ALCS game two blog, Oct. 14, 2012 (postgame update)

Update, 9:31 p.m. – I just filed all of our content for Monday’s paper, so be sure to check that out in the Times Herald-Record and on www.recordonline.com

For now, a few nuggets for you.

The empty seats and the booing from the fans hasn’t been lost on the players, especially fan favorite Nick Swisher.

“Being here in New York, obviously, there are a lot of expectations. I don’t know what to say,” he said.

Swisher thinks the road trip to Detroit might do the Yankees’ lackluster offense a little good, namely in getting away from the vocally negative fans.

“As a group, in here, we need to rally around and support each other,” Swisher said in the quiet calm of the clubhouse.

“Being here in a negative type setting is tough, but that’s part of the game. And rightfully so.”

I missed these comments from Swisher, but he apparently took the fans in the bleachers to task for their conduct toward him the past few games.

The fans supposedly got on Swisher for misplaying a ball in Saturday night’s game, which they felt indirectly led to Derek Jeter’s injury. Swisher, again, supposedly, gave the fans the cold shoulder Sunday afternoon. That’s about the last thing you’d expect from Swisher.

It makes one wonder if something like this might cause Swisher to look elsewhere in free agency. That is, if the Yankees had any interest in retaining him at all, which is likely growing slimmer by the day.

In an 0-2 series hole, the Yankees aren’t in good position to reach the World Series, historically speaking.

Prior to the 2012 Tigers, 22 teams had taken a 2-0 lead in an AL or NL Championship Series. All but three of those teams wound up in the World Series.

Yankees fans, of course, will remember the 2004 Red Sox, who rallied from an 0-3 hole. The Royals and Cardinals both rallied from 0-2 deficits in 1985 to play one another in the World Series.

Derek Jeter’s streak of 158 consecutive postseason games played was snapped…

Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11 Tigers on Sunday, the third-highest single game total in Yankees postseason history. Roger Clemens struck out 15 Mariners in the 2000 ALCS.

Robinson Cano is in an 0-for-26 postseason slump, a Yankees postseason record for futility.

NEW YORK – For the first time since October 8, 1995, a Yankees manager filled out a playoff lineup card without Derek Jeter’s name.

Jeter, who fractured his left ankle while trying to field an infield hit by Jhonny Peralta in the 12th inning of game one of the American League Championship Series, will miss the remainder of the Yankees’ postseason.

Manager Joe Girardi indicated after the game that the early prognosis was a three-month recovery time. Girardi also said the injury “won’t jeopardize (Jeter’s) career.”

“He’s having more tests. When we spoke to the doctor originally, he said it’s probably a three-month ordeal, but he has to have more tests,” Girardi said Sunday afternoon. “Similar to anyone who breaks his ankle, you have to have an MRI to see if there is ligament damage if they need to do more than just cast it.

“I don’t really have any more information for you other than he said he still feels great.”

Jayson Nix was in the lineup as the starting shortstop, batting ninth. Ichiro Suzuki took Jeter’s customary spot at the top of the batting order.

Jeter’s fractured ankle is the latest in a long line of injuries to Yankees stars this season.

Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee in Kansas City on May 3.

Andy Pettitte suffered a fractured fibula on June 27.

Alex Rodriguez had a fractured bone in his left hand after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch on July 24.

Mark Teixeira missed 30 of 31 games during a stretch at the end of the regular season with a strained left calf.

“This is just my observation, but we’ve had to move on from a lot of different things,” Girardi said. “We’ve lost the greatest closer of all time and people left us for dead. People left us for dead in August and September and said we were panicking. We laughed at that and said we are going to be fine. We won more games in the American League than anyone.”

Jeter is the all-time leader in postseason hits (200) and runs (111). He is in third place with 20 playoff home runs and is fourth with 61 RBI.

Jeter was not present at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Girardi said he was yet unsure whether Jeter would travel with the team to Detroit.

Girardi also said he’s thought about who may step up in Jeter’s absence, including third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is 2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in the postseason so far.

“That thought crossed my mind,” Girardi said. “I think it’s definitely possible. I think the great ones always want to rise to the occasion. I think they want to show why they’re considered the great ones.”

 

THEY SAID IT

Players and managers talked about Jeter’s injury after game one

“When he laid down on the field I knew something was broken or torn completely. When I saw him not get up, I knew he was done completely.” – Andy Pettitte

“I don’t think it has to be said, but I’m not replacing him. The bottom line is somebody has to step up and I’ll be filling that role.” – Jayson Nix

“He’s one of the staples of this team, but we’ve already battled through a lot of injuries and a lot of adversity this year. Hopefully we can battle through it.” – David Phelps

“He’s obviously a great player and a huge part of this team. He’s our captain. At the same time, you have to move forward and come back and fight.” – Raul Ibanez

“It’s something we have to overcome.” – Nick Swisher

“We’d love to see him out playing with us and playing against him because it is really fun playing the Yankees, especially when Derek Jeter is healthy.” – Delmon Young

“When you think of the postseason, you think about Derek Jeter. So at the proper time I’ll talk to him. I don’t want to top anybody or upstage somebody. He is a Yankee and I am a Tiger. But at the proper time I’ll express my feeling about how I feel about him and how sorry I am that something like this happened.” – Jim Leyland

“I mean, even when I went to the field and I was going to carry him in and he said “No, do not carry me.” That is the kind of guy he is. He is going to play through injuries and everything. And you can see the disappointment in his face.” – Joe Girardi

Here are the lineups for game two:

New York

Ichiro-LF

Cano-2B

Teixeira-1B

Ibanez-DH

Martin-C

A-Rod-3B

Granderson-CF

Swisher-RF

Nix-SS

 

Detroit

Jackson – CF

Berry – LF

Cabrera – 3B

Fielder – 1B

Young – DH

Dirks – RF

Peralta – SS

Avila – C

Infante – 2B

SP – Sanchez

Also wanted to post to link to our live chat, which will begin at 2 p.m.

What do you think of a Jeter-less Yankees team through the rest of this series? The Yankees are already in an 0-1 hole. Detroit will have Justin Verlander available for two starts in the six remaining games as well. Feel free to sound off in the chat: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121014/SPORTS/121019845

 

In the meantime, and during the game, you may reach me on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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