The question here is whether you want A-Rod up in the ninth inning against Tribe closer Joe Borowski, and the answer is a resounding, yes. He's a .500 hitter vs. Borowski (2-for-4) in four plate appearances with a homer and three RBIs. And what of Derek Jeter against Borowski? Mr. November is a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, a homer and five RBIs. Yankees Secret Weapon
Yankees Achilles' heel
Games 3-4 starters Roger Clemens, who will go at Yankee Stadium with a sore elbow and/or hamstring, and Mike Mussina, who's had a sore ERA of late.
American League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||6:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||3 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||9:30 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||6:30 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||6:30 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||6 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
Yankees manager: Joe Torre
Torre has led the Yankees to 12 consecutive playoff appearances that include six AL pennants and four World Series titles. What more can you ask?
Pure guts. This was the Yankees team that everybody counted out in May, but that stormed back into the playoffs with a great second-half run.
Three Reasons Yankees will win
A-Rod will finally have a postseason series in New York to remember. He's heir apparent now to Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson. Time to play like it.
Andy Pettitte is back in a Yankees uniform after three years in Houston. The Yanks haven't been back to the World Series since he left. See the connection?
Oh, those kids. Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Joba Chamberlain will have something to say about all this before the series is concluded.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.