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  1. Looking ahead to tonight’s playoff action

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lohse delivers a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in St. Louis

    Sad jams:  this could be the last time we have multiple baseball games on one day this year. What’s on tap: Giants vs. Cardinals, 4PM Eastern: Fox:  The series is tied 1-1, but in some ways it feels like the Cardinals are behind. Probably because their starting pitching is in need of some stability. Indeed,…

  2. ALCS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 16, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Brett Gardner, LF           1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Ichiro Suzuki, RF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5.…

  3. Verlander vs. The Yankees: it hardly seems fair

    Oct 16, 2012, 6:39 AM EDT

    justin verlander getty

    The Tigers are up 2-0 in the ALCS. They are back home in Detroit. The Yankees offense is sending scribes to the thesaurus to find new words to describe their anemic offense ( feeble, infirm, pallid, sickly, wan, impotent, debilitated, decrepit, enervated, faint, flaccid, forceless, frail, impuissant).  And, oh yeah, Justin Verlander is on the mound…

  4. Chris Carpenter evens things up against Giants with RBI double

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Getty Chris Carpenter

    Ryan Vogelsong retired David Freese and Daniel Descalso to begin the top of the second inning, but he paid dearly for issuing a two-out walk to Pete Kozma. Chris Carpenter — yes, Chris Carpenter — followed by doubling into the left-center field gap to score Kozma and tie the game at 1-1. Carpenter went 2-for-3…

  5. Brett Gardner could get a shot in the starting lineup

    Oct 15, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner Getty

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been resistant to use Brett Gardner in the starting lineup because he only has four at-bats in the majors (including one on Saturday) since his elbow injury in mid-April, but the team’s continued struggles on offense have them reconsidering matters. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on the “The Michael…

  6. Phil Coke shows that anybody can pitch the ninth

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Did you ever notice that when baseball broadcasters start talking about the ninth-inning mentality and about all the setup men who couldn’t handle the closer’s role, they never go on to name names? Moments after John Smoltz went on his little spiel about how not everyone can pitch the ninth Sunday, Phil Coke finished shutting down the…

  7. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    yankee stadium getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS, set for a 4:00 p.m. ET first pitch in New York: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4.…

  8. It’s just not the postseason without Derek Jeter

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    The Yankees were already going it without Mariano Rivera this month, a strange sight to everyone who has followed baseball since the mid-1990s. But then Rivera was only out there for one or two innings per night. Derek Jeter was the immovable object. The Yankees have played in 158 postseason games since 1996, and Jeter…

  9. Tigers take lead over Yanks in sixth inning of ALCS Game 1

    Oct 13, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    austin jackson getty

    The Tigers have suddenly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this ALCS Game 1 Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Austin Jackson opened the top of the sixth inning with a triple into the nook of seats along the first base line then scored when Prince Fielder singled following an intentional walk of Miguel Cabrera. In…

  10. ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 13, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees, in New York: DETROIT TIGERS NEW YORK YANKEES 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B…

  11. Alex Rodriguez back in lineup for Game 1 of ALCS, but bumped to sixth

    Oct 13, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    After he was benched in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles yesterday, Alex Rodriguez is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS tonight against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Rodriguez will play third base and bat sixth in his return. It certainly…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. The Orioles and Yankees are headed to extras

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    There will be extra-inning baseball at Yankee Stadium for a second straight night. The Orioles and Yankees remain tied at 1-1 as we move into the top of the 10th inning. The Yankees went down in order against Darren O’Day in the bottom of the ninth. Russell Martin grounded out and Curtis Granderson flew out…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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