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2012 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – GAME 1
NEW YORK YANKEES (3-2/95-67) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (3-2/88-74)
LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 2.57)
Saturday, October 13 • 8:07 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium
Doug Fister RHP
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Andy Pettitte LHP
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series vs. the Detroit Tigers tonight at Yankee Stadium…marks the Yankees’ 15th ALCS all-time, going 11-3 in the series, including a 7-2 mark in their last nine since 1996 – which have been a “best of seven” format…is their third ALCS in five years under Joe Girardi (also 2009 and ‘10)…are 34-14 in 48 “best-of-seven” series all time.
OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Yankees have won the first game in each of their last four postseason series and nine of their last 11.
ANDY’S TURN: LHP Andy Pettitte will make his seventh career Game 1 start, first since the 2005 NLCS at St. Louis w/Houston… is his fifth Game 1 start as a Yankee, first since the 2001 ALCS at Seattle… is his first Game 1 start at home since the 2000 World Series vs. the Mets (6.2IP, 8H, 3ER in the ND)… overall, is s 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA (37.0IP, 23ER) in his six previous Game 1 starts.
ð The start by Pettitte snaps a streak of seven consecutive postseason Game 1s started by CC Sabathia dating back to 2009.
New York elected to take 12 pitchers into the ALCS against the Tigers, as Detroit’s stable of right-handed starting pitchers – beginning with Doug Fister in Saturday’s Game 1 – made it less likely the Yankees would need Nunez’s bat to counter left-handed pitching.
The Yankees continue to carry Jayson Nix as a backup infielder, who would play shortstop in the event Derek Jeter is unavailable. A bone bruise on Jeter’s left foot forced him to DH in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles, though Jeter was back at shortstop on Friday as the Yankees won Game 5, 3-1, over the Orioles.
The roster decisions may suggest that David Phelps is in line to start Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday against the Tigers, though manager Joe Girardi said he would not reveal that decision until later on Saturday. The Yankees could also start both Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia on short rest in Games 2 and 3, respectively. Andy Pettitte is scheduled to start Saturday’s Game 1.
Behind Pettitte and Phelps, plus Sabathia, Kuroda and Phil Hughes, the Yankees’ seven-man bullpen has two left-handers, Boone Logan and Clay Rapada. The Yankees’ stable of right-handed relievers is comprised of Joba Chamberlain, Eppley, Derek Lowe, David Robertson and closer Rafael Soriano.
Chris Stewart is on the roster as the backup to starting catcher Russell Martin. New York’s starting infield of Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will have Nix and Eric Chavez in reserve. It is unknown if Rodriguez will start in Saturday’s ALCS Game 1 after being benched in favor of Chavez for Friday’s ALDS Game 5.
The Yankees’ starting outfield of Ichiro Suzuki, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher has Raul Ibanez and Brett Gardner in reserve. Ibanez will likely see designated hitter duty in the series after his hot ALDS, including his game-tying and game-winning home runs in ALDS Game 3 against the Orioles.
Here’s a PDF version of the ALCS Roster.