Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rainout makes Yankees wait to try to stay alive

DETROIT — Technically, the Yankees got their wish, getting the chance to still be playing today.

But whether Wednesday's postponement gives them a much-needed chance to regroup after losing the first three games of the ALCS to Detroit or merely delays the inevitable remains to be seen.

The decision, announced after about an hour of delay (most of which without the tarp even on the field), was made, MLB said, "to preserve the integrity of an uninterrupted nine-inning game."

That way, in theory, Yankees ace CC Sabathia and Tigers No. 2 starter Max Scherzer can pitch without the potential of the game being stopped. Though it may not be this afternoon, either, as there is a 90 percent chance of more rain today.

Though players in both clubhouses said it was frustrating to wait, they understood the decision. "An obvious decision based on what the radar was," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.

If the Yankees win today, Game 5 is here on Friday, which was to be a travel day. And, if they were to keep winning and force a Game 7, the delay would have a big impact because Sabathia would be unable to pitch, as they had planned.

JETER UPDATE: Derek Jeter's recovery from surgery on his broken left ankle could sideline him for the start of next season.

The Yankees announced Wednesday that Jeter elected to have surgery, set for Saturday, and that the timetable for a complete recovery was four-five months. The initial diagnosis was that Jeter, 38, would need three months to recover.

Cashman said the four months wasn't an indication of a more severe or complicated injury, just "a more conservative timetable" from Dr. Robert Anderson.

"My understanding is that it's possible he will be ready earlier than that time frame, but it is best to at least put out there four-five months as a safer bet."

OH BROTHER: Dmitri Young might have been the happiest fan at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. The former Tigers DH had a good view of little brother Delmon's home run during Detroit's 2-1 victory over the Yankees.

Watching the former Ray play in Detroit for the first time, Dmitri, who at 39 is 12 years older than his brother, was in the 25th row behind home plate. He captured video of the solo shot, starting with the crack of the bat.

"I put my phone up and bam!" Young said with an ear-to-ear grin. "I'm real proud of him."

GOING WITH LINCECUM: Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced that RHP Tim Lincecum will start today's Game 4 in St. Louis. "He's a guy we want out there. He's been throwing the ball well," Bochy said. "We've got to bounce back." The two-time Cy Young Award winner has allowed one run in 81/3 postseason relief innings.

PLENTY OF SUDS: The big winners in the NLCS rain delay in St. Louis that featured about a half-hour without rain while officials awaited a second, smaller front: beer vendors, by a single out. Alcohol sales are cut off after the seventh inning in all stadiums, and the game was stopped with two outs in the seventh.

WESTBROOK RECOVERING: Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook, who hasn't pitched since straining his right oblique muscle Sept. 8 and was left off the playoff roster, threw a 49-pitch simulated game Tuesday and said he'd be ready to go if St. Louis advanced to the World Series.

ELSEWHERE: Eddie Yost, nicknamed "The Walking Man" because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls during an 18-year career, died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass. Mr. Yost drew 1,614 walks, 11th all-time. … Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly said he won't return to the team next season. … Braves C Brian McCann expects to be "completely healthy" for the 2013 season after right shoulder surgery, agent B.B. Abbott said.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

American League Championship Series

Tigers 3, Yankees 0

Game 1: Tigers 6, Yankees 4 (12)

Game 2: Tigers 3, Yankees 0

Game 3: Tigers 2, Yankees 1

Wednesday: at Detroit, ppd.

Today: at Detroit, 4:07

Friday: at Detroit, 4:07*

Saturday: at New York, 8:07*

Sunday: at New York, 8:15*

TV: All games TBS

National League Championship Series

Cardinals 2, Giants 1

Game 1: Cardinals 6, Giants 4

Game 2: Giants 7, Cardinals 1

Wednesday: Cardinals 3, Giants 1

Tonight: at St. Louis, 8:07

Friday: at St. Louis, 8:07

Sunday: at San Francisco, 4:45*

Monday: at San Francisco, 8:07*

TV: All games Ch. 13

* If necessary

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