ALDS Game One: Twins @ Yankees


2009 American League Division SeriesDoesn’t it seem like it’s been a month since the Yankees last played a game? Maybe it’s because I didn’t watch too much of last weekend’s throw away series in Tampa.

Anyway, the Bronx Bombers will take the field this evening for their first playoff game in 729 days. They’ll get to take on a tired, but probably an adrenaline hungover Twins team that just spent 12 innings fighting for their season last night. We’ve already posted a long series preview earlier today, as well as a look back at what happened between these two teams this season, so I’m not going to waste bandwidth by regurgitating that info here.

If you’re looking for an expert’s take, Keith Law posted his advance scouting report on the Twins (it can be summed up as: they’re weak beyond Mauer), as well as a preview of the series (he’s thinking Yanks sweep). Both pieces are Insider only, so sorry if you’re out of luck. One scouting you can see without a subscription comes from Beyond the Box Score, who took a look at tonight’s home plate ump, Tim Tschida. Looks like Tschida’s a squeezer, which could be a big help to the Yanks since Minny’s pitchers rely on working the corners and inducing weak contact.

In case you missed it, here’s the Yanks’ ALDS roster. They went with three catchers and eleven pitchers. Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Brendan Harris, DH
Matt Tolbert, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B

Brian Duensing (5-2, 3.64)

Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF

CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37)

Pregame ceremonies are supposed to start around 5:40pm ET, with first pitch scheduled for 6:07. It’s been hella windy all day in the Tri-State Area, and it looks like it’s supposed to stay that way most of the night. Could make for a very interesting night if Tschida isn’t giving the corners.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. Souter Fell says:

    The road to 27 starts tonight. Let’s go boys.

  2. pat says:

    First of 11. Lets do it.

  3. radnom says:


  4. Drew says:

    It’s so good to see the A++++++++ lineup.

  5. bonestock94 says:

    Ugh, I have to leave for class in 30 minutes, this blows!

  6. Nathan says:

    For those of us without cable. If I buy the mlb.com postseason package, will it blackout the yankees games since i am in the home network?

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      Yup. You need to get to a bar or find a stream.

    • Christopher says:

      Ah the joys of the UK, I can’t get to the game, but I’m never blacked out. In fact I didn’t even need to subscribe to the post-season package, the last few years the regular season package has sufficed.

  7. Moshe Mandel says:


    Been waiting almost two years for this. So psyched.

  8. Doug says:

    Dawwww Brandon Inge is for the children.

  9. Stryker says:

    alright minnesota, bring it.

  10. Here we go, boys…

    (passes out bayonets)

  11. dkidd says:

    so nervous

    let’s go big cc!!! (passes out cupcakes)

  12. Tank the Frank says:

    SPARTANS!!!! What is your profession!

  13. BigBlueAL says:

    I like #3 in Keith Law’s keys for the Yankees.

  14. Drew says:

    With the wind blowing to left I can’t wait to see one of Teix’s moon shots carry to the second deck.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty pumped.

  16. BC says:

    The wind is going to be ridiculous tonight. It was a huge factor in the Phillies game, let’s hope we can capitalize on it in the Bronx. Let’s go Yankees! Road to 27 begins here!

  17. nathan says:

    Lets go get them…

  18. Drew says:

    Chip Caray Pet Detective.

  19. Drew says:

    If I hear this stupid song again I’m gonna break shit.

  20. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Poor Miloc.

  21. Moshe Mandel says:

    Chip Caray. Ugh.

  22. dkidd says:

    tbs should not be allowed to bid for the playoffs if they cant keep their feed from freezing

  23. Tank the Frank says:

    And on YES…the soothing sounds of Bernie Williams ladies and gentlemen.

  24. Tank the Frank says:

    Okokokokok let’s go already!

  25. Stryker says:

    anyone worried about cc? i know it’s a small sample size of a whopping 25 innings, but that 7.92 ERA…

  26. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Can we have at least Jon Miller or Joe Buck? I already don’t like Chip Caray.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Everything that made Harry and Skip Caray great, Chip doesn’t have. He must have been adopted

  27. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    The most appropriate place for the Press.

  28. Riddering says:

    Winds coming in from Canada?

    Damn you, Morneau!

  29. Drew says:


  30. dkidd says:

    who knows? maybe craig sager will shut the fuck up

  31. Jake H says:

    Bud was on Mike and Mike this morning saying he wants an international draft in the next labor talk.

    Hopefully CC is on tonight.

  32. Tank the Frank says:

    Am I watching a ballet recital or a playoff game? The Yankees crowd has really been disappointing.

  33. Mike Axisa says:

    C’mon CC, ice this fool.

  34. Max Rodriguez says:

    Why is melky playing instead of brett wtf?

  35. Jake H says:

    I don’t have a good feeling about this game.

  36. lily-bk says:

    well thats a nice way for cc to start! hes making me nervous

  37. Lucky says:

    Looks like CC has found a way to cut down on his 1 walk to IP ratio in Oct: Throw straight fastballs over the middle of the plate with 3 ball counts

  38. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Oh no, that leadoff double was clearly Posada’s fault. Where the hell is Molina?!?!

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    Yes Chip Caray, there was a bigger hit than O-Cab’s homer last night. The one that WON THE GAME!!!

  40. ShuutoHeat says:

    Sit down Cabrera. SIT THE FUK DOWN!

  41. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy crossup Batman.

  42. Lucky says:

    POSADA!!!! HA

  43. Tank the Frank says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  44. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah, just put Mauer on.

  45. Lucky says:

    clang, clang clang go the Yankees!

  46. Tank the Frank says:

    Just give him 1st base now.

  47. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Jeez. It’s the little things that need to be executed, like not have cross-ups.

  48. Jersey says:

    Well, stuck in class for the next 3 hours. But at least a) it’s in the computer lab, where I can keep Gameday open, and b) I don’t have to listen to that turdburger Chip Caray.

  49. BigBlueAL says:

    Is anyone at the game???? Sounds like a library so far.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Going to watch Molina on Friday! He can strike out in three languages, you know.

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    I just fist pumped on strike two.

  51. ShuutoHeat says:

    Mauer? Sit the fuk down.

  52. Riddering says:

    I have a good feeling about this game.

  53. BigBlueAL says:

    Fuckin nasty.

  54. Reggie C. says:

    CC beats Mauer in round 1.

    Good start!

  55. Moshe Mandel says:

    Seriously? People freaking out already and advocating he walk Mauer? C’mon, guys.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      No reason to let him beat you. Putting him on 1st sets up a DP.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        Cuddyer and Kubel are good hitters. You should not be putting runners on for free in the first inning. As CC showed, he is about as good a pitcher as Mauer is a hitter.

        • Tank the Frank says:

          No, you’re right. I like the way they executed it. Slider away and let him get himself out.

  56. Lucky says:

    Sabathia falling behind guys early is really not a good sign. Twins are hackers, so you may be able to get away with it, but CC needs to be able to throw strikes with the fastball

  57. ShuutoHeat says:

    This isn’t the old post season ZZ.
    This is ZZ in the post season backed up with the MFYANKEES!
    Good team mates instill confidence and brings out the best.
    All the nay sayers can go choke on it!

  58. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Escape artist.

  59. Drew says:

    That’s right. Sit down.

  60. Moshe Mandel says:

    Looks like he has a sharp slider and change, with fastball command a bit off.

  61. Mike Axisa says:

    Phew. First inning jitters out of the way.

  62. Doug says:

    HEY Z.Z.


  63. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Too many piches in the first but I’ll take the scoreless inning!

  64. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    My man from Amsterdam!!!

  65. Brian says:

    Nice recovery by CC! Hopefully the Yankee offense grabs a lead and they never look back.

  66. Jersey says:

    22 pitches in an inning ain’t gonna get it done.

    Well, it might, but it’s not exactly optimal.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      The bottom of the order won’t be near that difficult to get out. He’ll have some quick innings and it will even out.

  67. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    When did Evander Hoyfield become a giant? He’s like 6’2″

  68. The Artist says:

    Has George Lopez ever said anything funny?

  69. Lucky says:

    Typical CC postseason inning. Couldn’t throw strikes with the fastball early in the count, then threw it right down the middle at 93 and straight when behind. They won’t throw a fastball all night when ahead to Mauer. Cuddyer missed a meatball.

  70. TJ says:

    4 run lead plz?

  71. danny says:


  72. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Jeter with a hit, whats new?

  73. BigBlueAL says:

    Lets jump on this kid this inning.

  74. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Michael Kay: Well, there goes the no-hitter.

  75. Reggie C. says:

    Jeter needs to run on this guy. Really get this nube scurrrrred.

  76. The Artist says:

    That is one tired looking Twins team you just saw.

    CC didn’t seem overly sharp, he actually looked a bit tentative to me. And I’ve never seen him get so many swings and misses in an inning all season. Guys were swinging at pitches and missing by a foot. That tells me this Twins team may be willing, but they’re really, really tired right now.

    • RichYF says:

      More or less agreed. CC will calm down. Can’t be easy going out there for game 1. If he continues to pitch the same way I’ll get a little more worried.

  77. RichYF says:

    Love me some post season Johnny Damon.

  78. Lucky says:

    Call me a Troll if you want, but I’m watching this game for one thing: Can Sabathia throw strikes in Oct. I want a Sox/Yanks ALCS, so I hope NYEnron wins.

  79. Doug says:

    mmm, “fisted out of play.”

  80. Stryker says:

    sigh chip caray…get a fucking thesaurus.

  81. The Artist says:

    There goes Chip Carey using the term ‘fisted’ again.

    *shakes head*

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Someone’s wife just clenched.

    • Maybe we can take up a fund to replace Chip Caray with Will Ferrell doing his Harry Caray impersonation.

      “Hey, if you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself? I know I would.”

      • Doug says:

        I wouldn’t mind if Will Ferrell as Harry Caray made constant fisting references, come to think of it.

        “Hey! If you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you fist yourself?”

        … then again.

      • Doug says:

        I wouldn’t mind if Will Ferrell as Harry Caray made constant fisting references, come to think of it.

        “Hey! If you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you fist yourself?”

        … then again.

  82. Jackson says:

    I think I might keep a running tally on how many times Caray says a ball was “fisted”

  83. Moshe Mandel says:

    Just wanted to point something out, when we talk about pitching around Mauer.

    vs LHP, 2009:

    Mauer: .345/.413/.497
    Cuddyer: .307/.363/.651!!

    A power lefty like CC should not be pitching around Mauer to get to Cuddyer.

  84. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Damon really lost his magic.

  85. dkidd says:

    ron darling is a good announcer

  86. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Well, no DP. That’s good. A-Rod, it’s your time to shine.

  87. Henry Triana says:

    1st inning and Girardi made a good managerial move by sending the runner. YAY.

  88. RichYF says:

    “Typical A-Rod.”

    “Must be October.”


    What else will we hear?

  89. danny says:

    relax arod.

    see the ball, hit the ball.

  90. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Jeez, it looks windy out there.

  91. Jake H says:

    The wind looks like it is going to make the stadium play big.

  92. Nathan says:

    Which way is the wind blowing in direction of the stadium?

  93. Moshe Mandel says:

    Great pitching by Duensing in that AB. 4 different pitches, all on the edges of the zone. That was impressive.

  94. nathan says:

    Hope the Yanks score early… would really calm me down..

  95. Riddering says:

    On three pitches?

    Baby, sweet baby.

  96. nathan says:

    Twins are on Aux power now… weather them out and win big like thePhils

  97. nathan says:

    Guys.. how does CC look…

  98. Marcus says:

    Delmon Young: Free Swinger

  99. Accent Shallow says:

    Was listening to the radio, and when CC came back from 0-2 on Span to go 3-2 and give up a double, I groaned and thought “Uh oh, here we go.”

    Oh me of little faith.

  100. Tank the Frank says:

    I hate to be Debbie Downer, but Yankee Stadium sounds like a mausoleum.

  101. Ben says:

    It’s oct. Arod left a man on

  102. Accent Shallow says:

    Brendan Harris: DH. Yikes. Morneau going down has a bitch of a ripple effect.

  103. The Artist says:

    FWIW if anyone was watching the YES pregame, AJ Burnett was quoted by Kay as saying that none of this Posada stuff was his idea. He says he likes Jorge, likes throwing to Jorge and would gladly do it if asked. He said that when he throws a bad game, it’s his fault, not the catcher’s fault. So he put this decision all on Girardi. He also said that when he threw his hands in the air after the Ortiz AB, that had nothing to do with Jorge, that’s just him beating himself up out there.

    Could be true, could be pre-planned spin. I will say that it’s consistent with his post game remarks after bad games all throughout the season. I’ve never once heard him blame Posada.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      I’ve never heard him complain either. This was a Girardi decision.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      AJ seems like a great guy, which is a really good surprise.

      In regard to the other point, apparently Girardi and Eiland observed that they were clicking and decided to stick with it. Makes me like the move a bit less.

      • The Artist says:

        As an ex-Catcher, I’m sure Girardi has very clearly defined ideas on what a Catcher’s role is. He wouldn’t need AJ to tell him that there’s a problem, he probably saw it all along, and eventually pulled the plug when he saw it wasn’t getting fixed. Jorge did catch AJ for the month of August, so those who scream “Just tell these two to work it out” haven’t been paying attention. They tried to, and AJ pitched to a 6+ ERA in August.

        Also, never forget that Girardi was brought in back in 1996 to replace a slugging catcher that pitchers didn’t like throwing to in Mike Stanley. That tells me that Girardi and Jorge likely have very different approaches, and may not always be on the same page philosphically.

    • Riddering says:

      I buy it. Burnett has made similar comments all year and in particular games I know he complimented the way Posada handled him even when he didn’t have his best stuff (ie, his only game pitched in the Dome this year).

    • The Artist says:

      BTW-Even when Jorge spilled the beans on this, he said “it wasn’t a surprise” and that it was the manager’s decision. So his account matches up as well.

  104. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Reminiscing about things that happened 20 hours ago?

  105. Moshe Mandel says:

    How many times are we going to hear that the Twins are a group of “baseball players.”

  106. Drew says:

    Al with the D!

  107. Jake H says:

    Come on O. Lets get some runs.

  108. Accent Shallow says:

    Please throw up an 8 spot on Duensing.

  109. Accent Shallow says:

    Craig Sager? What the fuck was that?

  110. Reggie C. says:

    Posada can hopefully put aside the hurt … or at least transfer it to Duensing.

  111. Accent Shallow says:

    As long as they keep hitting the ball to right: Kubel is a DH ordinarily for a reason.

  112. Jake H says:

    O is looking terrible against a guy who isn’t very good.

  113. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    The OF defense is great? Kubel?

  114. Reggie C. says:


    Duensing pwned us this inning.

  115. danny says:

    this is definatly one of those games where the yanks make the pitcher look good but then the 2nd or 3rd time around they absolutely crush im.

    it will happen.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      No doubt, they’ll continue to draw more pitches and see more of him. Plus wear him out.

  116. Dan says:

    I don’t know if it’s Time Warner or TBS, but their HD feed is cutting out consistently every minute or two. It’s really starting to drive me nuts…

  117. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Did they just call Cano lazy?

  118. Drew says:

    Man he hung that shit like crazy.

  119. Moshe Mandel says:

    Wide zone, hitters need to adjust.

  120. Accent Shallow says:

    That ball could have easily been in the seats.

  121. Ivan says:

    Im back from gettin my haircut, what I miss.

  122. Beast of the East says:

    what the hell is robbie smilin at. Someone needs to slap that lazy smile off his face.

  123. Jersey says:

    This dude’s pounding the strike zone. Only 6 pitches off the plate so far.

  124. Souter Fell says:

    Anybody else hatin the pitch tracker on the right side of TBS?

  125. Tank the Frank says:

    Give me a FUCKING break!

  126. Will says:

    Wow, and the pitch to Cano was a STRIKE?

  127. BigBlueAL says:

    Where the fuck was that pitch??

  128. Drew says:

    Fucking ump.

  129. southernyankeefan says:

    apparently the zone isnt that wide.

  130. Accent Shallow says:

    CC needs to get some quick outs.

    Although it sure looked like he struck out Nick Punto.

  131. Yankee1010 says:

    It seems like Tschida can’t decide if he wants to have a pitchers’ zone or a hitters’ zone.

  132. giselle says:

    so let me get this straight: the twins are a bunch of baseball players? intruiging…

  133. danny says:

    why cant the yanks be considered gritty? because of the money they make?

    red sox players make a lot of money too, but they of course are the grittiest players in all of mlb.

  134. Denard Span looks like Alfonso Ribiero.

  135. Tank the Frank says:


  136. Accent Shallow says:

    That works. I love Robbie.

  137. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yeah fuck you ump he got out anyways.

  138. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Denard Span was fisted then fucked.

  139. Souter Fell says:

    Nice DP guys

  140. Tank the Frank says:

    Settle CC…settle.

  141. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I think TBS complimented the Yankees in this game more than every ESPN and FOX broadcast of Yankee games combined.

  142. Souter Fell says:

    A-Rod’s at least makin plays. I really want him to have a good postseason.

  143. Salty Buggah says:

    Alright. I ran home from the Bus Station. My legs are cramping like a bitch. Let’s win this thing!!!

  144. Jim says:

    How can people listen to these broadcasters? It’s like name-that-cliche right now. My gosh. My mute button is very tempting…

  145. danny says:


  146. Will says:

    Once again, Cano begs to differ.

  147. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Uh, “playing the game the right way”?

    Any cliches or narratives left we didn’t hear today?

  148. Accent Shallow says:

    CC really needs to get some first pitch outs, he’s not gonna be able to finish the 7th if he keeps it up at this rate.

  149. Henry Triana says:

    my TBS HD keeps freezing. It’s pissing me off.

  150. Moshe Mandel says:

    Still not locating the FB.

  151. Tank the Frank says:

    What’s a brotha gotta do to get a strike call?

  152. Salty Buggah says:

    CC getting squeezed? I just got here and have seen 2 bad calls already in 2 ABs

  153. Marc says:

    Alright so postseason.tv is crap cuz you have to choose the camera angle. How do I just watch the tv broadcast? Is that possible??

  154. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon CC, no runs here please. And please be efficient

  155. Accent Shallow says:

    Joe Mauer is a fucking machine.

  156. Jackson says:

    Joe Mauer is good

  157. Drew says:

    C’mon ZZ keep em down

  158. Ben says:

    The plate umps zone is f’ng awful

  159. Okay, ZZ, time to bear down and get out of this thing. Big pitches. Let’s do it.

  160. BigBlueAL says:

    Twins getting hits left and right.

  161. southernyankeefan says:

    damnit posada how could you let that happen

  162. Accent Shallow says:

    Is the two out monster going to rear its head again? Argh.

  163. Tank the Frank says:

    I blame Jorge.

  164. Drew says:

    Dammit CC keeps leaving the fastball up.

  165. Salty Buggah says:

    Damnit. CC, cmon man get your location.

  166. danny says:

    here come the trolls.

  167. Jim says:

    CC is really up in the zone right now…

  168. Ivan says:

    Just hold em here CC.

  169. Tank the Frank says:

    Ok now I really do blame Jorge.

  170. Dorian says:

    This is why people about Posada behind the plate. ALL of the hits have come from fastballs on the outside part of the plate. NEWSFLASH TO JORGE: You must pitch inside.

  171. Jim says:

    Dammit jorge, what the hell was that?! he freaking WALKED to get that ball. Sigh…

  172. southernyankeefan says:

    Fuck ok that one really was posadas fault.

  173. The Artist says:

    Yeah, defense at Catcher is totally over rated.

  174. Ed says:

    Which team is tired?

  175. nathan says:

    Maybe CC is back to ‘let me throw a no-hitter mode’…

  176. Tank the Frank says:

    How can you be a catcher….and yet be unable to catch the ball.

  177. Ben says:

    And now we know why no one wants to pitch to posada

  178. The Artist says:

    Yeah, defense at Catcher is totally overrated.

  179. Ivan says:

    It’s early, so im not worried.

  180. Riddering says:


    A non-Gardner gritty reference?

  181. Jake H says:

    Posada is so worthless.

  182. YankeeScribe says:

    That’s why I call him PASSED-BALL POSADA