Found October 03, 2011 on Sliding Into Home:
Prior to Game 2, Girardi stated that he was more than willing to utilize any of the Yankees relievers three days in a row. This ostensibly meant that Rivera, Robertson, and Soriano were available for Game 2 and Game 3, with Robertson and Soriano being available for Game 4, as well. Most would suggest that a three-run deficit is far from insurmountable - particularly at home, against a flyball pitcher with a propensity for wildness (4.2 BB/9). While few in their right mind would suggest that a rally was a guarantee, I highly doubt that many would essentially cut and run. Cue Girardi."We still have two more games in a row," Girardi said. "And we’re down three. If we got it down to two, we were going to maek a change. Being down there runs and you know what Valverde has done all year long, we decided to go to Ayala."Luis Ayala performed ably throughout the regular season - his peripherals suggested a league-average pitcher, but he was able to slay the luck dragon an...

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Offense Snoozes and Yankees Drop Game Two

It seems the Yankees offense wasn't aware that Sunday ceased to be a travel day when Friday night's game wound up being suspended by rain. That oversight came back to bite the Bombers in the rear end on Sunday afternoon. The bats were silenced by Max Scherzer, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the Yankees went down to a meek 5-3 loss to even the ALDS at one...

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Curtis Granderson wins the IBWAA AL MVP. I’m a bit disappointed in the vote, as I had Justin Verlander at the top of my ballot: The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced the second of its 14 annual awards Monday, naming New York Yankees’ center fielder Curtis Granderson its 2011 American League Most Valuable Player. Voting results are as follows...

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The matchup of aces is back on. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start Monday for the New York Yankees against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander in Game 3 of their American League playoff in Detroit. The two perennial All-Stars squared off in the series opener Friday night at Yankee Stadium but the game was suspended after only 1 1/2 innings because of rain, disappointing fans who...

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A.J. Burnett had tense moments, but he held the Tigers to one run on four hits and four walks over 5-2/3 innings, giving the Yankees the performance they desperately needed in the 10-1 win. The big night was twice saved by an inspired night in center field from Curtis Granderson. | PHOTOS FROM GAME 4


NEW YORK - This is how far Alex Rodriguez has fallen in the eyes of those who used to fear him: With the tying runs already on base in the ninth inning, Tigers manager Jim Leyland toyed with the idea of intentionally walking Robinson Cano - yes, loading the bases, putting the potential winning run on first, practically signing his death notice - just to get to the slumping A-Rod...
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