One for the Road: Yanks-Twins Gamer

The Yankees take their slimmest of division leads on the road today, starting a three-game series vs. the Twins before heading to Toronto for a four-game set and ending the season hosting the Red Sox for three at the Stadium.  No more off-days for the Yanks, who are in a sprint to the finish.

The O’s meanwhile kick off a seven-game homestand during which they’ll host the Blue Jays and Red Sox with a doubleheader vs. Toronto today and a day off between those two series.  They then end their season at what promises to be a completely empty Tropicana Field with three vs. the Rays.

A quick look at the schedule reveals that a team to watch is the surging Los Angeles Angels.  Their nearest rivals for both the AL West and the wildcard (Texas & Oakland) play seven of their last ten games against one another while the Angels will be playing seven against the lowly Mariners.  And the three other games the Angels play will be against the Rangers.  In the end, I will be surprised if the Angels don’t catch the A’s and, if they do, I’d rank them as the favorites to go all the way in October.

But first things first.  The Yankees missed an opportunity to gain a bit of breathing room in the AL East yesterday but nevertheless continue to cling to the division lead.  The Orioles certainly aren’t making anything easy.

Andy Pettitte squares off against Australian-born Liam Hendriks who is 1-7 with a 5.88 ERA on the season, though coming off one of his best starts (6.0 IP; 2H; 2ER) vs. Cleveland.

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  • I am looking forward to actually watching a game for the first time in many days tonight.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 2:12 pm
  • me too – ag…I flew back from 2 weeks abroad on Saturday night and have been sleeping/catching up on emails since. This will be my first game watched in a long while.

    And as I type that the O’s have just taken a 2-0 lead on the Blue jays in the 4th inning of their first game of the doubleheader. I’ve grown quite tired of their winning ways…

    IronHorse - YF September 24, 2012, 5:20 pm
  • Coming in a bit late, looks scary. But just in time to see Morneau take strike three. Hee.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:36 pm
  • Doumit taps to Jeter who tosses it to Cano for the third out. Excellent.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:38 pm
  • Raul singles to right to start the second.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:40 pm
  • Martin grounds into the 463.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:42 pm
  • Chavez singles to center. Hendriks is all over the place against Jeter.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:45 pm
  • Jeter grounds out to end the second.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 8:46 pm
  • Span hits a chopper over the head of AP.. Cano could have back-handed it but misses. Span gets an infield single.. probably a good call.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:00 pm
  • The brown backstop at Target field looks really bad to me, as if the players are on the wrong side of a single A short outfield fence.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:03 pm
  • More trouble for AP as Span takes third after Mauer singles to right.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:04 pm
  • The 1-1 looked way inside. Then a 643 ends the threat.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:06 pm
  • Really nice job by Pettitte to work in-out on Willingham.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:07 pm
  • Watching on mlb.tv. Joe Mauer somehow makes dandruff look desirable.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:08 pm
  • Top 4: Swisher takes a strike.. and then misses away. Takes the third pitch, has to sit down.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:10 pm
  • Granderson takes a strike, and then Curtis says, “ENOUGH!” Hanging breaking pitch goes to the upper deck. Forty for Grandy.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:11 pm
  • Reggie Jackson’s best year as a Yankee was 41.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:12 pm
  • Doumit out at home! Great throw by Curtis!

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:20 pm
  • Martin laid the tag down perfectly. Awesome play.

    Ump got the call right.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:20 pm
  • Curtis had 41 last year too. First Yankee with back-to-back 40+ HR seasons since Jason Giambi 02-03.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:22 pm
  • Before that? Mick in 60-61.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:25 pm
  • Florimon just made a stellar grab to rob Suzuki of a quail.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:26 pm
  • ARod singles to lead off the sixth.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:37 pm
  • Plate is looking wide right now as Cano takes a strike away.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:37 pm
  • Cano flies out to the track in left.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:38 pm
  • Swisher pops out in foul up from third base. Granderson to the plate.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:39 pm
  • Hendriks starts him off with another breaking pitch taken for a strike, then a fastball at the knees fouled back. The 0-2: popped up in the infield. Taking a break from the game.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2012, 9:40 pm
  • BREATHING ROOM!!!! Has been forever since the Yanks have had any margin for error. Wonderful.

    IronHorse - YF September 24, 2012, 11:08 pm

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