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Here are the early notes as the Yankees (76-67) and Orioles (76-66) get set to kick off a four-game series here at Camden Yards. CC Sabathia (13-11) has the ball for New York, while the Orioles counter with Chris Tillman (15-5, 3.71). It’s a nice September night here in the Inner Harbor, temperatures in the 70s and – somehow – low humidity. That won’t last all week, so let’s enjoy it while we can.
Alex Rodriguez is hitting second tonight, the first time he has done so since Aug. 26, 2006, when Joe Torre tried him there in a 12-7 loss to the Angels. Joe Girardi said that since Alfonso Soriano has been productive hitting behind Robinson Cano, he wanted to keep that alignment intact.
“[Rodriguez has] done a really good job of getting on base against right-handers and swinging the bat well against right-handers,” Girardi said. “I’m trying to break up our left-handed hitters.”
Hey, was that Derek Jeter? It was — briefly. Jeter stepped out of the trainer’s room for only a moment, and did not return the rest of the time that reporters were allowed in the clubhouse. Jeter hasn’t spoken publicly since he left Saturday’s game to have a CT scan performed.
Girardi said that he wanted to keep Jeter from doing any baseball activity on Monday, but added that Jeter could be pressed into duty on his sore ankle if anything happened to shortstop Eduardo Nunez.
“I might use him in an emergency if I had to use him tonight,” Girardi said. “That’s kind of the situation we’re in. It’s not like I have a number of shortstops lying around.”
Where have you gone, Reid Brignac? Oh, right.
The team forwarded Jeter’s CT scan results to Dr. Robert Anderson – who performed Jeter’s ankle surgery last October – but Brian Cashman said that Anderson has not yet responded with his diagnosis. Cashman added that there has been no consideration given to the idea of shutting Jeter down for the rest of the 2013 season.
“No, no, no, no,” Cashman said.
David Robertson was scheduled to play catch on Monday, testing his right arm after he was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation last week. He’s considered ahead of Boone Logan, who had a a cortisone injection administered over the weekend. Girardi seemed to be doubtful that Logan would be available until Friday against the Red Sox, but they’re hopeful Robertson could pitch in the Orioles series.
Chris Stewart is “probably not” available to play, according to Girardi. Stewart sustained a left foot contusion when he was hit by a pitch in the third inning of Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Left-hander David Huff continues to be listed as the Yankees’ probable starter on Thursday against the Orioles, though that seems less than a certainty after Huff allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Red Sox on Saturday.
“We’re going to get through these three days and see where we’re at,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying I’m changing anything, but if we need Huff [in relief], we need Huff.”
Phil Hughes, who lost his rotation slot to Huff, could be reinstated to starting duty under that scenario.
Cashman’s state of the Yankees: “Well, I certainly don’t like where we’re sitting because you want to be in the driver’s seat and we’re not in the driver’s seat, But I know we’re going to fight and give it everything we’ve got, as simple as that.
“We’ve been fighting for this thing all year long and they’ve put themselves in a position to kind of see a line that crossable. But we’re all bunched together here, so this is a big series. It’s the obvious thing to say but it’s true.
“We’ve caught enough breaks this year. Like anything else, every time someone has a problem it gives an opportunity to either take advantage or not. It’s hard to find anything at this time of year now.”
My Beat The Streak pick today: I’d better start doubling down if we’re going to make this streak respectable — forget matching Joe D., I can’t even get to Wee Willie Keeler with just 19 games left. So let’s make two picks tonight: A-Rod (4-for-7 lifetime vs. Tillman) and Cano (11-for-22 lifetime vs. Tillman). The streak is at one after Ichiro Suzuki had two hits in yesterday’s win.
The Orioles may have been surprised to see CC Sabathia listed instead of David Phelps on the lineup card for Friday’s game, but the Yankees said there was no switch made; just a clerical error.
Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Sabathia had always been scheduled to pitch on Friday against Baltimore, but he mistakenly gave the incorrect rotation to director of media relations Jason Zillo before the series.
Manager Joe Girardi said that both Sabathia and Phelps, who is pitching on Saturday night, were aware of their correct days to pitch.
“We felt like there was a good chance that [Sabathia] would pitch one of the three days, so it doesn’t change anything about what we’re doing,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I finally just called Joe and he said, ‘Yeah, there was a miscommunication.’ I said, ‘Fine, thanks.’ Short conversation.”
Sabathia is going for his 200th career victory tonight against Chris Davis and the potent Orioles lineup.
“I’m sure that thought has crossed his mind,” Girardi said. “Hopefully that won’t be his focus tonight. I think it will be the Baltimore Orioles. It’s a pretty big milestone, and I’m sure he’d like to get it out of the way.”
If Sabathia wins tonight, the milestone will come in his 400th career start. It will also be win No. 600 of Girardi’s managerial career.
Phil Hughes said that he had a few sleepless nights after the worst start of his professional career, a nightmarish outing last time out against the Mariners in which he surrendered seven runs and was not able to escape the first inning.
“You lay in bed and you think about things; what could have gone differently for you and what you could have done better,” Hughes said. “It’s tough. It’s tough any way you slice it. I’m looking forward to taking the ball [tonight] and hopefully getting back on a good streak.”
Hughes said that he found in his bullpen that he was on the side of the ball a little bit, which was causing his fastball to run back over the middle of the plate. Hughes tends to pitch up in the zone anyway – he’s a fly ball pitcher and that lends itself to home runs at times – so he really must hit the corners to be effective.
“It’s all fastball command, really,” Hughes said. “The days that I’ve had good command of my fastball, I’ve been able to work everything off that. Those have been the good ones. The bad ones, I’m falling behind and trying to figure something out.
“When the fastball is there and I’m locating it, I have a good chance to be good that day. If not, I think I need to do a better job of recognizing that earlier and throwing more off-speed pitches to try to counter-balance that.”
Miguel Gonzalez has the starting nod for the Orioles, and the action gets underway tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Yankees are 3-0 this season in series finales, a record they’ll try to improve tonight as the Yanks and Orioles wrap up their three-game weekend set here at Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano is back in the No. 3 spot in the lineup as the Yanks face left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, with Vernon Wells bumped up to the No. 2 spot. Ben Francisco is also taking over for Travis Hafner in the DH spot, stepping into his role as the DH against lefties, but Girardi said he had to keep Lyle Overbay at first base in the lineup because Eduardo Nunez isn’t ready to return from his wrist injury.
If Nunez was in the lineup, Girardi said he would’ve shifted Kevin Youkilis to first base and played Jayson Nix at third base. Hiroki Kuroda is on the hill for the Yanks in tonight’s 8:05 p.m. game, televised on ESPN.
The triple play that the Yankees turned last night was, depending on who you talked to, a thing of beauty, an incredible rarity or a display of poor baserunning by the Orioles.
Actually, maybe it was all three. You just don’t see the old 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 very often — this was the first one in Major League history. It was the Yankees’ first triple play at home 1968, when they turned one at the old Yankee Stadium against the Twins (Dooley Womack to Bobby Cox to Mickey Mantle, hit by Johnny Roseboro). The Yankees also turned one back in 2010 at Oakland (Alex Rodriguez to Robinson Cano to Nick Johnson on a grounder hit by Kurt Suzuki).
Even Joe Girardi’s kids appreciated the rarity of last night’s events, the Yankees manager said.
“I haven’t looked at it on replay. I saw it live so I do remember what happened,” Girardi said. “It’s interesting. My kids commented on it. My son [Dante] said it was awesome when I got home and then my daughter [Lena] said something, my six year old: ‘The triple out was really cool, Dad.’ So, I thought that was kind of neat. They knew that it was a rare occurrence and you’re not going to see it every day.”
Phil Hughes and Jason Hammel are today’s starting pitchers for the 4:05 p.m. ET game between New York and Baltimore, the second game of a six-game homestand.
New York Yankees (1-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles (3-0)
1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: None
LHP Nik Turley (9-5, 2.89 ERA in ’12 w/ Tampa) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (3-9, 6.20 ERA in ’12 w/ Orioles)
Alexi Casilla 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Conor Jackson DH
Steve Pearce LF
Russ Canzler RF
Lew Ford CF
Danny Valencia 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Luis Exposito C
Jake Arrieta RHP
Brett Gardner LF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Chris Stewart C
Corban Joseph 3B
LHP Nik Turley
Turley is scheduled to be followed by RHP Matt Daley, RHP Preston Claiborne, LHP Josh Spence, RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Mark Montgomery and RHP Tom Kahnle.
The Yankees expected that a major part of their stay at the Winter Meetings would revolve around obtaining a replacement for the injured Alex Rodriguez at third base.
It hasn’t seemed to be the easiest assignment for general manager Brian Cashman, but the Yankees have continued to search, most recently turning their interest to free agent Mark Reynolds.
According to a source, Cashman met with Reynolds’ agent on Wednesday and the free-swinging slugger is said to be intrigued by the Yankees.
Reynolds, 29, was non-tendered by the Orioles after batting .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBIs in 135 games this year. He was a Yankee killer, collecting seven homers and 14 RBIs against Bombers pitching alone.
Reynolds earned $7.5 million and is seeking a similar salary for 2013, but he is thought to be amenable to a one-year contract.
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
Jason Hammel RHP
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.
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.
Derek Jeter was surrounded during batting practice by a swarm of media, peppering him with a variety of questions. Here are his thoughts on the ALDS, Pete Rose’s doubts about Jeter catching the all-time hits king, and the Yankees’ struggles with runners in scoring position.
Being back at Yankee Stadium…
“We enjoy playing here. Obviously it’s our home fans and pretty energetic, so we’re looking forward to it.”
“It’s fun. This is what you play for. We have the greatest fans in the world, in my opinion. I don’t want to disrespect any other fans. This is why you play the game, to get an opportunity to play in October and hopefully get to the World Series.”
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has been good…
“So we have no chance, right? I don’t pay attention to it. It’s the playoffs, it’s baseball. Anything can happen. We have to go out and have good at-bats and hopefully score some runs.”
“I’m not talking about Pete Rose, man. We’re trying to win a game here.”
Don’t care about Rose’s comments?
“What do you think?”
Lots of talk about A-Rod…
“I don’t pay attention. I don’t read the papers, I don’t watch TV, I don’t do any of that during the playoffs, and pretty much during the season anymore. I don’t pay attention to it. I come here and try to win games.”
Confident in him?
“Yep, he’s one of the reasons we’re here.”
Any pregame routines or rituals?
“I wouldn’t say rituals, it’s a routine to get ready. It’s pretty much the same, but I’m not really superstitious.”
Struggling with RISP?
“Yeah, we shouldn’t play any more with guys on base. The bottom line is you get to this point and teams are here pretty much because they have good pitching. Pitchers are going to bear down and with runners in scoring position, they’re going to make good pitches. It’s not like we’re out there just facing a machine throwing the ball over the plate. They’re going to make pitches. Sometimes pitchers are better than you, and other times, you’re going to get them. I’m going to assume pitchers aren’t going to throw batting practice with runners in scoring position, but we have to find a way to score runs.”
Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller for gathering the quotes.