By The Numbers: The World Series And The 'Footballization' Of Baseball Theoretically, a team could play 20 postseason games before winning it all. Given all this, I wonder if the World Series has become anticlimactic. It takes so long just to reach the Fall Classic.
Carmelo Anthony On Alex Rodriguez's Benching: 'I Can't Imagine That'"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."
Sticking To His Guns: Girardi Doesn't Budge, Sits A-Rod And Granderson For Game 4The Yankees kept their lineup the same as it would have been on Wednesday — with Rodriguez on the bench for the third time in nine postseason games. A-Rod is 3-for-23 with no RBIs in these playoffs.
Despite No-Trade Clause, A-Rod Would Reportedly Accept Trade To Big-Market TeamAccording to a report, the three-time AL MVP has told close friends that he won't stand in the way of a trade. It would have to be the right situation, however. The veteran will only accept a trade to a big-market team, the report said.
Kallas: Yankees' Joe Girardi Is Rearranging Deck Chairs On The TitanicThe Yankees simply have virtually nobody who can hit. Down three games to none after a 2-1 defeat to Detroit, the Yankees are down and out. The fall has been quick and precipitous.
Kobe Bryant Offers Alex Rodriguez Support, Advice Amid Slugger's Ongoing Slump"I just say to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez,'" Bryant said. "'You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it.' I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time."
Joe Girardi Benches A-Rod, Swisher For Game 3; Nunez To Get Start At ShortstopIt'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.
Coming Off Brilliant Start, Hughes Takes Ball Against Tigers In Must-Win Game 3"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."
Sims: Breaking Down Derek Jeter's Compensatory InjuryJeter reportedly first experienced left ankle issues in early September, and he exacerbated the area with the foul tip in mid-September. He was also said to have injured the same ankle, in a different place, in the last game of the regular season.
Report: Injured Derek Jeter 'Likely' To Undergo Surgery After Fracturing AnkleAn 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.
Tigers' Quintin Berry On Yankee Stadium: 'This Is A Very Easy Place To Play Now'"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."
Amid Brutal Series, A-Rod Benched Against Orioles In Winner-Take-All Game 5Alex 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.