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ALCS Game 4: Rangers at Yankees

Oct 19, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

Photo courtesy New York Yankees
New York needs a win tonight at Yankee Stadium to avoid falling in a 3-1 series hole.

The Yankees and their fans have been dreading a possible A.J. Burnett postseason start for quite a while now. Well, it's happening tonight, and there's no turning back now. This series very likely rests on Burnett's right shoulder. Sure, even if they lose tonight, the Yankees would only be down 3-1 in the series. But that would require three straight wins, including in Game 7 against Cliff Lee. Not the scenario they want to create for themselves.

With Burnett on the mound, Jorge Posada is on the bench. Francisco Cervelli is Burnett's personal catcher, so the backup will be behind the plate for the first time this postseason. Also not an ideal situation for New York.

How will this all play out? Stay tuned…

Where: Yankee Stadium
Gametime: 8:07 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Mostly clear, 55 degrees

SS Elvis Andrus
3B Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Vladimir Guerrero

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  1. Traveler 8 - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Re all the speculation in another set of posts as to who Joe Hardy would be, I think that Cody Ross fits the bill.

  2. NG - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Mark-Any chance the Yankees might "sell low" on Burnett this offseason, especially if he tanks tonight? Low-level prospect package + eat salary? The 2009 and before Burnett would certainly be the ace of this Nationals staff. Maybe getting out of NY, out of the AL East + some bounce back could get him back to what he was. Assuming the Nats can't get Cliff Lee for $$ reasons and can't get someone like Greinke w/o giving up too many legit prospects, this actually seems like an intruguing possible option.

  3. Anonymous - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    I always look for Nats to root for in the post-season. Cincinnati had Bray, but they're out. Texas cut Guzman. SF cut Guillen. I think Nick Johnson is on the DL. Is Kearns still on the Yankees?

  4. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    NG: I wouldn't hold my breath on the Nats acquiring Burnett. For one thing, he's got a limited no-trade clause, so he could try to block a deal to D.C. For another, he's making $16.5 million each of the next three seasons. Even if the Yankees ate a large portion of that, it's still a lot of money to pay for a guy who hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA since 2007.Anon: Kearns is still with the Yankees but he's not on the active ALCS roster. You may see him in the dugout, though.

  5. Section 223 - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    I still think they can chase A.J., but I am going to Regis's all night bank for several rolls of nickels.Go ex-Senators!

  6. dryw - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    Wow, replay of A-Rod's reaction to Molina's homer…he didn't even need to glance up before he knew that thing was going out. Yay for the non-Yankees! :-)

  7. Traveler8 - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    David Murphy, not Ian Kinsler, was walked in front of Benjie Molina – just want you to know that a couple of us are following you in this one!

  8. Sec3MySofa - Oct 20, 2010 at 3:33 AM

    So how much do you think the TV guys are looking forward to a Giants-Rangers WS?

  9. Rob Dibble's Ghost - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Haha…Yankee Stadium is emptier than Nationals Park on a rainy April Monday night! Love it! Unfortunately, my girlfriend is a Yankee fan, but oh well…Thank goodness these TBS clowns are done after this series. It can't end soon enough!

  10. DC Tom - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    Holy cow, how much is Girardi going to be second-guessed for his bullpen choices these last two games.Not that he has a lot to work with, but still. What's interesting is that while I think it's usually overstated about the Yankees "buying" championships, the one part of your team that you should be able to "buy" is a decent bullpen! (Well, that and corner outfielders and first basemen…)

  11. Bote Man - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    So, a Giants-Senators World Series then? Set the wayback machine to 1933 or 1924?Also: Vlad Guerrero, home-grown Expos talent.I'm done reminiscing. Check the radio pages on my web site for tips on how to sync your radio with your TV so that you can mute the noise and listen to real baseball play-by-play broadcasters.

  12. A DC Wonk - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Mark wrote:"Sorry, folks, but the senior circuit is so far superior to the junior circuit."You got that right! After 30-40 years I *still* can't believe there is such a thing as a DH! (Hey, why not juice up the game more and allow one designated fielder, too? What a farce!)At least when you see "DH" in the senior circuit, it means doubleheader! (OK, well, they don't do that too many anymore either . . . alas . . . )





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