The Yankees’ backs are against the wall, but it takes four games to win — a fact New York knows all too well.
It’s the second time that A-Rod has been benched this postseason. He’s 3-for-26 in the playoffs so far, and is 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.
“I just have to go out there and pitch, that’s all it boils down to,” Hughes said. “(I can’t) really worry about being down 0-2 or that Verlander is on the mound or that we don’t have our captain. Those sorts of things are going to be wasted energy.”
Though he’s not so great at the wave, Donald Trump knows how to deliver a stinging critique.
Alex Rodriguez has been ice-cold at the plate this postseason, but the Yankees slugger could also have some explaining to do for his reported actions on the bench late in Game 1 of the ALCS.
There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit — and the right-hander’s presence was Detroit’s best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
An MRI on Derek Jeter’s lower leg did not show extensive ligament damage, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported. However, surgery is “likely” for the iconic shortstop.
Nobody wants a player of Cano’s ability to get himself thrown out of a game, but could he at least show us he has a pulse?
“This is a very easy place to play now,” said Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry, according to a report. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.”
Uh-oh. There’s trouble in paradise. Hurt by jabs, jeers and insults from the home crowd, off-and-on fan favorite Swisher acknowledged Sunday he wasn’t much in the mood for roll call at Yankee Stadium.
“The technology is available,” said Girardi. “That’s what our country has done. We have evolved technology to make things better. Yeah, let’s have instant replay. And not just, not just home run, fair, foul. Let’s have instant replay.”
The manager doesn’t believe in panicking. The locker room doesn’t believe in panicking. But if ever there was a time for it, with Derek Jeter done and the Yankees’ hitters as lost as lost can be, this is it.
This team is begging for leaders, and Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano are the next in line. If they have it in them, they will be in line to receive the spoils of Yankee greatness. It not, this season will be over in just a couple days.
Detroit Tigers capitalized on a missed call by an umpire to beat New York 3-0 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been ejected from Game 2 of the AL championship series after arguing what appeared to be a missed call by second base umpire Jeff Nelson.