10/02/2003 6:17 PM ET
Prime time for Yankees, Twins
Pettitte, Radke set to duel on hill in Game 2
NEW YORK -- Feeling much more like postseason baseball than Tuesday afternoon's
sun-soaked opener, tonight's Game 2 of the American League Division Series is set to get
under way at Yankee Stadium.
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Hoping to get hot in the October chill, the Yankees need a victory behind left-hander Andy
Pettitte to square the series at a game each. Brad Radke is trying to pitch the Twins to a
commanding 2-0 lead in games.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stuck with the lineup responsible for Tuesday's 3-1 victory.
Yankees counterpart Joe Torre also stuck with the same cast but considerably shook up his
The only ones retaining their slots are leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano, Jorge Posada (No. 5) and
Juan Rivera (No. 9). Derek Jeter moved up to No. 2, with Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams at
Nos. 3 and 4. Nick Johnson, now in an 0-for-21 slump, dropped from No. 2 into the eight hole.
The shuffle is no reflection of the Yanks' confidence of tying up this series. New York, in fact,
has come back to win each of the previous three times it has dropped an ALDS opener: in 1996
to the Rangers, and in 2000 and 2001 to the A's.
Historically, teams have recovered from a Division Series opening loss 11 times out of 32. But
AL teams' bounce-back ability has been far better than that: nine out of 16.
Tonight's game matches two of the AL's hottest stretch pitchers. Pettitte won eight of his last
nine decisions to nail a 21-win season, while Radke went 4-0 in September with a 1.80 ERA.
Radke is also the only one in Minnesota's three-man ALDS rotation with any prior postseason
starting experience. He posted a 1.96 ERA in three starts last October.
So he knew not to build up tonight's game too much internally.
"I'm going to treat it like the big games I pitched in the second half of the season," Radke said.
"Try not to get caught up in the atmosphere."
That atmosphere is courtesy of another sellout crowd of 56,000, and the usual pageantry of
October baseball in The Bronx.
The latter includes the duo of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and Gen. Tommy Franks, the
commander of American forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The two will walk to the mound
before the game, with Franks throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Cheryl Howard, daughter of another Yankees Hall of Famer, Elston Howard, will follow by
belting out the national anthem.
Then the Twins and Yankees take over, with some belts of a different sort.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.