Buck Showalter released his ALDS roster today. Surprise: Ubaldo Jimenez is on it, pretty much certainly as a long reliever. He took the place, one presumes, of either Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland, leaving the O’s with only two lefties in the pen. Which can work, I suppose, given that the Tigers’ big threats, especially off the bench, are right-handed.
Caleb Joseph, Nick Hundley
Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Kelly Johnson, Jimmy Paredes
Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Alejandro De Aza, David Lough, Delmon Young
Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris
Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Andrew Miller, Tommy Hunter, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Ubaldo Jimenez
CC Sabathia hardly delivered an ace-like performance last night, but fortunately for him, his offense was there to pick him up. On the strength of a five-run fifth inning, the Yankees defeated the Orioles 8-5 at Yankee Stadium and remain very much alive in the AL Wild Card race.
Miguel Gonzalez failed to get an out in that fifth inning, as he gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Ichiro Suzuki and then loaded the bases before giving way to T.J. McFarland, who allowed a two-run single to Robinson Cano. Sabathia allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled and has failed to complete seven innings in eight out of his last nine starts. The Yankees need that trend to change if they hope to make a series run in October.
The Yankees (71-63) now sit 4 1/2 games behind the Rays for the second Wild Card spot while the Orioles (71-62) are four back. The two clubs will meet again this afternoon when Scott Feldman pitches for Baltimore and Ivan Nova starts for New York.
Your Friday box scores:
Phillies 6, Cubs 5
Royals 2, Blue Jays 3
Mets 3, Nationals 2
Indians 2, Tigers 7 (7 innings- rain)
Cardinals 0, Pirates 5
White Sox 3, Red Sox 4
Marlins 1, Braves 2
Twins 3, Rangers 2
Angels 5, Brewers 0
Reds 6, Rockies 9
Mariners 7, Astros 1
Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0
Rays 3, Athletics 4
Padres 2, Dodgers 9