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ALDS: Yankees vs. Orioles

Sun., Oct. 7, 2012

Robinson Cano and the Yankees take on the Orioles today. (Associated Press)
Robinson Cano and the Yankees take on the Orioles today. (Associated Press)

Today’s Game 1: New York (Sabathia 15-6, 3.38 ERA) at Baltimore (Hammel 8-6, 3.43 ERA), 3:07 p.m. ( TV: TBS)

Matchup: First playoff meeting between these A.L. East foes since 1996, when the Yankees won the ALCS 4-1. The series began with a famous controversy: New York won in extra innings at home after 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the right-field wall to interfere with a ball hit by Derek Jeter, who was credited with a disputed, game-tying HR.

Yankees’ big picture: Went 19-8 down the stretch, finished two games ahead of Baltimore for their 13th division crown in 17 years and earned home-field advantage throughout the A.L. playoffs. Now the Yankees (95-67) try to win their 28th World Series championship.

Orioles’ big picture: First playoff appearance since 1997. Baltimore (93-69) had 14 consecutive losing seasons and four straight last-place finishes before turning it around under Buck Showalter, now in his second full season. The Orioles went 29-9 in one-run games and have won amazing 16 straight in extra innings. Orioles are 23-8 when he homers.

Associated Press


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