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It took five games, but the Yankees were able to get the best of the Orioles. After watching Justin Verlander throw a gem last night, CC Sabathia delivered a gem of his own tonight. The big man was electric, dominating both sides of the plate while getting ahead of hitters with first-pitch strikes. CC is the definition of an ace and has earned every penny of his massive contract. 

The Yankees had their moments offensively, but Curtis Granderson’s seventh-inning home run sealed the deal. Granderson really, really struggled during the first four games of the series, but gave the Yankees a big boost when they needed it.

A few take-aways from the ALDS:

  • I was/still am 100 percent against benching A-Rod. He’s struggling and his at-bats are futile, but as we saw with Granderson, one swing can change everything. Baseball is all about confidence and I find it troubling that Girardi sat him. I don’t think A-Rod is hurt nor do I think he should be hitting third in the order. However, he plays great defense and can still get on base. One big swing may change his post-season, but that can only happen if he’s in the lineup. All four of Detriot’s pitchers are right-handed, but we can’t expect Girardi to start Chavez in each game. I hope/fully expect A-Rod to be in the starting lineup tomorrow night.
  • Yankee Starting Pitchers were dominant. Over the course of five games, the starters threw 38 innings and gave way to only nine earned runs! In addition, the Yankee bullpen was great and gave the offense additional innings to score run(s) (Cite: Mr. Ibanez)
  • Nick Swisher is terrible. I’m getting sick of Swisher. Fans love him because he’s a ‘happy-go-lucky’ type of guy, but this is the playoffs and he just sucks. Swisher was just 2-for-18 with five strikeouts. During his post-season career, Swisher is 23-for-139 (.165) which may be the worst batting average among players with 100+ at-bats. Since Gardner can’t swing a bat and Ibanez can’t run, Swisher is the de-facto starting right fielder. In the playoffs, it’s impossible to hide hitters, but I’ve learned to not expect anything from Swishalicious. In a month, he’ll be suiting up for Kenny’s New York Mets!
  • Will Joe add Andruw Jones? Given Swisher’s struggles and Joba’s injury, does Joe add Andruw Jones to his ALCS roster? Detriot’s starters are all right-handed and Jones has been futile against righties this season (.185/.293/.400). However, Swisher has been so bad that he has to at least consider it.
  • Still waiting for Soriano. Rafael Soriano didn’t have a big pressure-packed moment in the ALDS. Soriano’s counter-part, Jim Johnson was involved in almost every contest. Soriano was able to keep games tied, but did not have a pressure-packed save opportunity. With that being said, I’m sure Soriano will have that opportunity against the Tigers. We’ve seen closer after closer crumble in October, but we don’t know how Soriano will fare. Since Yankee fans are so used to ninth inning, post-season dominance, anything less will be a massive disappointment.
  • Congrats to the Orioles. No one expected anything from the O’s this season. However, they battled the Yankees for 23 games this season. The Yankees were able to get the better of them, but the future of the team is very, very bright.

Since both the Yankees and Tigers just used their aces, we’ll see #2 pitchers square off tomorrow night. Andy The Dandy vs. Doug Fister. Fortunately for the Yankees, a meeting with Justin Verlander won’t happen until Game 3. The downside? No CC until Game 4. Aces are wild, but these two will not meet unless there is a Game 7.

After AJ was dealt to the Bucs, it was only a matter of time before the Yankee bench was finalized. The Yanks and Raul Ibanez agreed yesterday while the Yanks and Eric Chavez agreed tonight. Per Jon Heyman, Chavez signed a one-year, $900,000 Major League contract. He has some incentives in there, but he’ll likely spell A-Rod at third on occasion. Remember, Chavez broke his foot last season and was sorely missed. Chavez didn’t bring much power to the plate with only two homers in 160 at-bats, but his error-less play in 42 games was more than the Bombers could hope for. 

With the move, the Yankees have 13 offensive players on their Major League roster. Barring a major injury, they’ll open the 2012 season with these players:

C: Russell Martin, Francisco Cervelli
INF: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez
OF: Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez 

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a final score of 5-4. It seems like the Yankees have made a bad habit of losing one run games late recently, so hopefully this slide will end in late September, when the Yankees will be preparing for a late-season run at the World Series while the Mets are making tee times in St. Petersburg.

I agree, Derek - AP

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The New York Yankees kicked off their ten game road series with a loss to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 5-4 in ten innings. Ivan Nova started and pitched well, but he was unable to give the Yankees enough of a lead and the offense could barely register any offense. With the loss, the Yankees now have a full two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox before their game tonight.

 

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The New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers by a score of 6-3 tonight. AJ Burnett earned the loss as he pitched well early, but late he turned out to get shelled.

Chavez Leaves Injured - Greg Shamus / Getty Images

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The Yankees are a team that is built around its power hitting and bullpen. However, the Yankees relied on solid, fundamental plays to top the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. Of note, Eric Chavez broke up a double play in the second inning that led to three Yankee runs. Winning pitcher, AJ Burnett picked off Rajai Davis in the fifth inning and Russell Martin gunned down a stealing Juan Rivera in the sixth inning to end the Toronto threat. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff today, but battled through six innings and earned his fourth win. No Yankee starter registered more than a hit and despite being out-hit by the Jays in general (11 to 7), the Yankees prevailed and moved to 15-9 on the season.

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The Chicago White Sox shut down the New York Yankees as the Sox were victorious by a score of 2-0. AJ Burnett pitched great but was unable to muster any run support. With the loss, the Yankees move to 12-7 on the season.

AJ Fires One in There (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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The New York Yankees added two home runs to their league leading total of 29 and AJ Burnett went 5.1 innings as the Yankees before Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the season and Ivan Nova took the loss as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 6-5.

Mark has been visiting his buddy Rob Thomson quite often (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Eric Chavez, who was filling in for an injured Alex Rodriguez, broke a 5-5 tie with an eighth inning RBI single to lift the Bombers to a 6-5 victory. Texas starting pitcher, Alexei Ogando entered the contest with a 0.00 ERA, but the Yankees mashed three homers off of the young righty. CC Sabathia started the game for the Yankees and gave them 6.1 innings of four run ball. With the win tonight, the Yankees take the first series against their 2010 ALCS foe. More importantly, the Yankees improve to 9-5 and remain in first place.

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The Yankee offense flexed their muscles today, crushing four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory. Russell Martin led the offensive charge, smacking two of the four bombs. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano smacked also went deep for the Yankees who have now hit 18 home runs in only eight games. Not be outdone, the Red Sox have allowed 19 home runs in the same time span. Both starting pitchers failed to make it through five innings, but the Yankee offense was superior today. With the win, the Yankee record improves to 5-3 while the Red Sox drop to 1-7.

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