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.
The celebrations have passed — and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.
Joe Girardi, so often criticized for relying his trusty stats binder, just had a feeling. And it worked. Boy, did it ever.
To say Craig was fired up would be an understatement – and we don’t do ‘understatements’ round here.
He has to give a lineup change serious consideration. It’s not about ego at this point. It’s about surviving and advancing. Chavez could launch a homer or two over the right-field porch, and there’s little doubt that Ibanez would hit the ball hard.
Joe Girardi has placed 11 pitchers on the team’s 25-man roster for the AL divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ front office should be applauded for finding an ideal, cost-efficient fit for their playoff roster in Raul Ibanez.
The regular season isn’t over yet, but make no mistake: Game 162 at Yankee Stadium will have a playoff atmosphere — and major postseason implications.
Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees are quite fond of their position — leaving the chasing to the Birds.
This hasn’t been the smoothest of seasons for C.C. Sabathia. He’s still coming through when it counts for the New York Yankees.
Trailing by four runs in the 13th inning, Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees were far from finished. They were just getting started.
History is on New York’s side. The 15 previous times the Yankees headed into September in first place since divisional play began in 1969, they made the playoffs.
No matter whose mistakes cost the Yankees in their sixth loss in nine games, they need to straighten things out: the quickly closing Baltimore Orioles are coming to the Bronx for three games starting Friday.
Joe Girardi got mad. Then, the New York Yankees got even.
The Yankees defeated the Mariners 6-2 on Sunday, before heading out on a 7-game road trip.