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  1. Justin Verlander cruises, Tigers top Yanks in ALCS Game 3

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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    The Tigers are one win away from the World Series. Justin Verlander allowed just one run over 8 1/3 innings and Delmon Young homered as the Tigers rolled to a 2-1 defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday at Comerica Park, pushing their ALCS lead to 3-0. Verlander finished with only three strikeouts, but he issued…

  2. Don’t declare the Yankees dead just yet

    Oct 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game Two

    As I wrote this morning, the smart money is on the Tigers. They’re up 2-0, they’re at home and they have Justin Verlander on the hill. Not a bad way to live life. But no matter who is favored, I’m rather surprised at how many people seem to be totally writing the Yankees off as…

  3. Anibal Sanchez dominates, Yankees sleepwalk through loss to Tigers in Game 2 of ALCS

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez yielded just three hits over seven shutout innings and third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Tigers rolled to a far-too-easy 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday evening in Game 2 of the ALCS. Yankees fans might choose to pout about a blown call at second…

  4. Yankees to use Phil Hughes in Game 3, CC Sabathia in Game 4

    Oct 13, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Shortly after we learned that Hiroki Kuroda would start on short rest for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi set the rotation for the rest of the series. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees will use Phil Hughes in Game 3 on Tuesday and CC…

  5. Hiroki Kuroda to start Game 2 of ALCS against Tigers

    Oct 13, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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    When the Yankees announced earlier today that they added Cody Eppley to their bullpen for the ALCS, the speculation was that David Phelps would start Game 2 tomorrow. That’s not the case. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Hiroki Kuroda will make the start in Game 2 on three days’ rest. Kuroda,…

  6. ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Yankees have in store for us in the American League Championship Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in New York: Doug Fister vs. Andy Pettitte…

  7. Tigers announce ALCS rotation, open with Doug Fister

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    Doug Fister

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced his ALCS rotation with Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez getting the ball in the first two games in New York this weekend. Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch Game 3 and a potential Game 7. Max Scherzer will be held back until Game 4, meaning he’ll get just one start…

  8. CC Sabathia unlikely to make next start until ALCS Game 4

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Sabathia and first baseman Teixeira celebrate in their clubhouse after defeating the Baltimore Orioles in Game 5 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Because of the unusual playoff schedule this year, the only way the Yankees will be able to get two starts out of CC Sabathia in the ALCS is by using him on short rest once. That’s because the Yankees won’t have a day off before the ALCS begins Saturday in New York. The Tigers get…

  9. So much for Adam Jones’ breakthrough season

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Adam Jones hit 32 homers and scored 103 runs for the Orioles during his finest regular season to date. Which is pretty hard to believe giving how badly he bombed during the ALDS. Jones went 2-for-23 against the Yankees and led the world in ugly at-bats. To go along with his six strikeouts, he had…

  10. “Oriole Magic” comes up just short against Yankees in ALDS

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Nobody gave the Orioles much of a chance in the one-game Wild Card playoff against the Rangers last Friday, so it’s not surprising that they entered the ALDS as the underdogs against the big bad Yankees. However, this series followed a very similar path to how their regular season played out. They surprised, they overachieved,…

  11. CC Sabathia goes nine as Yankees beat Orioles, move on to ALCS

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Just as Justin Verlander pitched the Tigers past the A’s, CC Sabathia proved to be the dominant presence as the Yankees beat the Orioles 3-1 in Friday’s decisive Game 5 and advanced to the ALCS. Sabathia, coming off a win in Game 1 in which he nearly went the distance, did go nine this time…

  12. CC Sabathia wiggles out of bases-loaded jam in eighth inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

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    CC Sabathia dominated the Orioles over the first seven innings tonight, but the Orioles had their chance in the top of the eighth. They failed to deliver the knockout punch. Matt Wieters led off the eighth with a single and Manny Machado drew a walk before Mark Reynolds struck out swinging for the first out…

  13. Yankees stretch lead to 2-0 over Orioles in Game 5

    Oct 12, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki Reuters

    The Yankees have given CC Sabathia a little breathing room. Ichiro Suzuki doubled home Derek Jeter in the bottom of the sixth inning to stretch the Yankees’ lead to 2-0. Jeter drew a one-out walk and scored all the way from first base after Suzuki put one into the right-center field gap. Robinson Cano struck…

  14. Orioles and Yankees scoreless through four innings in Game 5 of ALDS

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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    Consistent with what we have seen for most of this series, there hasn’t much offense so far today. The Orioles and Yankees are scoreless through the first four innings in Game 5 of the ALDS in the Bronx. Jason Hammel, who allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings back in Game 1, is perfect over…

  15. 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…

  16. Game 5 odds: Nationals are slight favorites, Yankees are big favorites

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    With a pair of winner-take-all games tonight I thought it would be interesting to examine the Las Vegas betting lines (for entertainment purposes only, of course). In the early game the Yankees are -200 favorites over the Orioles, which means you’d have to risk $200 to win $100 on New York. During the regular season…

  17. 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…

  18. Justin Verlander pitches Tigers past A’s and into ALCS

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Way too much Justin Verlander. Detroit’s ace held down the A’s for the second time in five games Thursday, pitching a complete-game shutout and striking out 11 as the Tigers won 6-0 to move on to the ALCS. Verlander fanned 22 in his two starts, setting a new record for strikeouts in a Divisional Series.…

  19. Raul Ibanez homers again, this time a walkoff, as Yankees win Game 3 of ALDS against O’s

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Yankees' Ibanez hits a solo home run in front of Orioles' Wieters during Game 3 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    Raul Ibanez is your latest Yankees playoff hero. The 40-year-old hit a pinch-hit game-tying solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, then launched another solo homer in the bottom of the 12th as New York rallied back to defeat Baltimore by a score of 3-2 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday…

  20. No homers, no problem for Chris Davis

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:59 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    When he’s not winning games as a reliever, Chris Davis is pretty much known as a home run guy. He hit three of them in a win over Toronto on Aug. 24, and he homered in six games in a row coming down the stretch, helping the Orioles lock up a wild card bid in…

  21. 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.…

  22. HBT Playoff Weekend Wrap-UP

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    I know a lot of you are at-work-only readers and actually try to have lives and/or watch football on the weekend. Whatever, I can’t stop you from doing silly things. If you are one of those people with bad priorities, however, we would like you to know that there was all kinds of fun playoff…

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s Playoff Highlights

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    Tigers 5, Athletics 4: Don Kelly with the walkoff? Sure, why not? The A’s are in a deep hole now, down 2-0 in a best of five. How quickly the magic pixie dust from a late regular season run fades. Nationals 3, Cardinals 2: Gio Gonzalez walked the world, but the Nats rallied and Mike…

  24. It’s not the regular season anymore, Baltimore: Jim Johnson gets roughed up

    Oct 8, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Martin home run

    A close game and the Orioles going to the bullpen?  That was money in the bank all season long.  But now it’s the playoffs and nothing that came before mattered. And tonight the Orioles faithful saw something unusual: their All-Star closer get beat around and turn a 2-2 tie game in the ninth into a…

  25. CC Sabathia shakes off postseason slump with big outing

    Oct 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia managed to avoid taking any losses during the Yankees’ all too brief postseason runs in 2010 and 2011, but he couldn’t sidestep the criticism  The game’s highest-paid pitcher, he was far from an ace in amassing a 5.84 ERA in 24 2/3 innings the last two Octobers. Sabathia’s 2012 postseason got off to a…

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