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ALCS Game 2: Yankees at Rangers

Oct 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Photo courtesy Texas Rangers
The Yankees look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

After a dramatic rally from five runs down last night, the Yankees now find themselves in the driver's seat in the ALCS. Win again today, and they head home up 2-0 on the Rangers. Even if they lose to Cliff Lee in Game 3, they'd still have a chance to close out the series without having to return to Texas. Then again, maybe the prospect of a return trip to Arlington isn't so bad considering the Rangers' shoddy history. They've now lost all seven postseason games they've ever hosted.

So the pressure's on Colby Lewis to reverse the trend and even up this series. The Yankees have precious little experience against the right-hander, who avoided New York altogether this season. In fact, only three members of New York's roster have ever faced Lewis: Lance Berkman (0-for-7), Jorge Posada (0-for-6) and Derek Jeter (3-for-5, two homers).

Really, though, the pressure's on the Texas bullpen to bounce back after last night's disaster. Ron Washington never could get the ball in the hands of closer Neftali Feliz, instead watching as four setup men and lefty specialists coughed up the lead. If the Rangers manage to carry another lead into the latter innings today, what kind of confidence will Washington have in that group?

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES — GAME 2
NEW YORK YANKEES at TEXAS RANGERS
Where: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Gametime: 4:07 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees

YANKEES
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez

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  1. Les in NC - Oct 16, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    That is a great "small ball" tactic that I would personally like to see more of….out of the Nats of course! Did they ever even attempt this this season? I know that the right situation needs to present itself, but I also know that this situation isn't a rare one.

  2. Souldrummer - Oct 16, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    @LesThat would require two of our speed guys to be on base at the same time and capable of the right move. Would Nyjer have slowed up there to allow the run to score? Would we have had two fast guys on base at the same time?

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Sammy Solis had a solid outing in Arizona today. 3 innings, two hits, a double and a single in the first that gave up a run, then shut them down from there.Derek Norris had 2 hits, Steve Lombardozi got a couple of hits and Adam Carr threw a solid outing.

  4. Dorky Vest Guy - Oct 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Yankees suck! Yankees suck!

  5. BethesdaFan - Oct 16, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Mark –My wife and I really appreciate your blogging, including the post-season games. We put MLB Gameday on one screen and your blog on another. Then, check periodically while reading or watching DVDs,DVRs, etc. Turn on the TV if the game as needed. Great to follow the action – and watch a 2 hour movie. Multitasking, at its best. Thanks.

  6. Anonymous - Oct 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Good game by the Rangers, they took advantage of a brain lapse by Posada early, got better starting pitching and made several nice defensive plays. Series tied 1-1 heading back to the Bronx. This could be a barn burner of a series!John C.

  7. Genuine Dorky Vest Guy - Oct 18, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Terrific game, even if the Yanks did lose. I may be a Yankee rooter, but realistically you want the best teams to win the Pennants, the better to ensure a competitive series. (Although a Giants-Rangers WS isn't going to draw much more than an average MASN Nats contest ratings-wise.)

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