ALCS Game 4: Rangers Rout Yankees, 10-3, Take 3-1 ALCS Lead

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ALCS Game 4 Reactions: Michael Kay On ESPN's Mike And Mike

About 10 hours after the New York Yankees lost 10-3 to the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, YES play-by-play announcer Michael Kay was on ESPN 2 with Mike and Mike In The Morning. Here’s Kay’s reactions to Game 4 and other Yankee topics:

On leaving A.J. Burnettt in the game to pitch to Bengie Molina

“I really didn’t have a problem with it. I thought, he was pitching very well. I know his line, when you look back at it, will not indicate that. But watching him that is as sharp as he’s been in a long time. You know, occasionally he will let the ball leak back over the plate. Yesterday, what was happening was he was leaking the ball away instead of over the plate. This time, he was trying to get the ball in (to Molina) and it leaked-out over the plate and Molina turned on it. But, I actually would have walked (David) Murphy there and I would have kept in A.J. Burnett as well.”

Why have the Yankee bats been so silent?

“That’s a great question. In Game 3, you could say it was Cliff Lee and I would by that. No disrespect to Tommy Hunter or Derek Hollad but the Yankees can’t be shut down like that. The Yankees setup that opportunity where they get burned by Molina because they had so many opportunities that they didn’t cash-in offensively. Alex Rodriguez isn’t hitting before (Mark) Teixeira got hurt. (Rodriguez) hadn’t had a hit at all during the entire series*. The only one who’s hitting is Robinson Cano. You don’t win in the situation they’re in right now.”

*Rodriguez is 2-for-15 in the series.

What has to happen for the Yankees to come back in the series?

“It’s what (Mike) Golic said, they have to hit. Everyone keeps saying that CC (Sabathia) has to pitch well today. Well, everyone assumes that CC is going to pitch well. But if he gives up a run or two and the Yankees don’t score; then the Yankees will end up losing. They didn’t show any indication that they can hit C.J. Wilson in Game 1. So, they better scratch every run they can and they will have to do this without Mark Teixeira. So, that even makes it more difficult. Is it impossible? Absolutely not. But now, you put yourself in a situation to not only win three straight games but the final game you need to win has to be against Cliff Lee. That’s why yesterday was so important.”

Is the play of the Rangers making the Yankees look old and tired?

“That’s what Paul O’Neill said yesterday on the YES post-game show. ‘This makes the Yankees look like they’re playing at a different speed.’ You know what it is Mike? I say this in all sports. If you don’t hit, you look old. When you don’t hit, you look slow. When you don’t hit, you look lazy. I don’t think the Yankees are lazy. I don’t think they are a slow team. I think the Rangers, (this is) all new to them. They’re excited. I think, the Yankees are shellshocked right now. It’s almost like a roller coaster. The Yankees played like this much of September. And then all of a sudden we all thought it was over because of the series with the Minnesota Twins.”

Is Cliff Lee going to be a Yankees next season?

“I thought that was the case. But I talked to some people in the (Yankee) Stadium yesterday and supposedly, the Rangers are really dead set on keeping him. And Lee really likes it there. And I asked how the Rangers will outbid the Yankees and somebody told me they just signed an $80-million television contract. Which they did. So, that puts them at a little different level then they were previously. If it becomes a bidding war, then the Yankees will win. But if maybe this guy is comfortable and they do give him a representative offer. Then maybe he stays there.”


ALCS Game 4: Rangers 10, Yankees 3 -- New York On Brink Of Elimination

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Bengie Molina smacked a go-ahead three-run homer off A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning, helping the Texas Rangers put themselves on the brink of their first World Series appearance with a 10-3 win over New York in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Rangers, winners in all five of their road games this postseason, lead the best-of-seven series three games to one thanks to four home runs and four relievers shutting down the defending World Series champions over the final 5 2/3 frames.

Molina finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Josh Hamilton hit a pair of solo homers for Texas, which has hit at least one long ball in each of its nine playoff tilts. Nelson Cruz also went deep in the lopsided affair.

Derek Holland (1-0) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win behind Tommy Hunter, who was charged with three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 frames.

Burnett (0-1), called upon despite his late-season struggles, yielded five runs on six hits and three walks over six innings in a loss further exacerbated by a strained right hamstring to first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Yankees, who have never lost in the ALCS after trailing the series, 2-1.

In Game 5 on Wednesday, CC Sabathia will have the task of keeping New York’s season alive opposite C.J. Wilson in a rematch of Game 1 starters. Sabathia lasted just four innings in the opener and was in line for the loss before the Yankees rallied for the win against the Rangers’ bullpen.


Mark Teixeira Leaves ALCS Game 4 With Apparent Hamstring Injury

New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira left Game 4 of the ALCS in the fifth inning with an apparent hamstring injury.

Teixeira was injured while trying to beat a relay to first base after hitting a groundball to Texas third baseman Michael Young. Teixeira flopped safely into first base to avoid a double play, and was replaced by Marcus Thames.


Joe Girardi Will Not Be Managing The Chicago Cubs In 2011

Joe Girardi will not be managing the Chicago Cubs next season. That is because the Cubs announced today that Mike Quade will be.

Quade was named interim skipper when Lou Piniella retired late in the season.

There had been much speculation that Girardi, a Chicago native and former Cubs’ player whose contract is up after this season, would entertain a move to Chicago.

No chance of that now. I have no idea if Quade’s hiring is good for the Cubs. I do know, however, that is is good for the Yankees.


Francisco Cervelli Will Catch Tonight For Yankees

The New York Yankees have decided to go with Francisco Cervelli to catch the enigmatic A.J. Burnett tonight in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers.

Regular catcher Jorge Posada will be out of the lineup. Lance Berkman will be the designated hitter against Texas starter Tommy Hunter.

A.J. Burnett

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