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.
Just a night after Raul Ibanez captured the attention of New York and the baseball world alike, Buck Showalter’s gritty Baltimore Orioles grinded out a 2-1, 13-inning victory.
Derek Jeter doesn’t like to talk about injuries. Either he’ll play or he won’t — and he will. The captain is leading off for the Bronx Bombers in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles.
I heard Yankees fans whine about Russell Martin, Joe Girardi, Ichiro Suzuki and, well, everyone but the sainted captain at shortstop. I had to roll my window down a foot in case of car (and fan) sickness.
Joe Girardi must finish the job. He took the first step when he put Alex Rodriguez (.083 in the series) on the bench in the ninth inning on Wednesday night and had Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for him. He must now leave him there.
Carmelo Anthony is the undisputed leader of the Knicks, but does his sports loyalty spread across New York City? Not necessarily. The five-time NBA All-Star, who moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore when he was eight years old, is a diehard Orioles fan.
The celebrations have passed — and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Hughes. “I’ve been looking forward to this, and it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a good atmosphere here and something I really look forward to.”
Joe Girardi, so often criticized for relying his trusty stats binder, just had a feeling. And it worked. Boy, did it ever.
“I trust our guys,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m with them every day. I’m with their approach every day, and it’s important that they trust me.”
We’re told that pitching wins World Series titles. Yet we refuse to listen when we find a proper punching bag, preferably swathed in pinstripes and No. 13 bulging from his back.
Though the 37-year-old has thrown more innings — 219 1/3 — in 2012 than in any other of his big league seasons, he’ll be taking the hill on six days’ rest. And he’d be lying if he said the extra days aren’t to his advantage.
With every swing and miss, memories of A-Rod’s amazing run during the Yankees’ championship season in 2009 fade even further.