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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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A Dream Come True For Savery

RP Joe Savery. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

The road wasn’t easy for pitcher Joe Savery.

In fact, the same time last year Savery wasn’t even referred to as a pitcher. But that doesn’t matter now to Savery.

He summed it up with one word yesterday shortly after finding out that he did make the team: “Unbelievable.”

The story is in fact unbelievable.

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Savery, Orr Finalize Roster

The Phillies used their final game of the spring, a 7-2 win over the Pirates at home to finalize their opening day roster.

The final two spots wenttoo utility infielder Pete Orr and lefty reliever Joe Savery.

Here is the Phillies 25-man roster, which will be lacking Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Michael Martinez and Jose Contreras. All four will start the season on the DL.

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Predicting the 25-man roster for Opening Day

From left to right: IF Pete Orr, LHP Jake Diekman and 2B/SS Freddy Galvis.

It’s about that time of year again when Opening Day approaches and speculations about the roster arise.

In a perfect world, there are no injuries and this guessing game is easy. But for the Phillies, they don’t live in a perfect world.

Instead, their two best players are starting the season on the disabled list – combining for $35 million out of the line up in Pittsburgh. Their top middle infield utility player broke his foot during Spring Training and a couple of the relievers don’t appear to be in regular season form.

It leaves the door wide open for a handful of spots on the Opening Day roster, and here is a look at who will be dressing on April 5.

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Blanton edges Herndon; NLDS roster set

And that settles it. Herndon, who posted a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings, lost the final roster spot to Blanton, who pitched seven innings since coming off the DL with elbow problems. Blanton can barely throw 90 MPH and Herndon closed out the Phillies 102nd win of the season.

For the full playoff roster, it’s posted on our roster page.

Rookies, post season roster and contracts discussed today

A lot was discussed this past hour about the post season roster and beyond.

This includes the fate of the Phillies September call-ups, the size of the post season roster and a few off season moves.

Relivers Joe Savery and Justin De Fratus will go to Clearwater when playoffs begin to keep throwing just in case. They will be joined by Domonic Brown, who will not be an option for the post season roster.

Reliever Michael Schwimer and outfield Brandon Moss will be sent home at the end of the regular season.

In regards to the post season roster, the Phils ar flirting with the idea of carrying 11 pitchers. That will include the four starters, Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley. Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and David Herndon will battle for the 10th and optional 11th pitching spot.

By carrying 14 hitters, they will have eight starters, a back-up catcher and five bench players for hitting, running and fielding.

And in some future news, the Phillies have extended contract offers to every single coaching position for next season. A 99-win season would do that.

John Mayberry is free but how far will he fly?

John Mayberry shows his power, hitting a two-run homer against the Diamondbacks last week. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

It seems that John Mayberry’s career with the Phillies has been filled with opportunities.

Mayberry was given his first major league opportunity in 2009 with the Phillies. But his stint was short lived when he would strike out almost every at-bat. But he did show the Phillies he had some Major League pop, going 2-for-3 with a double and home run in his very first game against the New York Yankees.

Little flashes of brilliance like that kept Mayberry relevant in the Phillies organization, which was full of budding prospects such as Michael Taylor, Domonic Brown and Jonathan Singleton.

And thanks to those little flashes, Mayberry looks as if he has found a permanent spot in the majors just two years after making his debut. With the way he’s played his last four games with the Phils, he may be working his way up to a possible permanent role in someone’s line up.

The Phils may have seen Mayberry in action the past three years but this is the first year he’s cracked the Opening Day roster. After an unfortunate demotion midseason, Mayberry was brought back up and has now found himself a permanent spot on the big league club.

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