Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
“I think there’s a little bit of a question (if he’ll be ready for Opening Day), but I think he’ll find a way,” Girardi said on Thursday. “That’s who he is.”
“I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said in regard to A-Rod’s situation. “I can’t imagine that. I just feel bad for A-Rod, man. I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.”
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.
Girardi’s detractors have to give the manager full marks for making the decision, executing it and doing it in such a manner that didn’t cause angst in the clubhouse.
Pettitte hopes to ride the wave of good pitching — and he’s a guy who knows a little something about playoff success.
Granderson had a career year in 2012 — both good and bad. Against the Orioles in the division series he was just plain bad. That is, until Game 5.
CC Sabathia turned and looked over his right shoulder, watching intently after Nate McLouth turned on a 93 mph fastball and sent it soaring down the right-field line. Yankees-Orioles. Playoffs. Disputed home run. Again.
Alex Rodriguez started the Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Most of us have a slice of sadism in us, so giving at least a little grin while A-Rod flops around the batter’s box like a marlin is understandable. But we’ve now reached redundancy, overkill and adolescent behavior. Let’s leave that to those more qualified.
A-Rod is suddenly expendable. And moveable. Not good. We’ll see what happens this afternoon in Game 5 — he could look back on this series as the beginning of the end.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t know until Friday whether his bullpen will include Chamberlain, who has had enough mound misfortunes to fill a horror film.
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.
With midnight approaching, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats awoke one more time. Now they have a last shot to finally overtake the New York Yankees.