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AL playoff race: September 19, 2012

AL East

NYY 85-63 [10-7 in SEPT]
BAL 85-64 [12-6 in SEPT] (0.5 GB)

AL Central

CWS 81-67 [9-8 in SEPT]
DET 79-69 [9-8 in SEPT] (2 GB)

AL West

TEX 88-60 [10-7 in SEPT]
OAK 84-64 [10-7 in SEPT] (4 GB)

AL Wildcard

BAL 85-64 [12-6 in SEPT] (0.5 GA)
OAK 84-64 [10-7 in SEPT]
LAA 81-68 [9-7 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)

Back from DL, Pettitte keeps Yanks in first

MLB.com: [Game 2] Ichiro’s fourth hit gives Yanks a lead they keep

MLB.com: Orioles 3, Mariners 1 (11 innings)

MLB.com: Sale’s trouble in KC tightens AL Central race

MLB.com: Verlander’s gritty effort helps Tigers keep pace

MLB.com: Rangers top Halos with pair of three-run frames

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MLB.com: [Game 1] Back from DL, Pettitte keeps Yanks in first
MLB.com: [Game 2] Ichiro’s fourth hit gives Yanks a lead they keep
MLB.com: Orioles 3, Mariners 1 (11 innings)
MLB.com: Sale’s trouble in KC tightens AL Central race
MLB.com: Verlander’s gritty effort helps Tigers keep pace
MLB.com: Rangers top Halos with pair of three-run frames

NTNgod Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, athletics, orioles, pennant race, rangers, tigers, white sox, yankees

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   1. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4240697)
Ichiro had himself a day. 7-8, 2 doubles, 4 SB, 2 runs, and a clutch game-winning RBI. Up to .317/.337/.439 for the Yankees. I wonder where he ends up next year.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4240719)
I wonder where he ends up next year.


Wherever he wants to.
   3. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4240721)
Don't forget his clutch game winning catch in game one. Tremendous day.
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM (#4240725)
How inspiring are these gritty, hardscrabble Yankees? Dogged by a team riding an unprecedented wave of good fortune, crippled by devastating injuries all season long, their hard-earned wealth made little more than a slush fund for the league office for the benefit of well-connected cronies, and yet these Yankees, written off again and again, somehow manage to defy the odds and the prognosticators and continue to win. America loves their plucky underdogs and these never-say-die Yankees seem prepared to continue their uphill climb towards the postseason. If you aren't inspired, you aren't paying attention.
   5. Monty Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4240726)
It's true. I'm not really paying attention.
   6. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4240727)
Don't forget his clutch game winning catch in game one. Tremendous day.

He made that play a lot harder than it should have been IMO.
   7. Lassus Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4240740)
Jesus, Toronto, can't you do anything right? First those liquor stores, now this.
   8. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4240754)
Another 9th inning nail-biter in Seattle tonight.
   9. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM (#4240762)
Guess what?? Orioles are the lucky recipients of the "free baseball" award for the second consecutive day. woo. hoo.
   10. Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM (#4240763)
Orioles and Mariners going into extras again because, well, why the #### not?
   11. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM (#4240764)
This is a great game. Felix pitched brilliantly, as usual, but there has been outstanding D on both ends. Even McClouth chipped in with a great catch early in the game. Brendan Ryan is a joy to watch at SS, and Machado is fun to see too.
   12. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM (#4240767)
Gosh I hope Dylan Bundy pitches.
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4240772)
Just looked at the box score to the Yankees' second game: 8 hits, 8 walks, 7 stolen bases, no caught stealing, just 1 DP and only 2 runs. But they won, so it's ok.
   14. rconn23 Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4240781)
The Mariners are just awful. Free King Felix.
   15. greenback needs muscle Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM (#4240786)
Josh Kinney and Endy Chavez? Were Jeff Suppan and Paul LoDuca not available?
   16. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4240788)
Mister...Mister Jooooooonnnnnessssss...
   17. Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4240789)
Adam Jones to Seattle: Drop Dead.
   18. Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM (#4240791)
Oh, ow. Montero....
   19. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM (#4240792)
Wouldn't it be awesome if Bundy comes in for the save?
   20. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM (#4240793)
uh oh
   21. Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM (#4240794)
If Seattle will come back, they have the three guys who I'd expect them to come back with.
   22. greenback needs muscle Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM (#4240797)
Rosencrantz and Keith Law are dead.
   23. Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM (#4240798)
Did the game really just end that way?
   24. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM (#4240800)
Caught stealing to end the game. Orioles win in extra innings again.
   25. Cowboy Popup Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM (#4240801)
Wow, unreal. 15 extra inning wins in a row. The O's have some powerful spirit juice this year.
   26. DKDC Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:32 AM (#4240803)
I love this team so much.

Come back east, O's, these late nights are killer.
   27. Belfry Bob Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM (#4240805)
Only 1:45. Maybe I should play some solitare for awhile, it's pretty early.

Seriously? Thrown out at second? Was the idea that the O's wouldn't throw down because of the runner on third?

Ugh.

So...looks like I'll be going to a boatload of ballgames next week. We're even getting our old Belfry gang together as my old website partner and another buddy come in from Chicago for the BoSox series. After 17 straight years of a week of games, we stopped two seasons ago because it was too depressing (our winning weeks in all those years, even with the winning seasons in the 90's? Three. Hadn't seen more than two wins in a week since 2004.) It will be so good to sit with those guys next week...just please hold on, Birds!
   28. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM (#4240808)
Oriole Magic is back!
   29. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4240846)
All credit to Baltimore, I was sure I'd come back to London and find they were looking up at Tampa Bay and the Yankees. Of course, I still don't really buy them as a contender, but I'm willing to concede that I may end up not buying them all the way to the World Series.

Funny to think that Toronto--who play the Yankees 5 more times, and Baltimore 4--may end up deciding the AL East.

Seriously? Thrown out at second?
If it's good enough for Babe Ruth, it's good enough for Michael Saunders.
   30. BDC Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4240896)
All's right with the world after Derek Holland asserts himself as a pretty good money pitcher, and the Rangers knock CJ Wilson around in the meantime. I like CJ and wish him the best, but just not this year :)
   31. TomH Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:46 AM (#4240912)
Yankees-Jays game 1: NYY LOB=2, Toronot LOB=11. Now THAT, my friends, is a game decided by clutch over general goodness.
   32. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4240915)
goodbye, home run!
   33. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4240984)
How inspiring are these gritty, hardscrabble Yankees? Dogged by a team riding an unprecedented wave of good fortune, crippled by devastating injuries all season long, their hard-earned wealth made little more than a slush fund for the league office for the benefit of well-connected cronies, and yet these Yankees, written off again and again, somehow manage to defy the odds and the prognosticators and continue to win. America loves their plucky underdogs and these never-say-die Yankees seem prepared to continue their uphill climb towards the postseason. If you aren't inspired, you aren't paying attention.

I don't think Abraham Lincoln himself could have put any better, and maybe not even the late George M. Steinbrenner. Truly words to live by.
   34. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4240992)
Ichiro had himself a day. 7-8, 2 doubles, 4 SB, 2 runs, and a clutch game-winning RBI.

Ichiro could do that, if he wanted to...
   35. Most doorknobs are on the right side of the doors Posted: September 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4241024)
Just looked at the box score to the Yankees' second game: 8 hits, 8 walks, 7 stolen bases, no caught stealing, just 1 DP and only 2 runs. But they won, so it's ok.


At least 8 walks, 8 hits, 7 SB and 0 CS has been done 15 times and the fewest runs scored by any team in any such game prior to yesterday was 4. The Yankees are making history with their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

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