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  1. A-Rod on coming off the bench: “I’ll be ready”

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    We heard the news about Alex Rodriguez being benched for Game 5, and the reaction from the manager, now here it is straight from the man himself: “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…

  2. Alex Rodriguez has Minnesota to thank for his playoff reputation not being even worse

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    If you think Alex Rodriguez has a terrible reputation for his playoff performance now, just imagine what things would be like without the Twins’ pitching staff around. As a lifelong Minnesotan and Twins fan I have some pretty vivid memories of A-Rod destroying my favorite team in the playoffs, and sure enough I crunched the…

  3. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Adam Jones, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Chris Davis, RF 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  4. Lineup crystal ball: A-Rod has owned Jason Hammel over the years

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Matthew made a good point about the Yankees linuep last night. And all things being equal, damn, I don’t know that I could go with Alex Rodriguez in Game 5. He just looks totally lost up there. But even if Matthew is right and Joe Girardi shouldn’t go with A-Rod, I have this feeling he…

  5. Looking ahead to two more Game 5s

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth rounds the bases after hitting a game-winning walk-off solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

    Four best of five playoff series, four Game 5s. Life is good. We do it again two more times tonight, with the following action on tap: Orioles at Yankees, 5:07 PM ET, TBS:  It has been an offense-free zone for both teams, but it’s not surprising given the big names and big contracts that the Yankees…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    What a ripoff. Instead of the 12 hours of baseball craziness we got on Wednesday, Thursday’s games only gave us eleven and a half hours. I want my money back. Giants 6, Reds 4: Buster Posey with the big bomb. Dusty Baker with a bomb of his own. San Francisco moves on to face the…

  7. Eric Chavez over Alex Rodriguez the right move for Game 5

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Darren O’Day isn’t a conventional pitcher. He’s given plenty of quality right-handed hitters a tough time during his big-league career. Still, it was kind of telling that Alex Rodriguez couldn’t  catch up to his 85-mph fastball in Thursday’s loss to the Orioles. A-Rod did get a single and a walk in five plate appearances Thursday.…

  8. Alex Rodriguez takes seat again, yet Curtis Granderson is even worse

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

    Yankees' Granderson attempts a bunt against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Alex Rodriguez was removed for a pinch-hitter for the second straight game Thursday and rightfully so. Yet A-Rod hasn’t been the Yankees’ worst performer through four postseason games. That title goes to Curtis Granderson. Granderson went 0-for-5 with three more strikeouts in Thursday’s loss to the Orioles. He’s 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in the series,…

  9. Orioles top Yankees in 13 innings, ALDS moves to a decisive Game 5

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson Matt Wieters

    We will have four Game Fives in division series play this year for the first time ever. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 2-1 in 13 innings tonight at Yankee Stadium to keep their season alive and force a decisive fifth game tomorrow afternoon. The Orioles grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Nate McLouth hit a…

  10. Orioles pull ahead of Yankees in 13th inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    J.J. Hardy Getty

    The Orioles have a little bit of life left. J.J. Hardy just delivered an RBI double off David Phelps in the top of the 13th inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead over the Yankees. It broke the team’s 0-for-15 streak with runners in scoring position. Manny Machado got the inning started with an…

  11. Orioles and Yankees tied going into the seventh

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter Reuters

    The Orioles grabbed a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Nate McLouth in the top of the fifth, but the Yankees drew even in the bottom of the sixth. Derek Jeter led off the inning with a double to the right field corner and was bunted over to third base by Ichiro Suzuki.…

  12. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Getty Yankees Orioles

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, DH 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B…

  13. Yankees lineup: Derek Jeter at DH, Alex Rodriguez batting fifth, Raul Ibanez on bench

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez is in the Yankees’ starting lineup tonight after being pinch-hit for last night, but manager Joe Girardi has decided to drop him from third to fifth. Raul Ibanez, who came off the bench to pinch-hit for Rodriguez and became the hero with two homers, is back on the bench because the Orioles are…

  14. Oh look, someone is forcing the “A-Rod is an ego-driven diva” narrative

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yankees' Jeter and Rodriguez celebrate a solo home run by teammate Ibanez against the Baltimore Orioles during Game 3 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    It’s obvious that, for years, Alex Rodriguez‘s ego caused him trouble. He often came off as vain and self-centered in the media. Usually in ways that had little if anything to do with baseball, it should be noted. More as it relates to his public image and the like. But we haven’t seen that for…

  15. Great Moments in Tabloid Headlines

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

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    I realize that you can’t write the story of last night’s Yankees game without noting that Joe Girardi made the ballsy decision to pinch hit Raul Ibanez for the struggling Alex Rodriguez.  That’s the kind of thing we’ll be talking about for decades, I reckon. It’s news, and of course you have to talk about…

  16. Let’s gear up for another incredible day of baseball

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    A's celebration

    In case you missed any of yesterday’s mind-boggling action I offer you two things. First, my condolences, because you missed one of the best days of baseball in recent memory. Second, I offer you a quick set of links explaining to you how incredible it was: The A’s rallied for three in the ninth, shocking the…

  17. So, will Alex Rodriguez hit third again on Thursday?

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    Yankees' Jeter and Rodriguez celebrate a solo home run by teammate Ibanez against the Baltimore Orioles during Game 3 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Because it certainly worked out tonight. After going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Miguel Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez was pulled from Wednesday’s game in the ninth. As you’ve probably heard, Raul Ibanez hit a game-tying homer in his place and then delivered the game-winner three innings later, giving the Yankees a 2-1 ALDS lead over the…

  18. Raul Ibanez sends Game 3 of ALDS to extras with solo blast

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez has struggled mightily in this ALDS against the O’s, managing just one hit while fanning seven times in 13 plate appearances. So Yankees manager Joe Girardi finally decided to take action in the ninth inning of Game 3 on Wednesday night. Raul Ibanez entered as a pinch-hitter in A-Rod’s spot with the Yankees…

  19. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York: BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Alex Rodriguez, DH 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B…

  20. Joe Girardi moves Alex Rodriguez to DH, but leaves him as No. 3 hitter

    Oct 10, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi made a change with Alex Rodriguez, but it isn’t the one many Yankees fans (and at least one HardballTalk writer) have been clamoring for. The manager has Rodriguez starting at designated hitter tonight rather than his usual third base, but Rodriguez remains the No. 3 hitter. Eric Chavez is starting at third base…

  21. Looking ahead to a full slate of division series action today

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Four games, two possible eliminations. Let’s see what the playoffs have in store for us today: Cardinals vs. Nationals, 1:07 PM, MLB Network The Nats and Cards split in St. Louis and now play a best of three in Washington, which will host its first playoff game since 1933.  The back-from-the-dead Chris Carpenter faces off…

  22. The deke that shouldn’t have worked

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Division Series - New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two

    A random observation from last night’s Yankees-O’s game. In the third inning, Adam Jones singled. It should have scored J.J. Hardy, but Alex Rodriguez deked him into thinking he had the ball and was going to tag him. Hardy stopped at third when he could have scored without a throw. While the Orioles prevailed, in…

  23. Jim Johnson bounces back as Orioles even ALDS with Yankees

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson Getty

    Jim Johnson took the loss in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees last night by giving up five runs (four earned) in the ninth inning while retiring just one batter. But he redeemed himself tonight. Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves during the regular season, pitched a perfect ninth inning for…

  24. Derek Jeter drives in run to cut into Orioles lead

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Jeter Getty

    UPDATE: The Orioles got out of it. Darren O’Day struck out Alex Rodriguez swinging for the second out before Buck Showalter made another change, this time bringing in Brian Matusz. The southpaw issued an intentional walk to Robinson Cano before getting Nick Swisher to fly out to left field to end the inning. The Orioles…

  25. Chris Davis puts the Orioles in front of the Yankees with a two-run single

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Chris Davis AP

    The Orioles have taken the lead over the Yankees in Baltimore. Chris Davis just knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Andy Pettitte in the bottom of the third inning to put the Orioles on the board and give them a 2-1 lead. Adam Jones followed Davis’ hit with a bleeder that went…

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