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Mark Texeira leads off for New York. And he continues the fine Yankee tradition of popping up for the first out.
And then Raul Ibanez goes down swinging. Two outs.
My colleague David Lengel writes: “The benching and pinch-hitting for A-Rod has gone from trying to shake up the lineup to help the team to some kind of bizarre punishment. If there were a viable option at 3B I would get it, but they shook the tree and nothing fell out. Why not revert to your best possible lineup now? What’s to lose? No, this is personal. The Yankees should keep in mind that they were under no legal obligation to offer A-Rod a contract for those years and those dollars.”
Oh this is totally personal. Like Jaws: The Revenge.
With the Tigers threatening, Jhonny Peralta comes to the plate. And Jhonny goes down shwinging.
CC gets out of the jam, but the Tigers have already drawn blood.
And Young makes the Yankees pay early. He drives the ball to right…and it drops! That will score Infante. And now there are runners on first and second, two outs.
Tigers 1 – Yankees 0
Prince Fielder at the plate and he hits a blooper over Nunez at short. That will put runners on the corners with two outs.
And Yankee killer Delmon Young is coming to the plate…
That brings up Cabrera. And the Triple Crown winner takes Sabathia deep to left…but Ichiro is under it. Two down.
Omar Ifante works a full count with Sabathia. Infante hits a dribbler to third—Eric Chavez comes up with it and throws like a six-year-old girl to first! Safe!
Say what you will about A-Rod at the plate, but Infante would have been out by a mile with him at third. Chavez might want to play with some urgency today. You know, like, as if the season were on the line.
Well after that first half of the inning, it’s really going to be up to Sabathia today. Austin Jackson is up first. And he pops up to Cano.
Our next victim is Robinson Cano. For all the blame that A-Rod has taken in this post-season, let’s not forget that Cano is batting a tragic .067.
Or whatever the new number will be now that he has struck out.
Three up, three down.
Nick Swisher at the plate. Coincidentally, “swish” is the same sound his bat made when he missed on that third strike. Two down.
It’s early but Scherzer looks unhittable today
Nuke LaLoosh. That ball bounced behind him. But Scherzer settles down, takes Ichiro to a full count, and gets him to pop up to third. One out.Ichiro Suzuki is first up for the Yankees—and Scherzer throws him a pitch worthy of
It’s 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.
Keep an umbrella handy.
How poorly are the Yankees hitting? As a team, they’re right at the Mendoza Line—.200.
But that’s not necessarily bad news. In 1962, the Yankees hit .199 in the post-season—and won the World Series.
Also, the Cardinals are hitting .198 right now. And they seem to be doing okay.
NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Eric Chavez, 3B
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Brett Gardner, CF
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS
CC Sabathia, LHP
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF
9. Gerald Laird, C
Max Scherzer, RHP
Game 4 of the ALCS postponed on account of rain in the forecast, New York got a stay of execution from the weathermen last night.Since the thunder has disappeared from the Yankees’ bats this post-season, they had to rely on actual thunder on Wednesday. Or at least the threat of it. With
Not that Yankee fans didn’t have plenty of important things to keep themselves occupied with yesterday. Alex Rodriguez was to have been benched again last night, but he put up Hall of Fame numbers when it came to important news stories.
For instance…would A-Rod be sent to the Marlins? (Keith Olbermann said yes. Brian Cashman said no.)
How would “A Rod” the horse do at Belmont Park? Let’s put it this way: I think Derek Jeter could have beaten him in a race. (Too soon?) He finished seventh out of a field eight. But at least he wasn’t scratched.
And most important: Would the “Saucy Aussie” that A-Rod was hitting on during Saturday’s game get a chance to dance at the New York strip club Scores? Clearly a
pole poll is called for here.
Oh yes—and there’s apparently a baseball game to be played today. Unless…oh sweet Lord!…is that a cloud near Comerica Park? Start lining up the animals in pairs!
Sorry…where was I?
Neither Joe Girardi nor Jim Leyland have altered their lineups from yesterday—which means that Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson will both have a nice view from the dugout today. Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the Tigers and CC Sabathia will have to save the Yankees’ season yet again.
Can he do it? We shall see see.
First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.