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2012 ALCS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 95-67; 1st in AL East
Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 13, 8:00 – (Andy Pettitte vs Doug Fister)
Game 2: Oct. 14, 4:00 PM – (TBA vs Anibal Sanchez)
Game 3: Oct. 16, 8:00 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander)
Game 4: Oct. 17, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Max Scherzer)
Game 5*: Oct. 18, 4:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 20, 8:00 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 21, 8:00 PM

Rosters
Yankees
Position Players (13): R Martin, M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter, A Rodriguez, I Suzuki, C Granderson, N Swisher, J Nix, R Ibanez, B Gardner, C Stewart, E Chavez.

Pitchers (12): C Sabbathia, H Kuroda, D Phelps, P Hughes, A Pettitte, B Logan, C Rapada, J Chamberlain, C Eppley, D Lowe, D Robertson, R Soriano (CL).

Tigers
Position Players (14): A Avila, G Laird, M Cabrera, P Fielder, O Infante, J Peralta, R Santiago, D Worth, Q Berry, A Dirks, A Garcia, A Jackson, D Kelly, D Young.

Pitchers (11): A Alburquerque, J Benoit, P Coke, O Dotel, D Fister, R Porcello, A Sanchez, M Scherzer, D Smyly, J Valverde (CL), J Verlander.

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The stage is set: Cardinals to face Rangers in World Series

One team has unfinished business to settle.

The other has destiny on it’s side.

On Wednesday, those two teams will meet in the 2011 Fall Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals, who capped off a miraculous September run to steal the Wild Card from the Atlanta Braves. They will host the Texas Rangers, who are playing in their second straight World Series.

St. Louis is the first Wild Card team since the 2006 Detroit Tigers to have home field advantage in the World Series. The 2004 Boston Red Sox are the last Wild Card team to host the World Series and win it. The latter knows a little bit about miracles, especially when the comeback against the New York Yankees in the ALCS and the end of an 86-year curse were complete with a sweeping of the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.

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Rangers Win AL Pennant

Congratulations to Cliff Lee for leading the Texas Rangers to their first ever World Series appearance with a 6-1 win in game six over the New York Yankees.

The winner of the Phillies/Giants NLCS will play Texas.

With the Rangers winning, the Phillies game tomorrow will be moved from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM still on Fox.

One game at a time, folks.

Lee, Pettitte: Match-up of the LCS.

 

Two of the best left-handers in the playoffs, Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee, will square off tonight in Game 3 of the ALCS in New York.

 

I know this is a Phillies blog but once in a while, there are other things going on in the baseball world that deserve recognition. If you’re a true baseball fan, you’ll be tuned into tonight’s match-up between the Yankees and Rangers in game three of the ALCS.

Tonight’s game is more than just an important battle in New York with the series tied at one. Former Phillie Cliff Lee, who like he was in Philadelphia last season, is the mid-season savior for the Rangers. His second-half performance helped lead the Rangers into the post season and to the franchise’s first ever playoff series win so far this season.

But the Rangers path to their first ever World Series appearance has to go through New York, a franchise that’s won 27 world championships and has played in 40 World Series.

Taking the hill against Lee is arguably one of the greatest playoff pitchers in baseball history: Andy Pettitte. Pettitte is a five-time world champion and has won a record 19 playoff games and has clinched a record six series.

This has been an interesting season for Pettitte, who missed time from the end of July until midway into September with a groin injury. In fact, this will only be Pettitte’s fifth start coming off rehab.

Pettitte still had a fantastic season, going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts. He averaged a little less than 6 1/3 innings per start, but partly due to leaving the game early in July with an injury and with not pitching on a full tank due to coming off the groin injury.

In Pettitte’s lone playoff start against the Minnesota Twins, he allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. In Lee’s two starts, he absolutely dominated the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing only two runs in 16 innings pitched and striking out 21. He pitched a complete game in game five to seal their spot in the ALCS.

Lee is 3-0 this year against the Yankees with a 3.09 ERA in 23 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out 18. He threw a complete game in his only start in Yankee Stadium, allowing four runs, three earned on June 29 when he was still in Seattle.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Lee, who beat the Yankees twice last World Series when with the Phillies, could work his magic again against the Bronx Bombers.

EXTRA — Read Adam McCalvry’s article on Cole Hamels on the Phillies website. It talks about Hamels chasing the same post season success as Pettitte. An excerpt from the article:

Count Hamels as a fan of the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte.

“I just want to have his postseason career,” Hamels said. “That would be great. … That’s something special right there.”

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