Hartnett: Yankees Will Lean On Surging Raul Ibanez In ALCSRaul 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.
Hartnett: Expect Girardi To Make Major Lineup Shuffle For Game 5Desperate times call for desperate measures. Formerly fearsome hitters Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez could both be sacrificed in a drastically different Yankees lineup Friday.
Hartnett: For Yankees' Sake, A-Rod's Bat Must Awaken In Game 4The celebrations have passed -- and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.
Hartnett: A-Rod's Power Outage Killing Yankees' ChancesThere's nowhere for A-Rod to hide -- Joe Girardi isn't ready to drop him in the batting order. As the Yankees' No. 3 hitter, he's going to have to start carrying his share of the load.