Yanks lose Game 1 - and Jeter for the season

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Yanks lose Game 1 - and Jeter for the season

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees.A little grounder up the middle left Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt, screaming in pain. The Yankees had lost more than the AL championship series opener -- they had lost their captain for the rest of the postseason with a broken left ankle.Detroit's 6-4 win and Jeter's injury on Saturday night capped a game of wild swings and wild swings of emotion."Watching Jete go down was, and still is, a very difficult moment for us as a team and what he means to us, a great player and the great leader that he is," said Raul Ibanez, who hit yet another tying home run as the Yankees rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the ninth inning.Jeter rolled when he reached down in an attempt to glove Jhonny Peralta's grounder up the middle in the 12th, planted his left foot and tumbled, landing on his stomach. Unable to move, he made a backhand flip toward second baseman Robinson Cano -- the same motion he made in the famous play against Oakland 11 years ago.Jeter was down for about a minute and was helped up, then assisted to the dugout with manager Joe Girardi on his left and trainer Steve Donahue on his right."They talked about a three-month recovery period," Girardi said. "Won't jeopardize his career, but he will not be playing any more for us this year."Jeter, who extended his career record earlier in the game with his 200th postseason hit, has been playing with a sore left foot for weeks. He joined closer Mariano Rivera on the sidelines. Rivera tore a knee ligament in May while shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City."It is kind of a flashback to when Mo didn't get up," Girardi said. "Oh, boy, if he is not getting up, something's wrong. We have seen what he played through in the last month and a half, and the pain he has been in, and how he found a way to get (through) it. So it brought back a flashback for me."Still, without Rivera, the Yankees won the AL East for the 13th time in 17 years."I think some people left us for dead when Mo went down, and here we are in the ALCS." Girardi said. "And Jete is going to tell us, Let's go.'"Eduardo Nunez will fill Jeter's roster spot, with Jayson Nix likely taking over at shortstop."We've got to win this series. Somebody's got to step in and fill that spot," said Andy Pettitte, Saturday's starting pitcher.Detroit was coasting toward a 4-0 win before the Yankees rocked Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth.Valverde has allowed seven runs in three playoff games and could lose his closer's role to Octavio Dotel."We really want to put our heads together and discuss it first, to be honest with you, and get together as a coaching staff and talk about it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.Valverde is already looking toward his next possible appearance."There's nothing you can do. It's in the past. It's over, and you have to be ready for tomorrow," Valverde said. "I have confidence for me and for my team, and I'll be there to support my team."Ichiro Suzuki started the Yankees' comeback with a two-run homer with one out in the ninth, and the 40-year-old Ibanez hit another two-run drive with two outs. Three nights earlier, Ibanez hit a tying home run in the ninth against Baltimore in Game 3 of the division series and another homer in the 12th to win it."If we are going to be good enough, we have to be able to take a punch, and we took a big punch," Leyland said. "We took a right cross in the ninth inning but we survived it."Young's one-out double off David Phelps, which followed a leadoff walk by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, sliced in right and eluded Nick Swisher, who appeared ready to dive but couldn't get his glove out when he realized the ball was closer to him than he had thought."I thought I had a great jump, but then I got caught in the lights, and I lost it for a few seconds," Swisher said. "I was completely blind. It's a helpless feeling. I really thought I could make that play."Young drove in three runs, hitting an RBI single in a two-run sixth against Pettitte, and a solo homer in the eighth against Derek Lowe. That gave him a Tigers record six postseason homers, breaking a tie with Hank Greenberg and Craig Monroe."We're big leaguers. Things are going to happen," Young said. "The other team wants to drive Mercedes-Benzes and eat Morton's, too. ... We got back in to play the 10th inning. Everyone just regrouped, and basically a 0 0 ballgame."Tigers rookie Avisail Garcia singled in a run against Boone Logan, and Andy Dirks added an RBI single in the 12th on a comebacker that glanced off Phelps' pitching hand.Rookie Drew Smyly, who had started warming up in the third when starter Doug Fister took a line drive off his right wrist, got the win by pitching two scoreless innings, ending a 4-hour, 54-minute marathon.In Game 2 on Sunday, New York will start Hiroki Kuroda, who will be pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his big league career. Detroit will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound.Twenty-five of 42 previous Game 1 winners have gone on to take the AL pennant.Before the 12th, the star of the night was Ibanez, the first player to hit three home runs in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason.On Wednesday, he hit a tying shot as a pinch hitter, and three innings later became the first player to hit two homers in a postseason game he didn't start.This made him the first player in baseball history with two tying ninth-inning home runs in a single postseason, according to STATS LLC. Cincinnati's Johnny Bench, in 1972 and 1976, had been the only player to do it twice in a career.Fister escaped three bases-loaded jams in the first six innings -- the first time in their 375 postseason games the Yankees stranded a trio of runners three times without scoring in any of those innings, according to STATS LLC.Alex Rodriguez, back in New York's lineup following a benching in Friday's division series finale, was 0 for 3 and stranded six runners -- striking out on three pitches with runners at second and third and no outs in the sixth as fans booed loudly.Girardi sent up Eric Chavez to hit for A-Rod in the eighth, the third time Rodriguez was taken out early in the last three games he has played.Not that A-Rod's teammates were any better. The Yankees stranded 13 runners and were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position, leaving them at 10 for 45 (.222) in the playoffs.Fister, who beat the Yankees in Game 5 of last year's division series, had a shaky start, walking the bases loaded in the first and allowing three two-out singles in the second.Rodriguez bounced into a forceout that ended the first, with shortstop Peralta making a spectacular diving stop. In the second, Cano lined a ball off the inside of Fister's right wrist, and Peralta picked up the ball on a bounce and threw to first for the out. Both plays were so close that even replays didn't definitively show whether the calls were correct.Detroit was so concerned about Fister's wrist that Smyly started warming up in the third. Fister changed from a short sleeve undershirt into long sleeves and stayed in the game for 6 1-3 scoreless innings. His finest moment came with Detroit leading 2-0 in the sixth. After fanning Rodriguez, he loaded the bases with a walk to Swisher, then struck out Curtis Granderson and Martin with breaking balls.Fister allowed six hits, struck out five and walked four."It was a little stiff, little sore, but nothing too major," he said of his wrist. "I went in and checked it out, and made sure nothing was remarkably hurt. Put on some sleeves to keep warm, and went back out there."Rodriguez was dropped to sixth in the batting order for the first time since the 2006 playoff finale against Detroit, but the key situations find the 275 million man no matter where he is. He is hitting .105 (2 for 19) with no RBIs in the postseason, going hitless in 15 at-bats against right-handed pitchers with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod hasn't homered in 87 at-bats since Sept. 14.Cano (2 for 28), Granderson (3 for 23) and Swisher (3 for 23) also remained mired in deep postseason slumps, with Swisher's eighth-inning double the only hit among the three.Making his record 44th postseason start, Pettitte gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.Afterward, the Yankees clubhouse was as quiet as it ever is. The loss of Jeter weighed on the minds of his teammates more than the defeat,"I think we probably feel more for him than anyone else because we know how important it means to him personally," Teixeira said.NOTES:Leyland is 2-4 in previous LCS he has managed. ... On a cool, 49-degree night, there were empty seats in the top two decks in the outfield for the second straight day.

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

MESA, Ariz. — Adam Rosales has a real simple plan for which infield position he chooses to try to get work at.

“Wherever there’s less guys, I go over there,” he explained with a smile.

The sun came out and the A’s finally got on the field for their first full-squad workout Monday after being rained out Sunday. That meant Rosales, back for his second go-round as an Athletic, got his first chance to prepare for what figures to be a super-utility role, which is how he’s carved out a nine-year major league career.

All indications are that he’ll be the primary backup infielder, capable of spelling Jed Lowrie at second base, Marcus Semien at shortstop, Trevor Plouffe at third and even fill in at first base or left field in a pinch.

Though Rosales, who spent 2010-12 with Oakland and re-signed in January on a one-year $1.25 million deal, is well-versed in preparing himself all over the diamond, one position in particular is one that he says is most difficult to master in limited time.

“Shortstop,” he offered without hesitation. “There’s a lot more going on there, a lot less room for error. At shortstop, especially with a guy like Mike Trout running, you’ve got to be in good rhythm, good timing, get rid of the ball and make an accurate throw.”

Depending on how the A’s prioritize their 25-man roster, Rosales could very well be the only backup infielder. That means fellow infielders Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder would start in the minors if the A’s were to keep a fifth outfielder or third catcher. But because the A’s have some players who can fill in at multiple spots, there’s numerous ways they can choose to configure the roster when it comes time to pare it down.

Rosales, 33, said walking back into the A’s clubhouse for the first time made him “feel like I’m back home.” So much of the support staff — equipment guys, clubhouse guys — are the same as when he was here before. He was also happy to see former infield mate Mark Ellis walk through the door Sunday. He says Ellis, a teammate from 2010-11, instilled in him the importance of being a great defender. Ellis is working as a part-time spring instructor.

“He told me, the No. 1 reason he was in the big leagues was because of this,” Rosales said, holding up his glove. “I was such a young player then. I’d always work with him, how to turn double plays. Just to have him around is awesome.”

NOTEWORTHY: Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman were among the pitchers who faced hitters for the first time this season. Bruce Maxwell caught Gray, his first time behind the plate with Gray other than the one inning Gray threw in an abbreviated start at Anaheim toward the end of last season. Maxwell said Gray’s changeup in particular looked good.

Manager Bob Melvin has been very impressed early on with Graveman’s command. Graveman said he’s trying to improve his changeup, in an effort to induce weak contact from righties and get them on the their front foot, which could then make him more effective on the inside corner.

CAMP BATTLE: There could be a good fight for the seventh and final spot in the bullpen, and it would seem being left-handed could give someone an edge. Sean Doolittle is the only lefty currently projected among the A’s top six relievers. Melvin had good things to say about Daniel Coulombe, a lefty who made 35 appearances in relief last year and also saw a bit of time with Oakland in 2015. Coulombe posted a 4.53 ERA last season but struck out 54 in 47 2/3 innings.

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

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Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"