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Cody Eppley replaces Eduardo Nunez on Yankees’ ALCS roster

NEW YORK – The Yankees have made one modification to their roster for the American League Championship Series, carrying right-handed reliever Cody Eppley instead of infielder Eduardo Nunez.

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.

Joe Girardi clashes with umpire during 7-2 loss to Tigers

Yankees manager Joe Girardi clashed with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the third inning of the New York’s 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, displeased with the strike zone Randazzo was calling for starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Ivan Nova.

“I didn’t care for some of the strikes early in the game, and we were talking back and forth and he looked at me and stared at me,” Girardi said. “I don’t get it. When the inning’s over, walk the other way. It’s pretty simple.”

Asked if he was surprised that Randazzo allowed Girardi to stay in the game despite what seemed to be a heated exchange, Girardi replied, “I don’t know. Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t think I really said anything that wrong.”

Yankees catcher Russell Martin – who has had his own issues with umpires this year – declined to criticize Randazzo’s zone.

“It looked like was a bit generous, but he was pretty consistent on both sides,” Martin said. “Verlander just seemed like he was hitting those spots more than we were.”

Girardi said that Randazzo walked down the first-base line after the top of the third inning and stared into the Yankees dugout. Bench coach Tony Pena moved to hold Girardi back, but Girardi broke free.

“I threw Tony off me pretty easy. If I want to go, Tony’s not going to hold me back,” he said.

ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Tigers

American League Division Series: Game Five
October 6, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 8:07 p.m. ET (TBS, WCBS 880 AM)

TIGERS (95-67, 2-2 in ALDS)
Austin Jackson CF
Don Kelly 3B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B

Pitching: Doug Fister RHP (0-1, 11.57 ERA in ALDS)

YANKEES (97-65, 2-2 in ALDS)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA in ALDS)

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

ON THE BRINK: The Yankees are playing a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the seventh time, and first since their 2005 series loss vs. the Angels…marks the ninth time they will play a deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five format (also 1976 and 1977 ALCS).

*   Are 5-3 all time in Game 5 of a “best-of-five” series, and own an 11-10 record all time in winner-take-all games of a series, which includes a 6-7 mark all-time in Game 7s.

*   With Tuesday’s win at Detroit, are now 8-6 in ALDS games when facing elimination.

*   Marks the fourth time they will play a winner-take-all Game 5 at home, winning each of the previous three: also 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.

LEAN ON MERHP Ivan Nova (who hasn’t lost since 6/3: 13-0, 3.22 ERA) tonight becomes only the second rookie pitcher to make his first postseason start in a winner-take-all game, joining the Phillies’ Marty Bystrom in the 1980 NLCS Game 5 at Houston (Elias)…Bystrom (5.1IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K) did not record a decision in the 8-7, 10-inning Phillies victory.

GO, GO GARDY: LF Brett Gardner has gone 4-for-7 (.571) with runners on base during the 2011 postseason, including 2-for-2 with 4RBI with RISP and two outs.

CAPTAIN CLUTCHSS Derek Jeter has played in seven career winner-take-all postseason games (Game 5s and Game 7s), hitting safely in each contest and combining to go 10-for-29 (.345) with 4R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI.  

ALDS Game 4: Yankees at Tigers

Game 4. Win or go home. Do or die. (Alternate title: “A.J., Save Our Season”)

American League Division Series: Game Four
October 4, 2011 – Comerica Park – 8:37 p.m. ET (TBS, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (97-65, 1-2 in ALDS)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (11-11, 5.15 ERA in regular season)

TIGERS (95-67, 2-1 in ALDS)
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Don Kelly RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Wilson Betemit 3B

Pitching: Rick Porcello RHP (14-9, 4.75 ERA in regular season)

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

ON THE BRINK: The Yankees are 1-4 in ALDS series when falling behind 2-games-to-1, with the lone win coming in 2001 vs. Oakland…are 7-6 in ALDS games when facing elimination.

CLOSE CALLS: With last night’s 5-4 loss, the Yankees have now had nine of their last 14 road games (dating back to 9/8) decided by one run…have gone 3-6 in those contests.

FIRST TIMERS: The Yankees are 7-5 in their last 12 games against opponents whose staring pitcher is making his first career postseason start…had won three straight such games prior to Max Scherzer’s win in Game 2 of this ALDS.

ALDS Game 3: Yankees at Tigers

American League Division Series: Game Three
October 3, 2011 – Comerica Park – 8:37 p.m. ET (TBS, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (97-65, 1-1 in ALDS)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (0-0, 4.50 in ALDS)

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

Pitching: Justin Verlander RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA in ALDS)

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

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