Regular Season Record: 95-67 (804 RS, 668 RA, 96-66 pythag. record), won AL East by two games
Playoff Record: 3-2 win in ALDS (16 RS, 10 RA), down 2-0 in ALCS (4 RS, 9 RA)
Schedule This Week: Mon. OFF, ALCS Game Three @ Tigers (Tues.), ALCS Game Four @ Tigers (Weds.), ALCS Game Five @ Tigers (Thurs. if necessary), Fri. OFF, ALCS Game Six vs. Tigers (Sat. if necessary), ALCS Game Seven vs. Tigers (Sun. if necessary)
Top stories from last week:
- The week opened with the Yankees already up 1-0 in the ALDS, but the Orioles took Game Two in Camden Yards. Following an off-day on Tuesday, Raul Ibanez became an instant hero with a pair of solo homers — game-tying in the ninth as a pinch-hitter for Alex Rodriguez, walk-off in the 13th — in the Game Three win. The Yankees didn’t hit a lick in the Game Four loss, but CC Sabathia carried his club to the Game Five and series win with a complete game on Friday.
- With no rest between series, the Yankees opened the ALCS against the Tigers on Saturday. Eduardo Nunez was taken off the roster in favor of Cody Eppley, giving the club 12 pitchers for the round. Ibanez hit another miraculous game-tying homer in the ninth inning of Game One, but the Yankees wound up losing in extra innings anyway. Hiroki Kuroda started Game Two on short rest, though the offense did nothing with his gem in the loss.
- Injury News: Derek Jeter (ankle) suffered a fracture in Game One of the ALCS and will miss the rest of the postseason. The recovery time is three months and he is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training. Joba Chamberlain (elbow) was hit by a broken bat in Game Three of the ALDS but has since returned to action. Mariano Rivera (knee) has resumed running but still won’t return to the team this year.
- Andy Pettitte hinted at a possible 2013 return again. Cory Wade was designated for assignment so Dellin Betances could be activated off the 60-day DL and pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
- The Yankees placed four players on Baseball America’s top 20 High-A Florida State League prospects list but zero on the Double-A Eastern League list.
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