Teixeira out for the season; Nuñez to be activated

12:45am: It’s a Grade II strain, worse than when Phil Hughes popped his hammy back in 2007. He’ll need 6-8 weeks to recover, but that doesn’t really matter. He’ll be ready to go for Spring Training, which is what’s important.

12:23am: As the Yanks’ season rests in the hands of their ace CC Sabathia, the team will be without Mark Teixeira for the remainder of the postseason. Following a disastrous hamstring pull in the pivotal fifth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS, the Yankees will remove Teixeira from the roster tomorrow and activate Eduardo Nuñez, Bryan Hoch reported after the game. With this move, Teixeira is done for the season as per MLB rules, he will be ineligible to play in the World Series. What a way for his season to end.

Teixeira leaves Game Four with hamstring strain

10:39pm: Yep, it’s a hammy. He’ll have an MRI soon. They can replace him on the roster, but if they do, Tex would be ineligible for the next round of play, should the Yanks miraculously get there.

10:19pm: Mark Teixeira left Game Four of the ALCS after pulling up lame running out a ground ball. He grabbed the back of his right leg, so it looks like a hammy. More as it comes in.

ALCS Game Four Spillover Thread

They’re starting to hit the ball awfully hard. Anyway, the other thread is really slow, time for a new one.

ALCS Game Four: Rangers @ Yankees

It’s moment we’ve all be waiting for. Or dreading. Yeah, probably dreading. For the first time in 17 day, A.J. Burnett will make a start for the Yankees, and unfortunately it comes when they’re down two games to one in the ALCS. I guess that’s better than being down three-zip, though.

A.J.’s awful season has been well chronicled, so there’s no point is going through all that nonsense again. Luckily the Rangers are starting Tommy Hunter, who’s probably the best possible matchup for Burnett. His high-contact, low-strikeout profile is one the Yanks tend to feast on, so in theory they should be able to score some runs to back their starter. Unfortunately with the way the offense has been going, putting that theory into practice will not be easy. No, it won’t be easy at all.

Here are the lineups…

Rangers
1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. David Murphy, LF
8. Bengie Molina, C
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

Tommy Hunter (13-4, 3.73 ERA)

Yankees
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robbie Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Lance Berkman, DH
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Frankie Cervelli, C

A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26 ERA)

Fair or not, A.J.’s got a chance to erase a season’s worth of ugly starts right here, right now. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07pm ET and can be seen on TBS as usual. Enjoy.

Sherman: Pettitte has not told Yankees he’s retiring

At the bottom of today’s 3UP post, Joel Sherman reports that a team official told him that Andy Pettitte has not yet told the Yankees that he will retire. There’s still no indication that Pettitte will or won’t retire, which isn’t surprising; he’s waited until the offseason to make his decision after talking with his family and what not in each of the last two or three years. Andy clearly has something left in the tank, so it’s just a question of whether or not he wants to deal with the grind yet again. If he does want to come back, you can be sure the Yankees will welcome him with open arms.

NLCS Game Thread: Phillies @ Giants

Matt Cain vs. Cole Hamels, series tied at one. FOX will broadcast this one starting at 4:19pm ET, talk about it here if you want.