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ALDS Game 5: Yankees vs. Orioles

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

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

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’s Steven Miller.

Nix, Lowe among Girardi’s choices for ALDS roster

BALTIMORE – The Yankees finalized their roster for the American League Division Series against the Orioles on Sunday morning, naming utilityman Jayson Nix and right-hander Derek Lowe among their choices.

Among those who were told they would not be carried for the first round were right-handers Ivan Nova and Cody Eppley, as well as outfielder Andruw Jones.

“I just didn’t finish as strong that I wanted to finish, so I don’t think I deserved to be on it,” Jones said on Saturday following the Yankees’ workout at Camden Yards.

New York is carrying 11 pitchers for the ALDS. Manager Joe Girardi announced a rotation for the series against the Orioles that will feature CC Sabathia in Game 1, followed by Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes in Games 2 through 4, respectively.

New York’s bullpen will fill in behind closer Rafael Soriano and setup man David Robertson with a group that includes right-handers Joba Chamberlain, Lowe and David Phelps, plus left-handers Boone Logan and Clay Rapada.

Lowe, 38, earned a spot after posting a 3.04 ERA in 17 relief appearances for New York, spanning 23 2/3 innings. He was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts for the Indians before being released in August.

Girardi’s decision to take Lowe as an extra right-handed reliever bumped the 26-year-old Eppley, who had a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances spanning 46 innings this year, as well as Nova.

A 16-game winner last season, Nova had his final start of the season skipped last week against the Red Sox in favor of Phelps, completing a year in which Nova was 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts.

Russell Martin and backup Chris Stewart are on the roster as a catching tandem, and the Yankees project a starting infield of Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

Eric Chavez will serve as a backup at the corner infield spots, and Nix – who hasn’t played since Sept. 27 due to a strained left hip flexor – can back up at three infield positions as well as play left field.

“Everything I’ve done so far, I’ve had zero setbacks or zero feelings from it,” Nix said on Saturday. “It feels great. It feels normal.”

While they have concerns about his defense, the Yankees will carry Eduardo Nunez as a potential power bat against left-handed pitching. That fills a role occupied during the regular season by Jones, who finished the year with a weak second half and batted .197 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs in 94 games overall.

For their starting outfield, the Yankees figure to have Ichiro Suzuki in left field, Curtis Granderson in center field and Nick Swisher in right field.

Raul Ibanez is on the roster as a corner outfielder and designated hitter option, and the Yankees are also carrying Brett Gardner, who appeared in seven games late in the season after undergoing elbow surgery and can be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.

Greetings from Baltimore

The Yankees have arrived in Baltimore, where the American League Division Series is set to open tomorrow night. Today, the Yankees will have a workout at Camden Yards, as will the Orioles, who traveled home following their victory over the Rangers in last night’s Wild Card playoff game in Arlington.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is scheduled to meet the media at 4 p.m. ET, and though Girardi said he may wait until tomorrow morning to announce his roster, perhaps he’ll at least be able to announce his pitching rotation beyond CC Sabathia.

I’m hazarding a guess that Andy Pettitte will be his Game 2 starter, but Pettitte declined to answer that yesterday until Girardi addresses it. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti playfully tried to circumvent Pettitte’s stone wall, asking if Pettitte would wear gray pants or pinstripes for his start. Pettitte chuckled and said that might spoil the surprise.

We at least have a couple of hints about the playoff roster thanks to Twitter:

Additionally, Cory Wade and Casey McGehee were spotted on their way out of the clubhouse last night.

Sabathia will chat with the media at 4:15 p.m., and the Yankees will be on the field from 4:15 to 5:30. Buck Showalter will announce his Game 1 starter at his 5 p.m. press briefing; at least, he’d better, because the starter is set to talk to the media at 5:15. The Orioles will be on the field from 5:45 to 7 p.m.


MLB announces schedule through Tuesday

Major League Baseball has announced the game times through Tuesday, which covers Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series for the Yankees.

New York will play ALDS Game 1 on Sunday at 6:15 p.m. ET at the winner of tonight’s Wild Card game between the Orioles and Rangers. Monday’s ALDS Game 2 is scheduled to begin at 8:07 p.m. ET.

Both games will be televised on TBS. Tonight the Yankees are holding a workout under the lights at Yankee Stadium, and they’ll likely bring their bags to hit the road for either Baltimore or Arlington after the Wild Card game is decided.

  • As I’ve replied to those who have asked on Twitter, the Yankees do have home field advantage, despite the fact they open on the road. Game 3 (plus Game 4 & Game 5, if necessary) would be held at Yankee Stadium. Yes, this is a change from the old 2-2-1 format due to scheduling conflicts, but all involved teams have known about it since at least March. MLB has said the old format will return in 2013.

    This 2-3 ALDS format is the same one that MLB used from 1995-97. That worked out OK for the Yanks as division winners in 1996; not so much as Wild Cards in ’95 (Seattle) and ’97 (Cleveland).

  • Umpires have been announced for the ALDS series involving the Yankees: Brian Gorman, Mark Carlson, Fieldin Culbreth, Mike Everitt, Angel Hernandez and Tony Randazzo.
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