ALDS Game 3: Home Field Advantage

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nate McLouth, LF Derek Jeter, SS
J.J. Hardy, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Chris Davis, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Adam Jones, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Nick Swisher, RF
Jim Thome, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Mark Reynolds, 1B Curtis Granderson, CF
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Russell Martin, C
Manny Machado, 3B Eric Chavez, 3B
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Hiroki Kuroda, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:37...

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ALDS Game 3 preview: New York state of mind

Hiroki Kuroda:

With so much riding on the outcome tonight, it just feels appropriate that the Yankees will hand the ball to Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda, of course, anchored the Yankees’ rotation when C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were out with injuries, and now the Yankees will need at least one more big performance from him to put them within reach of the ALCS. Kuroda did seem to wear down a little bit in September and set a new career high with 219.2 innings pitched in 2012, but he gave the team seven strong in his final outing against the Red Sox on the final day of the regular season, and with a fully stocked bullpen the Yankees will only need him to keep them in the game through the early going before turning it over to the relievers if need be. Of course, they’ll also need to score some runs for him, but that’s another matter entirely.

Kuroda made two starts against the Orioles this year, both at Yankee Stadium, and held the Birds to a 2.93 ERA and .231/.250/.346 slash line in 15.1 innings pitched.…

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Who is Miguel Gonzalez?

The Yankees have certainly heard of Gonzalez, however, and the Orioles’ righty is no stranger to big moments at Yankee Stadium. He made two starts there this season, and both times he set a career high for strikeouts in a game. The first was an eight strikeout performance back on July 30th, a game in which Gonzalez allowed three home runs but still came out as the winning pitcher in a 5-4 decision. The second was on August 31st,a marvelous performance in which Gonzalez shut out the Yankees for seven innings while striking out nine Bombers and walking just one.

To make matters worse, Gonzalez absolutely dominated the middle of the order batters the Yankees will be counting on to bring the thunder tonight. Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira are a combined 0-21 against him with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. Swisher has been particularly bad, going 0-6 and striking out five times. Alex Rodriguez has yet to face him this season, but also has yet to pick up a hit against a right-handed pitcher in this series.…

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As The A-Rod Turns (And Walks Back To The Dugout Frowning After Striking Out)

#Failboat. Courtesy of Getty Images

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I ended my last A-Rod post with the following statement:

“Maybe the best move to start is to see how the opposing team...

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