Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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ALDS Game Four: Yankees 10, Tigers 1

Burnett pitched a quick 1-2-3 second inning and the Yankees rallied in the top of the third.  Jorge Posada was the Yankees first base runner, when he was hit by a pitch.  Russell Martin got the first hit of the night, singling a grounder up the middle.  Brett Gardner fouled off a bunt before striking out, but Derek Jeter came through, doubling to center as Posada scored and Martin just beat the tag at the plate to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.

The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the fourth.  Martinez started the inning with a solo homer.  Burnett got Don Kelly to ground out, but Jhonny Peralta followed with a double down the left field line.  Burnett, however, responded with back-to-back strikeouts and the Yankees held a 2-1 edge over Detroit.

New York wasted little time in extending their lead in the top of the fifth.  Martin led off with a single to center and Gardner followed with a line drive to left. …

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ALDS Game Three: Yankees 4, Tigers 5

Sabathia got into trouble quickly, walking Austin Jackson to start the bottom of the first.  Ramon Santiago hit into a double play, but Sabathia walked Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera back-to-back.  He came back and struck out Victor Martinez to hold the Yankees lead.

Detroit got to Sabathia in the bottom of the third.  Brandon Inge led off with a  double to center.  Jackson worked a walk and Santiago lined a single to left, scoring Inge for the Tigers’ first run of the game.  A single by Young loaded the bases.  Cabrera grounded into a double play, allowing Jackson to score as Detroit tied the game 2-2.

The Tigers pulled ahead in the bottom of the fifth.  Inge lined a single to center and Jackson bunted him to second.  A double by Santiago scored Inge as Detroit went up 3-2.  Sabathia came back out for the bottom of the sixth and immediately gave up a single to Don Kelly and a RBI double to Jhonny Peralta. …

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ALDS Game Two: Tigers 5, Yankees 3

Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez worked walks in the bottom of the inning, but Max Scherzer settled down and kept the Yankees batters guessing as the innings passed.  Garcia also seemed to find his groove, scattering a couple hits, but holding the Tigers to their two first inning runs.  That is, until the sixth inning.

Detroit put together a rally in the sixth inning as Austin Jackson reached when Derek Jeter’s throw bounced in the dirt and Mark Teixeira wasn’t able to pick it up.  Ordonez followed with a single to left and Garcia struck out Young for the first inning.  Cabrera continued to hurt the Yankees, knocking a single to center and scoring Jackson.  Victor Martinez grounded a single up the middle and Don Kelly, who had replaced Ordonez on base, scored to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead and Garcia’s day was done.  Boone Logan came out of the bullpen and balked, moving the runners over before striking Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta to end the inning.…

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ALDS Game 1: Tigers 3, Yankees 9

Then came the rain.  After about half an hour, the tarp was pulled and it looked like baseball would continue, but the rain came down harder and eventually MLB determined there would be no more baseball on Friday.

After the 23-hour rain delay, the Yankees and Tigers resumed Game 1.  Doug Fister took over on the mound in the bottom of the second, while Ivan Nova started the third inning for the Yankees.

New York broke the tie in the fifth inning.  With two outs, Granderson singled to right.  Cano doubled off the top of the wall in left, missing a homerun by inches but allowing Granderson to score.  After the play was reviewed, Rodriguez hit a hard fly ball to center, but it was caught by Austin Jackson to end the inning.  Still, the Yankees took a 2-1 lead and had hit three balls pretty hard off Fister.

The Tigers threatened in the top of the sixth, when Jackson led off with a walk. …

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Why the Yankees can win it all

2. CC Sabathia gives them a chance to win every game he pitches, and Joe Girardi will have no problem using the big horse on short rest whenever he feels the need to.

3. The back end of the bullpen is very deep. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were two of the best relievers in baseball, and Rafael Soriano has been pretty good since returning from the DL in July. If these three can dominate at the back end of the game, it could do a lot to bolster a shaky corps of starters.

4. This is a group that’s been here before. Not to rely too much on cliché, but the Yankees’ roster is loaded with postseason experience, so there shouldn’t be any concern about stage fright, or any reason to worry about players being overwhelmed by the moment.

5. You know what? Maybe it’s just their year. This was a team that was supposed to have critical starting pitching problems, that was supposed to have no chance of beating the Red Sox, and yet Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia held up all season, Ivan Nova surprised everyone and they finished with the best record in the American League.…

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Game 162: Yankees 7, Rays 8 (12 Innings)

Dellin Betances made the start for the Yankees and pitched two strong innings, while David Price continued to struggle against the Yankees.  Teixeira went yard again in the fourth, as he added another run for the Bombers.  Andruw Jones added a dinger of his own in the fifth and New York went up 7-0, as the Rays seemed to struggle at the plate against a parade of the Yankees’ minor league arms.

The Rays suddenly came to life in the bottom of the eighth.  Johnny Damon singled to left.  Zobrist followed with a double and Boone Logan hit Casey Kotchman with a pitch to load the bases.  Sam Fuld worked a walk, plating Damon for the Rays’ first run of the game.  Luis Ayala, who replaced Logan, hit Sean Rodriguez with a pitch pushing another run across the plate.  Desmond Jennings struck out, for the first out of the inning.  B.J. Upton hit a sac fly to left and Evan Longoria drove a three run homer to left, as the Rays pulled within one run of the Yankees.…

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Game 161: Yankees 3, Rays 5

Russell Martin got the Yankees on the scoreboard in the top of the third with a solo homer.  The Yankees had a chance to take the lead as Brett Gardner drew a walk and stole second.  With two outs, the Rays intentionally walked Cano.  Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases, but Mark Teixeira flew out, ending the threat.

The Yankees rallied again in the top of the fifth as Gardner and Nunez hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners.  Curtis Granderson hit into a double play, but allowed Gardner to score, tying the game at 2-2.  The Pinstripes continued their rally in the sixth, as Rodriguez worked another walk and Teixeira doubled.  A RBI double from Nick Swisher put New York ahead 3-2, but once again they missed a chance at extra runs.  Jorge Posada was intentionally walked, loading the bases with no outs.  Martin followed with a grounder to third, which turned into the perfect triple play ball as Longoria fielded it while standing on third and sent it around the horn to end the inning.  …

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Looking back at the Tampa Yankees’ 2011 season

Pitching told a different story for the Yankees, who had some really strong performers and some who struggled mightily..  The Tampa pitchers combined 3.98 was actually the third highest in the FSL.  They were the only team to not record a complete game, while their other pitching stats were fairly mediocre compared to the rest of the league.

Curtain Calls:
Walter Ibarra (2B): Ibarra spent the whole season in Tampa and hit .297/.333/.421/.754.  He stole ten bases, had six homers, three triples and 24 doubles.

Robert Lyerly (3B): Lyerly was a big bat for the Yankees before being called up to Trenton.  He hit .315/.363/.462/.825 over 64 games

Jose Quintana (P): Quintana made twelve starts and appeared in 30 games for Tampa this season, going 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA.  He had 88 strikeouts and just 28 walks.

Zoilo Almonte: Almonte also had a strong season with Tampa and was rewarded with a promotion to Trenton later in the year. …

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