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  1. Joe Girardi on the A-Rod benching: “relationships aren’t perfect”

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    Joe Girardi

    Joe Girardi faced the media after posting an A-Rod-free lineup for Game 5, and was pretty straightforward about why he benched his third baseman:  he rather stinks lately: “It is difficult. He has meant a lot to the organization, the game of baseball over the years,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And he has been a…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    minnesota nice

    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 EST

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    gambling poster

    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…

  5. Deep Thoughts: ex-Phillies edition

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Forgot to mention this earlier, but I was really wondering last night how it felt for Phillies fans to see Raul Ibanez play hero on Wednesday night and then, less than 20 hours later, seeing Jayson Werth play the hero for the Nats. If Scott Rolen had gone yard instead of striking out to end…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    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…

  7. Looking ahead to two more Game 5s

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:11 AM EST

    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…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:54 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:35 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:26 AM EST

    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…

  13. Orioles pull ahead of Yankees in 13th inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

    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…

  14. Joba Chamberlain diagnosed with right elbow contusion; X-rays negative

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, X-rays on Chamberlain’s elbow came back negative. The Yankees are calling it a right elbow contusion for now and he’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow. 11:28 PM ET: Joba Chamberlain was forced to exit Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles in the top of the 12th inning tonight…

  15. The Orioles and Yankees are headed to extras

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

    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…

  16. Orioles and Yankees tied going into the seventh

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

    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.…

  17. Nate McLouth homers as Orioles finally break through against Phil Hughes

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

    Nate McLouth Getty

    After failing to capitalize on early scoring threats against Phil Hughes, the Orioles have finally broken through against Phil Hughes. Nate McLouth led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo homer to right field to break a scoreless tie and give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Hughes issued leadoff walks in three…

  18. ALDS Game 4 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

  20. Last night’s excitement led to tons-o-tweeting

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Social Media

    From a press release from MLB: For 41 minutes on Wednesday night, Raul Ibanez’s pinch-hit, game tying home run in the ninth inning of ALDS Game Three was the most talked about moment of the 2012 Postseason on social media, with 38,549 comments in the five minutes following his homer. But then his 12th inning game-winning home…

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

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

  22. Mariano Rivera threw out the first pitch last night

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    There was a pretty great moment at Yankee Stadium last night before all the late-inning craziness, as Mariano Rivera came jogging out to the mound while “Enter Sandman” blared on the speakers and threw out the ceremonial first pitch:

  23. Great Moments in Tabloid Headlines

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

    Tabloid covers

    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…

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

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:13 AM EST

    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…

  25. Miguel Gonzalez shows his mettle versus Yankees

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:04 AM EST

    Miguel Gonzalez

    Raul Ibanez will be the subject of tomorrow morning’s headlines, but Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez owned the Yankees on Wednesday night. The rookie right-hander struck out eight and walked none in seven innings at Yankee Stadium. The one run he surrendered was the result of Adam Jones taking two steps in on a Derek Jeter…

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