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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Yankees take early lead thanks to some fancy footwork by Ichiro

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    They’ll call it “The Ichiro Shuffle.” The Yankees struck first tonight in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Orioles. Derek Jeter led off the game with a single and Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error before Robert Andino made an excellent diving catch off a hard-hit ball of the bat of Alex Rodriguez. Andino…

  8. Rain delaying the start of ALDS Game 2 between Yankees and Orioles

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Camden Yards Getty

    Another day, another rain delay. The start of Game 2 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles is being delayed due to rain in the Baltimore area. It shouldn’t be as long as what we had to sit through last night, though. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, first pitch is expected to be…

  9. ALDS Game 2 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in Baltimore: 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, 3B 4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B 5.…

  10. An escape, a Russell Martin bomb and some insurance has the Yankees up 7-2 in the ninth

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    UPDATE: Turn out the lights, folks. Jim Johnson had nothing, and now the Yankees sport a 7-2 lead. 11:56 PM: So many chances for both teams had gone by the wayside by the ninth inning rolled around, the last of which came in the bottom of the eighth. There the Orioles got a leadoff double…

  11. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Yankees vs. Orioles — game starts at 8:40

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    UPDATE: Tarp is coming off the field!  Game starts at 8:40 5:59 PM:  The tarp is on and the rain is falling down, so this one is delayed. It’s all good. More time for me to eat the wings and stuff I got. 5:03 PM: Here are the lineups for Game One of the Yankees-Orioles…

  12. ALDS Preview: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    camden yards getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Orioles and Yankees have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Baltimore Orioles (93-69) vs. New York Yankees (95-67) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in Baltimore: CC Sabathia vs.…

  13. Cabrera vs. Trout brings to mind 2001 AL MVP battle

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Except this time, the shoe is on the other foot. 2001 was probably the height of the steroid era. Over in the NL, Barry Bonds had his record 73-homer campaign, with Sammy Sosa chipping in 64 and even Luis Gonzalez hitting 57. Things weren’t quite so silly in the American League, but consider that Rafael…

  14. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

  15. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  16. Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

    Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history. Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing…

  17. Dallas Braden loses his cool at anti-violence meeting

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden

    A’s left-hander Dallas Braden kind of looked like he wanted to hurt someone, which is more than a little ironic given that he’s angry about the increased violence and the lack of response from the police force in his hometown of Stockton, California. CBS Sacramento has the video, which includes an impromptu interview with a bat-toting Braden.…

  18. Orioles, Yankees drop one-run games

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters

    A pair of lengthy winning streaks came to an end Sunday, as both the Yankees and Orioles lost one-run games to keep the status quo atop the AL East. The Orioles saw their six-game streak conclude in losing 2-1 to Boston. Baltimore caught a very bad break in the top of the ninth, when Jim…

  19. Orioles win in 12, Yankees prevail in 14 versus A’s

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Derek Norris

    With the Orioles already having dispatched the Red Sox in 12, the AL East appeared on the verge of being knotted at the top again. However, the Yankees overcame a 9-5 deficit in the 13th and beat the A’s 10-9 in 14 innings Saturday. Baltimore improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games at Fenway Park this…

  20. Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon are late-night poker pals

    Sep 21, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    poker_after_dark

    Here’s an amusing little tidbit from Philadelphia Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross: Before the Phillies left for Houston, Cliff Lee brought fellow pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to Harrah’s in Chester to play poker. Lee’s a regular at Harrah’s poker room, usually playing late at night. That’s legal, of course, as opposed to Alex Rodriguez‘s appearances at underground poker games…

  21. CC Sabathia disappoints as Rays down Yankees

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia is the game’s highest-paid hurler, but David Price has pretty obviously supplanted him as the AL East’s best pitcher. Tampa Bay’s ace picked up his league-leading 18th win Friday as the Rays topped the Yankees 6-4. Price allowed two runs in seven innings to become the AL’s first to 18 victories. Sabathia gave…

  22. Edwin Encarnacion joins the 40-homer club

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    For the third straight season the Blue Jays have a 40-homer hitter, as Edwin Encarnacion went deep last night for the 40th time after Jose Bautista reached that mark in both 2010 and 2011. Encarnacion has always had a ton of offensive upside, especially in terms of power potential, so much so that the Reds…

  23. Phil Hughes pitches Yankees past Red Sox

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    The Yankees held serve with the Orioles by beating the Red Sox 2-0 in a breezy 3 hours, 11 minutes on Thursday night. The win kept the Yankees in a tie for first place in the AL East. It was the lowest scoring game between the two teams in 59 games dating back to Aug.…

  24. Albert Pujols hits milestone homer; Angels lose again

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Don’t blame Albert Pujols; baseball’s best player over the last decade went 2-for-4 and hit his 30th homer Wednesday, yet the Angels lost their third straight to the A’s by a 4-1 score. Pujols’ homer was his 30th of the season. He’s reached that mark all 12 seasons of his career, tying him with Jimmie…

  25. Yankees, Orioles eek out one-run wins to preserve AL East tie

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    The Orioles got a walkoff win over the Rays in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, and the Yankees held on against the Red Sox to keep pace in the AL East. Baltimore won 3-2 on a Nate McLouth “single” off the right field wall that scored Manny Machado with one out in the ninth,…

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