The Yankees’ backs are against the wall, but it takes four games to win — a fact New York knows all too well.
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL championship series.
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.”
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.
If Derek Jeter’s on-field mortality indeed represents the death of Yankee dominance, then you can still say it was one helluva run. No matter when the end, all empires fall, even Evil ones.
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.
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.
The pinstriped recipe for success this season will take a backseat to the sudden surge of southpaw pitching. The Yankees will remain in the playoffs for as long as CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte pitch to the back of their baseball cards.
Lineup questions are all the rage these days. It seems unfathomable to many fans that Joe Girardi would bat his leading home run (and strikeout) man in the leadoff spot.
After boldly comparing himself to fictitious movie character ‘Dirk Diggler’, Jerry Recco went on to begin his update with a story that started quite a firestorm yesterday morning.
Ivan Nova insisted his confidence isn’t an issue. His location? Well, even Nova acknowledged that’s becoming a problem.
Owner of the best record in baseball, R.A. Dickey was hoping to become the first knuckleballer to start an All-Star game since Dutch Leonard in 1943. A 12-1 record wasn’t good enough.
In the year of Linsanity and Tebow-mania, Dickey has been one of the best stories in New York sports — not to mention MLB. But he won’t get the ball to start the All-Star game.
In a season with two extra playoff teams and a great deal of parity, virtually every franchise has hope heading into the season’s second half. That’s why you should care about Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.
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