games… are 7-3 overall in extra-inning contests this season, including three wins vs. Baltimore (also 4/10-11).
ð The Yankees have now won each of their last 10 extra-inning postseason games at home dating back to 1999… according to Elias, is the longest such streak in Major League history.

WILLIE ON THE MOUND: Former Yankees player and coach Willie Randolph will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. Appeared in the postseason four times with the Yankees (1976-77, ‘80-81), including three World Series (‘76 loss, ‘77 win and ‘81 loss).

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