Doubleheader Game Thread | Games 154 & 155 | Yankees vs. Rays | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Yankees punched their ticket to the postseason this afternoon with a wonderful 4-2 come-from-behind victory. Make sure to check out that game recap.

They’ll go for the sweep of the doubleheader tonight with the big man on the mound, facing Jeremy Hellickson. A Yankee win and Red Sox loss clinches the division.

Here’s your lineup, courtesy of

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Jesus Montero (R) DH
6. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
7. Russell Martin (R) C
8. Chris Dickerson (L) RF
9. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS

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Earlier Today: The Yanks and Rays play two today, and Hector Noesi will be making his first career Major League start in place of the scratched Phil Hughes this afternoon at 1:10pm. Noesi will have his work cut out for him as he gets to face James Shields, who, as I noted yesterday, has consistently been the toughest pitcher the Yankees have faced out of everyone they’ve seen these last two seasons, with the exception of perhaps Felix Hernandez.

Here’s your lineup for the day game:

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano DH
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Posada 1B
Jones LF
Nunez 2B
Romine C

The nightcap features CC Sabathia, finally pitching on normal rest, against Jeremy Hellickson.

16 thoughts on “Doubleheader Game Thread | Games 154 & 155 | Yankees vs. Rays | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

  1. Jorge Posada got hit with the bat flying out of Swisher’s hands as he struck out. He’s apparently OK, though.

  2. The Rays are leading 2-1 inthe 5th, and they’re bringing the infield in. They’re really not confident in their hitting ability.

  3. Ugh I am so damn tired of Shields owning the Yankees. With the way they’ve managed to get to everyone else who’s typically stifled them, I figured for sure they’d finally figure Shields out. Blech.

    Also, damn you BABIP.

    • Most likely, though, you won’t have to see him in the playoffs.

      Girardi’s not playing Teixeira, Granderson, Montero, or Martin, so today probably wasn’t the day they were going to get to him anyway.

      And it ain’t over yet.

  4. Single, stolen base, walk knocks Shields out of the game in the 8th. His pitch count was getting up around 120 anyway.

  5. Cano doubles in 2 of the lefty Howell! 4-2 Yanks, with Shields in line to get the loss.

  6. i would like to clinch first game vs sux.. just have them go back to their rooms or bars in NYC and hear the sounds of victory from yankee it would be nice if we swept them and the three games at the end of the year vs rays we lost..

  7. CC 127 pitches for what???/ what is more important his 20th win or him being fresh in the playoffs..girardi needs to be a manager not every bodys friend.. CCs 20th or winning #28..

  8. Congratulations, Yankees! Once again, the Beast of the East!

    David Robertson, bases loaded, one pitch, no problems.
    Swish when we need it, and Jorge, sweetness.

  9. Great stuff. And it calls to mind as we head into the postseason that pitchers don’t “duel” with the other pitcher, but with the other teams offense….I pity the fools that have to face a lineup that seems to be just hitting it’s stride.