ALDS Game One: Tigers @ Yankees

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Five years later, the Yankees will have their chance at revenge. The Yankees took Game One of the 2006 ALDS but fell flat the rest of the way, losing the next three. Alex Rodriguez infamously batted eighth in the fourth and final game.

Only a handful of players will play in this series after playing in that one, and most of them wear pinstripes. One of them played for the Tigers in 2006 and will play for the Yankees in 2011. Gone are the likes of Gary Sheffield, Bobby Abreu and Randy Johnson, replaced by Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and CC Sabathia. Joe Torre has been replaced by Joe Girardi, a manager that has guided his team to wins in four of his five playoff series. It’s not so much revenge as it is the start of a new rivalry between two clubs that figure to contend for many years to come. Here are the lineups…

Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF
Magglio Ordonez,  RF
Delmon Young, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Alex Avila, C
Ryan Raburn, 2B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Brandon Inge, 3B

Justin Verlander, SP

New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, SP

It’s chilly and windy in New York, and there’s a chance of rain a little later tonight (around midnight or so). The game is scheduled to begin at 8:37pm ET, and you’ll be able to watch on TBS and listen on either WCBS 880 or ESPN Radio. Remember, we’re trying to win a ring around here.

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  • McLovin

    One hour till game time.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Yankees Retribution Tour 2011 might get held up, seeing as the Rays just manhandled Texas.

  • Leggy

    Postseason mlb.tv purchased, 1.30am start times commence. No blackout restrictions, the joy of being a European baseball fan.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Is regular season available overseas ?

      • Leggy

        Yep, I just can’t commit to a whole season of mental start times.

        The month of October my body never sleeps.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I have a feeling this Yankees/Tigers rivalry could become what the Yankees/Indians was in the ’90s. Gonna be sweet.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      This isn’t a rivalry.

    • JMK

      Strangely, I do not have that same feeling.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Neither do I.

        Somehow, I suspect it’s because the AL Central always spits out a different team each year. Detroit had a great final 39 games – they were nothing more than a solid, above .500 team prior to that.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Yeah just because it’s the AL Central means that one of the crap teams behind them will somehow win the division next year. Excellent analysis.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            I see the Indians and White Sox competing next year.

          • Kramerica Industries

            On what basis do we have to think Detroit has created a long term foundation for success?

            Many probably thought Minny was set up in 2010 for long term success, and with good reason. Fast forward a season, and they lose 99 games.

    • Urban

      Does America have a rivalry with Costa Rica?

      Apologies to anyone from Costa Rica as I just compared your home land to Detroit. That’s low.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I’m from Costa Rica. F you.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Ppl said the same thing back in 06.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ace vs. ace.

    Hope the Yankees are up to the task, and deliver a huge series opening win.

  • Kevin

    For those who wanted us to roll over for the Rays..be careful what you wish for.
    It’s 8-0..still think we should have let them in?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The Yankees didn’t let them in, the Red Sox did.

      • Brian S.

        But that ruins the media narrative.

    • JMK

      It’s one game; as Mike said, it was the Red Sox that opened the door.

      While I’d prefer the Rangers, it’s not like the Rays are some juggernaut.

    • Simon

      And don’t forget, CJ Wilson isn’t exactly what most would call an “ace” of the caliber of CC, Verlander and the like….

    • TomH

      Of course. They were capable of taking batting practice against too many Yankee pitchers, including CC. Also, they had 2 pitchers good enough to pose real problems. Better to take your chances against the Rays’ fine staff and so-so hitters.

  • Golson’s Laser Rocket Arm

    So the Yankees will get revenge for 06 like how in 09 the Yanks got revenge on the angels for 02/05?

  • Andrew

    Is Jesus available to pinch hit today?

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      my guess is we would know if he wasn’t.

      /nonewsisgoodnews

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Poof, like that dooshbag never existed!

  • http://none Favrest

    Delmon Young bats 3rd?

  • Ivan

    Wow the excitement is starting to build, inch by inch by the minute.

  • Buck Foston

    The Yanks are going to fuck up Justin Vanderlay.

    “Just say Vanderlay! Just say Vanderlay!”

  • Tyrion Lannister

    We should be starting the ballgame in about 5 minutes which would be just about when Rays-Rangers get over with. No reason to have a half hour between games. TBS has TNT it can use to show games as well.

  • Adam

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....rt-in-alcs

    … unbelievable… simply unbelievable…

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      I’ll believe it when I see it. And then I will poke both my eyes.

    • Greg

      Game 4 right. Doesnt surprise me.

      Colon’s out of gas and Hughes hasnt shown any improvement.

      • radnom

        I’d rather have Colon.

    • Andrew

      i guess we should win the ALCS in 3 to not give AJ a shot.

    • ED

      Well let’s worry about getting to ALCS first.

      • Kevin

        Who else do we have? Colon has almost nothing left and HUghes is good for one inning.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Noesi for the first 3, Wade for the 4th and 5th, Soriano for the 6th, DRob for the 7th and 8th, Mo for 9th

    • Chen Meng Wang

      dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.

      • Greg

        Got a better idea?

        • Chen Meng Wang

          CC on Short rest. Colon. Hughes. Noesi. all of which I trust more at this point than Burnett.

    • Urban

      I would have been surprised if someone told me this a month ago. Yet with Hughes’ back and Colon’s generally suckiness and reduced velocity, well, hereeeeeee’s AJ!

      Let’s hope the Yankees win it in three, or are up 2-1 when game four rolls around. If the Yankees are down 1-2, all bets are off.

      • Jetrer

        he would possibly pitch game 4 in ALCS, not ALDS
        can’t win that in three

      • Urban

        Ahh, jus realized that was a prediction for the ALCS, not the ALDS. My guess, though, is the Yankees will go with AJ if they are up 2-1 in this series.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Man, if Burnett pitches in the ALCS, the Red Sox are really gonna beat him up.

      Oh, wait…

  • ED

    This is how I’m feeling right now about the playoffs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ure=colike

  • Ivan

    Is it me or does Mike becomes a tad extra bitchy during the playoffs with the Yankees? But then again im like that my self and I think most of all as Yankee fans lol.

  • Buck Foston

    Nolan Ryan had that same kicked in gut look in the ALCS last season, and then the Rangers just walked right through the Yanks.

    I’m not reading too much into one game.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    yanks shell verlander tonight

    • TomH

      Whether they shell him (the ideal) or win by one run–just so they win and don’t, by losing game 1, basically lose the home field advantage (not to mention giving Detroit delusions of grandeur).

  • cody

    A big batch of rain is quickly building southwest of NYC & should reach Yankee Stadium by about 9PM. A late start & a longggggggg night may be in the cards……..

  • Midland TX

    Hahahahaha the music switched to Anakin/Darth Vader’s Theme as Boone Logan was announced.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Watching TBS and they’re talking about if Maddon should move Moore to the rotation for good..as if it was a question.

    BTW Tito, wear a hat at all times…please.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Those guys make the MLBN analysts look smart.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I like Cal…Ek and Boomer are not cut out for this.

    • Brian S.

      Hats are to Francona what masks are to Varitek.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I wish that were the case. Francona=not a good bald.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    My prediction is the Pitcher’s duel goes out the window and this is a high scoring game…like Yankees win 11-7.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Not a shot 4-2 Yankees…both starters go 7, Verlander allows 1, CC 2. Then we push across 3 in the 8th.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    John Smoltz is gonna be all over Verlander’s dick tonight. sigh…

    • Ivan

      Everybody is on Verlander’s dick.

    • Sarah

      I know.

      “CC limped to the finish line.” Really?

      • Greg

        Well he did compared to Verlander.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Everybody limped to the finish compared to Verlander. he’s had a season for the ages, but he’s not unbeatable.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        He certainly was not dominant for the last month.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I wonder if it has to do anything with him being the best pitcher in the AL.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Did I ever say he wasn’t? Smoltz will be proclaiming him “unbeatable” and such. Just you watch.

        • radnom

          Why does it bother you that the best pitcher in the league will get praised by the announcers during game one of the playoffs?

          If the shoe was on the other foot I’m sure you’d be complaining about him not getting enough respect.

  • Max

    Pedants batting 8th? Really?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    OH LES DO IT!

  • Andrew

    So like the rest of September, the Sox didn’t show up to play today.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    and we’re under way.

  • Ivan

    Nice CC.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      2 to start the game. I like.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Good old AJax…

  • Buck Foston

    CC’s not fucking around.

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC is not fucking around.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    So just kinda popped into my mind… Does Russ win a Gold Glove this year? If not who at C?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Lavarnway.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s certainly hit like one.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Calling it right now: cc perfect game w/ 27Ks

    • Chen Meng Wang

      /baseballgodshateme.

    • mt

      Not,

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Fuck

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    fucking A

  • Ivan

    Not a big deal, its not like Young hit it all that well either. Plus, CC stuff and location looks darn good so far.

  • Greg

    That’s a Yankee stadium home run

    • Ivan

      Totally. Heck, I didnt even think Young hit all that well either.

  • Andrew

    Took it from swisher?

  • nedro

    Delmon Young? Really? Please don’t do this, CC.

    • nedro

      Actually, let me rephrase: please don’t do that again, CC.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Game over, Verlander’s just that unbeatable.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    CC’s fat and washed up. Game over.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    No excuse for that pitch to Young. One run could be the ballgame.

    • Greg

      He didn’t hit it that hard.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      You do realize in literally any other of the ball parks in baseball that’s a fly ball and we’re talking about CC jamming him on a tough pitch?

      • Greg

        Except maybe Philly. But your point is correct.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Is it really that close down the RF line in Philly?

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Hooray for YS3 specials.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DUI chants from the Bleacher Creatures

    classic.

  • King George

    Come on CC. With Verlander, can’t give away those cheap home runs.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Justin Verlander? More like Justin GIRLander. Face.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I laughed.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        I didn’t. I’m telling you, Granderson, Sabathia and Delmon Young will all have major roles in this series. Greg Golson probably could have too

    • ED

      I laughed

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Justine Girllander amirite?

  • Buck Foston

    Asshole in the Geneseo sweatshirt didn’t even throw it back.

    He should be escorted from the stadium.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Don’t worry, the Dodgers fans loitering outside the stadium will gang beat him later.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Our Stadium :(

    • ED

      Let’s hope we get a cheep home run off Verlander. Only fair.

  • Nogomo

    I just signed up tonight for MLB.com coverage of the postseason. I don’t want cable TV, OK? I’m funny that way. Anyway, $5.99, you get what you pay for, I guess, but who’d a thunk there’s only ONE camera angle?! When the ball is hit you just stay right on the behind the pitcher view! And no replays. The home run for me: ball was hit, CC looked back, announcer told me it was a dinger. Jesus.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Last year you were able to choose different camera angles, ie: view from the outfield, behind the plate, first and third base lines. Is that feature available this year?

      • Nogomo

        Yes, but then the pictures are too small! And the camerawork is jerky and bad! And there are no graphics to tell you the count, etc. And no replays! I can’t understand how they would even sell this crap? I hate them. What a ripoff. My alternative is to go to a crowded, noisy bar!

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Are you outside of the US? It’s free for viewers inside the ‘States.

  • Charles

    Meh a typical Yankee Stadium homer, nothing to worry about, get Verlander in the 1st, don’t let him settle in.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Koufax? He wouldn’t be pitching on Friday night.

  • Ivan

    Yesss.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the Captain!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Best strike out ever?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I like that.

  • Alex S

    Good hustle by Jete

  • Buck Foston

    Thank God that wasn’t McClelland at 1st.

  • mt

    Is AJ pitching for Tigers?

    • Ivan

      I wish.

  • Ivan

    Good AB Granderson.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Good start so far. Lets do some things Robbie.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Grandy makes me randy. Nice AB, Curtis.

  • Greg

    Work him, men

  • Corporate Scum

    I really like Cano up in this spot instead of Tex.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That strike zone on the side is gonna drive me crazy

  • Pat D

    Will they pitch around ARod?

  • Greg

    Works essentially as a sacrifice.

  • Hall and Nokes

    First look at the Tony Randazzo Vlad-zone there.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Haha, what in gods name were you doing there Cabrera?

  • Pat D

    Smoltz has already said about 5 things for which I want to rip out his vocal chords.

  • UncleArgyle

    ok now they HAVE to score. Two gifts this inning.

    • UncleArgyle

      I’ll take it

  • Balboni Rzarector

    1-1 baby!

  • Ivan

    Tie game.

  • Greg

    There we go.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Derek Jeter scored a home run.

    /Minka’d

    • Pat D

      Let’s not pick on poor Minka. First she gets dumped and her show will be cancelled soon, too.

  • alittleblackegg

    I’ll take it!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Hooray! tied game! but Arod, take a pitch maybe?

  • tom

    Talk about a gift run

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah I like Teix in that 5 spot.

  • Jonathan

    Is this strike zone for real?

  • mt

    Cheapest run I have ever seen. Good for us.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    I want this fucking home plate umpire to die.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    “Rodriguez with a postseason RBI” why do I think that’s a shot at ARod?

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Now it’s raining

  • Sarah

    Way to work the count, boys!

  • Greg

    Here comes the rain

  • karel capek

    Is this game on My9?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Seems like It

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Really? did it really just start pooring? My bday party starts in two hours damnit. It better be over by then.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Effin rain.

  • Cy Pettitte

    gonna make JV throw a ton of pitches. I like this.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    Ball four to Tex? Time to call the game!

  • Balboni Rzarecta

    Verlander’s got the post season jitters

  • Jonathan

    Hahaha didn’t even mention the Red Sox among best offenses in the league when they scored the most…wow

  • Pat D

    Dammit, Nick.

    • Sarah

      How does he swing at the first pitch after Verlander walks two guys?! Blergh.

      That aside, good inning offense!

  • Thomas Cassidy

    WHY THE FUCK DOES SWISHER SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH? I HOPE HIS WIFE GETS RAPED.

    • Greg

      Oh for God’s sake

      • Thomas Cassidy

        I hope he gets traded.

        Fuck the playoffs, they’re so much fun but they make me want to die.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      WAY too much bro.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Classy. I think you’re looking for NoMaas.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Great comment. Keep ‘em coming.

      I’m an enabler.

    • Jonathan

      Seriously…how big of a pussy throw does the catcher make with his mask in those Guacamole commercials?

      • Jonathan

        ….that wasn’t sent as a reply to anything????

    • BK2ATL

      Take that wack shit back to OTM or one of those other Boston sites.

    • ED

      There could not be more of a difference between the tightness level of CC and Verlander’s pants.

      • ED

        Didn’t mean for that to be a reply. Oops.

    • Jimmy

      Dude. Way out of line.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Teix works a great walk and makes him waste pitches and Swish his a weak grounder on the first pitch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    That is why we hate Swish.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    might want to take with verlander’s control off. 1 pitch swisher? really?

  • Alex S

    Guacamole commercials? this is 2009 all over again!!!

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Haha, I’m not gonna lie I ordered mexican food during the first game today with guacamole strictly because of this commercial.

      • Alex S

        I love Mexican food. But I have not seen this commercial in soooo long

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Hah! Bring back the Fergie commercial too.

      • nedro

        mmmmmmmmm…… Ferrrrrrgie…….

  • BK2ATL

    Verlander pitch count. 1 inning, 25 pitches.
    CC pitch count. 1 innning, 15 pitches.

    Score 1-1.

    All according to plan so far.

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      except swisher forgot the reason he was drafted in the first rd in the first place.

  • Hummingbird S.

    offense looked great in that inning.. but swisher has to take a fucking pitch.

  • Hall and Nokes

    BUSH LEAGUE, BRO

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      +1

  • Urban

    Rain. I guess in a season of NY rain, it makes sense it rains in the first inning of the postseason.

  • Chop It Up

    Any chance this turns into that O’s game from a few weeks back? Pouring, shitty baseball and a game ending at 2:30 AM?

  • mt

    I know Yanks will pick up his option next year but the one person who I really want to see whether they completey disappear again is Swisher. Tex and Rodriguez are interesting too but I read something that Girardi had to talk to Swisher about being “calm” in postseason.

    Take a pitch, Swisher.

  • Montero’s Mojo

    Let us pray that Nick Swisher actually decides to show up for the playoffs this year . . . We’re going to need him.

  • NC Saint

    Boy, just when you thought you were braced for stupid TBS coverage:

    “Outs are big in the postseason.”
    “The forecast was for intermittent rain, but I can tell you, it is coming down right now, harder than intermittent.”

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I’m not the brightest guy in the world but even I said to myself “has he ever heard the word intermittent in his life before?”

      • NC Saint

        Or ‘historical’ for that matter. Get the net.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    And that is why I love Teixeira.

    • Sarah

      He is a beast over there at 1B.

  • Cy Pettitte

    MT25 says no base runners for you

  • nedro

    Weather not good.

  • Greg

    Rain could work to our advantage. Verlander would be gone.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      So would CC. That said, our bullpen >>>>>>>>>>>> Tiger’s bullpen.

      • nedro

        my thoughts exactly

    • nedro

      So might CC…

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Alex Avila is a classy dude. Kid’s gonna be a good ballplayer.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I don’t know what’s worse, playing through this or rain delay and losing the starters.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    AGonz says its raining because its not in God’s plan for the Yanks and Detroit to be in the playoffs

    • Cy Pettitte

      God is crying because he realized his mistake, not letting the Sox in the playoffs

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      AGon totally Lebron’d that interview.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wow this rain is ridiculous

  • Ivan

    I think they have to play through this. No way they risk a rain delay.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    throw the tarp on

  • karel capek

    It’s raining so hard…that people are getting wet.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      /McCarver’d

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    ZZ lookin sharp!

  • Greg

    He is locked in so far.

  • mt

    Who do we put in if there is a long delay – Hughes, Burnett (eek!), Ayala?

    • Greg

      It might be Burnett vs Brad Penny

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    CC is fucking sexy tonight.

  • Cy Pettitte

    rain delay…nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • BK2ATL

    CC is showing why he should be Cy Young. Too bad they don’t count the postseason.

    He looks so much sharper than Verlander, so far. Keep it up.

  • Urban

    If this was a regular season game, the tarp would already be on. Rarely see the field slick like that.

    I wonder if they have an updated forcast. The rain originally wasn’t supposed to start until closer to midnight.

  • J-Rod

    Wow. CC is looking awesome. Please don’t stop game.

    • Greg

      Too late. The tarp is on

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    is it me, or every time CC looks good, its effing raining

    • Greg

      No its just the last two starts vs Seattle and this one.

    • Urban

      I don’t know, but his RIP — Rain Independent Pitching — ERA is nice 1.97.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Long inning on offense, please. Let Verlander pitch in this stuff.

  • Sarah

    I thought the gods only cried when the Orioles played? I’m confused…

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    why did they even start this effing game….the radar shows rain all night

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Tarp? Weak.

  • Sheepmeister

    Is this game on My9, I though TBS had the ALDS.

    • Kramerica Industries

      TBS has all LDS playoff games.

      Also the NLCS.

    • Kramerica Industries

      …and I just realized the sarcasm here.

      Carry on.

  • nedro

    Oh, no… It’s a tarp!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Fucking weather

  • JerryNYG

    Man, rain delay is no good for anyone.

  • Ivan

    Boy I really dont know about this rain delay.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    They fucking called it when Sabathia pitched so Verlander didn’t have to.

    These fucking umpires.

    • Sheepmeister

      yet sabathia threw only 2 pitches more than verlander so far.

    • Urban

      I think that’s more of an advantage to the Yankees. Verlander has only pitched one inning and he’s going to have a long delay before he gets back out on the mound.

      • Greg

        And Verlander looked very shaky in the first inning.

    • Pasqua

      OR it might have had something to do with the fact that a small lake had formed in front of homeplate.

      Can we hold off on the fucking conspiracy theories? At least until the 5th inning or so?

  • Cy Pettitte

    change uniform => eat captain crunch => pitch 7 scoreless innings

    • Nogomo

      You mean eat an actual captain whose name is Crunch?!

    • Midland TX

      Coincidentally these were Varitek’s instructions for Clay Buchholz when he first got called up.

      • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

        Except Varitek refused to acknowledge Captain Crunch as as Captain because he didn’t have a C on his uniform.

  • karel capek

    At least we have the ace announcing team to get us through this rain delay.

    • NC Saint

      IETC.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin
  • Tyrion Lannister

    Hopefully this negatively affects Verlander. CC should be ok. He’s looked real good the first two innings.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ok this is shitty.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I have to say, even though I’m a little late to the punch…

    Mike’s article about the Tigers ‘pen contains some grade A snark. I give my highest approval.

  • Sheepmeister

    I don’t think this game gets played tonight, so does it get suspended or do we start from the top of the 1st tomorrow.

    • Greg

      Oh they will play it tonight.

    • Kramerica Industries

      I think all games that don’t make it to official status are postponed and restarted from the top at the nearest possible date.

      But this is the playoffs – they will try like hell to squeeze the full nine tonight. As they should.

  • Midland TX

    Kinda wish we got one more chance to bat against Verlander before the delay, in case he was still a bit wild.

    • Pasqua

      I don’t think a rain delay is going to help him any. It’ll be like starting all over again. That’s not a good thing for pitchers. Including ours.

    • Urban

      Maybe his arm will tighten up, or he won’t be quite as loose when he comes back. It might be like he’s pitching the first inning again.

  • Pasqua

    Hasn’t the narrative been that C.C. hasn’t been the same since coming out to pictch after the rain delay during his perfect game bid?

    If so, then he is officially cured, for this rain delay cancels out the other.

    C.C. is now as good as he has ever been.

    It is spoken.

    • Kevin G.

      …or he becomes twice as bad.

    • Erica

      Haha, I had the same thought too.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Burnett vs. Penny

    who you got? lol

    • Greg

      Actually Burnett. He looked really good in his last start against the Red Sox and has had a respectable September.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Burnett is on 4 days rest.

  • Erica

    Fuck EVERYTHING. UGH.

  • Jake

    Damn, Damn, Damn. Damn Rain!! Need this to be over quick so CC can stay out there.

    Also, glad to see Mlb.tv is on blackout, and ditto for Postseason.tv. What the hell is the point of postseason.tv if it’s on a national blackout?

    • Sarah

      Clearly to get you to give them money so you can watch BP.

      • Jake

        I already had mlb.tv because I don’t live in NY anymore, so had to get it to watch the Yankees. And since that’s pretty much all I watch on TV live (all the other shows that I like, I just watch online later) I only got basic cable so no TBS. Figured Postseason.tv would work, but nope, same thing as before, get a blackout message and John and Susan driving me insane with stupid stories. Cancelled within like a minute, better get my 3.99 back!

        Lol, batting practice. And like 10 different angles, so I can drive my self nuts when an umpire screws us.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Eckersley, Boomer, and Ripken doing analysis together. Kill me.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    for the rain delay Pineapple Express or Pulp Fiction?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Pulp Fiction, hands down. R u kidding me?

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I’ve seen it countless times, I’ve only seen Pineapple once. plus I’m a stoner…so yeah it’s an actual debate for me.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          There are better stoner movies than Pineapple.

          • Chen Meng Wang

            Of course there are. but both of these are on TV right now.

          • nedro

            Kubrick Blu-Ray Box Set. Boom.

            • Chen Meng Wang

              Very nice.

            • Pat D

              I’ve heard there were still issues with some of the transfers, which is why I haven’t bought them.

              • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

                The set is perfect. Do yourself a favor and get it.

              • nedro

                Actually, my wife got it for me in June for my birthday. Between my truly debilitating addiction to PS3 MLB the Show and MLB in Real Life ™ I haven’t actually had time to watch any of them. But my fave is FULL. METAL. JACKET.

                • Chen Meng Wang

                  MLB the Show is WAY to addictive

                  • nedro

                    I just had to retire my 45 year old short stop who made the HOF after a career in which he hit over 1,500 HR.

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          I assume you’ve seen Heavy Metal.

  • Cory Wade’s emergence

    MLB.tv grrrrrrr!!!! what’s the weather doing in NYC????

    • Chen Meng Wang

      raining.

      • Cory Wade’s emergence

        Is it showing any sign of stopping, its 2.30 in the morning here.

        /committed

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Not really…

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Well this is fucking anti-climactic….

    • nedro

      Got me a super-deluxe set of blueballs, right here.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Samesies

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        i just took care of that myself

        • nedro

          um, congrats?

          • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

            it was for good luck, the Yanks always pull one out after i do

            • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

              For reals?

              Get this man some Vaseline! He’s got a lot of work to do this month!

              /masturbation jokes ftw

  • Cy Pettitte

    grounds crew taking off the tarp!

    • Sarah

      TBS clowns say they are just dumping water.

      • Greg

        And now they find out the truth.

        • Sarah

          They are too busy listening to themselves to actually check for the facts.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great job starting this game at 5:30

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Lol at Conan in Al Bhed glasses.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I <3 CoCo

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So…this sucks. Tarp off the field though, hopefully we can get a solid 5-6 innings in before it starts pouring again.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      I’m working with a dude named Aaron Brown…and now, whenever I see him I think AaronBrownWithAFrown…and it’s all your fault.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Haha, technically it’s at least half Sterling’s fault.

        “You know Suszyn, you can’t predict my inane catchphrases. I mean, baseball.”

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          yeah, but I had kind of put that one out of my memory until you brought it back

  • nedro

    Wow, man, have they got some elbow grease to spend…

  • Grit for Brains

    Way to go TBS! Keep starting games 90 minutes later than the norm.

  • Sarah

    The Gardy bat smash from the Os game is in this postseason commercial. Hilarious.

  • karel capek

    Better call Saul.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Do you know what they call a Quarter pounder with cheese in Paris?

    • Pat D

      Do you know what they put on french fries?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Escargot?

      • Jimmy

        They’d be putting on sauerkraut if it weren’t for the third army.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So how about the Tigers and Yankees once again being embroiled in a rain delay in the playoffs?

    This better be the reverse of 2006.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    They should never have started this ballgame. Jerry Davis screwed up, MLB screwed up, everyone screwed up here.

  • Sheepmeister

    If only there would have been a window of time this afternoon from 1-7 pm to play a baseball game in new york sans rain. If only, then this wouldn’t have happened.

  • tom

    This is starting to look like a game that shouldn’t have been started. If they don’t get back to play tonight, the decision to go ahead — with each team’s most important pitcher on the mound — will have almost surely affected the outcome of the series. A disaster.

    • bobtaco

      If they were to call the game, and then restart tomorrow, could CC resume? He’s only thrown like 25 pitches… right?

      • tom

        I have bad memories of a late ’96 Yankee/Oriole showdown where a similar thing happened — Mussina and (maybe) Cone had started pitching but shut down. Each was brought back not the next day but the day after, and each got shelled (though they pitched in different games of a double-header, so each team won one/lost one). So I wouldn’t count on your idea working.

  • BK2ATL

    Since we’re bored, while we’re waiting, check out what mlbtraderumors.com complied, so far, on the Boston debacle re: Francona

    “”I’m not sure how much support there was from ownership, and I don’t know that I felt real comfortable,” said Francona during his press conference according to Mike Silverman of The Boston Herald (Twitter link).

    GM Theo Epstein acknowledged that he, John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington met with Francona today to discuss the 2011 season. “We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting,” Epstein said in a statement. “There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”

    Mike Lynch of WCTB TV in Boston reports that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein told management that Francona wasn’t working out six weeks ago because of a “lack of urgency.” Francona was voted out 3-0 a few weeks later.”

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      Nice back-stab job by Theo.

      • BK2ATL

        You caught that too…Stay tuned…

  • Cy Pettitte

    If only a stadium could be built with some kind of retraceable covering that could be pulled over it in the event of rain to keep it out and the inside dry.

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      If only it didn’t cost another 400 million to install.

      • FIPster Doofus

        200 mill, to be exact.

        • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

          In New York, it’s 400 million. It’s 200 million in Minnesota. And they give you green stamps with it.

    • Jimmy

      And handed out ponies to all of the fans.

      • Erica

        My Little Pony?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    These clowns started a game knowing it would rain like this and now we’re probably gonna start back up again only to have to stop in about 2 hours. They can’t push this back as it wouldn’t be fair to the clubs and the aces. If CC comes back out tonight that doesn’t bode well for him coming back on 3 days rest. Unacceptable from this umpiring crew and MLB.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    They put the tarp back on. It’s pouring right now.

  • Urban

    So Ivan Nova and Doug Fister game one starters tomorrow? Bring back CC and Verlander on Monday for the make-up game?

    • Urban

      I guess the make-up game would be on Sunday. Was that the original off day?

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        yes

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Team of Destiny? Thanks for reminding me why I get all my baseball news from RAB.

    • Erica

      God, that interviewer makes Kim Jones look like Bahbrah Walters.

      • nedro

        Actually, Kim Jones looks like a Gelfling, imo. No? Too harsh?

        • Erica

          Woof

  • Frigidevil

    You know what’s sad? If the game had started at 7 like ususal they could’ve squeezed 5 or 6 innings in there, especially considering the pitchers. Instead it’ll probably be rained out and we’re going to get an AJ start. Fantastic

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Thanks, TBS!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        8:30 ET games and staying up until midnight or 1am >>> Normal 7 ET games and staying up until 10.

        Genius!!

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Gotta get those ratings!

          • CP

            You say that like there’s something wrong with that.

            • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

              Their quest for ratings and having the Yankees play 90 minutes later than usual led to this mess.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice to see baseball fucked itself over in the name of ratings tonight.

    Either this pitching matchup is lost, or they’ll still be playing until sunrise. Good job all around.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    dont know what radar any of these idiots were looking at. this storm has been coming up the east coast all day….this was going to happen..and be a weather event that lasted all night…they should have bumped up the start time or never played tonight

    • Urban

      They should have flipped the 5:30 and 8:30 games. The weather forcast was questionable enough yesterday when they could have made the call.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    Good thing Bud Selig has the best interests of baseball in mind at all times.

    • Erica

      Co-sign.

  • Greg

    Verducci is saying that the MLB was caught off guard by the level of precipitation. All of their info called for light rain.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      Glad that MLB has the aid of expert meteorologists at their side.

    • Pat D

      Further proof that MLB is run by a bunch of fucking monkeys. Essentially they just throw shit at the walls and see what sticks.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I wish robot umps would stick

    • Kramerica Industries

      Because it has never occurred in nature before that rain comes down harder than expected.

      Fricken douches.

      • CP

        So they should just postpone games because it’s possible that it may rain hard? How does that make any sense?

        You base your decision off the forecast. Obviously that was wrong in this case.

  • Pat D

    This is just utter, utter shit.

    • Sarah

      Yeah. Stupid to start a game so late anyways. A 7pm start is still primetime, and they could’ve started the Rays-Rangers game earlier (a 4 pm local start was dumb anyways).

      • Erica

        Exactly. Were they worried about ratings? They would have been fine with a 7pm start and still been able to achieve the ratings.

        Good frickin’ Lord.

      • CP

        A 7pm eastern start time means the game will end before prime time on the west coast.

        • Sarah

          Who cares? It’s damn near impossible to please all time zones with this stuff.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Solution: no time zones!!!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Selig wants the Brewers to win….doesnt care about anyone else

    • Greg

      That’s why he got rid of Paul Molitor….wait a minute.

  • Zooboy

    Now we know why Swish swung at the first pitch. He wanted to get the game in. That dude is sharp!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Total fucking debacle.

  • Kostas

    No sense bitching about the rain. Money and TV Ratings supersede any sense of logic. Otherwise this game would not have been scheduled at 8:37 EST but 7:07 EST.

    Money, Money, Money, Money – The American Way.

  • Pat D

    Whenever I get pissed at stuff like this, I just remember to watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjoGSwfkzWA

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Yeah, they re-uploaded the newer version of that video. Great stuff.

  • Erica

    I could totally read a book right now (and I have a whole stack to plow through) but I’d rather sit and be miserable and complain about stuff with you guys.

    DRAMATIC SIGH

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      we’re here for you

      • Erica

        Thank you. You are not a Doosh.

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          I’ve been thinking about changing my name, got a couple of doozies. What’s on top of your bookstack?

          • Erica

            Throw them thar ideas at us.

            I am staring at:

            – Flip Flop Fly Ball
            – The Walking Dead
            – The Last Night Of The Yankee Dynasty
            – The Genius Of The System (all about the studio system)
            – Drawing Power (a book of advertisements from the 1860s-1940s, or whatever)

            I AM SO EXCITING!

  • karel capek

    Just remembered the Rush In Rio concert is on later. That’s a good reason to stay up.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame fucked Rush again this year. Assholes.

      • Pat D

        I find that funny.

  • Andy

    Check out the radar. No way this game is happening tonight. So what’s the deal for the make up? Play a double-header tomorrow? Or play on Sunday?

    • Urban

      Supposedly Torre is meeting with the GMs of both teams, and the managers, looking at the options. It seems likely Sunday.

      Ivan Nova, #1!

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      A DH would be so cool but a logistical impossibility.

  • Urban

    As soon as they reach the mandatory wait of 90-minutes, the game will be called. When’s that, another twenty minutes?

    If CC can go on Sunday, if I have the schedule down, he could come back for a game five if needed on Thursday, where it seems unlikely Verlander will not come back based on Leyland’s comments that under no circumstance will he pitch him on three days rest. Not that I expect the Tigers to stick to that comment.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If you’re both clubs you have to be livid. Yanks wanted to use just 3 pitchers and CC in games 1 and 4. If we get canceled tonight and have to play Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues then we’ll have to choice but to use 4 starters which means Burnett starts a game. CC hopefully could pitch games 2 and 5.

    If Leyland won’t use Verlander on short rest a cancelled game tonight means he would only pitch once in the series. MLB really screwed this up.

  • Robert

    Just checked the forecast rain until Thursday.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    The decision is Joe Torre’s apparently. He’s talking with both sides and the umpires right now.

    • Tyrion Lannister

      Well that’s comforting. Maybe he’ll let both teams add one pitcher of his choosing and Scott Proctor will take the mound once again.

  • Kostas

    This is funny beyond belief, simply because of the lost revenue from TV viewers – imagine an audience giving up Sunday Football for first round baseball…. HA! #fail

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Game is officially postponed. Beautiful.

  • Bill

    Game postponed.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    postponed picking up in bottom of 2nd inning tomorrow, sunday game 2 at 3:07

  • Sarah

    Ugh. Bad news.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh look, we lost the off day. That means AJ will pitch!! Yay!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    game postponed fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  • FIPster Doofus

    3 o’clock on Sunday? Fuck.

  • Erica

    UGH. UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      That’s what she said, or something

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much TBS and MLB with your crappy start times and weather forecast.

    Make it happen in 3 boys.

  • Pat D

    This is the suck. Are they just gonna pitch Nova and Fister tomorrow?

    • Urban

      Yeah, probably. The game starts with Fister picking up in the bottom of the second…I guess.

  • Urban

    Memo to: AJ Burnett

    Dear, AJ. You will now be starting in this series. Please make this one of those things were talking about for years to come, meaning we talk about how you weren’t supposed to pitch and won Game Three with an ELECTRIC performance that completed the sweep of the Tigers.

    Signed,

    Yankee Universe

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I doubt AJ pitches game 3. It’ll probably be Nova tomorrow , CC on Sunday, Garcia on Monday, and AJ if it gets to game 4.

      • Urban

        Let’s win this in three.

        It creates problems. AJ was also the long guy if some starter got blown out, like Nova or Garcia. There is no longer a long guy. Hughes maybe, if his back is up to it. Colon didn’t make the roster, correct? What about Noesi? I have to go back and look.

    • Sarah

      I’ll take the performance AJ gave us against the Sox last weekend. He can do it Sunday at the stadium. Freddy’s day was Monday anyways.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    This just eliminated Verlander pitching twice in this series.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Nova
    CC
    Garcia
    Burnett
    CC

    That’s your rotation, folks unless CC can come back tomorrow. Hopefully he can pitch on Sunday. Detroit’s rotation-

    Fister
    Verlander
    Scherzer
    Porcello
    Fister

    • Urban

      That’s if we are really to believe Leyland that under no circumstance will he pitch Verlander on three days rest. If their season comes down to game 5, I just can’t see them going with Fister.

  • Kostas

    Sucks for both teams but now give Detroit better chance to steal game 1. CC would not have let that happen tonight.

    Yanks chances of winning series dropped 35% tonight.

    • Alex S

      Please explain that calculation. 35%?

    • Kramerica Industries

      How do they have a better chance?

      They also lose their ace from pitching in two games in this series, in all likelihood. This is an awful situation, and I have no clue who really benefits, but if it does benefit Detroit, it’s not by such a substantial margin.

      • Urban

        It hard to figure out. It does appear CC can pitch twice still, although not sure that’s true. Will the Yankees have CC pitch tonight (as he did for two innings) and then have him go on Sunday and then potentially Thursday? Three times in the span of six days? I know he didn’t throw that many pitches, but he was still on the mound in high-pressure game.

        And, yes, Verlander can only go once. Advantage Yankees.

        Yet the Tigers planned to go with four starters and built their roster to go with four starters. The Yankees built their roster for three starters, with AJ the long guy. Now that AJ is a starter, they’ve lost a long guy and one off day. Advantage Tigers.

    • Hall and Nokes

      I don’t have fangraphs in front of me but surely the team with 24 outs has a better chance than the team with 21?

  • Hall and Nokes

    The interesting thing to me is that you have the option of easing Nova into the postseason in a game where 5 innings amounts to 7.

    • Urban

      Easing him to a game one start? : -)

  • Urban

    Uh, oh. Sounds like CC is now not going until Monday. That’s only one start to CC with the other replaced by AJ.

    The advantage now swings to the Tigers.