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2012 ALDS

Raul Ibanez (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Yankees Will Lean On Surging Raul Ibanez In ALCS

Raul Ibanez’s role will increase against the Tigers’ parade of right-handed starters and will be a key figure in the Yankees’ hopes of reaching the World Series.

10/13/2012

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Hartnett: Expect Girardi To Make Major Lineup Shuffle For Game 5

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Formerly fearsome hitters Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez could both be sacrificed in a drastically different Yankees lineup Friday.

10/12/2012

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: For Yankees’ Sake, A-Rod’s Bat Must Awaken In Game 4

The celebrations have passed — and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.

10/11/2012

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Hartnett: A-Rod’s Power Outage Killing Yankees’ Chances

There’s nowhere for A-Rod to hide — Joe Girardi isn’t ready to drop him in the batting order. As the Yankees’ No. 3 hitter, he’s going to have to start carrying his share of the load.

10/09/2012

Russell Martin of the New York Yankees is congratulated by third base coach Rob Thomson as he scores on his solo home run in the top of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game One of the American League Division Series. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Yankees’ Martin Carrying Hot Streak Into Playoffs

They say everything changes in October. New heroes are born and others fall from greatness. That was certainly the case Sunday night.

10/08/2012