October 07, 2012
It's the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles at the opening of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park, Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland this Sunday. The Yankees are staking their claim at their 28th World Series title, but the Orioles – back in postseason for the first time since 1997 – are ready to put up one big fight.
The Yankees are driven by their offense...Their star player is second baseman Robinson Cano, who is said to be the hottest hitter in baseball to enter the play offs. Another superstar in the Yankees' lineup are, , and . is also making his presence known in the Yankees' lineup after the team acquired him from the Seattle Mariners in August. Ichiro batted .322 which is 61 points higher than he hit in 95 games with the Mariners...This three-time AL MVP sat out a few months because of an injury, but he did hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI.
If you're impressed by the Yankees' line up, you will even be more pleased with the Orioles' bullpen...Sidewinding Darren O'Day serves as the team's main setup player and gives mean right-handed hitters fits. Lefty Brian Matusz is also a force to be reckoned with and he has proven what he can do come crunch time. Returning from months-long hiatus is right-hander Jason Hammel...The series was won by New York in six games.
This best of five games will see the Yankees and the Orioles playing the first two games in Baltimore and the remaining games at the Yankee Stadium in New York. Yankees fans are saying that there won't be a need for games 4 and 5. New York Yankees (East Division champions, 95–67) vs. (4) Baltimore Orioles (Wild Card playoff winner, 93–69)
(2) Oakland Athletics (West Division champions, 94–68) vs. (3)(Central Division champions, 88–74)
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