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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.

Michael Solomon

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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.

Michael Solomon

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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.


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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.


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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.


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.

Today's weather: It's 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

First pitch is minutes away. Starting lineups are coming up soon.


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Tigers 2-Yankees 0, top 4th: And there is no joy in Yankeeville. Mighty Raul has struck out. For the second time today.

Inning over.

That’s seven Ks in four innings for Scherzer. Even if the Yankees could hit, he’s unhittable.

Tigers 2-Yankees 0, top 4th: So Texeira comes to the plate…and he’ll be looking to make up for that last half-inning. And he’ll have to wait another few innings. Tex goes down swinging.

Two outs.

Ibanez, you got any magic left?

Tigers 2-Yankees 0, top 4th: Robinson Cano leads off for the Yankees…and he flies out to center.

Wow. Just wow.

I can make a case that A-Rod is getting old. And that Granderson is in a bit of a slump. And that Swisher has never been that clutch. But I don’t know what to say about Cano in the post-season. This is a face-on-a-milk-carton performance.

Tigers 2-Yankees 0, bottom 3rd: So the bases are still loaded with two outs…and Laird comes to the plate. The Yankees cannot afford another run (or six) here.

Sabathia deals to Laird…who skies it to right…but Swisher is there for the third out.

Still, the Tigers tack on another run. And we head to the fourth inning.

Tigers 2-Yankees 0, bottom 3rd: Garcia hits one back up the middle…Sabathia jumps for it…and doesn’t come down with it. Nunez backs him up…spin throw…in the dirt! The runner is safe and first and that scores a run!

Holy Bad News Bears…

Tigers 2 – Yankees 0

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 3rd: Andy Dirks at the plate with two outs…and he hits a chopper to first…and Texeira can’t handle it! Wow. What a nightmare half-inning for the normally sure-handed Texeira. This one will be scored an error.

Bases loaded. Two outs. Garcia coming to the plate…

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 3rd: Young draws a walk from Sabathia. Two on, one out. And Jhonny Peralta at the phlate. (Fair warning: I’m never going to get tired of that misplaced “H” jhoke.)

Peralta goes deeeeep to left…Ichiro on the warning track…two outs.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 3rd Cabrera leads off for the Tigers and lines out to right. That brings up Prince Fielder, who
drills it to first—and Texeira can’t prince field it! One on, one out. And Delmon Young at the plate…

@Poleass tweets: “@Mister_Solomon 25 guys. One goal #WinToday. Do not go gentle into that good night #SFGiants #Timmytime #OrangeOctober”

That’s very true. And I’m guessing the Giants will play like that. Unfortunately, no one gave that Yankees that inspiring Dylan Thomas pep talk today.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: With two outs and men on first and second, Nick Swisher goes down looking.

That is just the kind of clutch strikeout he’s been delivering all post-season.

I like Swish, but I’m guessing he won’t be wearing pinstripes next April.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: Ichiro works it to a full count…and draws the walk. That was very close. (Mercy call by the ump?)

And that brings up Nick Swisher…

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: So Ichiro steps in with Nunez at first. Make that second! Nunez took off and the throw was late.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: That brings Nunez to the plate. Can the Yankees at least get on base today? Nunez hits one down the first base line, it’s some spin on it…and Prince Fielder can’t prince field it! Nunez is safe at first!

Okay, so it’s not a hit. But at least the Yankees have a runner on first. That’s a start.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: So Brett Gardner tries his luck at the plate. He hits a slow roller to second…Infante comes up with it…and Gardner…slides?

Two down.

Why do Major League players slide into first? Seriously. Have you ever seen an Olympic sprinter slide at the finish line? Run through the bag, fellas.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 3rd: As the third inning begins the Yankees send the heart of the bottom of their lineup to the plate. First up is Russell Martin…who does just what Scherzer wants him to: pop up to center.

One out.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 2nd: Infante hits a roller between first and second…Texeira’s there…and he steps on the bag for the third out.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 2nd: With a man on second and two outs, Austin Jackson draws a walk. The first of the day for Sabathia.

And here comes Omar Infante…

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 2nd: Laird pops up to second and that brings up the top of the order. Austin Jackson at the plate. Garcia with a big lead at first…and he takes off for second…and he’s in there!

The Tigers are playing so aggressively right now. It’s almost as if they know they can win the American League pennant today.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 2nd: Andy Dirks leads off the inning for the Tigers with a single to center. That brings up Avisail Garcia, who lays down a bunt on the first base line. Badly. Texeira throws it to second. One out. Man on first. And that brings up Gerald Laird…

Under pressure: Want to understand the kind of pressure CC is facing today? It’s something akin to Kevin Costner in For the Love of the Game—which (not coincidentally) featured the Yankees and the Tigers.

And, no, I can’t explain why this trailer uses the music from The Natural.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 2nd: That brings Eric Chavez to the plate. Can he make up for that weak throw in the last inning? Not a chance. Chavez goes down swinging as well.

That’s six up, six down.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, top 2nd: 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.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 1st: 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.

Tigers 1-Yankees 0, bottom 1st: 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

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, bottom 1st: 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…

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, bottom 1st: That brings up Cabrera. And the Triple Crown winner takes Sabathia deep to left…but Ichiro is under it. Two down.

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, bottom 1st: 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.

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, bottom 1st: 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.

One out.

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, top 1st: 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.

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, top 1st: 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

Yankees 0 – Tigers 0, top 1st: Ichiro Suzuki is first up for the Yankees—and Scherzer throws him a pitch worthy of 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.

Today’s weather: It’s 59 degrees today in Detroit. And partly cloudy.

Keep an umbrella handy.

Limp bats: 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.

Lineups:

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

DETROIT TIGERS

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

Preamble: 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 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.

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.

Email your thoughts, predictions, and eulogies for the Yankees to michael.solomon.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Or tweet @Mister_Solomon

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