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Manager Joe Girardi couldn't explain the team's postseason struggles on offense after his team's ALCS, calling the failure of some strong hitters to come through over and over again "very surprising." He said he believes he is on good terms with Alex Rodriguez.
After sweeping the Yankees out of the ALCS with an 8-1 win in Game 4 on Thursday, the Tigers head to their 11th World Series in franchise history as one blogger honors the game and occasion.
The Yankees were swept out of the American League Championship Series in Detroit on Thursday, as one blogger recaps what was a thorough domination by the Tigers.
After an ugly end to a 2012 postseason in which Alex Rodriguez's struggles became a focal point, Yankee president Randy Levine came out in defense of the third baseman.
The New York Yankees lost Game 4 of the ALCS to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, 8-1. CC Sabathia took the loss for the Yankees, while Max Scherzer was the winning pitcher for Detroit. The loss ends the Yankees' season, and the Tigers will face the winner of the Giants-Cardinals NLCS in the World Series.
The Yankees' offense struggled to get anything going against Scherzer, going hitless through the first five innings. New York finally got to Scherzer in the sixth, as Eduardo Nunez scored on Nick Swisher's double. That would be the only run of the game for the New York.
Sabathia didn't fare as well as Scherzer; Detroit chased him from the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers got to him for a run in the first and scored again in the third after Mark Teixeira extended the inning. Home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta in the fourth would end the short outing for Sabathia. He allowed six runs (five earned) and 11 hits in 3⅓ innings of work.
The Yankees managed only a pair of hits on Thursday: Swisher's double and a triple by Nunez. New York managed just six runs in the four-game series.
The Tigers lead the Yankees 6-1 after six innings of Game 4, with the Yankees needing to win to extend their season another night. Both starting pitchers have been taken out of the game, with CC Sabathia lasting just 3.2 innings. The Yankees were held hitless through the first five innings by Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
The Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 6-0, and chased CC Sabathia from the game during the inning. Omar Infante singled before Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run that made it 4-0. Delmon Young then singled ahead of Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer that put the Tigers up by six. Andy Dirks followed the second homerun of the inning with a double which ended the day for Sabathia.
The Yankees recorded their first hit and got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a triple, with Nick Swisher doubling him home. Swisher advanced to third on a fielder's choice before Mark Teixeira walked to end the evening for Max Scherzer. Drew Smyly entered the game to face pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez, and induced a weak fly ball to end the inning.
Joba Chamberlain finished the sixth inning pitching for the Yankees, while Drew Smyly has only faced one batter for the Tigers.
Delmon Young singled to drive in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Omar Infante got on base with an infield single, beating out the throw from Eric Chavez. Infante advanced from first to third when Prince Fielder singled to left, and came home on the Delmon Young hit.
New York went down in order in each of the first two innings, but they threatened in the top of the third. The Yankees got their first baserunner when Prince Fielder booted a routine groundball, putting Eduardo Nunez on first with two out. After Nunez stole second base, Ichiro drew a walk before Scherzer struck out Nick Swisher to end the Yankee threat.
Avisail Garcia added to the lead in the bottom of the third inning after Mark Teixeira extended the inning with an error. Prince Fielder got aboard with a single, and Delmon Young followed him by drawing a walk. Andy Dirks reached when Teixeira misplayed the ball hit at him, and Garcia then managed to bring in Fielder with a single up the middle.
CC Sabathia has thrown 73 pitches for the Yankees through three, while Scherzer has thrown 55 pitches for the Tigers.
Yankees face elimination without A-Rod, Granderson in Game 4 of the ALCS
Can the New York Yankees really find a way to move Alex Rodriguez to another team? It won't be easy, but it needs to be done.
New York is trying to keep its season alive with CC Sabathia on the mound for the first time since Game 5 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia has had a history of coming up large in pressure spots for the Bronx Bombers, and will need to call on that ability again with his team's back against the wall.
In the regular season, Sabathia pitched against the Tigers three times, resulting in a three quality starts and a 3-0 record.
Max Scherzer will be on the hill for Detroit, also for the first time in the ALCS. Scherzer has been terrific in 2012, striking out more batters than anyone else in the American League except for his teammate, Justin Verlander.
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
The Tigers are up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series and hope to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 2006, but their coronation will have to wait at least another day.
New York is hoping to get back in the thick of things with CC Sabathia scheduled to start for the first time this series. The Yankees caught a break with the weather happening before and not during the game, keeping Sabathia from throwing a few innings and wasting his start.
Max Scherzer will still be on the hill Thursday for Detroit, also seeing the Bronx Bombers for the first time this postseason. The right hander can be dominant at times, ranking second in the league in strikeouts behind only Tuesday's starter for Detroit, Justin Verlander.
Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers are in a rain delay, even though it's not yet actually raining in Detroit.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez spoke with the media on Wednesday and said he's not happy about being out of the lineup
The New York Yankees are keeping Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson out of their lineup on Wednesday as they attempt to fight off elimination, down 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will have surgery on his fractured left ankle that will cause him to miss four to five months.
Even against arguably the best pitcher in baseball, SB Nation's Pinstripe Alley expected the Yankees' offense to produce more against Justin Verlander.
After a mundane season out of the bullpen, Phil Coke has become the go-to guy in crucial situations for the Detroit Tigers.
CC Sabathia has the task of keeping the New York Yankees alive for another night.
Justin Verlander went 8⅓ innings and the New York Yankees bats were unable to keep up, as the Detroit Tigers took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the ALCS after a 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
The Yankees' struggles at the plate continued against Verlander. Ichiro Suzuki's two hits were the only knocks against the Tigers ace on the night until a solo home run from Eduardo Nunez in the ninth inning gave the Yankees their lone run of the night. Verlander would leave the game after retiring the next batter, Brett Gardner.
The Yankees had turned to Phil Hughes to quiet the Tigers' bats in Game 3, but were forced to call upon the bullpen when Hughes left the game in the fourth inning after aggravating a back injury.
Delmon Young's solo home run off of Hughes in the fourth inning was the first strike for the Tigers, as Young extended his Tigers franchise record for postseason blasts. After Hughes walked the next batter, Yankees manager Joe Girardi took out the starter, who was suffering from a stiff back, and replaced him with David Phelps.
Phelps held the Tigers from scoring again in the fourth, but did surrender an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera in the fifth inning.
That was all the scoring the Tigers needed on the night, as Verlander surrendered three hits and and one run to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, with the Yankees sending CC Sabathia to the mound against the Tigers' Max Scherzer.
New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes was pulled with a stiff back in the fourth inning and Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera broke through for key RBIs as the Detroit Tigers lead the Yankees, 2-0, through six innings in Game 3 of the ALCS.
After surrendering a solo home run to Young and a walk to Andy Dirks, Hughes was pulled with an apparent injury — later revealed to be a stiff back — and was replaced by David Phelps, who held the Tigers at just one run in the frame.
The Yankees finally broke through for a hit against Justin Verlander, as Ichiro Suzuki's one-out single in the fourth inning stopped Verlander's streak of 10 batters retired. Suzuki's hit is the Yankees' only knock of the night through six innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Phelps was unable to keep the Tigers' offense in check, as Miguel Cabrera broke through for a double to deep right center field to score Quintin Berry from second base after Berry stole second easily on Phelps. After Phelps was taken out by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, relievers Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley were able to keep the damage to just one run.
Boone Logan was also able to escape a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth inning as he induced Cabrera into a sharply hit ground ball to third baseman Eric Chavez, who started a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Hughes has struggled with back issues in the past, and they've returned once again, according to the team's Twitter account. Hughes suffered from a herniated disc that kept him out of action for extended periods of time in the past few seasons.
Hughes kept the Tigers off of the scoreboard in the first three innings of Tuesday's game, but started the fourth inning by surrendering a home run to Delmon Young and a walk to Andy Dirks. With a run in and a runner on, Hughes showed some discomfort and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was forced to lift him from the game.
Hughes was replaced by David Phelps, who kept the Tigers from adding to their 1-0 lead in the fourth, but did surrender another run to the Tigers in the fifth inning.
The Yankees turned to Hughes to silence the Detroit Tigers' bats on Tuesday night in Game 3 in Detroit with the Yankees down 2-0 to the in the best-of-seven series. Hughes had kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in his first three innings, matching zeroes with Tigers starter Justin Verlander through the first few frames.
But after giving up a solo shot to Young, already the Tigers' all-time leader in postseason homeruns, and a walk to Dirks, Phelps showed some discomfort and was replaced by reliever David Phelps with Dirks on first base and a run already in in the bottom of the fourth.
Phelps also replaced Joba Chamberlain after the Yankees reliever was pulled after being hit by a broken bat in a relief appearance in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles.
The New York Yankees' struggles at the plate are continuing early tonight in Game 3 of the ALCS — Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander has retired the first nine Yankees he's faced — and the Tigers and Yankees are scoreless through three in Detroit.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes has also kept the Tigers from getting on the scoreboard in his three innings of work, continuing a strong string of starts from Yankees pitchers in the playoffs thus far. Hughes has surrendered two hits over his first three innings, but has yet to give up a run.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the first inning against Hughes, putting men on first and second base with two outs, but Delmon Young, the Tigers' all-time leader in postseason home runs, was forced into a lazy fly ball to right field to end the threat. The Tigers also put runners on the corners in the bottom of the third inning with two outs, but Prince Fielder was unable to bring a run home.
With Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup and Derek Jeter sidelined for the postseason with a broken ankle, the Yankees shuffled their lineup for Game 3, but the new look has yet to get to Verlander, who was 2-0 in his two starts in the ALDS.
The New York Yankees make a lot of changes to their lineup as they try to dig out of an 0-2 hole to the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.
The Yankees are still alive in the American League Championship Series, but just barely.
Previewing Game 3 of the 2012 ALCS. The Tigers currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Yankees.
The impressive starting pitching of the Detroit Tigers has their fans excited after going up 2-0 on the New York Yankees in the ALCS.
Poor offense and a blown call at second base has New York Yankees fans upset after a 3-0 Game 2 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS.
Yankees' fans sent the team a loud message over the weekend with empty seats, boos and insults.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will 'likely' have surgery on his broken left ankle. A CT scan and MRI on Jeter's ankle on Sunday confirmed a fracture.
There was no scoring until the 7th inning due to a pair of gems pitched by Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda and Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez. The Yankees trailed 1-0 entering the 8th inning before this call at second base, which could have ended the top half of the inning, extended the inning.
This call was argued by Yankees manager Joe Girardi and he was ejected. The ejection was the fourth of the season for Girardi, in each case the Yankees were playing the Tigers.
After Girardi's ejection, the Tigers scored two runs when Avisail Garcia and Miguel Cabrera drove in runs with singles. Both of the earned runs were charged to starter Hiroki Kuroda who exited the game after pitching 7 2/3 innings. After Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain and Clay Rapada gave up a combined two hits and a walk, Cody Eppley got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Yankees went down in order in the eighth inning but held Detroit to one hit in the ninth. Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees some hope of a comeback in the ninth inning with a two-out single. He reached second base during Curtis Granderson's at-bat, but Granderson struck out to end the game. The Yankees finished the game 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Sanchez picked up the victory going seven innings and giving up three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. Kuroda took the loss. He gave up three earned runs on five hits while striking out 11 batters. Phil Coke got the save for the Tigers after pitching the last two scoreless innings. Coke struck out three batters while allowing just one hit.
Game 3 of the series will be played on Tuesday at Comerica Park.
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After six scoreless innings, the Yankees surrendered the first run of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Quintin Berry opened the inning for the Tigers with a ground rule double off of Yankees' starter Hiroki Kuroda. Miguel Cabrera followed with a slap single into the outfield which advanced Berry to third base. Kuroda struck out Prince Fielder before Delmon Young hit into a fielder's choice which scored Berry. Kuroda got Andy Dirks to ground out to get out of the inning but the damage had been done.
In the Yankee half of the inning, Alex Rodriguez lined out to left field in the first at-bat. Curtis Granderson walked and then stole second base during a Nick Swisher strikeout. Jayson Nix was struck out by Anibal Sanchez to end the inning. The Yankees are 0-3 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's game.
Through five innings, the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers are tied in Game 2 of the ALCS. All three hits in this game have come from Yankees; Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher. Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is having a good day on the mound, striking out eight Tigers and walking none in five innings.
Anibal Sanchez gave up the three Yankee hits, but also struck out five and walked just one in his five innings of action.
Although the game is scoreless, three runners were left on base with those hits, so opportunities have been there. Russell Martin came up short with Teixeira and Ibanez on, and Jayson Nix left Swisher stranded.
Some would call this a must-win game for the Yankees, because going to Detroit down 2-0 is less than ideal, even if C.C. Sabathia is expected to start that game. The Tigers took Game 1 at Yankee Stadium in a 12-inning thriller.
Not only did the Yankees lose Game 1 of the American League Championship Series to the Detroit Tigers, they lost their captain to an ankle injury. Derek Jeter is out of the rest of the postseason after breaking his left ankle in the Yankees 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday night. The last time the Yankees played a postseason game without Jeter was the 1995 ALDS.
Taking Jeter's place in the New York defense is Jayson Nix who will play shortstop and bat ninth. Ichiro will move up to fill the leadoff spot in the lineup during Jeter's absence.
Pitching: Anibal Sanchez
Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. The game will be broadcast on TBS.
The New York Yankees try to pull even in the ALCS with the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 Sunday at 4 p.m., but they'll have to do it without injured star Derek Jeter.
The Yankees lost Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, 6-4, Saturday night. The rollercoaster game ended in heartbreaking fashion for the home team.
New York Yankees' players offered their reaction to Derek Jeter's injury following Saturday night's loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS.
The Detroit Tigers almost blew it, but found a way to hold onto Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.
The Yankees not only lost Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night, but also their captain for the remainder of the season.
The New York Yankees fell in the first game of the ALCS, losing to the Detroit Tigers 6-4 in 12 innings. The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score early, but needed some more timely hitting from Raul Ibanez to force the game into extra innings. Not only did New York fall behind Detroit 1-0 in the series, they may have lost their shortstop as well. Derek Jeter was injured in the top of the 12th, and was unable to leave under his own power.
The Yankees threatened to score early, loading the bases with two outs in the first inning. Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta kept the game scoreless with an impressive defensive play. Peralta made a diving stop to his right on a well-struck Alex Rodriguez ground ball to force a fielder's choice.
New York kept the pressure on Fister in the next inning, loading the bases a second time despite the first two hitters of the inning recording outs. Robinson Cano hit a line drive up the middle, which ricocheted off Fister's wrist and bounced towards Peralta. The shortstop caught the ball bare-handed, then fired a strike towards Prince Fielder. The first base umpire called Cano out, but replays suggested that Cano beat the throw to the bag.
Andy Pettitte pitched effectively for the first five innings, not allowing any Tiger's hitters to advance into scoring position. Detroit's first scoring opportunity came in the top of the sixth, when Austin Jackson led off the inning with a triple. Pettitte forced Omar Infante into a weak fly out before issuing an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera.
With runners on the corners, Fielder cracked a single up the middle, driving in the first run of the game. Delmon Young followed Fielder with a single to shallow right, driving in Cabrera. Peralta drew a walk to load the bases, but Pettitte forced two pop-outs to end the inning.
The Yankees responded quickly in their half of the inning, with Mark Teixeira reaching on an Infante error, followed by a Raul Ibanez double down the right-field line. With two runners in scoring position, Rodriguez struck out for the first out of the inning. Nick Swisher then drew a walk, loading the bases for a third time against Fister. The right-hander fanned Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin to keep the Yankees scoreless.
Pettitte tossed 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while fanning 5. Fister threw 6.1 shutout innings, but gave up six hits and four walks while striking out five. Neither pitcher, however, would factor into the decision.
Detroit added to their lead in the top of the eighth inning when Young smashed a solo homer against Derek Lowe. Peralta followed with a double, chasing Lowe from the game. Avisail Garcia hit a two-out single against Boone Logan to extend the Tigers lead to 4-0.
New York stormed back in the top of the ninth, tagging Tiger's closer Jose Valverde with four runs. Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer to halve the Detroit lead. Later in the inning, Raul Ibanez continued his post-season heroics, hitting the Yankees' second two-run homer of the inning to force extras.
The Tigers recaptured the lead in the top of the twelfth inning. Cabrera led off the inning by drawing a walk against David Phelps, before Delmon Young smacked a double to drive in the go-ahead run.
The inning would get worse for the Yankees, as Peralta hit a ground ball towards Derek Jeter. Jeter stumbled as he fielded the ball, hurting his foot in the process which allowed Peralta to get an infield single. The New York shortstop was unable to put any weight on his left foot after the play, and needed to be helped off the field. Andy Dirks singled on the next play, extending the Tigers lead to 6-4.
Drew Smyly tossed a perfect twelfth to pick up his first win of the post-season, while Phelps is tagged with the loss. The two teams will play again tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled at 4:07 PM ET.
Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a grounder towards Jeter, who stumbled and fell to the ground as he fielded the ball. The New York captain could not stand to throw out Peralta, but rolled the ball over towards Robinson Cano to ensure the Tigers runners would not advance further. Jeter looked to be in noticeable pain and was unable to put any weight on his ankle while he was helped off the field.
The shortstop had been having problems with his ankle, as Joe Girardi put Jeter in the Designated Hitter spot in Game Four of the ALDS. Jeter was able to play Game 5 of the ALDS at short.
Jeter finishes his night 1-5 at the plate with a walk and two strikeouts. Jayson Nix replaced Derek in the lineup and at shortstop.
The Yankees are headed into extras thanks to more post-season heroics from Raul Ibanez.
Detroit added to their lead in the top of the eighth inning when Delmon Young blasted a solo homer off Derek Lowe. Jhonny Peralta followed with a double, chasing Lowe from the game. Avisail Garcia hit a two-out single against Boone Logan to extend the Tigers lead to 4-0.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde came in to start the ninth, but quickly ran into trouble. Russell Martin led off the inning with a single, but that was followed by a Derek Jeter strikeout. Ichiro Suzuki then blasted a two-run homer to right, slicing the Tigers lead in half. Valverde momentarily recovered, fanning Robinson Cano before issuing a walk to Mark Teixeira.
That all set it up for Ibanez, who crushed a two-run homer, tying the game and forcing Jim Leyland to remove Valverde from the game. Octavio Dotel struck out Eric Chavez to end the inning, but not before the damage was done.
The Yankees have loaded the bases three times in six innings, but have failed to score any runs. Detroit, on the other hand, took advantage of its run-scoring oppotunity.
Doug Fister settled down after being hit in the wrist by Robinson Cano. The Tigers starter tossed perfect frames in the fourth and fifth inning while being much more efficient with his pitches. Fister threw 47 pitches in the first two innings, but only threw 30 pitches over the next three innings.
Andy Pettitte pitched effectively in the fourth and fifth as well; he gave up a single in each inning, but both times the Tiger's base-runner did not advance to scoring position. The Tigers' first strong scoring opportunity came in the top of the sixth, when Austin Jackson led off the inning with a triple. Omar Infante followed Jackson with a fly ball to right field, but it was hit too shallow to score Jackson. Joe Girardi then ordered an intentional walk of Miguel Cabrera, which brought Prince Fielder to the plate with runners on the corners and one out.
Fielder put the Tigers on the board first, smacking a single up the middle and collecting an RBI. Delmon Young came to the plate next, and hit a shallow fly ball to right. Swisher was positioned deep, and could not reach the ball before it fell for a single, which allowed Miguel Cabrera to score from second.
Pettitte then walked Jhonny Peralta to load the bases with one out. The southpaw recovered, forcing the next two Detroit hitters to hit weak popouts to end the Tigers scoring threat.
New York tried to respond quickly after falling behind the Tigers. Mark Teixeira hit a grounder to Infante, who mishandled the ball, causing Teixeira to reach base on an error. Raul Ibanez then hit a high chopper down the first base line, which bounced over Fielder's head for a double. With two runners in scoring position, Alex Rodriguez struck out on three pitches for the first out of the inning.
Swisher followed Rodriguez with a walk, loading the bases for the third time against Fister. The Detroit right-hander, however, escaped his third bases-loaded jam of the game by fanning Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin.
The Yankees threatened early, loading the bases against Doug Fister in the bottom of the first inning. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez all worked walks against the right-hander, bringing Alex Rodriguez to the plate. Rodriguez swung at the first pitch, pulling a sharp grounder, but Jhonny Peralta made a diving stop to his right before getting the force-out at second.
New York loaded the bases in the second inning as well, despite Fister getting the first two hitters to record outs. Russell Martin, Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki all hit two-out singles. Suzuki's collected an infield hit, so Martin could not advance home. This proved to be costly, when Robinson Cano followed Jeter with a line drive right back at Fister. The ball ricocheted off the pitcher and bounced towards Peralta, who made his second run-saving play of the game. The Tigers' shortstop caught the ball with his bare-hand off the bounce, then threw a strike to Prince Fielder at first, barely beating Cano to the bag.
Fister returned to mound to start the third inning after taking a line drive off his wrist. Teixeira led off the inning with a single, but Ibanez popped out before Rodriguez grounded into a double play.
Andy Pettitte has tossed three strong innings, only allowing two singles while striking out three Tigers.
The full, seven-game schedule for the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.
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Breaking down the Yankees and Tigers ahead of Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series.
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