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ALCS Game 2: Angels at Yankees

UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: Crazy game as the Yankees bat in the 12th inning with the score tied at 3-3. Joe Girardi has one reliever left, Chad Gaudin. Chone Figgins, in a 0-for-19 playoff skid, gave the Angels the lead before A-Rod tied it up. Raining here in the Bronx.

UPDATE, 11:53 p.m.: The game won’t end. 2-2 into the 11th and rain is falling. MLB will let this go a while probably.

UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: We go to extra innings tied at 2-2. Rivera out for the 10th.

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: We go to the ninth tied at 2-2. Girardi has used four relievers to get the last five outs. Rivera in now. Yankees have Teixeira, A-Rod and Matsui waiting in the bottom of the inning?

UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: My thought that the Yankees would pound Saunders was wrong as it could be. His line so far: 7 6 2 2 1 5. He has been terrific. It’s 2-2 after seven.

UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Still 2-2, now in the top of the seventh. Burnett is done and LHP Phil Coke in with a runner on first and one out. Weird postseason for Burnett. Only six hits in 12.1 innings but seven walks and four HBPs.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Burnett settles down in the sixth. Yankees have 3-4-5 against Saunders in the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Angels tie it up as two hits, a walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch account for two runs. Burnett was a disaster in the fifth inning but got Guerrero to ground out with two on and two out.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Yankees lead 2-0 on a Jeter home run in the third. Burnett is working on a 1-hit shutout. Yankee starters now have a 1.16 ERA in the postseason.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Yankees take a 1-0 lead as Swisher draws a two-out walk in the second inning and scores on a triple by Cano to the gap in right field. Angels were slow on the relay and when Hunter fired it in, Izturis dropped it.

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UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: No score after one inning. The Angels have to be encouraged they didn’t make any errors. Those Legends seats are a good value behind the plate. You’re almost guaranteed nobody will sit next to you.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Burnett’s best pitch is his curveball, a tight hook that gets to the plate faster than most breaking pitches. But fastball command is what wins and loses games for him. He needs to throw strikes with his heater to make that curveball work. If not, opposing hitters can spit on the curve and wait for him to leave a fastball high.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The key to this game for the Angels will be getting their speed guys on base and trying to rattle Burnett, who tends to lose focus when he’s pitching out of the stretch.

That said, it might not matter as the Yankees could pound Saunders. They have hit lefties well all season.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Lots of empty seats here at first pitch. No rain, however. Bad day for the weathermen, who predicted a deluge in New York.

Game-time temperature: 47 degrees.

ANGELS
Figgins 3B
Abreu RF
Hunter CF
Guerrero DH
Morales 1B
Rivera LF
Izturis 2B
Napoli C
Aybar SS

Pitching: LHP Joe Saunders (2009 postseason debut; 16-7, 4.60 regular season).

YANKEES
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0. 1.50; 13-9, 4.04 regular season).

TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX.

NOTES: The Yankees lead the series 1-0 after winning Game 1 on Friday night by a 4-1 score. … The Angels have lost their five ALCS games dating back to 2005. … The Yankees are 58-24 at home this season, 3-0 in the postseason. … Figgins is hitless in his last 17 postseason at-bats. … Saunders has thrown only five innings in the last 19 days — none in the last 12. … Burnett allowed only one run in Game 2 against the Twins in the Division Series but walked five and hit two. … A-Rod is 6 of 13 with two homers and seven RBI in four postseason games. … Tino Martinez will throw out the first pitch.

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