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The Yankees ended the Orioles' season on Friday night, and Baltimore fans are aware of just how unlikely their team's 2012 season was. Stacey at Camden Chat admits that no one could have predicted such a year for the O's:
"Nearly every year, I have felt hope and at least a bit of optimism when spring training began, but in 2012 I didn't feel that at all."
But Baltimore shocked the baseball world by winning 93 games and advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. In 2011, the Orioles finished 69-93 -- 28 games outside first place in the AL East. But this season was to be different. As Stacey wrote:
"Time and time again this season the Orioles defied logic and expectation, and before we knew it we had a legitimately good baseball team on our hands. Did they play over their heads? Maybe. But that doesn't mean they weren't good, because they were. They were good and exciting and special."
CC Sabathia delivered a heroic, complete-game performance for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles, sending the Bronx Bombers to the League Championship Series, where they will have home-field advantage against the Detroit Tigers.
Yankee fans are pretty stoked Sunday morning -- understandably so -- and Sabathia is the main reason why. In his starts in Game 1 and Game 5, he got all but one out. Even when the Yankees' bats didn't deliver to their full potential in Game 5, Sabathia was more than enough, holding the Orioles to just one run, even escaping a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning.
William Juliano of Pinstriped Bible broke down just how historically dominant Sabathia was in such a big moment, comparing his game score (80) against history, and history was kind to the big lefty:
"By going the distance, Sabathia became the first Yankees' pitcher to throw a postseason complete game since Roger Clemens one-hit the Mariners in game 4 of the 2000 ALCS. In addition, Sabathia's game score of 80 was the highest since Clemens beat the Mets in game two of the Subway Series as well as the 14th best mark in franchise history. Sabathia's gem was also only the third complete game by a Yankee in sudden death and first since Ralph Terry closed out the 1962 World Series. Finally, the left hander's 17 2/3 innings were the most by any Yankee pitcher in a five-game postseason series, and his two victories pushed the Bronx Bombers' record to 10-2 in postseason games he has started."
Sabathia's start was only surpassed in this year's postseason so far by Detroit's Justin Verlander, who threw a complete-game shutout Thursday to send the Tigers to the Bronx. Manager Jim Leyland will have another day to let Verlander rest up, but if both skippers stay true to their rotation, it would be Sabathia vs. Verlander in Game 4.
The New York Yankees have defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, in Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday. The Yankees move on to the ALCS and face the Detroit Tigers, who eliminated the Oakland A's on Thursday night.
CC Sabathia was dominant. He went through seven scoreless innings before the Orioles finally broke through in the eighth inning. He finished with nine strikeouts, while allowing just one run, in a complete game.
Raul Ibanez got the Yankees on the board when he singled home Mark Teixeira in the fifth. Teixeira had reached on New York's first hit of the night off Orioles' starter Jason Hammel, then advanced to second on a stolen base.
Derek Jeter scored the second run when Ichiro Suzuki drove him in from first on a double in the right-center gap. Curtis Granderson then added a third run for the Yankees with a solo home run off reliever Troy Patton.
The Orioles' bats came to life in the eighth inning. Lew Ford knocked home Matt Weiters on a single to left to get Baltimore on the board. The O's then loaded the bases with one out. Sabathia struck out Nate McLouth then got JJ Hardy to ground out to retire the side and keep the Yankees up 3-1.
The Yankees will face the Tigers in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
The New York Yankees have extended their lead to 3-0 in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles. Curtis Granderson added the latest run as he homered off Baltimore's Troy Patton in the seventh. It was Granderson's second hit of the night, after he singled in the fifth.
The Yankees scored their first run in the fifth after Mark Teixeira led the inning off with a single, then stole second base. Raul Ibanez put the Yankees on top 1-0 when he drove in Teixeira with a single of his own.
CC Sabathia is making life difficult for the Orioles through seven innings. He has allowed just one hit, walked only one batter, and has struck out six. The Yankees are now just six outs away from moving on to the ALCS.
The New York Yankees lead the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 in Game 5 of the ALDS. Both teams have struggled to get their offenses going, with the Yankees taking the lead by manufacturing a run in the fifth inning. They added a second run when Ichiro Suzuki doubled home Derek Jeter in the bottom of the sixth.
Mark Teixeira picked up the first hit for the Yankees when he singled in the fifth. Teixeira then stole second base when Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel completely ignored him. Teixeira came around to score on a single by Raul Ibanez to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Nate McLouth recorded the first hit for both teams leading off the fourth inning. He moved to second on a stolen base, but was stranded there as CC Sabathia made quick work of the next three batters to retire the side. McLouth nearly tied the game in the top of the sixth, as his fly ball drifted just inches foul. Other than that, Sabathia has cruised through the first six innings, allowiing just the hit to McClouth and walking one while striking out five.
Troy Patton came in to replace Hammel with two outs in the sixth. He struck out Ibanez to end the inning.
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are locked in a scoreless tie after three innings in Game 5 of the ALDS. The low scoring trend at Yankee Stadium continues as both starters have kept the lineups at bay.
CC Sabathia of the Yankees has breezed through the Orioles lineup, tossing three perfect innings while striking out four. Sabathia is likely to go deep into the game, as he has been economical. The left-hander has thrown just 37 pitches, and looks to be in control.
The Orioles have Jason Hammel on the mound. Hammel has had little trouble the first time through New York's lineup. Just like Sabathia, he has been perfect. Hammel has struck out two and thrown 37 pitches.
The big news before the game was Yankees manager Joe Girardi benching third baseman Alex Rodriguez in favor of Eric Chavez. Rodriguez has struggled at the plate throughout the series, and Girardi sent a pinch-hitter in his place in the late innings of Games 3 and 4.
The New York Yankees face a do-or-die Game 5 against the Baltimore Orioles, and it seems that Yankee fans aren't all that interested in seeing the game live. The stadium was not completely full as the game began, suggesting many were unimpressed with New York's inability to close Thursday night.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo passed along this picture of the stands at first pitch.
The fans have showed their displeasure by booing several Yankees as they have made outs throughout the series. The most frequent target of the boos has been third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Those that showed up to Yankee Stadium may be happy to see that A-Rod is not in the lineup for Game 5, after he has struggled through the first four games of the playoffs.
The two teams were knotted in a scoreless tie in the third inning. CC Sabathia is on the mound for the Yankees.
Did manager Joe Girardi do the right thing by not including Alex rodriguez in the Yankees' lineup for Friday's decisive fifth game of the ALDS?
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. Eric Chavez will get the start at third, and Raul Ibanez is starting at designated hitter.
Rodriguez has just two hits in 16 at-bats this series, with nine strikeouts and no RBI. Manager Joe Girardi has pinch-hit for A-Rod late in each of the last two games.
Baltimore's starter, Jason Hammel, is a righty, which gives Eric Chavez a lefty-righty advantage. This season, Chavez hit .298 against righties, while A-Rod hit just .256 against them.
Rodriguez sports a .364 career average against Hammel, with four home runs in just 22 at-bats. He was, however, hitless against Hammel in Game 1 of this series.
Members of the New York media have been calling for Rodriguez's removal since the series began. During the regular season, Chavez hit for a higher average and had 16 home runs in just 278 at-bats.
Was benching A-Rod the right move by Yankees' manager Joe Girardi? Let us know what you think.
CC Sabathia takes the mound for the New York Yankees in a do-or-die Game 5 against the Baltimore Orioles, and he's excited to have the responsibility pitching with the team's season on the line.
The New York Yankees are in an offensive slump, and are knotted at 2-2 in the ALDS despite four great starting pitching performances. Tonight's Game 5 at home will decide whether the Yankees move on or whether their season is over.
The New York Yankees missed several scoring chances Thursday, as well as a chance to set up their pitching rotations for the ALCS.
There will be a decisive Game 5 in the ALDS between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, as Baltimore clinched an extra-innings 2-1 win early Friday morning. After an endless stretch of scoreless baseball, the O's finally broke through against David Phelps in the top of the 13th to seal the one-run victory.
Phelps came on for Joba Chamberlain, who was knocked out of the game in the 12th after a broken bat struck his right throwing elbow. Phelps stranded Matt Wieters at first and got out of the 12th with the 1-1 tie still intact, but he was quickly hammered in the 13th. Dynamic rookie third baseman Manny Machado led off the inning with a double to the gap in right. He then moved to third on a Nate McLouth groundout to Robinson Cano.
With Machado on third, the Orioles just needed a ball to the outfield to score the speedy third baseman. J.J. Hardy did better than that, crushing a Phelps offering over Ichiro Suzuki's head in left to easily score Machado and break the 1-1 tie.
Jim Johnson came on in the bottom of the 13th and worked a 1-2-3 inning to preserve the 2-1 win. Johnson has been shaky in the series, but he got through the middle of the order without incident.
Game 5 is now set for Friday at 5:07 p.m. ET. CC Sabathia will face Jason Hammel in the decisive game.
The tumultuous 2012 season of Joba Chamberlain extended into the postseason on Thursday night, when the barrel end of a broken bat went flying toward the mound and caught him squarely on the right elbow. Initial X-rays on Chamberlain's right arm and elbow were negative.
Matt Wieters led off the 12th inning with a broken-bat bloop single down the left field line, but the real damage was the injury to Chamberlain. An animated gif of the shards flying at Chamberlain:
The Yankee reliever was down on the infield being tended to for a significant amount of time, before getting up to throw a few practice pitches and test his throwing elbow. After a couple of tosses, he walked off the diamond and Joe Girardi made the call for David Phelps.
It was a big blow for the New York bullpen, forcing Girardi to use his fifth reliever in a game that was knotted at 1-1. The good news for Yankees fans is that the X-rays are negative, but it's still unclear what his status will be going forward.
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles remain knotted in a 1-1 tie as Game 4 of the ALDS goes deep into the New York night. Both bullpens have been effective at keeping it even, and the game has moved to the 12th inning.
The Yankees had the best scoring chance late in the game, starting the 8th inning with back-to-back hits up the middle. Ichiro Suzuki took one right through the legs of pitcher Luis Ayala and Mark Teixeira placed a broken-bat liner in center. Robinson Cano sent a bouncing ball to the right side to advance the runners to second and third.
That set the stage for Alex Rodriguez, the maligned Yankee third baseman. With one out, and the Yankees only needing a ball to the outfield to score Ichiro from third, Rodriguez swung through three pitches from Darren O'Day to strike out. Nick Swisher got under one to end the rally and strand the runners. O'Day threw two fastballs by A-Rod to start the at-bat, and then retired him on a nasty slider. An animated gif of the pitch:
Phil Hughes looked shaky in the first third of the game, but he settled in and was strong in his final two innings. Hughes struck out the side in the fifth after giving up a lead-off homer to Nate McLouth, and then went on to retire five straight O's before Joe Girardi made the call for Boone Logan in the seventh. Logan finished off McLouth to end the seventh, and then David Robertson worked a perfect eighth to get it to Rafael Soriano in the ninth. The Yanks closer gave up a single to Jim Thome, but picked off pinch runner Lew Ford to get out of the inning unscathed.
Soriano worked two scoreless innings, but was matched on the other side by O'Day and Pedro Strop. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has used six pitchers out of the pen so far.
Joe Girardi has used five relievers, and was dealt a blow in the top of the 12th when Matt Wieters sent a broken bat blooper down the left field line. The barrel end went flying out to the mound and caught Joba Chamberlain on the arm, knocking him out of the game.
David Phelps will come on and try to keep the game at 1-1.
After six innings in the Bronx, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are tied at 1-1 in another low-scoring duel.
Nate McLouth ignited two scoring threats in his first two at-bats, but in each instance, he was stranded at third and the O's came away with no runs in the first and third inning. Starter Phil Hughes dodged a bullet both times, but in McLouth's third at-bat, he did it all himself. The Baltimore lead-off man started the fifth with a solo shot over the right-field wall. Hughes shook off the opening run of the game and quickly retired the side in the fifth. He cruised through the sixth and then retired the first two men in the seventh before Joe Girardi made the call to the bullpen.
The Yankees wouldn't wait long to even things up, as they finally broke through against Joe Saunders in the bottom of the sixth. The captain, Derek Jeter, led off the inning with a double to right. He was promptly moved to third on a sacrifice by Ichiro Suzuki, and scampered home on a bouncing ball to the right side by Robinson Cano. Baltimore second baseman Ryan Flaherty took the easy out at first and did not attempt to come home, but the run chased Saunders and forced Buck Showalter to make the call for Tommy Hunter. The O's reliever struck out Alex Rodriguez to strand Mark Teixeira on second and end the inning in a 1-1 tie.
Facing elimination, the Orioles have threatened twice through three innings in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, but Baltimore is still knotted in a scoreless tie with the Yankees.
The Orioles immediately put together a scoring chance against Yankee starter Phil Hughes, but threats in both the first and third innings came up empty. Nate McLouth led off the game with walk and was moved to third on a bunt and deep fly out by Adam Jones. But he was stranded on third as Matt Wieters could not drive him in with two outs. The inning featured a couple of hard hit balls to the outfield, but they were at Yankee fielders, allowing Hughes to escape.
In the third, the O's started the inning with a Manny Machado walk and a McLouth double. But with men on second and third and nobody out, Hughes would once again extricate himself from the jam. Machado inadvisably ran home on a chopper back to the pitcher, and Hughes easily made the throw for the first out of the inning. He'd strike out Chris Davis and then induce a Jones groundout to avoid any damage.
The Yankees put together their first threat against Joe Saunders in the bottom half of the third, as Jayson Nix led off with a double. But Saunders would strike out the side and quickly stamp out the threat. Derek Jeter fought off a number of pitches but finally went down with a K on the 13th pitch of the at-bat.
Before Raul Ibanez hit two home runs, before the first pitch of Game 3 was even thrown, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that Phil Hughes would start Game 4.
Struggling third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the Yankees for Game 4, as will Derek Jeter.
Jerry Girardi passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday. Joe Giradi still plans to manage in Thursday night's Game 4.
New York Yankees' manager Joe Girardi looks brilliant today after his decision Wednesday night to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, a move that led to Raul Ibanez getting a chance and ending up hitting game-tying and game-winning home runs.
Here is Jack Curry of YES Network on the move, and its ramifications:
It was bold, gutsy and daring. When Joe Girardi decided to use Raul Ibanez as a pinch-hitter for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning on Wednesday night, it was one of the more delicate decisions he has made as a manager. It was also one of the smartest decisions he has made.
Even before Ibanez drilled a game-tnew-york-yankees-alex-rodying homer off Jim Johnson and a game-winning homer off Brian Matusz in the 12th inning, inserting Ibanez for Rodriguez was the proper move. Even if Ibanez had made an out and the Yankees had lost to the Orioles, I believe Girardi did the right thing. The manager's job is to give his team the best chance to win. That's what Girardi did.
Because Ibanez had a dream of a postseason game, the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 3-2, in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees need to win one of the next two home games to advance to the A.L. Championship Series. If not for Ibanez, the Yankees would be facing elimination in Game 4 on Thursday night. If not for Girardi's decision, Ibanez never would have batted in the ninth.
"I just had a gut feeling," Girardi said.
Where A-Rod hits in the Thursday night lineup, or if he even starts in Game 4, will be a part of the conversation. The Yankees will need A-Rod if they are going to win their 28th title. For now, though, I have to agree with Curry. What the Yankees needed Wednesday was for Rodriguez to get out of the way -- and Girardi deserves credit for having the courage to make the move.
Alex Rodriguez insisted that he had no problem with Joe Girardi's decision to pinch hit for him in the bottom of the ninth inning, and that he was thrilled for Raul Ibanez after his substitute hit a pair of clutch home runs in the New York Yankees' Game 3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
New York Yankees fans know how good last night's 3-2 extra-inning win felt, so it's easy to imagine how distraught Baltimore Orioles supporters are with their season one game from being over.
Raul Ibanez won the game for the Yankees with a pair of homers after being called in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth, causing Camden Chat to title their postgame recap: "Raul Ibanez. Really."
Ibanez' performance stole the show, but the Orioles can blame their loss on more than just preposterously clutch hitting. The team lost on a pair of solo shots, but they were only in a position to do so because their only runs on the evening had come by the way of one-run homers as well. Their No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado, went deep off of Hiroki Kuroda, but the Yankees' starter shut down the rest of the team pretty well:
So after a great outing by starter Miguel Gonzalez, the O's turned to their closer, Jim Johnson, who gave up five runs, four earned in just .1 innings in Game 1. Ibanez made him pay.
I don't know what's going on with Jim Johnson; after being so reliable this season he's now given up runs in two of the three games this series.
New York has two chances to end the Orioles' season at Yankee Stadium, beginning tonight at 7:37 p.m. ET.
Not many would have thought a few weeks ago that Raul Ibanez would be the one to save the New York Yankees' season.
But the left fielder, who hit .240 on the season, has been a monster in the clutch over the past few weeks, and his late game-tying and game-winning solo home runs in Game 3 Wednesday night gives the Yankees two chances to advance to the ALCS with a win. Steven Goldman was live-blogging the game at Pinstriped Bible, and summed it up in a sentence:
They'll put his plaque in Monument Park tonight.
Tonya Bondurant couldn't have enough good things to say about Ibanez in her post-game recap:
Nearly everyone has been hard on Raul Ibanez this season, and you could certainly make a case for the fact that it was justified at times. As of late, though, he's come up as big as anyone at the plate when the Yankees need a big hit the most.
Ibanez hit a pinch-hit home run Sept. 22 to pull ahead against the Oakland A's, then a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th to tie the game up after the Yankees had trailed by four. He had more pinch-hit magic as he hit a two-run bomb, again as a pinch-hitter, to tie up the Oct. 3 game against the Boston Red Sox with the Yanks needing every win to take the AL East. And last night, his pinch-hit magic was there once again.
Lost in Ibanez' feel-good win was a great performance by Hiroki Kuroda, and bad performances by nearly everybody else in the Yankees lineup:
Ibanez will be the hero, and Alex Rodriguez will probably unfairly be the goat (even though nearly the whole lineup is to blame), but the performance that Hiroki Kuroda turned in was a masterpiece of its own. His 8.1 innings were only tarnished by solo shots to Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado. Kuroda allowed only five hits, and really managed to shut down the opposing offense after the Machado home run put the Orioles on top.
The Yankees take the field behind Phil Hughes tonight at 7:37 p.m. ET. They'll need more than just a pair of magical solo shots if they want to win behind a pitcher who has had his struggles of late.
For the second time in a week Wednesday night, Yankees' pinch hitter Raul Ibanez played the role of savior blasting the game-tying and game-winning home runs to propel New York to a much-needed victory at Yankee Stadium.
In the bottom of the ninth with one out, Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and smacked a game-tying home run off of Jim Johnson to send the game into extras. After a few scoreless innings, Ibanez stepped up once more and delivered the winning homer, this time off Brian Matusz.
Hiroki Kuroda kept the Yankees in the game for most of the night, throwing 8⅓ innings while allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk. The relief was impeccable for New York, with Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano and David Robertson combined for 3⅔ innings of one-hit ball.
Raul Ibanez pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and hit a game-tying home run to propel the New York Yankees into a 2-2 tie with the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
With one out in the bottom of he ninth, Ibanez was able to take Jim Johnson deep to right field after being called upon by manager Joe Girardi.
The veteran was given an inside fastball and turned on the pitch without hesitation. Ibanez has been one of the key contributors all season for New York, hammering 19 homers and racking up 62 RBI in the regular season.
The Bronx Bombers looked all but out of it before Rodriguez was lifted for Ibanez. In the game, Rodriguez was struggling once again. The future Hall-of-Famer struck out twice in three at-bats, further drawing the ire of Yankees fans.
Baltimore took the lead in the top of the fifth on a massive home run off the bat of rookie third baseman Manny Machado.
Hiroki Kuroda has been very solid, despite trailing at the moment. The 37-year-old has only allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Just as important, Kuroda has only thrown 77 pitches. With continued success, he may be able to throw a few more frames.
Miguel Gonzalez has also pitched a terrific game. The youngster has been up to the challenge of the vaunted Yankee lineup, surrendering just a single run on a Derek Jeter triple back in the third frame. Gonzalez has also kept New York off-balance, striking out five.
Both Hiroki Kuroda and Miguel Gonzalez are pitching well, with the lone runs coming off a one-out home run by second baseman Ryan Flaherty in the top of the third and Derek Jeter's two-out triple in the bottom of the frame.
Kuroda has looked very solid for New York, allowing only three hits: the blast to Flaherty and two singles by Nate McLouth. Kuroda has also done a great job of being economical with his pitches, only throwing 43 to this point.
Gonzalez was sailing along early before surrendering a lead-off double in the third to Russell Martin. Then with two strikes on Jeter, The Captain was able to drill a fastball into the right-center field gap.
The New York Yankees will keep Alex Rodriguez at third in the order, but play him as the designated hitter rather than at third base.
Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound as the Yankees look to take Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday night in the Bronx.
Joe Girardi would not hint at any potential lineup changes for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Baltimore Orioles, but reports indicate he is considering dropping a struggling Alex Rodriguez lower in the New York Yankees' lineup.
Alex Rodriguez has struggled in the first two ALDS playoff games. Should the Yankees drop him toward the bottom of their batting order?
The Bronx Bombers took an early 1-0 lead, but O's starter Wei-Yin Chen settled in after that to pitch his team to a Game 2 win. Chen, not accustomed to pitching in an MLB-type playoff atmosphere, looked a little rattled in the top of the first and the Yankees jumped on him.
Derek Jeter led off the game with a single and quickly moved to second on an error by Mark Reynolds after Ichiro put one in play. Chen was picked up by an Alex Rodrigeuz lineout that resulted in Jeter being doubled off second. But Robinson Cano stepped in and ensured that the Yanks would get on the board first, roping a double down the right field line that scored Ichiro from first.
The veteran outfielder had to put on a nifty move at home plate to avoid a Matt Wieters tag, however, and he successfully navigated his way around the batter's box for the first run of the game. An animated gif of the play at the plate:
But Chen would settle in from there, and Baltimore would reel off three unanswered runs to take the lead against Andy Pettitte. The first rally came in the bottom of the third, and the damage was done with two outs. Pettitte retired the first two batters of the inning, but back-to-back singles by Robert Andino and Nate McLouth started the rally. A walk by J.J. Hardy loaded them up for Chris Davis, and he took a Pettitte offering to right to score two and give Baltimore a lead they would not relinquish.
The O's added a crucial insurance run three innings later with a quick strike and left Pettitte enraged. Wieters led off the inning with a shot to right that put him on second. Mark Reynolds, who was simply trying to move him over, sent a softly hit ball through the gap on the right side to score Wieters and provide a two-run lead.
It didn't take long for the Yanks to cut the lead in half, and they responded with a run of their own in the very next half inning, chasing Chen. Eduardo Nunez, who was Joe Girardi's DH, put his head down and hustled out a double to lead off the top of the seventh. One batter later, Jeter would bring the speedster home on a single to left field.
But that would be it for the Yankees, as the Orioles' bullpen held on to preserve the one-run win. Brian Matusz came on in the seventh keep the damage at just one, stranding Ichiro on third. Jim Johnson, who was rocked on Sunday night, worked through a perfect ninth inning for his first postseason save.
With the series now even, the Yankees will turn to Hiroki Kuroda in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Buck Showalter will counter with Miguel Gonzalez.
The New York Yankees will pitch Andy Pettitte Monday night in Game 2 of their American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher CC Sabathia and a five-run ninth inning, the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2, in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Despite the early fireworks the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees are still tied, 2-2, in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Camden Yards. The game has reached the conclusion of seven innings.
Both teams have squandered scoring opportunities since scoring two runs through four innings of play -- the Yankees tallied runs in the first and fourth innings while the Orioles scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. New York is 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and have left seven men on base. Baltimore is 2-for-5 with five runners left on base.
The Yankees latest scoring opportunity came in the top of the seventh when runners were on third and second base with one out. However, Ichiro Suzuki grounded into a fielder's choice -- a hard grounder to the second baseman Robert Andino who threw home to catcher Matt Wieters, who scooped the low throw and tagged out base runner Russell Martin; and Alex Rodriguez struck out.
In both the fifth and sixth innings, Baltimore got two base runners on with one out but was unable to plate a run.
The New York Yankees scored a run in the top of the first and fourth innings while the Baltimore Orioles tallied two runs in the bottom of the third. The result is a 2-2 tie entering the top of the fifth inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Orioles Park at Camden Yards.
Trailing 2-1, Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira collected a game-tying base hit, which hit the top of the right field wall, in the fourth. The long single -- Teixeira was thrown out at second base after trying to extend the hit into a double -- came of Orioles' starting pitcher Jason Hammel and answered a two-run third inning by the home team.
Nate McLouth delivered an earlier go-ahead hit in the bottom of the third inning for the Orioles. The knock came off of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia with one out and scored both Chris Davis and Lew Ford to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. ET for Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS, but rain has delayed the first pitch. The game will happen on Sunday night, with the start expected to come between 8 and 9 p.m. ET, according to CBS Eye On Baseball.
Rain is still coming down in Baltimore, but the National Weather Service predicts the showers to end around 8 p.m. There will be just a 10 percent chance of precipitation throughout the rest of Sunday night.
The two teams battled for the division title for the final month of the season, with the Yankees clinching the AL East on the final day and securing home field advantage. That means the first two games are scheduled for Baltimore, with the rest of the series coming in New York.
The National Weather Service predicts occasional rain in the Baltimore area until 8:15 p.m. ET. The game was initially scheduled to start at 6 p.m. before showers came. When the game does get going, Jason Hammel gets the call for the Orioles against CC Sabathia of the Yankees.
The Orioles have taken four of the last seven meetings between the they spent much of the stretch run battling the Yankees for the division title. New York eventually prevailed, clinching on the last day of the regular season. That allowed the Yankees to have home field advantage for the series, as the first two games will be played in Baltimore before the ALDS moves to New York for Game 3. Games 4 and 5 will also be at Yankee Stadium if necessary.
The New York Yankees face AL East foe Baltimore in the American League Division Series, with Game 1 scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Sunday. The two teams battled down the stretch for the division title, with the Yankees eventually clinching on the last day of the season. The Orioles have taken four of the last seven meetings between the two clubs.
The first two games are slated to be played in Baltimore, with the series shifting to New York for Game 3 and, if necessary, Games 4 and 5.
CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees. He went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA on the year. He last faced Baltimore on Sep. 8, giving up five runs in 6.1 innings in a loss.
The Orioles counter with Jason Hammel. The right-hander posted an 8-6 record with a 3.38 ERA. The Yankees saw Hammel on Sep. 6. They managed to score just one run in five innings.
Full lineups for both teams, via baseballpress.com:
1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Nick Swisher (S) RF
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
7. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Raul Ibanez (L) DH
1. Nate McLouth (L) LF
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Matt Wieters (S) C
5. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B
7. Chris Davis (L) RF
8. Lew Ford (R) DH
9. Robert Andino (R) 2B
The Yankees announced their 25-man ALDS roster Sunday.
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