ALCS Game 6: Yankees @ Rangers

11:09: A-Rod looks at a curve for strike three and that's game, series and season for the Yankees.

11:08: Feliz dialing it up here, just hit triple digits on first pitch to A-Rod

11:07: cano grounds out and there is one out left in the Yankees season. of course, it comes down to A-Rod

11:05: Feliz strikes out Granderson for the first out of the ninth

11:01: Mo pitches a clean ninth and Texas closer Neftali Feliz coming in to finish the Yankees off

10:53: And now, Girardi goes to a first-class arm to pitch the eighth -- Mariano Rivera

10:51: After Gardner walks, Jeter down on strikes. Lewis strikes out the side, threw eight innings of three-hit, one run ball tonight. Magnificent performance

10:46: Lewis continues to deal in the eighth, strikes out Posada and Thames for the first two outs, crowd chanting "Colby! Colby!''

10:37: Gardner makes an advanture out of Kinsler's liner to right but makes the play: Young scores from third on the sac fly and it's 6-1

10:35: Vladdy check-swings back to Wood and both runners move up. One out, and now the Yankees will walk Nelson Cruz

10:34: Michael Young leads off with a double scorched down the LF line and -- surprise, surprise -- the Yankees walk Hamilton for the third time in the game to pitch to Vladdy

10:28: Berkman's two-out gapper becomes a triple when Murphy falls down on the warning track, but Swisher flies out to end the inning

10:20: As if to underscore the mistake of bringing in Robertson, Wood needs just 7 pitches ot set the Rangers down in the sixth

10:14: Lewis was on the verge of being knocked out of the game in the fifth, but comes back to pitch an easy 1-2-3 sixth. Kerry Wood now pitching for the Yankees

10:06: Robertson gets Murphy to ground out but the two-out rally puts the Yankees in deep trouble

10:02: Now Kinsler doubles down the left-field line and Eiland goes out to visit Robertson; Kerry Wood warming in the bullpen

10:01: Cruz belts D-Rob's 1-2 FB over the CF fence and this game has officially been busted open. 5-1 Texas in the fifth

9:54: Hughes hangs a 1-0 curveball and V;ad smokes it over Granderson's head, two runs score, Rangers up 3-1 and Hughes' night is over. David Robertson coming in

9:53: Hughes executes the four balls flawlessly and Vladdy is up in same situation as in the third: two on, two out. Last time, he popped out

9:52: Young's ground out to Hughes moves the runner to third; The Yanks will walk Hamilon again

9:50: Andrus taps one behind the runner, moving Moreland to second for Young and Hamilton with one out in the fifth

9:46: Moreland reaches on an infield hit to Cano at second, Posada makes good backup of errant flip to first to keep him from going to second. Hughes was late getting over

9:42: Thames strikes out to end the inning but we're all tied up at the halfway point

9:40: Posada grounds a double down the RF line with two out

9:36: A-Rod scores on what is called a wild pitch but Rangers are arguing the ball hit Swisher, and the replay shows they're right. Still, the ruling stands and we've got a 1-1 game

9:35: Berkman's fly to the track in right-center moves A-Rod to third

9:34: A-Rod reaches out and pokes a 3-2 curve between the outfielders for a leadoff double, the Yankees first hit of the game

9:28: Hughes blows a fastball past Molina to end a three-pitch at-bat that took about 5 minutes because of constant Yank attention to baserunner at first

9:21: Murphy fouls out to Posada for the second out

9:20: Hughes deals Kinsler a one-out walk in the fourth

9:15: Kinsler makes flashy scoop of Cano's shot to second, starts inning-ending DP and Lewis has faced the minimum 12 batters through four

9:13: Granderson walks for the second time in the game; Yankees still don't have a hit

9:12: Jeter hits the ball off Colby Lewis, who scrambles, double-clutches, and still gets Jeter at first

9:07: Hughes escapes disaster as Vlad loops one to right, Cano makes over-the-shoulder catch

9:05: hughes completes the rest of the walk without incident and it's Vlad's turn with two on, two out

9:03: yanks choose to walk Hamilton, but Hiughes throws the first one to the backstop and Moreland goes to third, Girardi to the mound. D-Rob up in the bullpen

9:02: Hughes and the Yankees are lucky that Young's liner to right held up long enough for Swisher to get it; Hamilton up with a runner on second, two out

9:00: Andrus' bouncer to Hughes serves the same purpose as a bunt, moving Moreland to second

8:59: Hughes had Moreland 0-2, wound up walking him to lead off the third. Hughes having a terrbile time getting breaking stuff over the plate

8:53: Lewis needs just seven pitches to get through the third, capped by three-pitch looking K over Gardner

8:51: One pitch, one out for Lewis as Posada flies to center. Yankees are not exactly making him work so far

8:47: Hughes pitches a 1-2-3 second as Molina flies to right

8:46: Hughes got a call from HP ump Brian Gorman on fastball low and away that was called strike 3 on David Murphy

8:40: Lewis needs just 11 pitches to set the Yankees down, striking out Swisher to end the second

8:37: Andrus gets way up to snag A-Rod's liner to short for the first out

8:33: Cruz flies to right and Yankees escape with just one run in

8:31: Rangers take a 1-0 lead as Vlad's grounder to second is too soft for a DP. Andrus scores, Hamilton to second, Cruz up with two out

8:28: Hamilton singles to left and Texas 3b coach Dave Anderson wisely holds Andrus at third

8:27: Hughes blows a FB past Young for the first out; here comes Hamilton

8:23: Andrus lines Hughes' 2-2 pitch into center for a leadoff double

8:18: Granderson caught stealing on 2-2 pitch but replay appears to show him safe

8:15: Cano pops to the infield and A-Rod is up with two out

8:13: Granderson walks

8:11: Lewis' first pitch is slapped to short by Jeter, who grounds out after a four-minute rain delay

Pre-game Clubhouse Chatter: Due to the injury to Mark Teixeira, the Yanks are going with both their DHs in tonight's lineup against Rangers starter Colby Lewis. For the rest of the post-season, Lance Berkman is the everyday first baseman and Marcus Thames, the regular DH vs. left-handed pitchers, is probably going to fill that role every day. "Marcus has been the guy that's DH-ed for us a lot,'' Joe Girardi said. "We've seen Marcus hit well off of right-handers and left-handers, so he's our guy'' . . . Girardi said Berkman, who took a nasty fall on the Yankee Stadium warning track chasing a pop up in Game 5, did not complain of any problems before today's game. "If he's stiff and sore, hes still playing,'' Girardi said . . . Girardi said both Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera would be available to pitch two innings if necessary. A.J. Burnett will also be available out of the bullpen . . . Girardi refused to say who would start Game 5 in the event tonight's game was rained out, which seemed a possibility earlier in the day. But the skies above Rangers Ballpark were clearing an hour before first pitch . . . Today is Robinson Cano's 28th birthday.

Here are tonight's lineups, first pitch scheduled for 8:07 p.m.:


Jeter ss

Granderson cf

Cano 2b

Rodriguez 3b

Berkman 1b

Swisher rf

Posada c

Thames dh

Gardner lf


Andrus ss

Young 3b

Hamilton cf

Guerrero dh

Cruz rf

Kinsler 2b

Murphy lf

Molina c

Moreland 1b

Lewis rhp