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

    Oct 16, 2012, 6:39 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. Nick Swisher on Yankee Stadium booing: “It hurts … sometimes I’m a sensitive guy”

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Nick Swisher broke from his usual “Roll Call” salute to fans in the Yankee Stadium bleachers yesterday because Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he was “stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd” during Game 1 of the ALCS. Here’s more from Swisher: That’s the last thing that I ever thought would be…

  3. “Narratives” vs. analysis: can’t we all just get along?

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Let’s talk about narrative. It’s a word that has come up a lot in baseball writing recently, in everything from the AL MVP debate to the Red Sox meltdown and now to the Yankees listless ALCS performance.  In response to most baseball stories in which, well, stories are told as opposed to a focused analysis…

  4. Quintin Berry on Yankee Stadium: “this is a very easy place to play now”

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game Two

    The Yankees are like the killer in teenage slasher films. Every time you think they’re dead, they pop back up and continue slashing (or, this year anyway, hacking, but that’s another subject).  The point: you cannot declare them dead until they are unequivocally and clinically dead.  To do so is folly. They have annoyingly bounced…

  5. What you missed over the weekend

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Did you know that there is a 100% correlation between watching football and death? Really, every single person who has ever watched a football game has either died or will, without question, die in the future.  Stop the dying, people. Stop watching football.  It’s for your own good. In case you haven’t decided to turn…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano, Omar Infante

    Tigers 3, Yankees 0: Anibal Sanchez: great midseason pickup, no?  And I don’t care if it would or would not have made a difference in the outcome of the game, Joe Girardi’s postgame comments about the need for Major League Baseball to get on the stick with instant replay are on point. The call on…

  7. What in the World Series is going on here?

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    We’re 10 days into the 2012 postseason and the American League finalists can’t hit, the National League contenders can’t get any starting pitching and none of the teams still playing seem to be any better than the ones that were eliminated. Here are the hitting lines of the four teams still standing: Detroit: .258/.299/.351, 3…

  8. Umpire admits bad call, Joe Girardi calls for more replay

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Umpire Jeff Nelson admitted after Sunday’s game that he botched the call at second base that aided the Tigers in a two-run eighth inning against the Yankees. Omar Infante was attempting to return to the bag after rounding second on a single, but he was clearly tagged out by Robinson Cano on the play. Nelson…

  9. Alex Rodriguez gets a hit, but not against a righty

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez came up with his first hit since Game 4 of the ALDS when he singled off reliever Phil Coke in the ninth inning Sunday against the Tigers. But hitting left-handers hasn’t been a real problem for him at any point this season. In his three at-bats against righty Anibal Sanchez today, Rodriguez struck…

  10. 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…

  11. Jeff Nelson made one of the worst safe calls you’ll ever see

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Omar Infante, Robinson Cano

    My belief isn’t that we need more instant replay in baseball because umpire’s are incompetent. My belief is that it’s needed because a lot of things happen in baseball that are way too tough to call at normal speed. This, however, was not one of those plays. In the eighth inning of Sunday’s ALCS Game…

  12. 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…

  13. Robinson Cano sets postseason record with 0-for-26 skid

    Oct 14, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano has a way of making baseball look effortless. Which is all well and good when he’s batting his usual .310 with very good power. When he slumps, his usual manner makes him look lackadaisical and disinterested, even though he might be anything but. Cano went hitless in a fifth straight game Sunday in…

  14. Tigers take 1-0 lead in seventh inning of ALCS Game 2

    Oct 14, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and has fanned nine Tigers batters without issuing a walk through his first seven frames. But the Yankees currently trail in this ALCS Game 2. Quintin Berry opened the top of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double to center field then scored from third…

  15. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    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.…

  16. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland keeping Jose Valverde at closer

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Jose Valverde coughed up four runs in less than inning of work in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium and now has a brutal 8.79 career postseason ERA. But the Detroit coaching staff is apparently not ready to make a change. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, manager…

  17. 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…

  18. In bizarre fashion, Jose Valverde’s meltdown pays off for Tigers

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:27 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    For all of the drama, Detroit pulled out Saturday’s Game 1 by a 6-4 score in 12 innings. And thanks to Jose Valverde‘s four-run ninth inning, the Tigers… – were able to extend the Yankees pen prior to Hiroki Kuroda making his first ever start on three days’ rest on Sunday. Rafael Soriano and David…

  19. Tigers rebound for ALCS Game 1 victory over Yankees

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez provided another dose of postseason heroics for the Yankees on Saturday evening in Game 1 of the ALCS, but it didn’t matter in the end. The Tigers rallied after Jose Valverde‘s ugly ninth-inning blowup, tacking on two runs in the top of the 12th inning in an eventual 6-4 victory in The Bronx.…

  20. Derek Jeter fractures ankle, out for postseason

    Oct 14, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    New York Yankees shortstop Jeter screams as he injures himself fielding a ball hit by  Detroit Tigers' Peralta during the 12th inning of Game 1 of their MLB ALCS playoff baseball series in New York

    Derek Jeter suffered a fractured left ankle diving for a Jhonny Peralta grounder in the 12th inning of Saturday’s loss to the Tigers and will miss the rest of the postseason. The Yankees were down 5-4 when Jeter ranged to his left in order to make a play. He grabbed the ball but tumbled down…

  21. Raul Ibanez comes through again, Yanks and Tigers are tied

    Oct 13, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez is, quite clearly, some kinda sorcerer. The 40-year-old magic man just swatted a game-tying two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning, pushing this ALCS Game 1 against the Tigers into extra innings. The Yankees were down four runs when the frame began but had little trouble tracking Jose…

  22. Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-3, gets removed for pinch-hitter

    Oct 13, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez got the start on Saturday, but he wasn’t around for the finish. After going 0-for-3, he was removed for pinch-hitter Eric Chavez with the Yankees down to the Tigers 4-0 in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS. Up with the bases loaded and two outs in the first, Rodriguez hit…

  23. Delmon Young, Avisail Garcia give Tigers some insurance over Yankees in ALCS Game 1

    Oct 13, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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    The Tigers’ lead in Game 1 of the ALCS just grew. Delmon Young launched a solo home run to the left field seats at Yankee Stadium with one out in the top of the eighth, pushing Detroit to a 3-0 advantage over New York with the evening growing increasingly late. The dinger not only provided…

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

    Oct 13, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. Tigers helped by blown call, Game 1 of ALCS is tied

    Oct 13, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been uncharacteristically wild in this ALCS Game 1 at Yankee Stadium, allowing three walks through two innings. But he was bailed out on a nice play by Jhonny Peralta with the bases loaded in the first inning and a blown call by first base umpire Rob Drake with the bases…

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