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Live from Detroit, it's Game 4 of the ALCS (again) - and possibly the end of the Yanks season



UPDATE, 12:59: And so is the Yankees: Ichiro lf Swisher rf Cano 2b Teixeira 1b Ibanez dh Chavez 3b Martin c Gardner cf Nunez ss Sabathia p

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: The Tigers lineup is the same:

Jackson cf
Infante 2b
Cabrera 3b
Fielder 1b
Young dh
Peralta ss
Dirks lf
Garcia rf
Laird c
Scherzer p

BREAKING: The rain that led MLB officials to postpone Game 4 on Wednesday finally came a little after 10 p.m. and continued until this morning, but it's clearing here and Detroit and the prospects now look good for a game this afternoon.

Which brings us from weather back to sports, and the Yankees facing the possibility of being swept out of the ALCS by the Tigers.

Lineups haven't been posted yet, but with the pitching matchup the same - ace LHP CC Sabathia for the Yankees, RHP Max Scherzer for the Tigers - it would follow they would be the same.

That would mean 3B Alex Rodriguez and CF Curtis Granderson are on the bench, with Eric Chavez (hitless for the postseason, at 0-for-14) at 3B and Brett Gardner (whose Game 3 start was his first since April) in center. Also, Eduardo Nunez, who wasn't on the postseason roster until Derek Jeter was hurt, at short.

Though it can be debated whether the rainout helped or hurt either team, there was some tangible negative impact on the Yankees: 

1) The Tigers are now likely to be able to use LHP Phil Coke, who has saved two games, as he was unavailable on Wednesday.

2) If the Yankees were to extend the series to a Game 7 on Sunday by winning three times, they would now be unable to use Sabathia as planned since he would have only two days' rest.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m.





[Last modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:40am]


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