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ALDS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers (Take II)

Let’s try this one more time. It’s cool and we had some showers earlier that brought the tarp out, but it looks like we’re ready to go in the Bronx … with the Yankees batting in the second inning and the score tied, 1-1.

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

American League Division Series: Game One
September 30, 2011-October 1, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 8:37 p.m. ET (TBS, WCBS 880 AM)

TIGERS (95-67)
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B

Pitching: Justin Verlander RHP (24-5, 2.40) Doug Fister RHP (11-13, 2.83)

YANKEES (97-65)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH (Batting when game resumes, with no outs in 2nd inning)
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (19-8, 3.00) Ivan Nova RHP (16-4, 3.70)

UMPIRES: Tony Randazzo HP, Eric Cooper 1B, Gerry Davis (CC) 2B, Dan Iassogna 3B, Ted Barrett LF, Bill Welke RF.

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play Game 1 of the 2011 American League Division Series vs. the Detroit Tigers tonight at Yankee Stadium…are making their 16th postseason appearance in the last 17 seasons (also 1995-2007, ’09-10)…will be the Yankees’ 17th ALDS all-time, going 10-6 in the series (including a victorious 1981 appearance vs. the Milwaukee Brewers to determine the AL East Champion)…are 14-7 in 20 “best-of-five” postseason series since 1976.

SIX STRAIGHT: The Yankees have swept each of their last two ALDS matchups (both vs. Minnesota)…their current six-game winning streak in ALDS games is tied for the longest all time.

Twins heading to the Bronx

What a game, huh? After 12 innings, it was Alexi Casilla delivering the American League Central title for the Twins, defeating the Tigers in a 6-5 victory that will put Minnesota on a quick charter flight to the Bronx in preparation for Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday.

Reached late Tuesday after the thrilling walk-off, here’s what Joe Girardi had to say now that the Yankees finally know who their first round opponent will be:

…on playing the Twins in the ALDS:

The Twins offensively have left-handed power in Kubel and Mauer, and everything really focuses around Mauer. He’s so dangerous in their lineup. One thing that has happened to this club is Kubel has really matured into a dangerous hitter behind Mauer, and Cuddyer has really stepped up in the months of September and October. Delmon Young has turned his season around as well. They also play small ball and you have to be ready for that.

….on the Twins having to use Nathan tonight:

The only advantage it gives you is that they probably wouldn’t ask him to get more than three outs on Wednesday.

…on how the Yankees bullpen matches up against the Twins:

The Twins have more lefthanders. A second lefthander would possibly get more work against them. The one thing we talk about, is we want to make sure that when we use our bullpen, we’re covered if the game goes extra innings.

… on how much confidence it gives the Yankees to face the Twins after going 7-0 against them this season:

I think our club is confident right now because of the way we’ve played since May. As far as meeting the Twins, we’re not going to have to face questions like “can you beat them,”  like we’ve had to answer during the course of the year. Once the playoffs start though, it’s a new series and we know the importance of each game. You can pretty much throw everything else out the window.

…on the Twins possibly already being in playoff mode after tonight’s win:

I don’t think that you can really answer that question until Wednesday and after Wednesday’s game. I’ve been on clubs that had to play extremely hard all the way through and we lost in the first round. I’ve also been on clubs that did not have to play hard all the way through, for instance the ’98 Yankees, and we ended up winning the World Series. It really comes down to how your perform. I think everyone’s mind is going to be in playoff mode.

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